2018 Biotechnology Regulation Immersion Course at the University of Missouri
The course will be held from August 20 to August 31, 2018, in Columbia, Missouri.
As in previous years, the course will consist of two blocks.
The first block will address:
- Modern biotechnology, including hands on transformations of plants in the laboratory
- The role of modern biotechnology in agriculture, and its current and future pipeline
- Government policies on modern biotechnology – maximizing benefits and minimizing risks
- Maximizing benefits –setting the research agenda
- Minimizing risk -- national and international biosafety systems, regulations and agreements
- Hands on training in environmental risk assessment and food/feed safety assessment
- Risk management
- Market regulations (labeling regimes, coexistence, low level presence policies, etc.)
- Impact assessment and benefits of biotech crops
- Socioeconomic considerations in decision making and
- The potential impacts of biotech policies and regulations.
The second block will be a 'fact finding' tour, from biotech laboratories and biotech field trials to farmers' fields, and the grain merchandising system all the way to the processing and sale of final products.
The speakers are experts from governments, academia, public sector institutes, and the private sector. The working language of the course will be English.