The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute hosts, sponsors, and co-organizes a variety of scientific events. Our past events are listed here. To filter events by programmatic area, use the drop-down menu below. To view upcoming events, click here.

SABP Webinar Series: Biosafety Guidelines in Biotechnology Research & Development

Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU), this online event was the sixth lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology⁠, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”

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One CGIAR Global Webinar Series on Genome Editing in Agriculture: Innovations for Sustainable Production and Food Systems

Dr. Morven McLean, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Vibha Ahuja, South Asia Biosafety Program Senior Advisor, and AFSI Trustee, Dr. Mark Rosegrant, will be participating as speakers in a webinar series organized to bring CGIAR centers and partners together with policy makers, academics, innovators, and other stakeholders to take stock of current research and applications of genome editing and address related topics that will impact the enabling environment needed to translate research into practice.

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SABP Webinar Series: Biosafety at Every Step of Plant Biotechnology Research

Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with the National Institute of Biotechnology (NIB) of Bangladesh, this online event was the fifth lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology⁠, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”

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Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants

Supported by a grant from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and organized in collaboration with the Indonesian National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) and the Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (ICABIOGRAD), this online training course for Indonesian regulators consists of ten modules on the topic of GE food and feed safety assessment.

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SABP Webinar Series: GM Crop Research and Biosafety Go Hand in Hand

Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), this online event was the fourth lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology⁠, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”

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Microbial Biotechnology for Novel Foods Webinar Series

Supported by a grant from the New Technologies and Production Methods Division at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Trade Policy and Geographic Affairs (TPGA) area, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute organized this webinar series to discuss the history and opportunities of microbial biotechnology for novel foods.

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SABP Webinar Series: Regulatory Framework and Guidelines for Biotechnology Research

Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with Dhaka University, this online event was the third lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology⁠, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”

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Virtual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains Project

Due to the COVID-19 global emergency, the 4th Annual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains was shifted to an online format and took place on July 23-24, 2020.

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SABP Webinar Series: Biosafety in Crop Biotechnology Research

Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with Jahangirnagar University, Savar, this online event was the second lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology⁠, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”

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SABP Webinar Series: Biosafety in Agricultural Biotechnology – In the Eyes of Future Researchers

Organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) in collaboration with Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, this online event was the first lecture in the SABP Webinar Series, which aims to build understanding of biosafety among students of biotechnology⁠, i.e., “tomorrow’s researchers.”

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Way Forward with GM Cotton Confined Field Trials

This virtual meeting was co-organized by the South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) and the Cotton Development Board (CDB) to discuss how to proceed with the confined field trials for Bt cotton in the coming season in Bangladesh

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OECD Working Group on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds (WG-SNFF)

The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds (WG-SNFF), for which the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.

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OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WG-HROB)

The OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WG-HROB), for which the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the environmental risk/safety assessment of organisms that are produced through modern biotechnology.

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Genetically Modified Food: Requirements for Compliance and Consumer Awareness

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s South Asia Biosafety Program and the Bangladesh Food Safety Authority jointly organized a workshop to build awareness and strengthen institutional governance of biosafety in Bangladesh.

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2nd Institutional Biosafety Officer Workshop

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s South Asia Biosafety Program arranged a day-long workshop to take stock of the present status at various research institutes and laboratories that are actively involved in GE research in Bangladesh.

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Data Transportability for COMESA Workshop

Hosted by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, in partnership with COMESA and ASARECA, this workshop introduced the online GEnZ Explorer tool, which allows confined field trial (CFT) locations to be characterized with respect to agroclimatic zones to facilitate data transportability of CFTs.

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Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Opportunities In Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains

Dr. Dave Gustafson delivered a presentation about the Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains: Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Opportunities project as part of the session on Improving the Simulation of Climate Impacts on Agriculture at the 2019 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

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Moving Research from the Laboratory for Field Trials: Regulatory Pathway for Genetically Engineered Organisms and their Derived Products

Dr. Andrew Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, conducted a guided problem formulation exercise during a workshop organized by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

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Plant Biologicals Network Symposium 2019

Dr. Morven McLean, Agriculture & Food Systems Institute Executive Director, delivered the keynote presentation at the 2019 Plant Biologicals Network Symposium. 

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4th International Conference of Biotechnology on Health and Agriculture

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s South Asia Biosafety Program sponsored a technical session on Biosafety and the Environment at the 4th International Conference of Biotechnology on Health and Agriculture, which was organized jointly by the Global Network of Bangladeshi Biotechnologists and Innovation in Plant and Food Sciences.

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Symposium on Risk Assessment of Plants Developed Using New Breeding Technologies

Dr. Morven McLean, Agriculture & Food Systems Institute Executive Director, delivered a presentation on Environmental Risk Assessment of Gene Edited Plants at the Symposium on Risk Assessment and Regulation of Genome Edited Plants, in Manila, the Philippines.

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7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC2019)

Under the auspices of the South Asia Biosafety Program, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute and Biotech Consortium India Limited organized the 7th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC 2019), the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia.

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Scientific Symposium: Addressing Water Variability and Scarcity – The Role of Agricultural Research

This year’s Agriculture & Food Systems Institute Annual Scientific Symposium, co-organized with the Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), focused on the role of agricultural research in addressing water variability and scarcity.

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3rd Annual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains Project

The 3rd Annual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project took place on July 10-11, 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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SAARC Regional Expert Consultation Meeting on the Progress and Prospects of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s South Asia Biosafety Program and the SAARC Agriculture Center (SAC) co-organized the SAARC Regional Expert Consultation Meeting on the Progress and Prospects of Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety in South Asia to share information on the current status of agricultural biotechnology and biosafety regulations in the region.

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Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants: Phase II Technical Workshop

Implemented by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute and conducted in two phases, this technical training program provided Chinese public-sector scientists with in-depth technical information about the purpose, design, and conduct of studies used to inform safety assessments of foods and feeds derived from genetically engineered (GE) crops.

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Gene Drive Modeling Conference

With support from the USDA NIFA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute organized this conference to bring together regulators, risk assessors, modelers, and biologists who understand gene drive technology to discuss the applicability of mathematical models for the environmental risk assessment of gene drive organisms.

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Informing Risk Assessment with the Mosquito Gene Drive Explorer (MGDrivE)

As part of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Gene Drive Modeling Conference Seminar Series, this presentation by Dr. John Marshall and Ms. Valeri Vasquez introduced the Mosquito Gene Drive Explorer framework, including assumptions, uncertainties, and planned modifications for agricultural pests.

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Next-Generation Food Shock Modeling

Co-sponsored by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute and organized by the Aspen Global Change Institute, this workshop facilitated transformational change by bringing together experts from multiple fields to advance next-generation tools and decision support systems that confront current and future challenges to food security and improved nutrition.

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Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Science to Solve Real World Problems

Dr. Morven McLean, Executive Director, shared some examples of how the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s commitment to interdisciplinary science has opened up opportunities for the organization to extend its work.

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Biosafety Regulations for Biotech Researchers and Biosafety Practitioners

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s South Asia Biosafety Program, in collaboration with Chattogram Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, organized a capacity building biosafety seminar in Bangladesh for regional scientists and academics.

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Consultation Meeting for the Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program

A consultation meeting for short-listed applicants to the Biosafety Research in Bangladesh Grants Program was organized to discuss the format of the full proposal. 

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Simple and Complex Models: Their Roles in the Evaluation of Gene Drives

As part of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Gene Drive Modeling Conference Seminar Series, this presentation by Dr. Alun Lloyd focuses on mathematical models as a tool to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of gene drives and other related biocontrol approaches.

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OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology

The OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, for which the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the environmental risk/safety assessment of organisms that are produced through modern biotechnology.

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OECD Working Group on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, for which the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.

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Crop Composition as a Component of Food and Feed Safety Assessment and Hands On with the Crop Composition Database

Open to attendees of the 15th ISBR Symposium, this workshop provided an opportunity to briefly discuss the rationale for considering crop composition data, how that data is interpreted in the context of the safety assessment, and what the limitations are to compositional studies.

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Genetic Biocontrol for Invasive Species

Sponsored by the OECD Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, this workshop highlighted different approaches to the control of invasive species that make use of transgenic organisms engineered for introduction into a target population in order to reduce or eliminate it.

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Adding Biology to Mathematical Models of Gene Drive Spread in Populations: A Case Study of Engineered Underdominance

Part of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Gene Drive Modeling Conference Seminar Series, this presentation by Dr. Sumit Dhole focused on how simple mathematical models can be used to study expected gene drive behavior.

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Kick-off Meeting of the Ad-hoc Expert Group for Developing the OECD Consensus Document on the Biology of Mosquito Anopheles gambiae

As a first step in drafting an OECD Consensus Document on the Biology of Mosquito Anopheles gambiae, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, in partnership with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the African Biosafety Network of Expertise (NEPAD-ABNE), hosted a meeting of Anopheles gambiae mosquito biology experts.

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Confined Field Trial (CFT) Data Transportability Workshop

This workshop introduced the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s CFT data transportability tool to members of the African agricultural biotechnology community seeking to make more efficient use of resources for evaluating genetically engineered plant biosafety.

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Workshop on Sublethal Endpoints in Non-Target Organism (NTO) Testing for Non-Bt GE Crops

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute convened scientists from academia, government, and industry to participate in a workshop about the appropriate NTO tests and measurement endpoints for non-Bt GE crops.

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Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants: Phase I Technical Workshop

Implemented by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, this technical training program was structured to provide Chinese public-sector scientists in-depth technical information about the purpose, design, and conduct of studies used to inform safety assessments of foods and feeds derived from genetically engineered (GE) crops.

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Institutional Biosafety Officer (IBO) Workshop: Building a Network of Biosafety Practitioners in Bangladesh

This workshop served as a platform where IBOs could share the current status of biosafety regulations and protocols, best practices for implementation, and discuss challenges to the effective implementation of biosafety requirements or to the progress of biotechnology research.

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Science Policy Forum on Science-Based Regulation of Breeding Stacks

Dr. Morven McLean, Agriculture & Food Systems Institute Executive Director, delivered the presentation General Principles of Science-based Registration of GM Stacks at the Science Policy Forum on Science-Based Regulation of Breeding Stacks in Manila, the Philippines.

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7th Training Workshop for Institutional Biosafety Officers on the Conduct and Monitoring of Confined Field Trials of Regulated Genetically Engineered (GE) Plants

Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Biotech Consortium India Limited, co-organized the 7th Training Workshop for Institutional Biosafety Officers on the Conduct and Monitoring of Confined Field Trials of Regulated Genetically Engineered Plants.

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Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops and Insects: Lessons Learned from the Past and Next Steps in a Changing World

Dr. Andrew Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, delivered the presentation The Global Perspective on ERA Regulations for GE Crops and Insects at the Section Symposium: Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops and Insects: Lessons Learned from the Past and Next Steps in a Changing World, which took place during the 2018 Entomology Society of America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

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Gene Drive: 21st Century Genetic Control of Agricultural and Public Health Pests

Dr. Andrew Roberts, Deputy Executive Director, delivered the presentation Environmental Risk Assessment of Gene Drive Insects at the Section Symposium: Gene Drive: 21st Century Genetic Control of Agricultural and Public Health Pests, which took place during the 2018 Entomology Society of America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

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Application of Data Transportability in the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Plants

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute and ILSI Japan co-organized a workshop on November 7 in Tokyo.

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2nd Asia Forum on Genome Editing

Dr. Morven McLean, Executive Director, chaired the session Advances in Genome Editing and Related Regulation with Recent GMO Safety Issues in the USA, EU, and Germany at the 2nd Asia Forum on Genome Editing

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Potential, Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation of Gene Edited Plants

Dr. Andrew Roberts conducted a seminar on Potential, Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation of Gene Edited Plants at the ICAR-National Research Center on Plant Biotechnology in New Delhi, India.

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19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST2018)

Dr. Andrew Roberts co-chaired the scientific session: Advances in Molecular Biology as Relevant to Food Technology alongside Dr. Michael Knowles at the 19th World Congress of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST2018).

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6th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

As the premier biosafety meeting in South Asia, the South Asia Biosafety Conference (SABC 2018) brought together leading scientists from regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations.

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40th National Nutrient Databank Conference

Dr. Morven McLean delivered a presentation about the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s World Nutrient Databases for Dietary Studies (WNDDS) at the 40th National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC).

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Scientific Symposium: Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security in Urban and Peri-Urban Environments

This year’s Agriculture & Food Systems Institute Annual Scientific Symposium explored Protected Production of Fruits and Vegetables for Nutrition Security in Urban and Peri-Urban Environments.

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OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

The OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, for which the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.

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2nd Annual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains Project

The 2nd Annual Workshop for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project was held at the Clore Center in Prosser, Washington.

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OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology

The OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, for which the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is a recognized observer organization, works on technical issues related to the environmental risk/safety assessment of organisms that are produced through modern biotechnology.

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EuropaBio Workshop: The Agronomic and Phenotypic Assessment of Plant Varieties

Agriculture & Food Systems Institute Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Andrew Roberts, delivered a presentation on the Crop Composition Database (CCDB) at the EuropaBio Workshop: The Agronomic and Phenotypic Assessment of Plant Varieties.

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ICABR 2018: Disruptive Innovations, Value Chains and Rural Development

Dr. Morven McLean participated in the panel session titled “Country Perspectives on Gene Editing Regulation” at the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) Conference on Disruptive Innovations, Value Chains and Rural Development, organized in partnership with the World Bank.

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IFPRI Special Event: Tales of Yield Improvement

Dr. Morven McLean numbered among the distinguished set of experts invited to address the issue of yield growth at an IFPRI special event honoring Dr. Mark Rosegrant’s work over the last 40 years.

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Workshop on Data for Risk Assessment of Agricultural Biotechnology Products

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute planned a workshop in Beijing, China on data for risk assessment of genetically engineered plants. The workshop was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and organized in collaboration with ILSI Focal Point in China, China Agricultural University, and the Chinese Society for Agricultural Biotechnology.

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Mechanistic Crop Modeling and Life-Cycle Assessment Modeling Workshops

Two workshops for the Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains project were held at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Workshop participants included scientists and extension specialists from the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, University of Florida, University of Arkansas, Washington State University, and the World Agricultural Economic and Environmental Services.

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Central Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) organized a regional consultation to examine the basic principles of environmental risk assessment and the application of this process to the use of gene drives for either population modification or population suppression in mosquito vectors of malaria. NEPAD requested that the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute assist them in setting the agenda for the scientific program.

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Can Biotechnology Save Threatened Trees?

Andrew Newhouse of the American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project (SUNY-ESF) visited the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute to present a seminar on using genetic engineering to allow coexistence of transgenic American chestnut trees with the blight that nearly drove the species extinct.

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7th International Botanical Conference

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) sponsored the “Genetics, Biotechnology, and Biosafety Regulations in Genetically Engineered Crops” session at the 7th International Botanical Conference in Dhaka.

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Sustainable Agriculture Summit

The Sustainable Agriculture Summit convened diverse stakeholders from across the food and agricultural supply chain to discuss opportunities to advance continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability. The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, University of Arkansas and the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops  organized a one-hour Breakout Session on “Innovating Resilient US Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains: Exploring Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Opportunities.”

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Phase II: GE Food/Feed Safety Assessment Training

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute organized a five-day training program at the Stine Haskell Research Facility in Wilmington, DE to observe how food and feed safety assessment data is collected in the laboratory.

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“The Road out of Poverty”: 2017 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute attended the “Borlaug Dialogue,” a three-day symposium that brings together international experts, policy leaders, business executives and farmers to address cutting-edge issues in global food security and nutrition.

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12th International Food Data Conference

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute presented the World Nutrient Databases for Dietary Studies (WNDDS) at this year’s International Food Data Conference.

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5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

Scientists, academics, researchers and officials from industry, research institutions, universities, government departments and ministries attended this premier biosafety meeting in South Asia.

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Agricultural Biotechnology: Driving from 1G to 5G

Dr. Roberts, Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, was invited by the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to participate as a speaker and panelist in two sessions in this workshop on agricultural biotechnology.

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Phase I: GE Food/Feed Safety Assessment Training

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute conducted a three-day technical training program in Bogor, Indonesia for participants to engage in practical exercises highlighting the fundamental concepts employed in food and feed safety assessments of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

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Symposium: Gene Drive Modified Organisms and Practical Considerations for Environmental Risk Assessments

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) co-organized a symposium that explored how to frame and undertake environmental risk assessments of gene drive organisms in a way that will usefully inform decision-making related to their potential release.

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Southern Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) organized a regional consultation that examined the basic principles of environmental risk assessment. NEPAD requested that the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute assist them in setting the agenda for the scientific program.

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East Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) organized a regional consultation that examined the basic principles of environmental risk assessment. NEPAD requested that the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute assist them in setting the agenda for the scientific program.

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14th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute presented three oral presentations and two posters at the 14th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO14).

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Workshop on Development and Challenges for Agricultural Biotechnology

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute together with ILSI Focal Point in China, the National Institute for Nutrition and Health at China CDC, and the Chinese Society of Agricultural Biotechnology organized a one-day workshop focused on the food safety of foods derived from genetically engineered crops.

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Experimental Biology 2017

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute attended Experimental Biology (EB) 2017. EB is the annual meeting of six societies comprised of more than 14,000 scientists and 50 guest societies.

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Food Systems, Nutrition and Health in a Changing Environment

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute was pleased to participate in a workshop that explored the intersection of food production, human nutrition and health in the global response to climate/environmental change, and developed strategies to facilitate research in this arena.

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OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute attended the OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, which works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including food derived from transgenic organisms.

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OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute attended the OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, to advance their work in support of environmental risk assessment of transgenic organisms.

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Workshop on Phase II Capacity Building Project on Biosafety: Outcomes and Way Forward

At the request of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute provided technical support under the risk assessment and risk management component of the Phase II Capacity Building Project on Biosafety. MoEF&CC convened a culminating workshop in New Delhi to mark the completion of the Phase II project.

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Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food Systems

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute hosted a scientific session at the ILSI Annual Meeting in La Jolla, California titled Hungry Cities: The Global Revolution in Food Systems.

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3rd Consortium Meeting on Multiple Nutrients Fortification of Rice

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute presented on the Feasibility Study of Rice Fortification Technologies in Africa at the 3rd Consortium Meeting on Multiple Nutrients Fortification of Rice.

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Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute attended Healthy Soils, Thriving Farms Convening Session, which provided an opportunity to  give input to the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR)’s scientific program aimed at increasing soil health by building knowledge, fueling innovation, and enabling adoption of existing or new innovative soil health promoting practices.

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Micronutrient Forum Global Conference

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute was very pleased to sponsor two Awards for Early Career Contribution to Alleviation of Micronutrient Malnutrition at the 2016 Micronutrient Forum Global Conference.

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CQuest

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute organized a two-day workshop to develop prioritized research targets for supporting vital agricultural goals.

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AACCI Annual Meeting 2016

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute presented during the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) Annual Meeting. The AACCI Annual Meeting is the place to learn, collaborate, and innovate with the best and the brightest in the grain-based foods industry.

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West Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) organized a regional consultation that examined the basic principles of environmental risk assessment. NEPAD requested that the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute assist them in setting the agenda for the scientific program.

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4th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

The South Asia Biosafety Conference provided an opportunity to hear from leading scientists representing regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions, and the private sector in South Asia and internationally.

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GODAN Summit 2016

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute is leading an effort to greatly expand the use of open data in nutrition modeling, in close collaboration with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative. At the GODAN Open Data Summit in September 2016, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute presented during the “Using Data to Improve Nutrition Policy, Programming, Accountability” session. 

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Nutrition Impact Summit

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute presented at the Nutrition Impact Summit, organized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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2016 Korean Society of Food Science and Technology (KoSFoST)

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute presented during the Korean Society of Food Science and Technology (KoSFoST) Annual Meeting in Daegu, South Korea.

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Climate Change, Nutrition and Health

Following the 6th Global AgMIP Workshop, a special session co-organized by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute was held on July 1, 2016 focusing on nutrition, health and climate change. This session highlighted some gaps in the disciplines as well as areas for collaboration and research.

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Problem Formulation for the Use of Gene Drive Technology in Mosquitoes

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute co-organized a workshop with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health that examined the basic principles of environmental risk assessment, the process of how environmental protection goals are translated into operation endpoints for risk assessment (“problem formulation”), and the application of this process to the use of gene drives for either population modification or population suppression in mosquito vectors.

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Mode of Action ERA Workshop

In May 2016, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute and ILSI Japan hosted a set of events intended to further a longstanding collaboration on environmental risk assessment (ERA) under conditions of low exposure, such as those experienced during importations for food and feed use.

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Crop Composition Database Working Group Meeting

The Crop Composition Working Group meets annually in person to discuss current data uploads, future events, and possible improvements with the software.

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Mode of Action ERA Workshop

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute shares its technical knowledge and scientific expertise by facilitating regional workshops, focusing on environmental risk assessment under conditions of low exposure and problem formulation. In May 2016, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute collaborated with ILSI Korea to host a workshop on the mode of action of environmental risk assessment. 

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National Nutrient Databank Conference

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Crop Composition Database was presented at the Nutrient Databank Conference, a bi-annual event held to foster communication among nutrient data base generators and users.

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OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute attended the OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds, which works on technical issues related to the food safety of novel foods and feeds, including the products of agricultural biotechnology.

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OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute attended the OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, which works on technical issues related to the environmental risk/safety assessment of organisms that are produced through modern biotechnology.

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Experimental Biology 2016

Dr. Dave Gustafson, of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, presented on sustainable nutrition as part of a special food systems sustainability symposium sponsored by the American Society of Nutrition at Experimental Biology 2016.

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Workshop on Dossier Preparation for Genetically Engineered Plants

This one-day workshop provided a review of environmental risk assessment and demonstrated how an understanding of the assessment process can help scientists collect and present the data most likely to effectively inform regulatory decision making.

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Workshop on Non-Target Organisms in the Context of Environmental Risk Assessment of GE Crops

This one-day workshop provided intensive training on the assessment of possible adverse impacts to non-target organisms from crops that have been genetically engineered to be insect resistant.

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Workshop on Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Plants

This two-day workshop provided an introduction to the concepts of environmental risk assessment of GE crops as well as the use of problem formulation to provide a transparent, organized framework for risk assessments.

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ICAR Working Session

An interactive meeting on biosafety was organized as part of the ICAR Biosafety Program, managed by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute.

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Harvesting Open Data for Nutrition Security

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute hosted the scientific session Harvesting Open Data for Nutrition Security. This session served as an opportunity to catalyze new discussions about public-private collaborations to promote novel uses of open data, with a particular focus on nutrition and agriculture.

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Seven Food System Metrics of Sustainable Nutrition Security: A Webinar

Dr. Dave Gustafson, of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, gave a presentation on “Seven Food System Metrics of Sustainable Nutrition Security,” on December 15, 2015.

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Current Climate Change Impacts on the Agri-Food System

Dr. Dave Gustafson, of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, gave a presentation at the Weed Science Society on “Current Climate Change Impacts on the Agri-Food System,” on December 10, 2015.

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Sustainable Nutrition Security: Collaboration Opportunities

Ms. Alona Gutman, of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, gave a presentation at the University of Maryland on the Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security.

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Data Transportability – Sharing Field Trial Data Across Geographies

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute co-organized a brown bag lunch with the World Bank titled “Rationalizing Regulations and Reducing Cost: Data Transportability – Sharing Field Trial Data Across Geographies.”

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2nd International Conference on Global Food Security

Achieving global food security whilst reconciling demands on the environment is the greatest challenge faced by mankind. By 2050 at least 9 billion people will need food, and increasing incomes and urbanization will inevitably lead to dietary change. The food security challenge will increasingly encompass the triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. The urgency of the issues has led to huge scientific strides forwards, making it difficult to keep up with the rapidly expanding volume of scientific research.

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3rd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences and the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) organized the 3rd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference in Dhaka from 19-20 September 2015.

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Fruit & Vegetable Modeling Workshop

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, UC Davis’ World Food Center, the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project, and the Southeast Climate Consortium co-organized a workshop to improve data and modeling approaches for fruits and vegetables in order to support assessments of climate and water system impacts on sustainable nutrition security.

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Interdisciplinary Workshop on Merging Crop Modeling and Genetics

Building reliable connections between the genotype and its corresponding phenotypic spectrum is one of the biggest challenges in plant biology today.

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Tackling World Food System Challenges: Across Disciplines, Sectors, and Scales

The world food system faces unprecedented challenges in its ability to feed a growing global population. There is an urgent need for viable solutions and the scope of the challenges requires collaborative efforts more than ever. This conference highlighted solution-focused, interdisciplinary, and system-oriented research and practice addressing how to feed the world while considering human health, the environment, and social well-being.

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2015 Crop Composition Database Working Group Meeting

The Crop Composition Database is a project of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute.

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Training Workshop on Monitoring of Confined Field Trials

On May 25-26, Dr. Michael Wach, from the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, led a workshop in New Delhi, India, entitled: “Training Workshop on Monitoring of Confined Field Trials” 35 participants attended. A second workshop was held, June 3-4, in Hyderabad, for 21 participants.

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AgMIP-USDA Data Harmonization Workshop

Through harmonization of data formats and tools, this workshop sought to greatly enhance the efficiency with which data from USDA research programs are applied to research on agricultural systems analysis and modeling.

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World Bank FARMD Webinar Series Featuring Dr. McLean and Dr. Gustafson From the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute

Dr. Morven McLean and Dr. Dave Gustafson introduced the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute and the work it does regarding risk management, agriculture and food security in a one-hour webinar.

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American Institute of Mathematics Food Systems Modeling Workshop

This workshop built a conceptual model of the U.S. food system, and elaborate a research agenda for continuing model development. This is a key component of a large-scale project to develop a hierarchy of models for food systems around the globe at multiple spatial and temporal levels.

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OECD Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology

The Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology is held under the auspices of the Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology (Environment Directorate).

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Global Food Security Symposium 2015: Healthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition

While global hunger has decreased, many people worldwide lack access to healthy and affordable food: two billion people are deficient in key micronutrients and more than 1.4 billion are overweight, putting them at higher risk for chronic diseases.

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OECD Task Force on the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds

The Task Force for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds is held under the auspices of the Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology (Environment Directorate).

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5th AgMIP Global Workshop

The 5th AgMIP Global Workshop provided an opportunity to share progress, new understanding, and lessons learned in AgMIP’s numerous research activities. Participation of AgMIP’s broad diversity of partners facilitated sharing of important results, advancement of initiatives underway, development of new collaborative research activities, and dialog and planning for AgMIP coordinated global and regional climate impact assessments in support of the IPCC 6th Assessment Report (AR6) and other major community initiatives.

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Quantifying Sustainable Nutrition Security: SNS Metrics Review Workshop

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition Security (CIMSANS) recently assembled a broad group of public- and private-sector scientists to prepare a working paper that describes a novel combination of seven metrics intended to quantify the role of food systems in providing for “sustainable nutrition security” (SNS).

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13th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms

The International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR) and the Local Organising Committee hosted the International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms (ISBGMO) from 9-13 November 2014, in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Workshop on the Safety Assessment of Food Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute collaborated with DuPont Pioneer, Biotech Consortium India Limited and Estel Consult Ltd. to create a two phased workshop focused on the safety assessment of foods derived from genetically engineered plants. Phase I was held in New Delhi, India from May 19-23. Phase II was held at DuPont’s Stine Haskell Research Center in Newark, Delaware, USA from September 15-19.

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2nd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) and the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy (MERE), Sri Lanka, with support from the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, organized the 2nd Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference in Colombo from 15-16 September 2014.

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Biosafety Research in Pakistan Grants Program Workshop

A workshop for the Biosafety Research in Pakistan Grants Program (BRPGP) was held on September 14, 2014, in conjunction with the South Asia Biosafety Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The September 14th workshop consisted of short presentations on the research progress of the BRPGP funded grantees from the 2012 and 2013 grants cycles. The program also gave an opportunity for grantees and the advisory committee members to meet in person. 

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Joint GEOSHARE Workshop and Improved Modeling Summit

This workshop was a project of the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, Center for Integrated Modeling of Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition (CIMSANS), as part of its efforts to launch new public-private partnerships that improve integrated modeling approaches for characterizing food and nutrition security.

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Environmental Risk Assessment Workshop: Non-Target Organism Testing

In June of 2013 and 2014, the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, in cooperation with the Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Iowa State University, and DuPont Pioneer, convened technical training workshops on non-target organism testing of transgenic crops.

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Risk, Perception, and Response Conference

Limited attention, emotional reactions, and difficulties in processing risk-related information, among other factors, may lead individuals to act in ways that impair their health or welfare. For example, warnings about mercury in fish can lead people to decrease their overall fish consumption and hence their consumption of healthful omega-3 fatty acids.

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International Conference on Climate Change and Implications for Water Resources and Nutrition Security

Over 25 experts spoke at this important conference on the effect of climate change on water resources and food production in South Asia.

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Open Data: The Foundation for Better Decision Making

Panelists at this event shared perspectives on the opportunities and challenges for improved public-private collaboration on promoting the availability and use of open data.

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First International Conference on Global Food Security

This premier event on food and nutrition security brought a multidisciplinary experts together to discuss challenges we collectively face in feeding the world’s growing population.

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1st Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference

The South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP), the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute, the Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, and the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL) held the 1st Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference and Workshop in New Delhi, India, from 18-20 September, 2013.

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Navigating New Risk Landscapes & Opportunities in Global Food Systems

In collaboration with the University of Wisconsin and the World Bank, CIMSANS co-sponsored this food systems workshop.

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2013 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholders Workshop

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, Dr. Rick Canady, Director, Risk Science Innovation and Application will be co-chairing the White House National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Stakeholder workshop session on what the federal government research agenda should be for environmental safety and health of nanomaterials.

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Phase 2.5 to Workshop on Methods Development for Measuring Release of MWCNT from Polymer Matrices

This workshop sought to discuss and evaluate the current methodology available to measure release of multi-wall carbon nanotubes embedded in polymer composites from machining, weathering, and abrasion release scenarios, as summarized in the Phase 2.5 Report.

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Public-Private Collaborations on Modeling of Sustainable Nutrition Security

The CIMSANS Round Table on Opportunities for New Public-Private Collaborations On Modeling of Sustainable Nutrition Security raises awareness regarding the challenges of modeling crop productivity.

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NanoCharacter Workshop

This workshop aimed to develop a framework and roadmap for implementation of consistent reporting of nanomaterial characterization in data related to environmental health and safety.

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NanoRelease Food Additive Workshop

The workshop sought to advance the state of the science of measurement methods characterizing the release of ingested engineered nanomaterials from food and absorption by the body.

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NanoRelease MWCNTs Phase 2 Workshop

This workshop reviewed the results of the expert task group evaluations and provided advice through breakout sessions to the drafting of a State of the Science document and a Methods Development Workplan that charted the next steps for the project toward development of confidence in measuring release of nanomaterials from commercial applications.

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International Conference on Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Plants

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment and the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences convened a conference on the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically engineered (GE) plants in Dhaka, Bangladesh from April 15-17, 2012.

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Workshop on the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment (CERA) convened a workshop on the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) crops in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in Bogota, Colombia on November 17-18, 2011.

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South East Asia Conference on Current Approaches to the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Crops

Organized by the Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, this conference provided an opportunity for participants to engage with international experts from regulatory agencies, public sector research institutions and the private sector on the current science that is used to inform the environmental risk assessment of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

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South Asia Conference on Current Approaches to the Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Engineered Crops

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment organized a conference on current approaches to the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically engineered (GE) crops in New Delhi, India in May 2011.

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Symposium on Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops in Mexico

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment organized a symposium to bring regulators, academic scientific advisers and industry scientists together to discuss the current status of regulations in Mexico and concepts of problem formulation to facilitate environmental risk assessment.

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Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops Workshop

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, ILSI Brasil and Embrapa convened their third annual workshop on environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically modified (GM) crops in Brasilia from August 16‐17, 2010.

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Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops Workshop

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, ILSI Brasil and EMBRAPA convened a workshop for regulators, risk assessors and scientists from public and private sector organizations interested in conducing environmental risk assessments (ERA) of genetically modified (GM) crops.

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Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Crops Workshop

The Agriculture & Food Systems Institute’s Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, ILSI Brasil and ArgenBio convened a workshop for regulators, risk assessors and scientists from public and private sector organizations from August 12-15 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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