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Asunto:[LEA-Venezuela] BECAS Biosafety Training Course
Fecha:Lunes, 26 de Mayo, 2003  13:08:12 (-0400)
Autor:Jaime E. Péfaur <pefaur>

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 6:50 PM
Subject: BECAS Biosafety Training Course

Lorna Haynes
Tel: 274 2525357
Cel: 0414 741 4504

Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 1:16 AM
Subject: Announcement: Biosafety Training Course

Holistic Foundations for Assessment and Regulation of

Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms



Organized by the Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology in collaboration with the New Zealand Institute of Gene Ecology, Third World Network, and University of Tromso.


Date:     4-13 August 2003


Venue:  University of Tromso, Tromso, Norway


Topics include:

  • Introduction: A brief overview of genomes, genes and gene expression.
  • What is genetic engineering, who does it, who is concerned and why.
  • First, second and future generations of genetic engineering technologies
  • Genome sequencing, bioinformatics and functional genomics (FUGE).
  • Gene ecology and horizontal gene transfer: are present scientific approaches adequate?
  • The various application areas for genetic engineering and modifications.
  • The various risk areas connected to GE/GMO applications.
  • Economic, legal, ethical, cultural, social, political aspects of GE/GMO applications.
  • Policy issues, including capacity building and implementation of the various aspects (scientific, enforcement, educational, legal).
  • Alternatives to GE/GMO applications, gene ecology.



The dramatic progress in molecular biology, genetics and recombinant DNA techniques that took place in the twentieth century paved the way for genetic engineering (GE) and its various applications. But this has also clearly demonstrated the lack of basic scientific knowledge necessary to perform credible biological risk assessments. In addition, understanding concerning the policy, legal, regulatory, ethical, economic and social dimensions is also lacking.


The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety seeks to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by “living modified organisms” resulting from modern biotechnology/genetic engineering. National implementation of biosafety regulation is now the focus of policy makers, regulators, scientists, NGOs and civil society alike. Details of scientific and socio-economic biosafety issues, including risk assessment and risk management, are an important priority in national regulations and laws as well as in the further development of the Biosafety Protocol and in biosafety developments in other fora.


About the course

The course is designed to provide high-level policy makers, regulators and scientists, specifically from developing countries, including less developed countries and countries with economies in transition, and NGOs/civil society with knowledge and training in crucial GE/GMO issues. Through lectures, laboratory demonstrations, group work on case studies, and discussions, we will offer biosafety capacity building within a holistic framework.

Participants will also be required to submit a GE/GMO/biosafety country report.

The course will be followed up by local/regional courses organized by the course alumni and an alumni network for continued exchange of information and new scientific knowledge.

This course is part of a larger biosafety capacity building programme.


Speakers and resource persons include:

·     Dr Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, General Manager, Environment Protection Authority, Ethiopia

·     Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Director, Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education), Philippines

·     Martin Khor, Director, Third World Network, Malaysia

·     Dr Terje Traavik, Scientific Director, Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology, Norway

·     Dr Jack Heinemann, Director, New Zealand Institute of Gene Ecology and Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

·     Dr Joanna Goven, Department of Political Science, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

·     Dr Eric J. Stanbridge, Professor, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of California, Irvine College of Medicine, US

·     Dr Kaare Nielsen, Associate Professor, University of Tromso, Norway

·     Dr Anne I. Myhr, Post. Doc., Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology, Norway


Eligibility and selection process

An application form must be filled in, where the applicant must provide information about the type/level of position they are holding, and state the basis for their interest in the course. In addition, a brief CV needs to be included.

The working language of the course will be English only, and as such, applicants should be able to work sufficiently well in English.

Preference will be given to applicants from developing countries, including less developed countries and countries with economies in transition. Gender and regional criteria may be used in the selection of participants.


Applications are due by May 26, 2003. 


Costs and expenses

Full sponsorship will be given to 40 successful applicants.  Priority will be given to applicants from developing countries, including less developed countries and countries with economies in transition.  The sponsorship will cover curricular materials, travel, accommodation and meals.

20 non-sponsored participants will have to pay a course fee of US $800, which includes curricular materirals, lunch (9 days), 3 dinners and social activities.  Non-sponsored participants will also have to pay for their travel, accommodation (approx US790 for 11 nights), and other meals.



Contact details

Trine Glad, Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology

Postal address:    Genok, MH-bygget

                           University of  Tromso

                           N-9037 Tromso, Norway.

Phone: +47 77 64 61 66

Fax: +47 77 64 61 51