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Courses from the Seed Biotechnology Centre – LATEST NEWS

Seed Biology, Production & Quality – last call!
This course has been expanded to include both hands-on exercises and detailed discussions of seed production and seed technology. Topics include: Flowering and pollination, seed development and maturation, production and certification, health and phytosanitation, harvesting and conditioning, vigor and viability, storage and longevity, biotechnology and seed enhancement. This class will be at UC Davis on February 12-14, 2013. Five Registered Seed Technologist credits will be available upon completion of the class.  Participants also have the opportunity to attend Seed Central Research and Technology, Brainstorming and Forum events on the afternoon of February 14th. For more information see Seed Central.

UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy
The UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) is a premium professional program offered in the USA, Europe and Asia. To date, more than one hundred private industry breeders have attended the PBA, making it the most significant program of its kind.  Registration is now open for Class III of the European Plant Breeding Academy. This program begins in October 2013. There is an early-bird registration discount available until March 31, 2013. For more information on the European Plant Breeding Academy contact Joy Patterson or visit the PBA.

Program Management for Plant Breeders- new dates soon!
Due to an overwhelming interest in this UC Davis course, we will announce a new date soon to allow people more time to plan their travel.

Course objective: Enhance management skills of professional scientists who are leading and directing plant breeding and laboratory programs in modern agricultural research and development programs of agribusiness companies and the public sector.
 Understanding where your plant breeding or research program fits in the overall strategy of the organization. Establishing a vision and goal for your program and defining your key strategies and capacities.
 Understanding the financial aspects of your program. Management of budgets, expense control and tracking, capital project management and period reporting. Reading and understanding a financial statement and managing your resources within the goals of your organization.
 Leading and managing people towards a common goal. Understanding the principles of effective hiring, retention, evaluation, promotion, training, mentorship and motivation. Conflict resolution and handing difficult situations. Dealing with and embracing change and creating a culture of innovation.
 Creating effective and efficient programs. Understanding the principles of work flow, scheduling, safety, and legal compliance. Understanding Intellectual Property Issues, Contract issues, Treaties and Agreement.

Format: Interactive delivery including lectures and problem solving. The curriculum and material was developed specifically for this course.  The instructors are recognized experts, experienced industry breeders and R&D Managers.
For questions and additional information go to SBC or contact Susan DiTomaso.

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