Welcome to the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy
The University of California, Davis PLANT BREEDING ACADEMY is a premium professional development program designed to develop and enhance the skills of industry personnel around the world to enable them to become independent plant breeders or to contribute to larger breeding programs.
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The Seed Biotechnology Center is currently looking to fill the position of Program Representative.
Under direction of the Academic Administrator/Executive Director - Supv, as a University of California, Davis Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC, sbc.ucdavis.edu) program representative, will provide overall management and support of (International) Plant Breeding Academies (PBA, pba.ucdavis.edu) 6-day in-residence multiple session courses, and, as assigned, Seed Business 101 (SB101). Five-day courses, various short courses, meetings and events. Contribute to the enhancement and delivery of the Plant Breeding Academies, and various short courses offered by the SBC. Serve as primary lead of these courses and various other events. Provide development of the programs, host events, and assist in the marketing and outreach.
For more information on the position and application process, please visit https://careerspub.universityofcalifornia.edu/psp/ucdavis/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&JobOpeningId=4964&PostingSeq=1&SiteId=7&languageCd=ENG&FOCUS=Applicant
The Seed Biotechnology Center is currently looking to fill the position of Executive Director (Academic Administrator classification).
The Executive Director (Academic Administrator) will have global administration and management responsibilities for all education and outreach activities of the SBC, including budgetary development and oversight, administration of all academic and staff personnel, and programmatic development. This position will require an extensive knowledge of all the scientific components of plant breeding and first-hand experience in working with the global seed and plant science industries.
Academic Administrator will be responsible for a broad range of policy-level administrative and programmatic activities for the SBC and provide leadership in short- and long-range planning.
For more information on the position and application process, please visit https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03294
This is an academic-year (9-month), position that includes an appointment in the California Agricultural Experiment Station. The successful candidate will be a member, and will eventually have a leadership role at the Seed Biotechnology Center (sbc.ucdavis.edu), which is dedicated to engagement with the global seed industry and delivery of world-leading training in plant breeding. Significant collaborative opportunities exist with departmental expertise in plant breeding, crop production and management, plant physiology, post-harvest biology and technology and plant and environmental sensing. There is an outstanding opportunity to collaborate across the campus with colleagues in Plant Biology with the Plant Breeding Center and with other expert groups, including California’s extension and farm advisors located across the state.
Full details and application information are available on-line at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF03338
To ensure consideration, applications should be received by February 29, 2020.
Applications are now being accepted!
News and Updates
Video produced by African Plant Breeding Academy (Class IV)
AfPBA Joins Inaugural African Plant Breeders Association Meeting
The network of plant breeders in Africa is getting larger and stronger each year. Several alumni and current members of the African Plant Breeding Academy (shown above) attended the inaugural African Plant Breeders Association meeting in Accra, Ghana on Sept 23-25, 2019.
UC Davis European PBA graduates fifth class
The fifth class of the UC Davis European Plant Breeding Academy (PBA) graduated in late June with a final session in Davis, California. Six 6-day sessions were held over the last two years in the following locations: Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Angers, France; Gatersleben, Germany; Gent, Belgium; Almeria, Spain; and UC Davis. Twenty participants spent more than 300 hours in classes, workshops and the field working towards completion of this premier training program. Seventeen classes offered worldwide since 2006 were attended by 333 breeders from 66 countries, making the UC Davis PBA the most recognized program of its kind. Congratulations Europe Class V!
Allen Van Deynze Receives Excellence in Research Award
The UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center’s Plant Breeding Academy aims to train 150 breeders, connecting them to research resources and funding while empowering them to apply their knowledge to their traditional crops and communities. Read more.
Alumni from our African Plant Breeding Academy have established the African Plant Breeders Association. This professional association will provide a collaborative space for breeders on the continent. The inaugural meeting, where the executive committee will be elected, is in late October 2019.
Our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and cohort of African PBA Class IV student Dr. Kojo Galto. Dr. Galto, an assistant professor at the University of Lomé in Togo, was traveling to a workshop at Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA-ILRI). He was a talented plant breeder and will sorely be missed. Read article.
UC Davis' Department of Plant Sciences shares how PBA is changing the global food supply one scientist at a time. Read article.
African PBA (AfPBA) Class III alumna, Dorcas Ibitoye recently won the 2018 Most Influential Scientist Award at the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT) in Nigeria. Upon receiving the award, Dorcas accredited African PBA to her success, "AfPBA/AOCC have impacted and invested so much in me that I can't keep it to myself. I always look for way to also influence and impact others."
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