Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
Plant Breeding Academy
University of California
Plant Breeding Academy

PBA in Europe Class IV

Jagdeep and Jan in Belgium

About the course: Building on the success of the UC Davis Plant Breeding Academy in the United States, UC Davis is partnering with European institutions and associations to offer Class IV of the European Plant Breeding Academy. This premier training program targets working professionals who desire to become fully trained plant breeders. The course totals 36 days in length--the longest course of its kind in Europe. Participants will meet for six, 6-day sessions over two years. This schedule will allow participants to maintain their current employment while enrolled in the course. All instruction will be in English.

Course goal: This course develops the skills and abilities of current industry personnel to enable them to become independent breeders or more valuable contributors to larger breeding programs.

Who should attend? The course is targeted toward personnel currently involved in plant breeding programs who lack the academic background in genetics theory and practice to advance as independent breeders. Current breeders who desire a refresher course or would like to broaden their expertise would also be potential participants.

Tuition and Fees


EPBA Class IV locations and dates:

Week 1:   Oct 5-10, 2015                    
Location:  Enkhuizen, Netherlands Partners: 
Seed Valley, Naktuinbouw

Week 2:   Mar 7-12, 2016                     
Location:  Angers, France Partners: 
VegepolysFédération Nationale des Professionnels des Semences Potageres et Florales (FNPSP)

Week 3:   June 27-July 2, 2016                  
Location:  Gatersleben, Germany Partners:
The German Plant Breeders' Association (BDP), Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)

Week 4:   Oct 3-8, 2016                      
Location:  Gent, Belgium Parnters: 
FlandersBio, Ghent University 

Week 5:   Mar 6-11, 2017                       
Location: Almeria, Spain Partners: 
University of Almeria, Centre de Recerca en Agrigenomica CRAG & the Association Nacional de Obtentores Vegetales (ANOVE)

Week 6:   June 26-30, 2017                  
Location:  Davis, CA Partners: 
Seed Biotechnology Center, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences

Special thanks to the European Seed Association for their support in the development of the European Plant Breeding Academy.

For more information contact: Joy Patterson


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