EPBC: European Plant Breeding College

The Intensive Study Program (ISP) (Read more here) is part of the European Plant Breeding College (EPBC), an initiative of five European universities: LaSalle-Beauvais Institute (France), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain), Ghent University (Belgium), Ege University (Turkey) and of course, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden).

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EPBC logo. From www.epbc.eu

The EPBC is EU-funded, has been going on for almost a year and aims to create a hub for plant breeding in Europe,  specially among European universities. To achieve this, mobility strategies such as the Intensive Study Program in project management applied to plant breeding – which I followed in France, were created.

It has been a nice opportunity to be part of it indeed, because I  have met very interesting master students  from the universities mentioned above, and stakeholders in the plant breeding sector in France. Particularly, I had many nice conversations about agriculture and culture with students coming from Liberia, Kenya, Ghana and Malawi in Africa. Throughout my education I have not learnt many things about Africa, but now I agree with Catherine, a Kenyan student who told me that  “Africa is the new frontier” . 

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Some of the participants on the first ISP in France at the course kick-off. Picture by Cindy Medina.

The EPBC has other activities planed, and I hope I can take part on some of them, including a course in hybrid breeding in Ghent.  Actually, in the website there are interesting webinars and more information about it.

Au revoir,

Hernán.

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