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).

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” . 

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,


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