Announcements: Training courses

Listing of educational and training opportunities

Training course on plant genetic resources

Application is open for the three-week training course, “Plant Genetic Resources and Resilient Seed Systems for Sustainable Food Security” organized by the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development, and Bioversity International. The course is designed for research, education and/or development professionals with an interest in agriculture, agrobiodiversity, seeds and food security. Applicants should be fluent in English, have a bachelor’s degree and at least three years professional experience in a relevant field. Early application is recommended as some procedures to finalise subscription (e.g. funding, visa) can take some time. Wageningen CDI does not provide financial support, but will provide instructions to register in ATLAS, the online application form for the Orange Knowledge Programme Fellowship. Consult the CDI application procedures.
Location: Pokhara, Nepal
Dates: 22 October - 9 November 2018
Application deadline for the training course: 10 September 2018
Application form: https://cdicourse.wageningenur.nl/CDIprod/PagesCDI/AccountControl/Login.aspx?id=3889&language=en
For more information: http://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/Short-courses-2018/CDIcourse_PGR_2018.htm

MASHAV Professional Courses

Israel’s Agency for International Development (MASHAV) offers short courses (in English and a number of other languages) that target professionals from governmental and non-governmental institutions, universities, research institutes and/or private sector involved in agricultural development in arid and semi-arid regions. A limited number of scholarships are available. The scholarship covers the cost of the training program including lectures and field visits, full board accommodation in double rooms, health insurance (certain restrictions apply) and transfers to and from the airport. Airfares and daily allowance are not included in the scholarship.

Irrigation and Fertigation for Intensive Crop Production
This course will focus on profitable agriculture, based on efficient water management and the implementation of irrigation and fertigation systems adapted to the different crops. The course will also serve as a platform for discussing the application of the latest methods and technologies in the unique conditions of each participating country.

Location: Kibbutz Hotel - Shefayim, Israel
Dates: 23 April - 11 May
Registration deadline: 6 March 2018
Registration forms: Forms in various languages are available on the website. The English form is available in Word or PDF.
For more information: http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/mashav/Courses/Documents/18-08%20Irrigation%20and%20Fertigation%20for%20Intensive%20Crop%20Production.pdf

IUCN Red List online training courses

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), has developed the first online IUCN Red List Training Course: Assessing Species' Extinction Risk Using IUCN Red List Methodology. Hosted on TNC’s ConservationTraining website, this course is free and open to anyone who wishes to learn more about the IUCN Red List. It consists of 7 modules: introduction to the IUCN Red List, Red List assessments, categories and criteria, supporting information for assessments, mapping protocols, species information service, and regional assessments. The course also includes an exam to test the participants' knowledge of the Red List, the assessment process, and their skills in calculating the various parameters used in the assessments. Passing the exam will entitle participants to a certificate to prove that they have successfully completed the course.