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In partnership with Cambridge University’s Department of Plant Sciences, our Foundation held a Plant Molecular Biotechnology Laboratory Training Workshop for Africa-based agricultural researchers, academics and PhD students in Cambridge from 27th March to 3rd April 2017. This was followed by our inaugural African Diaspora Biotech Summit held on 4th April 2017. Seventeen early- and mid-career scientists from seven African countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Morocco, Uganda and South Africa) were selected to attend the workshop and Summit. The candidate selection was based on, 1) strong intellectual and leadership capacity, 2) a clear need to learn new research skills to help improve the quality of their research and teaching, and 3) commitment to train others at their home institutions.

2017 cohort of the Plant Molecular Bio-Laboratory Training Workshop held at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.

The participants gained both theoretical and practical knowledge in a broad aspect of topics in molecular biology, bioinformatics, plant virology and pathology, plant-microbe interactions, plant molecular genetics and plant breeding. The hands-on laboratory practical sessions equipped them with skills needed to improve the quality of their research and teaching in their home institutions. The Workshop also included a professional development and leadership training course designed to improve the professional knowledge, competence, skills and effectiveness of our trainees in their respective careers in Africa.

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