Keynote and Public Lecture: Possibilities for achieving food security in Africa by 2050


Mar 27, 2017

09:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge University, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3EA

JR Biotek Foundation, a charitable organisation founded by Carol Ibe, a PhD student at the Department of Plant Sciences (Uta Paszkowski's Lab) is pleased to co-organize a Molecular Laboratory Training Workshop for twenty Africa-based agricultural research scientists and academics. The workshop will take place at the Department of Plant Sciences from 27th March to 3rd April 2017.

On Monday, 27th March, the training workshop will begin with a keynote lecture delivered by Professor Sir David Baulcombe (Head, Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge University). The title of his keynote lecture is "Future possibilities for plant biotechnology in Africa."

The keynote will be followed by four exciting short research talks titled;

"Unlocking new water sources for improving agricultural productivity and food security” - Professor Mark Tester, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

"Genetic mapping in rice and relevance to African agriculture” – Dr.
Adam Price, University of Aberdeen, UK

"The Push-Pull Platform for Overcoming Constraints to Increasing Small Holder Farmer Production“ – Professor John Pickett, Rothamsted Research, UK (

Everyone is welcome to attend. To book your place, please visit