Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
Seed Biotechnology Center
University of California
Seed Biotechnology Center

UC Davis establishes the European Plant Breeding Academy

Davis, California, USA
August 13, 2009

Building on the success of the Plant Breeding Academy in the United States, the UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center is partnering with European companies, institutions and associations to offer the European Plant Breeding Academy. Scheduled to start in March 2010, the European Plant Breeding Academy is designed specifically to address the increased global demand for trained plant breeders. This premier training program targets working professionals who desire to become fully trained plant breeders. Participation is typically sponsored by their employer. Participants will meet for six sessions of six days each over two years. This schedule will allow participants to maintain their current employment while enrolled in the course. All instruction will be in English.

The instructors, selected from around Europe and the United States, are nationally and internationally recognized experts in plant breeding and seed technology. Idy Van Leeuwen, the owner of the Dutch education company Breedwise, has been selected as one of the lead instructors. She is a highly respected plant breeding and seed technology instructor who works with private companies and institutions in The Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Ms. Van Leeuwen will be joined on the education team by the director of the Plant Breeding Academy as well as expert faculty from Europe and the United States.

The European sessions will be held in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands; Angers, France; Barcelona, Spain and Gatersleben, Germany. The first and last sessions will be held in Davis, California.

Cooperating partners include:

  • the European Seed Association in Belgium;
  • Vegepolys in France;
  • Seed Valley and Naktuinbouw in The Netherlands;
  • the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics in Spain;
  • the Spanish Plant Breeders Association in Spain,
  • the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Germany; and
  • the German Plant Breeders Association in Germany.

The following are the dates and locations of each of the six sessions.

Week 1: March 8 – 13, 2010
Location: Davis, California

Week 2: June 21 – 26, 2010
Location: Angers, France

Week 3: October 18 – 23, 2010
Location: Enkhuizen, The Netherlands

Week 4: February 21 – 26, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Week 5: June 20 – 25, 2011
Location: Gatersleben, Germany

Week 6: September 26 – October 1, 2011
Location: Davis, California

For more information please:

- see the Plant Breeding Academy website at  
- or contact Joy Patterson at  or PH (530)752-4414.

The Seed Biotechnology Center was established at UC Davis in 1999 to mobilize the research, educational and outreach resources of the University of California in partnership with the seed and biotechnology industries, and to facilitate discovery and commercialization of new seed technologies for agricultural and consumer benefits.


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