International e-conference on conservation and sustainable use of PGR

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Dear colleagues,

we would like to invite you to participate in our international electronic conference on conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources (, which will take place from Monday March 3 to Tuesday March 25, 2008.

The two year European Commission FP6 funded project "DIVERSEEDS:
Networking on conservation and use of plant genetic resources in Europe and Asia" is hosting the e-conference on current challenges for the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). The aim of DIVERSEEDS is to improve the cooperation between European and Asian experts and stakeholders regarding selected PGR issues. The international DIVERSEEDS team consists of 10 partner institutions from several European and Asian countries, including Bioversity International (see for more details).
After a series of internal workshops and meetings we would now like to share our experiences and discuss selected PGR issues and draft recommendations with a wider group of experts and interested stakeholders. The issues we would like to discuss fall under the following three areas:

For more information on these thematic areas and specific questions to be discussed, please have a look at our background document:
The discussions and consultations during the e-conference will be an important contribution to the production of our final recommendations, which will be delivered to national governments, international organizations, research centres, universities, and other stakeholders in Europe and Asia at the end of 2008.

The e-conference also includes a "matchmaking" section where you will be able to describe your PGR research interests and look for potential collaborative partners from Europe and Asia.
You are kindly invited to register to the e-conference at . In case of any difficulty with the registration, please e-mail Gregor Giersch on

We would greatly appreciate your help in forwarding this announcement to your colleagues and networks.
Kind regards,

Markus Schmidt, IDC
DIVERSEEDS Project Coordinator

Markus Schmidt


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