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2nd Training Workshop on 'Industrial Biotechnology: Driving Value Addition and Beneficiation' in Harare, Zimbabwe, 22-24 August 2017

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Industrial Biotechnology is the application of biotechnology to industrial processes, leading to the production of innovative products in a sustainable manner. It involves working with nature to maximise and optimise the existing biochemical tools of manufacturing and is one of the most promising new approaches to pollution prevention, resource conservation, cost reduction and creation of new markets while protecting the environment. Most of the countries, including those with emerging economies, acknowledge the role that Industrial Biotechnology is playing in the conversion of natural resources into value added products of benefit to humans. Novel biotechnologies for adding economic value to under-utilised biological resources in developing countries are capable of meeting specific developmental and biodiversity conservation goals.

The Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) announces the organisation of the 2nd Training Workshop on ‘Industrial Biotechnology: Driving Value Addition and Beneficiation’ in Harare, Zimbabwe from 22nd to 24th August 2017 which will be hosted by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development through the National Biotechnology Authority (NBA) of Zimbabwe, and invites nominations of researchers, academia, technologists, industry representatives, government officials, policy makers, regulators and NGOs from the NAM and other developing countries with an interest in industrial biotechnology applications.  

The following may please be noted: 

(a)       The last date for submission of applications is Friday, 21st July 2017. Only limited seats are available for participation in this event. Since a large number of applications are expected, early response is advisable to avoid disappointment.

(b)      Free local hospitality, including accommodation and meals, will be provided by the local organisers to all foreign participants from from 21st August 2017 (Noon) to 25th August 2017 (Noon), i.e. for 4 nights commencing from one day before the Workshop and for an additional day after its conclusion. The participants should arrange their flight schedules accordingly, otherwise  they will have to make their own arrangement of stay beyond these days.

        Transport will also be provided to the participants free of any cost for their airport transfer and local travel in connection with the Training Workshop.

(c)       Application for participation in the Training Workshop may please be made only to the NAM S&T Centre (E-mail: namstcentre@gmail.com) in the Nomination Form attached with the Announcement, except by those from Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwean applicants, however, should submit their Nomination Forms only to the National Biotechnology Authority (NBA) of Zimbabwe.

(d)      It is mandatory for all participants to make a presentation during the Workshop. Accordingly, an extended abstract (1-2 pages, in MS Word) of the material proposed to be presented during the event must be attached with the Nomination Form, without which the application shall be deemed invalid.

(e)      The selection for attending the Training Workshop will be made strictly on the merit of the abstract of the paper to be presented by the applicants during the Training Workshop, their academic background and professional experience, and interest of their parent organisation in the subject area.

(f)       For applications received from the member countries of the NAM S&T Centre, which are regularly paying their annual subscription: The NAM S&T Centre will provide return international airfare to Harare by Excursion Class by Shortest Route to only one official nominee of each country, whose application is routed through the Focal Point of the NAM S&T Centre in the applicant’s country.

        In this connection, the Focal Points may please note that they may endorse any number of applications, but the NAM S&T Centre will consider only one official nomination for full financial support by the Centre, subject to the availability of seats and the applicant fulfilling all the above stated criteria. The additional nominations from the Focal Points, if any, as well as the applications directly received by the NAM S&T Centre may also be considered subject to the availability of seats, but such applicants will have to arrange for their international fare and will also be required to pay in advance a Processing Fee of US$400 to the NAM S&T Centre.

(g)      For applications received from the member countries of the NAM S&T Centre defaulting on the payment of their annual dues: Selected nominees of the Focal Points from those of the member countries that are overdue on the payment of their annual subscription and any other selected applicants will make their own arrangement for international travel and will also be required to pay in advance a Processing Fee of US$400 to the NAM S&T Centre.

(h)      For nominations received from the S&T-Industry Network Members of the NAM S&T Centre: The NAM S&T – Industry Network entitles each Network member, which has no outstanding dues against its membership subscription, to get invitation for two nominees each year with full finances paid by the Centre for participation in appropriate activities organised by the Centre. Accordingly, if a Network member has not yet fully availed of this privilege and desires to make a nomination for attending this Training Workshop, the NAM S&T Centre will provide return international airfare to Harare by Excursion Class by Shortest Route to such official nominee of the Network member, if selected.

        Any additional nominee(s) of the paying S&T-Industry Network Members, as well as the nominees of those Network Members, which are overdue on the payment of their annual network membership subscription, if selected, will make their own arrangement for international travel and will also be required to pay in advance a Processing Fee of US$400 to the NAM S&T Centre. 

(i)        For applicants from the non-member countries and any other applicants in their individual capacity from countries other than Zimbabwe: They may send the completed Nomination Form directly to the NAM S&T Centre. They will be required to pay a Processing Fee of US$400 to the NAM S&T Centre immediately after selection and will also make their own arrangement for international travel.

(j)        Other details are available in the attached Announcement.

(k)       Information on the member countries and S&T-Industry Network members of the NAM S&T Centre and names/addresses of the Focal Points may be seen on the Centre’s website www.namstct.org.

(l)        English will be the official language of the Training Workshop.

[ Announcement ] [ Nomination Form ]

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