SEARCA to Sponsor Seminar on Strategic Biotech Communication

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SEARCA to Sponsor Seminar on Strategic Biotech Communication


MANILA, Philippines - The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and Singapore-based Asia BioBusiness Pte. Ltd. will sponsor a seminar-workshop on strategic communication on agricultural biotechnology using risk communication methodology on Feb. 17 to 18 in Los Banos, Laguna.SEARCA said the event is significant since it would help biotechnologists inform the public on issues related to food security and the environmental impact of agricultural production.The seminar was organized in response to a recommendation of the 2010 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) High Level Policy Dialogue on Agricultural Biotechnology held in Sapporo, Japan, which underscored the need for strategic communication to gain widespread acceptance of biotechnology.The seminar-workshop is aimed at addressing the distinctive needs and concerns of the many stakeholders involved in biotechnology through science-based communication that customizes messages for each stakeholder group. The workshop design is aimed at mining the diverse mix of participants of their experiences and leveling up their knowledge and skills in stakeholder-targeted communication.More than 40 senior staff members of government agencies and universities in the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Peru who have influence in the crafting of policies and programs on agricultural biotechnology are expected to participate in the workshop.International experts comprise the workshop's resource persons, including the following: Dr. …

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