Date: From 2 February 2015 (Mon) to 4 February 2015 (Wed)

Venue: Department of Genetics Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo (ESALQ-USP), Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil

Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation” are important global issues, and plant conservation is especially important because plants provide the very basic resources and environment for most living organisms on the earth.  In this workshop, we aim to share our knowledge and techniques to use Genetics for Plant Conservation. The diversity of genes is one of the key aspects of Biodiversity, and both Brazil and Japan have fostered prominent researches for conservation of genetic diversity. This workshop provides us an excellent opportunity to share our ideas from the two countries at opposite sides on the Earth and to promote further research networks. The goal of the workshop is to create networks of young researchers from these two countries who will play key roles to solve global issues in plant conservation.

Purpose of workshop in terms of research:
The goal of the workshop is to create research networks of young researchers as stated above. Through the discussion of participants, we will reveal the following questions.
What are the prioritized issues of Plant Conservation in which Brazil and Japan should work together?
What are the effective working groups to tackle with the issues, and who will be members?
       (We expect three or more working groups to be created)

What are the active plans of the working groups and their roadmaps for next three years?

      How will be realized?
In addition to geneticist, participants from other fields related to plant conservation (ecology, evolution taxonomy, geographic information system, for instance) will be selected to discuss issues of interest in a holistic manner. Discussion groups will be held to find and solve issues.  Coordinators and mentors will encourage discussions. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and other and pedagogical methodology (e.g. Google Apps) will be used to promote group discussions.

Workshop program

- Tadashi Kajita (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Chiba University)

- Maria Imaculada Zucchi (Scientific researcher, Agência Paulista de Tecnologia dos Agronegócios - APTA - Pólo Regional de Desenvolvimento Tecnológico do Centro Sul.) 

- Koji Takayama (Assistant Professor, University Museum, The University of Tokyo)

- Yuji Isagi (Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University)

- Yoshihisa Suyama (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University)

- Pedro Henrique Santin Brancalion (Adjunct Professor, ESALQ-USP)

- Evandro Marsola de Moraes (Adjunct Professor,  Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFScar), campus Sorocaba)

- Clarisse Palva Silva (Researcher, Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Instituto de Biociências de Rio Claro)

Organizing Committee

- José Baldin Pinheiro (Professor, ESALQ-USP)

Alessandro Alves Pereira (ESALQ-USP)

- Carolina Grando (University of Campinas, UNICAMP)

- Ellida de Aguiar Silvestre (UNICAMP)

- Gustavo Maruyama Mori (Centro de Biologia Molecular e Engenharia Genética - CBMEG - UNICAMP, APTA), Executive Organizer.

- Mariana Novello (UNICAMP)

- Mariana Vargas Cruz (CBMEG - UNICAMP)

- Patricia Sanae Sujii (UNICAMP)

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