Science - May 11, 2006

Indian starts younger platform

A new platform for young professionals in agricultural research for development should bring down the average age of the members of the existing platform, which is rather high at the moment.

During the last meeting of the European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development (EFARD), Balasubramanian Ramani, a young researcher from India, found rather a lot of grey haired men around him. This prompted him to launch a new platform for young professionals, the Young Professionals Platform for Agricultural Research for Development (YPARD). The aims of the new platform are to allow younger researchers to contribute to debates on agricultural research for development, and to broaden their career opportunities.

Wageningen UR hosts the new Netherlands Forum on Agricultural Research for Development (NFARD), a platform for exchange among development oriented agricultural researchers. NFARD is part of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and EFARD.

A first group of 25 youngsters from 15 countries gathered last week at Wageningen University to work on a strategic plan for YPARD. More information can be obtained from Ramani, balasub@botanik.uni-hannover.de. / JT

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