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Nigeria to Host UNN Biotechnology Summit

February 6, 2013

Nigeria will host the UNN Biotechnology Summit of the International Scientific Advisory Board for the International Institute for Biotechnology, at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 4 to 8 February 2013. The institute, a UNESCO Category II facility is the first Institute of its kind in Africa, established through an agreement between UNESCO and the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 15 October 2012 in Paris. 

Stakeholders and experts in biotechnology from the region and beyond are expected to attend the week-long meeting, which is expected to address critical issues of food security and tropical disease research in Africa. A highlight of the meeting of the Scientific Board will be a one-day seminar with the theme, Biotechnology: Prospects and Challenges for Africa, to be discussed by Professor M. Nalecz, director of the Division of Basic Science and Engineering and Director General of the International Basic Science Program (IBSP) at UNESCO HQ.

For more details on the event, go to http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/all-events/?tx_browser_pi1[showUid]=12315&cHash=37ae6b6b3d.