2018 Program Management for Plant Breeders Open for Registration

Davis, CA (April 30, 2018) - Program Management for Plant Breeders (PMPB) is a short course that has been offered biennially since 2013 and has been extremely well-received by the plant breeding community. The participants and their employers provided very positive feedback and testimonials to support the course.

The 2018 PMPB will be held in Davis, CA, September 18 - 20, 2018.  The class is now open for registration.

The course objective is to enhance the management skills of professional scientists who are leading and directing plant breeding and laboratory programs in modern agricultural research and development programs of agribusiness companies and the public sector.  Some of the topics include:

  • Understanding where your plant breeding or research program fits in the overall strategy of the organization. Establishing a vision and goal for your program and defining your key strategies and capacities.
  • Comprehending the financial aspects of your program. Managing budgets, expenses, capital projects and period reporting. Reading and understanding a financial statement and managing your resources within the goals of your organization.
  • Leading and managing people towards a common goal. Learning the principles of effective hiring, retention, evaluation, promotion, training, mentorship and motivation. Handling difficult situations using conflict resolution. Dealing with and embracing change and creating a culture of innovation.
  • Creating effective and efficient programs. Understanding the principles of workflow, scheduling, safety, and legal compliance. Learning issues surrounding intellectual property and contracts, treaties and agreements.

The format includes an interactive delivery with lectures and problem solving activities.  The curriculum and material was developed specifically for this course.  Lead instructors include industry experts: Fred Bliss, Tom Francis and Rale Gjuric.

For questions or additional information, please contact Julie Tillman at jtillman@ucdavis.edu, or visit http://sbc.ucdavis.edu/Courses/Program_Management_for_Plant_Breeders/


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