Back to work

We are (at least some of us) back to work, catching up with what needs to be done in the next few months. The project is finishing in nearly 4 months and still so much to be done… We are trying not to panic, but deal with it step by step.

Last checks on seed crops

The current step is the final check of each crop page by the crop leaders. We have received items to update for chickpea, wheat and ongoing on rice. We are still waiting for the updates on the other crops. I realize that this time of the year is not good as many of you are on leave, but still hope for timely responses…

Re-shaping the pages of clonal crops

This part of the work is still very slow as I am concentrating on the urgent upcoming issues for the Korea workshop (see details below). I am still ‘digging’ through and uncertain how to move forward on the clonal crops.

Korea workshop

The next big step is the first testing of the website face to face during the upcoming “International Training Course for Plant Genetic Resources and Genebank Management” to be held in Suwon, Korea during September 7-18, 2009. This will be a great opportunity to evaluate the content and navigability of the site we are creating and get lots of feedback from several users.

Participants are coming from several Asian countries and different backgrounds and are eager to learn and participate. From the 15 participants invited, 12 responded so far to the preliminary questionnaire sent to them, to gather more detailed information about their background so we could better design the workshop sessions for them. This was a great response! We are looking forward to meet all of them in a few weeks and to work together for a few days.

I just got my visa to Korea, after being interviewed at the embassy yesterday and looking forward to visit Korea again. I was in Seoul in 2006 presenting a poster on the 27th International Horticultural Congress of the prestigious International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). That was an amazing event that had more than 1000 participants and exciting presentations of the latest scientific agricultural outcomes. I was greatly impressed with the high standards of living in Korea, the people’s education and the progress they have at various levels. I will have an opportunity to eat kimchi (a traditional sort of cabbage pickle, a must of every local meal) again!

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