In 2019, the 14th IUPAC International Congress of Crop Protection is being held in Ghent, Belgium from 19-24 May. The theme of the Congress is “Crop Protection: Education of the Future Generation”. As the academic institution and host of the conference, Ghent University aims to involve the next generation of plant protection leaders and showcase their crucial role in the future of agriculture. In partnership and consultation with global agricultural youth organizations – IAAS and YPARD there will be two exciting elements in theIUPAC Next Generation Programme:
The Next Generation Agri Summit (19-23 May 2019).Sponsored by CropLife International,the Agri Summit will offer an innovative program developed by and for young agricultural students and researchers interested and engaged in all aspects of crop protection. It will run parallel with the IUPAC International Congress, offering a unique opportunity to engage with world-renowned leaders in plant protection as well as engage in topics specifically wanted by youth.
N-GAGE champions: N-GAGE (Next Generation Agricultural Innovators) is an IUPAC 2019 pilot project to select up to 5 promising young agricultural innovators to join the Agri Summit, receive seed funding for their project idea and one-year of mentorship and training opportunities.
What can you expect?
Thanks to the generous support of CropLife International, 50 young agricultural students and researchers will be sponsored to come to Ghent, Belgium for the Next Generation Agri Summit, part of the IUPAC 2019 International Congress from May 19 until May 24, 2019.
You can be part of a Summit that has been designed specifically by and for the next generation of crop protection leaders. Keep the world up to date on the Congress with your blogposts after a social media training course. Broaden your network and connect with our globally renowned speakers such as the Nobel prize winner Sir Fraser Stoddart.
How to Apply
Be part of the solution!
If you have an innovation or an idea about sustainable crop protection, you can apply! We are now waiting to accept submissions from you, the next generation of plant protection leaders who have an innovation or idea they want to promote. Fifty (50) will be selected and fully sponsored to come to the IUPAC International Congress and the Next Generation Agri Summit in Ghent, Belgium.
What is being offered?
- IUPAC 2019 is offering 50 sponsored places to the next generation of leaders in crop protection to participate in the four-day Agri Summit in Ghent, Belgium (19-23 May 2019) and link with the IUPAC International Congress.
- From the Next Generation Agri-Summit applications we want to select up to five N-GAGE champions and provide seed funding (€5,000) to facilitate the startup of their innovation or project idea in crop protection. For one year (May 2019-May 2020), we will mentor these young innovators within their innovation/idea, linking them with seasoned researchers and practitioners and integrating them in other agricultural youth networks and organizations. Training on new ways to advocate and network using innovative communication tools will be provided.
Applications need to be sent by email to iupacnextgenerationprogram(at)gmail.com and then will be screened by Next Generation Programme Coordination team to ensure requirements for the contest have been met.
Applications will be processed and posted online to the IUPAC Next Generation website. Your application will be confirmed and once it is online, we will send you the link to your submission blogpost by email. Once your application is online boost its reach by summarizing your application in a single tweet or instagram post using the #iupacNextGen.
- Expectations from those that apply, and are chosen, is that they will participate fully in the Next Generation Agri Summit. They will attend and engage in the programme, make new connections, ask questions and bring an open mind.
- Applicants must be between 18 and 40 years of age and either currently enrolled in an agricultural educational institution or have recently graduated in the past two years.
- Those applying will be asked to submit their application by email iupacnextgenerationprogram(at)gmail.com as an attachment written in MS Word or any other text editor. Applications can be in English or French. Be aware that the IUPAC 2019 Congress and the Next Generation Agri Summit are in English so applicants must be comfortable in talking and understanding English.
- The application must be no more than 2 pages and be written in a story-telling format (as if it were a blogpost).
- The story must be accompanied by no more than 2 illustrations, photos or videos that is the copyright of the applicant. Include picture credentials in your application. Pictures/videos should be attached to the submission email – and sent as separate attachments.
- No fancy formatting or structuring in the text.
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