About The Program

One of the great challenges of the 21st century is to provide sufficient, nutritionally-rich and sustainably produced food for the rapidly expanding global population. Climate change is one of the major threats to crop and livestock production as it has brought with it unpredictable episodes of heat and drought, and the emergence of new plant and livestock pests and diseases. Genome editing technologies such as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats and associated endonuclease (CRISPR-Cas) has fundamentally changed the way biotechnology can be applied to agriculture. It offers plant and animal breeders with opportunities to optimise their biological resources for stable and abundant food production.
GEFSES is designed to train teams of highly qualified personnel with Genome Editing skills for Food Security & Environmental Sustainability by integrating research, policy & professional development.
The CREATE program is designed to improve the mentoring and training environment for the Canadian researchers of tomorrow by improving training in areas such as professional skills, communication and collaboration, as well as providing experience relevant to both academic and non-academic research environments.