CIAT launches alumni network during its 45th anniversary celebrationsMay 17th, 2012 | By Simone Staiger | Category: Training, Training
This year 2012 CIAT is celebrating 45 years working in tropical agricultural research in collaboration with hundreds of partners in Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia—aimed at generating positive impacts mainly for smallholder farmers.
To celebrate it, six events are being organized to take place at CIAT’s headquarters in Colombia and elsewhere around the world to raise awareness of the diversity and scope of the Center’s science.
From 3 to 6 July, various celebration events will take place at CIAT’s headquarters in Palmira, Colombia. The week will be dedicated to deepening our understanding of the eco-efficiency concept, its potential, and benefits. The 3rd of July will be Eco-Efficiency Day. On the 5th, a forum will be held, titled “Eco-Efficiency: A Key to Competitive Agriculture in Colombia?” On the 6th, the CIAT alumni network will be officially launched, and a workshop will be held under the title “The Colombian Diaspora of Ex-CIAT Staff: An Asset for Research and Development.”
CIAT has contributed importantly to increasing the knowledge pool and strengthening the capacity of
its many research partners. More than 14,000 professionals from Latin America, Africa, and Asia have benefited from training offered by the Center. About half of these people have taken part in specialized courses or workshops, while about 35% have received individual training. The remainder did thesis research at CIAT for postgraduate degrees.
At the same time, many ex-CIAT staff have built excellent careers in major research organizations around the world, using what they learned while at CIAT to achieve their professional goals. How can we learn from and replicate those experiences? How can we strengthen our connections with ex-CIAT staff so as to identify new opportunities for partnerships in agricultural research for development? How can we collaborate even more closely with universities with the shared aim of directing talented people toward careers in agricultural research?
CIAT Capacity is organizing this half-day event jointly with the agrobiodiversity research area to foster the sharing of insights between ex-CIAT staff currently working in research organizations in the USA and Colombia and students from Colombian universities as well as CIAT researchers.