The CIOPORA Breeding Academy 2022

The CIOPORA Breeding Academy 2022

The ciopora Breeding academY 2022

The CIOPORA Breeding Academy is an education program designed specifically for plant breeders and R&D departments of breeding companies. It provides advanced training in the latest breeding technologies, including New Breeding Techniques (NBT). Our speakers are highly qualified professionals in their fields of expertise.


Dates & Sessions

Thursday is LearnDay!

December 1 – 7:00 pm CET
December 8 – 9:00 am CET or 6:00 pm CET
December 15 – 9:00 am CET or 6:00 pm CET

We offer two live sessions for most webinars to accommodate all time zones.
Average session duration: ca. 75 min (60 min presentation, 15 min Q&A – direct interaction with the speaker possible)


Save 15% and join all three webinars in the
Breeding Academy Webinar Series:
EUR 249.00/498.00 (member/guest).

Webinar series program

December 1, 2022

Prof. Steven J. Knapp

Prof. Steven J. Knapp

Prof. Steven J. Knapp
UC Davis

Steven J. Knapp is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Strawberry Breeding Program , Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis.  He is an expert on plant breeding, quantitative genetics, and genomics and has extensive experience with single-cross hybrid breeding systems in heterotic species.  His past research primarily focused on the breeding, genetics, and genomics of sunflower, peanut, and industrial oilseeds.  His current research focuses on strawberry, with emphases on developing high-yielding disease resistant cultivars, breeding and genetics of fruit quality and shelf-life traits, the development of genomic and bioinformatic resources, and the application of genome-informed breeding approaches in strawberry.  He was previously Global Director of Vegetable Breeding Technology at Monsanto (2009-2015), Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, and Genomics at the University of Georgia (2004-2009), and Professor and Paul C. Berger Endowed Chair at Oregon State University (1985-2004).  He teaches Quantitative Genetics at UC Davis (2015-Present) and previously taught Advanced Plant Breeding and Quantitative Genetics at OSU (1985-2004).

Smart strategies to implement a successful breeding program in vegetatively propagated crops

Speaker: Prof. Steven J. Knapp, UC Davis

December 8, 2022

Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss

Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss

Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss

Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss, Managing Director of Computomics, founded Computomics together with a very experienced board of scientific advisors from ETH Zurich, Max Planck Institute for Biology and the University of Tübingen. Sebastian studied Bioinformatics at University of Michigan and Tübingen. He worked on Machine Learning research and its application to biological data for his PhD degree at the Max Planck Institute for Biology and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory. He brings startup experience, bioinformatics skills and machine learning expertise to Computomics.

Computomics brings superior prediction accuracy and unprecedented integration of phenotyping, genotyping, management, and environmental data to agriculture, enabling its clients to produce stable, value-added crops.

Predictive Breeding: Machine learning technologies for future plant varieties

Speaker: Dr. Sebastian J. Schultheiss, Computomics

December 15, 2022

Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta

Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta

Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Holger Puchta is director of the Botanical Institute and holds since 2002 the Chair of Plant Molecular Biology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. He studied biochemistry at the universities of Tübingen and Munich. After being a research fellow at the Friedrich-Miescher-Institute in Basel he was a group leader at the IPK in Gatersleben. He was worldwide the first scientist to demonstrate that molecular scissors can be applied to induce different kinds of controlled change in plant genomes and one of the leading scientists adopting the CRISPR/Cas technology to plants. Recently his group was able to achieve another important breakthrough for breeding: CRISPR/Cas mediated plant chromosome engineering. For his work on plant genome engineering, he was named “Pioneer of Plant Biotechnology” by the Plant Biotechnology Journal. He is a highly cited researcher and was awarded twice with the prestigious advanced grant of the European Research Council.

Applying CRISPR/Cas to plants: From gene editing to chromosome engineering

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)

Webinar user manual

For your convenience, we have compiled a Webinar User Manual to help you prepare for the webinar participation. Additional information can also be found in the Livestorm Help Center.

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Please download and read this document carefully prior to participation in the webinar.

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About the CIOPORA breeding academy

In November 2020, the CIOPORA Academy education program on IP for plants was expanded with the distance learning offerings for breeders and R&D professionals: The CIOPORA BREEDING Academy.

All CIOPORA BREEDING Academy Webinars are broadcasted live in Livestorm, an online webinar platform, which allows participation for registered persons via internet browser with no prior installation. Please see our User Manual or the Livestorm Help Center for more information on the technical requirements.

Contact us

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to:
Katrin Huhnholz, the CIOPORA Academy Program Manager