UNU-BIOLAC Webinars on Biotechnology

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  • 2020•05•14     Peru

    Call for proposals

    UNU-BIOLAC is accepting applications to academic activities held in interactive webinar modules around a common theme, according to the priority areas of the Programme. Following our mission to build capacities in Biotechnology within Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, we aim to prepare and qualify professionals through high-level training courses. All activities are co-organized with UNU-BIOLAC throughout the LAC countries and carried out in collaboration with an international network of highly qualified academics and researchers in the diverse fields of biotechnology.

    In pursuit of strengthening the region’s biotechnology studies and networks, and considering the current circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, we have decided to announce a new initiative to integrate elite professionals in the biotechnology fields into on-line activities to engage with regional professionals. These academic activities are of great importance for our mission by empowering qualified professionals to implement educational events all over the region and incorporating them as an active UNU-BIOLAC alumni community.

    Applications proposals pursue senior researchers who combine the highest level of research excellence with a demonstrated passion for delivering social impact from biotechnology.

    With this call, accepted members will have the opportunity to be part of the UNU-BIOLAC mission by proposing high-level capacity building activities and helping to increase UNU-BIOLAC outreach and dissemination capabilities.


    Each UNU-BIOLAC webinar activity should host a minimum of 20 participants and organized by at least one coordinator. A minimum of 3 invited expert speakers should be part of the event. These training webinars will have to rely on worldwide specialists and participants that equally represent the LAC region. Each virtual lecture should last around 40-50 minutes with a live Q&A chat arranged towards the end.

    Budgets for these activities will be studied on a case by case basis. They should consider items such as speaker honorarium (according to academic merits), internet platform connections costs, or supplemented learning material. Each webinar activity should also provide, as output, a recording file of the activity along with a discussion of its content that helps to verify the achievement of learning goals.

    At the end of the activity, the coordinator will have to deliver a final report with all academic/training results and must include a financial statement of all incurred expenses, which will be evaluated by a UNU-BIOLAC academic committee. If an activity report receives an outstanding evaluation, its coordinator would be able to apply for further financing within this or any other UNU-BIOLAC funding call.

    Research fields

    This call is open to all senior researchers who are engaged in active research and academic activities related to high-throughput/deep sequencing of genomes, metagenomic analysis, and whole-genome gene expression to discover new genes and biological functions.

    The above technological approaches provide new insights into four priority areas that were identified in the context of global climate change as challenging the sustainability of traditional cropping systems and the control of animal and human health by affecting the (re)emergence of diseases and their etiological agents and vectors.

    Therefore, for 2021 UNU-BIOLAC is seeking to empower young scientists to use Big Data as a knowledge-enabling strategy that navigates across the following priority areas:

    1. Emerging and neglected human, animal and plant diseases
    2. Metagenomics as a tool for environmental microbiology
    3. Sustainable bioenergy
    4. Innovative biotechnological processes


    The UNU-BIOLAC Programme is committed to making use of biotechnology for social development in Latin America and the Caribbean; therefore, it pursues to promote scientific and technological knowledge to a broad audience, engage in policy debate, and foster international and interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Application process

    All applicants should download and complete all mandatory documentation and submit it with the application form to applications.biolac@unu.edu

    ​The email must contain the following information:

    Email Subject: Webinar Call for proposals 2020. “Name of the applicant”

    Email content:

    1. Name of the applicant and proposed academic activity
    2. Priority research area
    3. Intended dates for the academic activity

    Mandatory attachments:

    • Cover letter
    • Academic Resumé
    • Completed webinar application form
    • Invited speakers and lectures CVs
    • Vendor form

    Please note that all applications must orient towards UNU-BIOLAC priority areas. Any application not meeting this requirement will need to be accompanied by a justification letter. Special considerations will be made for subject matters that are relevant to the region.


    UNU-BIOLAC is an equal opportunity institution. No applicant for our academic or research activities shall be discriminated against in any term or condition because of gender, race, colour, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, or sexual orientation.

    You can download the call here