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The Cornell Alliance for Science, in close collaboration with the Global Farmer Network, is seeking nominations for a 2017 Cornell Alliance for Science Leadership Course for Farmers. The Leadership Course for Farmers is an intensive six-day (September 18–23, 2017) training course to be held in Moline, Illinois, USA. The course is designed for farmers around the world who are committed to advocating for increased access to agricultural biotechnology as a means of addressing challenges such as food security, agricultural sustainability, and climate change. This course will be taught in English.

Course Overview:

This interactive training course will focus on providing participants with the frameworks, tools, and support they need to be effective advocates for scientific innovation in their home countries. Course participants will discuss common challenges, engage in collective problem solving, and share best practices. We will take an applied approach; participants will conduct assessments of the issue landscape, hone their public speaking skills, and explore how to apply grassroots organizing, strategic relationship-building, and targeted communications to influence key stakeholder groups.

Please consider carefully farmers you may know who would benefit from this course and have the potential to be excellent champions of change. We are seeking farmer candidates who meet three basic criteria: 1) strong leadership potential, 2) part of a larger network, and 3) a passion for ensuring access to agricultural innovations such as biotechnology. PLEASE NOTE: Self-nominations are welcome! Expenses to attend the course will be covered for invited participants.

Please access the online nomination form/application here:
Alliance for Science Farmer Course Nomination Form

The deadline for all applications is JUNE 30, 2017.

The Cornell Alliance for Science is an initiative for science-based agricultural communications that is focused on the global public good. The Alliance seeks to promote access to scientific innovation as a means of enhancing food security, improving environmental sustainability, and raising the quality of life globally.

This course will be organized and conducted in close collaboration with the Global Farmer Network.

We welcome your nominations, and SELF-NOMINATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED! Please find the link to our nomination form (application) above and complete by JUNE 30, 2017. For more information, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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