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Seed World Group and UC Davis are collaborating to empower seed industry professionals via an exclusive professional development tuition benefit.

Seed World U.S. exists to support and promote the seed industry. We see our job as facilitating the connections that drive relationships and business. Usually, our role is to build those connections by sharing information and stories that inform our audiences about the people, issues and companies that shape the seed industry. Sometimes, however, we can also be a more direct liaison across the seed value chain. 

UC Davis Seed Biotechnology Center (SBC) offers some of the best seed-specific continuous education offerings available anywhere in the world, with programs ranging from short to intensive and available both online and in person. 

Continuous education is critically important to the seed industry. The more skilled and informed our industry becomes, the more solidly positioned it will be to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future. That’s why we’re delighted to announce that Seed World Group is partnering with SBC to promote SBC’s continuous education programs. Thanks to this partnership, UC Davis has agreed to offer, exclusively to Seed World readers, a 20% discount off the regular registration price on all SBC short courses, whether taken online or in person

“When I joined SBC in 2020, our vision for UC Davis SBC educational programs was to become the most reliable resource and the primary destination for continuous learning and development programs for the global seed industry,” says Dr. Jovan Djordjevic, UC Davis lant Breeding Academy director. “The collaboration between Seed World Group and UC Davis SBC fits perfectly —it provides an opportunity for ongoing education for busy seed industry professionals.” 

Course options include:


E-Series (2 half days each): 

  • Statistics and Experimental Design (Spanish & Portuguese versions available) 
  • Hybrid Breeding Strategies, (Spanish & Portuguese versions available) 
  • RStudio Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 


Well-established and popular courses such as:

  • Seed Business 101 Horticulture (5 days)
  • Seed Production (4 days)
  • Seed Biology, Quality and Pathology (3 days)
  • Hemp Breeding and Seed Production (2 days) 

NEW courses:

  • Innovate and Strategize, Vegetables (4 days), Nov 4-8, Davis, U.S.

Led by former BASF CEO Vicente Navarro, this course addresses a critical seed company need: the ability to innovate! It’s essential to have a structure and analytical tools in place for not only creating a compelling vision and devising business strategies and goals, but also ensuring their effective implementation. Highlighted with many case studies, this immersive course will spur Innovation ideas and provide the structure and tools for implementation. 


  • LEAD 1: “Leadership program for Plant Breeders and Scientists” (4 days); this is a former program management for plant breeders. Next edition in the fall of 2024.
  • LEAD 2: “Interpersonal skills, cracking the code of human behavior”, (4 days) March 2024, Almeria, Spain. Under the guidance of Lead Instructor Johan Peleman (former Bayer R&D Managing Director), this course employs practical applications rooted in behavioral sciences to enhance leadership skills across all functions in a seed company, not only R&D. 

*Stay tuned for additional modules coming soon,  which will together make a complete package of the leadership skills seed professionals need to benefit their companies and society overall.

“Embark on a transformative journey with SBC continuing education programs,” says Djordjevic. “As you navigate our courses, not only will you acquire essential skills tailored for the demands of today’s dynamic seed and agriculture sector, but you’ll also be contributing to the collective strength of our seed industry. Don’t forget: you are the CEO of your career and seeds are awesome!”

If you’re interested in learning more, visit To access this exclusive promotion, email the SBC at