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My Chinese seizure

Back in 2014, I attended a series of meetings in China at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). This was doing for multiple reasons in which I will not go right now.

I had an excruciating long flight departing from Brussels with a stopover in Turkey and onwards to Beijing. Overall, with the stopover included, it took about 15 hours. I slept a little in the plane, but the space between the seats was minuscule. Out of the 9 hours it took to reach Beijing, I slept, perhaps, 1 hour.

Going forward, I reached my hotel (the Friendship Hotel) at around 6 am and had a meeting with my friend Bi at 9 am (see photo below: she’s the one in the middle). In between, I took a shower and opened up my laptop for a quick chat with my wife to tell her that I’m ok. Everything went smoothly: chat, meeting, the entire day in fact. Continue reading “My Chinese seizure”

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Goodbye YPARD!

In November 2011, I joined YPARD and the YPARD Steering Committee. It was something new, something intriguing, and something challenging to be a part of. Since then, I traveled the world, attended meetings and met a lot of interesting members being either YPARD members of its supporters.opportunities in agriculture

The spirit of YPARD lived in me for the past 3 years and will continue to do so for many years to come.

I sadly announce that, starting today (December 15th), I will no longer be a member of the YPARD Steering Committee.

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The minister and the diploma

The GCARD 2 was, for me, the best conference that I`ve attended. Big crowd of professionals from my field, great group of young professionals, good speeches with interesting and controversial topics to discuss after… It all led to a beautiful, dreamy-like gathering where, if you think about it, young professionals were on the center stage.

We got to interview high level decision makers; we`ve provided some in-depth news, live from the conference via our social media team; we`ve convince people, through our interventions in different sessions, that youth should be a key focus in every discussion regarding agriculture and how to feed the world. More about youth

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YPARD at GCARD2

Back in 2012, the GCARD 2 (2nd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development) took place in Punta del Este, Uruguay. I had the opportunity to attend it.

My role there was simple: I attended as an EFARD and a YPARD member. As a member of EFARD, I needed to attend a 2 hours board meeting (in a week). As a YPARD member, I attended a social media training given by Peter Casier and became a Social Reporter, blogging and tweeting from the conference. It was the first time (from a lot of…) when I passed my daily tweeting limit (in just one hour) and needed to cool down and wait for it to pass. Continue reading “YPARD at GCARD2”

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Tweeting my Facebook!

I had the opportunity during the summer to go to Beijing for the 2nd YPARD China Conference. It was a weeklong trip, got to see some tourist sites (although I`m not really the touristy type), meet some great people and reconnect with others.

I gave a few speeches, had meetings with a few Heads of CAAS (the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences). But the best part of my trip wasn`t either of these. It was the social media training that I was asked to give to the YPARD China team.

There are a few differences between what social media means in China and what does it mean in the rest of the world. If you can`t connect through a VPN, you don`t have access to major networks like Facebook for example. But similarities exist and I did my best to find and explain them properly. Add it goes on