Basic Wheat Improvement Course-2020


The Basic Wheat Improvement Course (BWIC) is a unique professional opportunity for early career scientist in the public and private sector. Our goal is to train the next generation of breeders to face current challenges in wheat production. During the course, we will review core concepts in genetics, conventional breeding, statistics, and the most recent cutting-edge technologies implemented in the CIMMYT’s wheat breeding program. Participants will be involved in all the activities of the breeding program and directly interact with the CIMMYT’s scientific community. Plan breeding is a science and an art, and this curse provides the opportunity for the new generation of breeders to learn the science and develop the art.

The BWIC targets junior scientists associated with the National Breeding Programs nominated and/or approved by regional offices, but any person interested is welcome to apply. Participants are required to holds a Bachelor of Science or a Master’s degree in Plant Breeding or related disciplines with experience on field crop breeding and research. Proficiency in English is required.


This course targets junior scientist (<40yrs old) associated with national breeding programs, but graduate students and qualified self-sponsored visitors are also welcome to apply. We require that the candidates must be fit for field work.

  • Provide skills and knowledge for successfully designing and managing a wheat breeding program
  • Familiarize the participant with the CIMMYT’s strategic objectives and breeding priorities for developing wheat cultivars
  • A comprehensive understanding of the breeding methods used in CIMMYT and how disciples as plant Pathology and Physiology, Wheat Quality, Biometric, Geographic Information Systems and Social Sciences support a breeding program
  • Understand and apply new technologies for wheat improvement
  • Develop the ability to work in a multicultural and interdisciplinary research program