The Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research (YPARD) was launched in November 2006 to serve as a global platform through which young professionals can express their ideas and realise their full potential towards a dynamic agricultural research for development.

I firmly believe agricultural research needs young, capable, motivated professionals, so I have been supporting the group by offering training opportunities, mentoring…..helping in any way we can.

Now we are trying to identify good candidates for their Steering Committee, to help guide this group of young professionals. Below is the call….

“The YPARD Steering Committee is looking for a new steering committee member. Are you interested to contribute actively to a growing YPARD and help steering the strategic development of YPARD? Help YPARD achieve its ambitious goals with your commitment as a new SC member!

An SC member is expected to voluntarily work and communicate electronically for 1-2 days per month, and participate for about 1 week per year in the annual SC meeting and one or more ARD related events to represent YPARD. The functioning and role of the SC are described below, copied from the Charter that is also available on the website. The following items should be considered as they are important for the SC to select a new member:

1) Being a YPARD member and committed to YPARD

2) Having strongly supported YPARD till now

3) Good knowledge of ARD environment

4) Good knowledge of the working language of YPARD, English

To manifest your interest to serve as SC member, please send a letter of motivation plus a max. 2 page CV and, chair and vice-chair of YPARD. The SC will screen all received files and invite a suitable SC member to complement the present team. Please send your files until 8.February 2009.”