Talent Pipeline

Scope and Approach: 

Training the next generation of wheat researchers, especially in the developing world, will be essential to sustaining the effort to develop durably resistant wheat varieties and making certain that resource-constrained, smallholder farmers are the beneficiaries. Though the Talent Pipeline objective, tomorrow’s researchers will gain additional training in data management, gender-awareness, interdisciplinary collaboration, resource management, communication, and leadership. The Talent Pipeline will include both hands-on and online training modules, including a PhD program in Ethiopia for Ethiopian scientists. Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat will track the progress of these scientists and evaluate the impact of training. Because access to scientific training for early- to mid-career women is often limited, every training module will have a gender component designed to engage women scientists in the global wheat system..

Activities: 

This objective will design, coordinate, and facilitate training modules and sessions with emphasis on increasing access to younger scientists in the developing world, particularly women scientists. We will track the status and progress of each scientist trained with a single database system. We will be able to measure the impact of the training as well as avoid potential overlaps. A special focus will be on retaining talent in Ethiopia, including supporting MSc students in Ethiopian universities.. MSc students will be co-mentored by DGGW scientists in Ethiopia and abroad. Additionally, support will be provided for three students from Ethiopia to obtain PhD degrees in US universities to increase the change of retaining the talent in Ethiopia, the students research will be focused on Ethiopia wheat breeding and pathology issues and field research activities will be done in the country. A surveillance training course on wheat blast will be held in Bangladesh to prepare scientists to deal with this new threat to wheat production in the SAARC region.