This week (April 19–23), the International Rice Research Institute is celebrating hosting an alumni homecoming as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. Alumni (former IRRI students and staff, and their companions) are invited on April 23rd (Friday) to drop by the Grain Quality, Nutrition, and Postharvest Centre (GQNPC). Take a glimpse at how rice from the breeding lines are evaluated for various parameters of quality and see the science that goes behind current and future tools in grain quality evaluation. Post-harvest technologies and management practices developed under close collaboration with national partners are also on exhibit.
Aside from a look at the laboratory facilities (at the Kenzo Hemmi Laboratory and the Service Building), visitors can also participate in sensory evaluation of cooked rice varieties. Three guided laboratory tours are scheduled throughout the day*.
Tour 1 10:00 AM
Tour 2 3:00 PM
Tour 3 4:00 PM
For more information about the alumni homecoming, please visit
*NOTE: Rice tasting will be conducted only during the guided tours.