Research programme on biological resources in agriculture

2017 CRP-Sponsored Conferences


In 2017, the Co-operative Research Programme sponsored 8 conferences.

1. Digital Transformation of Animal Health Monitoring, Exeter, United Kingdom, 1-2 March 2017

 The objective of this small workshop is to increase the availability and usability of drug usage and animal disease data by developing a sustainable and effective business model, starting with the food producing animal industry. The model will enable animal health monitoring information to be gathered and aggregated across countries. This information is not currently readily available, especially at the global level, but is of increasing importance as, for example, anti-microbial resistance increases and the consequences for human health become more apparent. The outcomes could very well be useful to the APM’s work on anti-microbial resistance.

Proceedings: Vial F. and A. Székács (Eds), 2018, Frontiers, “Digital Transformation of Animal Health Data: Proceedings of the AHEAD 2017 Workshop”, Frontiers Media SA (online)


2. International symposium on food credence attributes: How can we design policies to meet consumer demand, Tokyo, Japan, 18-20 May 2017

 This symposium will explore our understanding of consumer preference over food credence attributes and the differences in consumer perception in different countries. It will look at how different countries apply different standards and regulations for the same food credence attribute and how this can affect the trade flow, as well as looking at food labelling practices across countries. The aim is to see if a platform can be developed to strengthen communication between consumers and producers to facilitate these issues. The outcomes of the symposium should be helpful to the APM’s work on food prices.

Proceedings forthcoming.


3. Global Goals - new approaches to knowledge generation: challenges and solutions from local to global scales, Stockholm, Sweden, 24-26 August 2017

 Focusing on managing natural capital, this conference is designed to provide the exchange of scientific knowledge in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be the themes of the UN High Level Political Forum taking place in 2018 (SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15). The conference will focus on new knowledge generation and integration to support the implementation of the SDGs and how this knowledge can be implemented by society.


4. Symposium on Systems Analysis of Forest Resources, Suquamish, WA, USA , 27-30 August 2017

 This symposium will look at how data collection protocols for competing forest management objectives and ecosystem services can be streamlined. It will do this in a unique way by bringing together two traditionally disconnected disciplines – the remote sensing-geospatial informatics community and operations researchers. This combination of expertise should achieve synergies to support forest management practices and policy.


5. Application of high throughput genotyping technologies for forest tree species identification and timber tracking, Madrid, Spain, 13-15 September 2017

 The aim of this workshop is to facilitate the co-ordination of efforts from international initiatives in forest tree genomics to transfer information and high throughput techniques to improve and standardise multispecies DNA genotyping tools for species identification of timber and wood products to support the control of illegal timber logging and trade. Given that the global problem of illegal logging has significant negative economic, environmental and social impacts, if this workshop helps towards developing an accurate and global method of identifying source species that is straightforward to use by non-specialists, it will be a major contribution. 


6. Water Quality: a new challege for global scale modelling, Wageningen, Netherlands, 18-21 September 2017

 This workshop will explore the potential to model global water quality in the face of numerous stresses, but to assess global water quality, real data is currently insufficient. The workshop aims to set the agenda for future modelling efforts that are able to integrate knowledge of both water quality and quantity; whilst global models exist for nutrients, water temperature and pesticides and models are being developed for many more pollutants, the people modelling water quality for these different issues do not usually talk to each other. The workshop will bring these people together to share their knowledge and expertise to set the agenda for future modelling efforts that are able to integrate all this knowledge.


7. FutureIPM 3.0: towards a sustainable agriculture, Riva del Garda, Italy, 14-20 October 2017

The objective of this conference is to provide wide and high-quality information to policy makers to support them in their understanding of the whole context and the available solutions for sustainable crop production. It hopes to bring policy makers together with industry and academia to inform them about current and future research, scientific developments and opportunities in the field of integrated agricultural production systems to optimise productivity in agriculture whilst maintaining sustainable crop production. The conference will focus on plant protection, but take into consideration landscape management, biodiversity, protection of the environment, biopesticides and the threats posed by invasive pest species, as well as looking at the most advanced tools of precision farming and ICT.


8. 1st Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Pasture and Livestock Farming, Hamilton, New Zealand, 15-18 October 2017

This conference, held in conjunction with the 7th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture, is intended to be a trendsetting platform for the communities involved in advancing and innovating the pasture management and livestock farming industries in Asia and Australasia. It will focus on the integrated research that is increasingly relevant for pastures and livestock in the region and will be the first international conference to bring together researchers and interested practitioners from the region to share and discuss experience in research, technologies and the practical application of livestock farming.



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