Research programme on biological resources in agriculture

2018 CRP-Sponsored Conferences


In 2018, the Co-operative Research Programme will sponsor 9 conferences.


1. TERRAenVISION: Science for Society, Barcelona, Spain, 29 January - 2 February 2018

This conference addressed several issues of importance to agricultural sustainability and the implications of a suite of international policy agendas as captured by the Sustainable Development Goals and UN climate conventions. It focused in particular on climate change, water resources, land degradation, soil erosion and ecosystem services and agriculture, with the aim of helping bridge the gap between science and society.


2. 2018 Circular Economy for Agri-Food Resource Management, Seoul, Korea, 13-15 June 2018

This circular economy conference will focus on the re-utilisation of agricultural waste, sustainability and economic viability of agri-food systems. Specific issues to be covered include the food production chain, animal husbandry, forestry, fisheries, hydroponics and aquaponics. The conference will also cover the more general considerations of circular economy – resource efficiency or complete waste utilisation, as well as systems analysis and modelling methods, and the potential of business and economic models, with an emphasis on environmental implications.


3. OECD Conference  on Genome Editing: Applications in Agriculture - Implications for Health, Environment and Regulation, OECD, Paris, France, 28-29 June 2018

This event will focus on genome editing applications for use in crop plant and animal breeding to examine the risk and safety assessment and regulatory context for the products derived from these techniques. The conference will review the situation of current and upcoming genome editing applications and the potential safety concerns for the environment and health. It will also discuss whether or not existing frameworks for risk analysis are equipped to deal with these new technologies and what the implications are for regulation, ethics and agricultural innovation, identifying possible policy remedies to address these concerns. 


4. CRISPRing - a new begin for genetic improvement of plants and microbes, Budapest, Hungary, 3-5 September 2018

This workshop focuses on the use of novel genome editing technologies in the improvement of plants and microorganisms, and on the scientific prospects and future applications of genomic editing in the post-genomic era. In view of the rapid progress in CRISPR technology and its expansion into many fields of plant science, it is increasingly important that specialists keep each other and the public updated. It differs from the above event in focusing on the science and technology.


5. Natural products in pest management: Innovative approaches for increasing their use, Bellagio, Italy, 25-29 September 2018

Due to the rapidly evolving pest resistance and rising concern about the environmental and toxicological safety of synthetic pesticides, there is renewed interest in natural product solutions to pest management problems. This conference will bring together some of the most prominent scientists using advanced approaches to discover and develop new pest management solutions based on natural products.


6. Preparing Europe for invasion by the beetles emerald ash borer and bronze birch borer, two major tree-killing pests,  Vienna, Austria, 1-4 October 2018

These two aggressive pests, which have caused considerable damage to forests in the US, are a serious threat to European forests if they arrive in Europe. There are real concerns that this will happen, given that one of the pest has been found in Russia and is spreading west from Moscow at an estimated rate of 40 km per year. This conference will examine how Europe can prepare a contingency plan to cope with these pests by bringing together experts from a wide range of disciplines and geographical regions to share experience gained in other parts of the world, and to discuss the different pathways that transport the pests. The conference aims to inform policy towards optimising current and future preparedness.


7. Risk valuation and risk management tools in agri-food sector, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 17-18 October 2018

The aim of this conference is to provide broad and high-quality information to policy-makers, researchers and other professional stakeholders in the field of risk assessment and risk elimination tools in the agri-food sector. It will include an overview of methods and studies on measures to prevent or minimise risks and threats to agricultural and food production, with a strong focus on policy issues. It is hoped that the results of this conference will feed into the wider discussion on risk management which will be one of the key themes of the future EU Common Agricultural Policy.


8. Making science useful to agriculture, Adelaide, Australia, 26-29 November 2018

This conference will take a hard look at conventional themes and assumptions in agricultural research and its translation to agriculture practices. The participants will challenge conventional approaches through scientific analysis and evidence-based rationalisation to help guide agriculture research policy and funding. The participants will discuss how to improve the returns on research and development investments in agriculture by avoiding “faulty” science arising from reductionism, over-simplification and lack of rigour in an age of decreasing investment in agricultural research, with the ultimate aim of helping policy makers design robust R&D policies.


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