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Conference: Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation

Conference: Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation

28 September 2017 – Brussels

High-Level Conference

The European Commission organised a high-level conference on "Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation". This one-day conference took place in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday 28 September 2017.

The conference stimulated an informed and open debate among all stakeholders on how the EU can benefit from modern biotechnologies and innovation in the food and agricultural sector while maintaining high safety standards. The participants were prominent European policy makers, relevant industry stakeholders, representatives of civil society, scientists, and government experts.

To watch a videorecording of this event, please click here(available until September 28 2018)

Speakers

Vytenis Andriukaitis Janusz Bujnicki Tarmo Tamm Phil Hogan
Vytenis Andriukaitis
European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety
Janusz Bujnicki
Professor, Member of Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism
Tarmo Tamm
Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs
Phil Hogan
European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

Conference Programme

Morning Session

Welcome speech:
Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis

Speeches:
Minister Tarmo Tamm
Professor Janusz Bujnicki

Panel discussion and Q&A:
Fostering Responsible Research and Innovation in Modern Biotechnologies – How to reap the benefits in the EU.

Confirmed panellists:
Martin Häusling, Member of the European Parliament,
John Bell, Director, Bioeconomy, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
Janusz Bujnicki, Professor of Biology at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
Julian Kinderlerer, Emeritus Professor of Intellectual Property Law
Roald van Noort, Chairman of CRV Holding B.V.
Ricarda Steinbrecher, Board Member of ENSSER
Arjen van Tunen, CEO of Keygene

Lunch Networking buffet lunch
Afternoon Session

Panel discussion and Q&A:
Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture and Societal Challenges – Realising opportunities and addressing concerns.

Confirmed panellists:
Phil Hogan, Member of the European Commission
Paolo de Castro, Member of the European Parliament
Angélique Delahaye, Member of the European Parliament
Iris Bouwers, Vice President of European Council of Young Farmers
Guy Kastler, European Coordination Via Campesina
Nigel Moore, President of the European Seed Association
Jan Plagge, Vice President of IFOAM-EU
Camilla Udsen, Senior Food Adviser at Danish Consumer Council

Panel discussion and Q&A:
Finding a Common Way Forward – How to promote innovation and ensure safe use of modern biotechnologies in the EU.

Confirmed panellists:
Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health & Food Safety
Jytte Guteland, Member of the European Parliament
Jan Huitema, Member of the European Parliament
Teresa Babuscio, Secretary General of Coceral
Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director, Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission
Jytte Guteland, Member of the European Parliament
Jorgo Riss, Director of Greenpeace European Unit
Christine Noiville, President of the French High Council for Biotechnology

Closing remarks:
Dagmar Roth-Behrendt, Special Adviser to Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis

Photos from the conference

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