Research and innovation in the field of Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology (FAB) has been identified as a key priority for the EU – China cooperation, with a dedicated EU - China Task Force on FAB established in 2013.
In the scope of this flagship initiative, the European Commission Directorate-General for Agriculture and rural development, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the Horizon 2020 funded project DRAGON-STAR plus hosted an EU – China FAB expert seminar on 27 October 2016.
The seminar brought together around 60 experts from both EU and China to discuss and explore potential further developments of the EU-China research and innovation cooperation in the FAB fields.
Specific objectives of the workshop were to:
The seminar consisted in two plenaries (opening and closing) and 6 parallel thematic sessions in the fields of:
In each of these sessions, experts presented their views on challenges and opportunities for cooperation from a Chinese or European perspective. Discussion then allowed participants to identify where are challenges of common interest and how best to tackle them through research and innovation. To learn more, see presentations and sessions' conclusions and thematic reports below.