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Events in 2010

First meeting of CGIAR Inaugural Fund Council

A representative from the Unit dealing with "Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture" at DG Research participated as an observer in the first meeting of the Inaugural Fund Council of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) in Brussels on 23rd February. Following formal endorsement of the CGIAR reforms at the Business Meeting in December 2009, the Fund Council was established as the new governing body for the CGIAR Fund, and is the principle executive decision making body of the reformed CGIAR. The World Bank holds the Chair and donors are represented by regional constituencies, with the European Commission (DEV/B2/) currently holding one of four seats allocated to Europe. This European representation in the Fund Council is coordinated under the auspices of the European Initiative on Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD), whose Secretariat is hosted by DG Research (Unit E4).

On 24th February DEV/B/2 attended a briefing and discussion on the development of the Strategic Results Framework and the portfolio of mega-programmes that will be the main vehicles for donor support and achievement of results. The establishment of the CGIAR Consortium, which has just taken place - the first Board meeting takes place in the first week in March - is expected to significantly accelerate this development.

47th meeting of the EIARD Working Group

The Unit dealing with "Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Aquaculture" at DG Research organised and attended the Working Group of the European Initiative on Agricultural Research for Development in Brussels on 24th -25th February. The meeting affirmed continued European support for the CGIAR reform process and welcomed the establishment of the CGIAR Consortium and emphasised its urgent role in driving forward mega-programme development. The WG also discussed European contribution to the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), in Montpellier in March 2010 : it will be very significant, demonstrating the European commitment for a more demand-driven, efficient and inclusive Research for Development. The meeting reviewed progress on the implementation of EIARD's strategy. This strategy includes the development of a series of studies on improved donor coordination, harmonisation and alignment on agricultural research for development. A report of the first of these studies - on the Impact of Climate Change in Africa - was approved, and should be made available soon (after minor corrections).

Events in 2009

18 November 2009 - European Food Science Day - Bruxelles

The first European Food Science Day ever was held in Brussels on November 18, 2009 and brought together over 100 participants from a wide audience. The aim of the day was to disseminate the
results of EU funded projects in the field of food and nutrition science. Speakers included high level representatives from the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as from the

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries (CIAA) and the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC). The projects presented their results in three breakout sessions on “Safer Food”, “Improving Health” and “Reducing Risks.

Why European Food and Nutrition Science?

Food and nutrition is intimately connected with the daily lives of European consumers. The health implications of food consumption include a worrying rise in (child) obesity in Europe, an increasing risks of food borne diseases and food borne contaminants. Food has also a significant socio-economic dimension, with the EU being the biggest importer and exporter of food in the world. European households, in particular vulnerable groups, spend a significant proportion of their income on foodstuff. Last but not least we have to consider the implication of food production on Co2 emissions and climate change.
Consumers and Food in Europe So what does the consumer think? First of all European citizens expect food that is safe and of high quality. In this context we have to consider consumer choice (e.g. nutrition information) as well as the frequent reports on food alarms (e.g. BSE, dioxin, avian flue, harmful chemicals in baby bottles etc) which have led to low “trust” and “confidence” in food and food authorities in some countries.
Addressing the European Society
Through FP7 the EU is funding research into food, agriculture and biotechnology but there are also relevant aspects covered in the health area of FP7. The results of this research should be fed back into the European society and the policy making process – in other words: knowledge is nothing if not shared! This forms the underpinning reason for organizing the European Food Science Day.
About the Organizers
The European Food Science Day is an initiative taken by CommNet, an informal network of food science communicators from EU-funded research projects. The main organizers of European Food Science Day 2009 were CASCADE, CHILL-ON, EARNEST, EURRECA, EPIZONE, MoniQA, PathogenCombat, PHIME, SABRE and SME-RECEPTOR.

Daniel Spichtinger (RTD Services, MoniQA:
Suzanna Schwarz (Karolinska Institutet, CASCADE:
Jill Jönsson, CommNet (Karolinska Institutet, CASCADE:
website: European Food Science Day

6-7 October - 3rd International Feed Safety Conference - Method of Challenges - Wageningen - Netherlands

During the past decade, due to the BSE and dioxin crises and other feed related incidents, the crucial role of feed safety in food safety has become more and more apparent. This has led to enforcement of regulations, increased activities of the feed sector to safeguard feed safety, establishment of risk assessment systems and international cooperation to improve detection capabilities. The 3rd International FEED SAFETY Conference is organized to present the state of the art and to discuss future challenges.

The conference is organized in the framework of the EC supported project "Detection of presence of species-specific processed animal proteins in animal feed" (SAFEED-PAP). The conference is organized in collaboration with the COST action Feed for Health (FA 0802), Working group 2 - Feed Safety and Working group 3 - Feed Supply. ... /read more/

4th SABRE Conference Barcelona, 24-27 August 2009

The 4th SABRE Conference was integrated with the 60th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (EAAP) in Barcelona from 24-27 August 2009. There were over 1500 delegates at the EAAP 2009 meeting, guaranteeing a broad dissemination of results. From the EAAP’s point of view, the inclusion of the SABRE Conference into EAAP programme added some ‘spice’ to the Genetics sessions. There was one dedicated EADGENE-SABRE session, titled “Molecular tools for disease resistance”, during which the SABRE Work Packages on Gut Health (WP4) and Udder Health (WP5) were addressed. Presentations from other Work Packages were distributed over the 10 other Genetics Sessions.
° Sabre Conference Abstract [pdf 40kb]
° Book of Abstracts of the 60th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production
Barcelona, Spain, 24-27 August 2009
[ebook pdf]

2nd Forum for the Future of Agriculture Financing & governing food & environmental security – the new challenge
The Global Financial and Economic Crisis: the challenge of financing and governing food and environmental security.

Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels 8.45am – 6.15pm, Wednesday March 18th 2009

- executive summary

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Events in 2008

IN-SIGHT Final Conference

Brussels, 15th October 2008

PDF leaflet | WWW

EndureDiversifying Crop Protection

12-15 October 2008,
La Grande Motte, France

Advances in crop protection have greatly contributed to high yields and consistency in production, but new concerns about human health and the environment, and increased consumer awareness about pesticide use, call for the development of alternative farming systems that are less reliant on pesticides.

In Europe, tougher regulations on the registration of plant protection products and the protection of water resources are coming into force and a thematic strategy is being developed to fill the legislative gap regarding the use-phase of pesticides. This Directive will establish the framework for Community action to achieve a sustainable use of pesticides.

To support these changes, more diversified crop protection strategies based on new technologies, new approaches and a broader range of tactics need to be developed. Stakeholders, especially policy makers, need independent science-based advice to help them implement the new regulations.

| Abstract submission

The Second International Conference on Computer & Computing Technologies in Agriculture (CCTA2008) - Call for Papers

18 – 20 October - BEIJING, China

The conference will focus on Computer and Computing Technologies in Agriculture and targeted participants are from universities, institutes, research organizations, government, large companies, and regional development agencies and consultants all over the world. The conference will provide a forum for original research contributions and practical system design, implementation, and applications of computer and computing technologies in agriculture.

All accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of CCTA 2008. Selected best papers will be published in a special issue of the International Journals (we have applied, and will let you know the results as soon as possible). Other papers will be published in the IFIP Series in Spinger Press in USA, which was listed in ISI Proceedings.

All abstracts should be submitted to the Secretary of the Conference at, by not later than February 29, 2008.

Topics and areas of interest include, but are not limited to the following Technologies in Agriculture:
- Applied Mathematics
- Numerical Analysis
- Simulation, Optimization, Modeling
- Systems Theory
- Circuits and Systems
- Neural Networks
- Fuzzy Systems
- Optimization
- Multidimensional Systems
- Computing & Computational Science
- Statistics
- Telecommunications
- Signal Processing
- Computer Science
- Multimedia
- Wireless and Optical Communications
- Agricultural Decision Support System and Expert System
- GIS, GPS, RS and Precision Farming
- Agricultural System Simulation
- Intelligent Monitoring and Control
- ICT applications in Rural Area

Important Dates
- Deadline for submission of abstract: February 29, 2008
- Deadline for abstract acceptance: March 14, 2008
- Deadline for submission of full paper: May 19, 2008
- Deadline for submission of full paper (after revision): July 28, 2008
- Conference: October 18th to 20th, 2008

Prof. Daoliang Li
Prof. Chunjiang Zhao
Chairman of CCTA 2008


PICCMAT International Symposium in Brussels,
28th October 2008

more info: WWW

ISAFRUIT Furum in Brussels,
28th October 2008.

PDF info | WWW

A joint initiative of ISAFRUIT, the International Society for Horticultural Science and the European Economic and Social Committee, to be held in Brussels, October 28, 2008.

This Forum will focus on issues related to fruit consumption arising from the ISAFRUIT Project.

Participatory science and scientific participation:
The role of Civil Society Organization in decision-making about novel developments in biotechnology
13rd November 2008 - Bruxelles

PDF info | WWW

PSx2 is a project that explores the participatory role of civil society organisations (CSOs) in new scientific and technological developments, with particular reference to experiences in the development of agricultural biotechnology (GM plants, food and feeds).
Five civil society organisations and four scientific institutions worked together in this project funded by the DG research of the European Commission

Angers: Workshop organised by the French EU-Presidency for the Standing Committee for Agricultural Research (SCAR)

The European Ministers of Agriculture asked SCAR to explore ways to better link knowledge systems of researchers and farmers. The Angers workshop organised by the French EU presidency was a response to this request. The 45 workshop participants had been nominated by their national SCAR representatives, they came from farmer representatives (Copa/Cogeca), the young European Farmers (CEJA) and EU-research projects which examined new approaches to agricultural innovation, in particular, Insight, Rapido Entrepreneurial Skills of Farmers and EU-AgriMapping which provided an overview of agricultural research institutions in Europe. European farming needs knowledge from many different sources to compete with quality products in a globalised world. Climate change mitigation and adaptation and recent fears relating to food supply are new challenges. Compliance with standards concerning the environment, food safety, animal health and welfare need integrated approaches for optimised farm management... more >>>

6-7th October 2008

Websites: Insight, Rapido, EsoFarmers, Europartnerserch
PDF: Summary raport | Participants list | Meeting leaflet

PICCMAT WorkshopStakeholder Consultation Workshop

The workshop is an essential part of the FP6 project PICCMAT (Policy Incentives for Climate Change Mitigation Agricultural Techniques).
PICCMAT aims to identify the most cost-efficient farming practices that reduce GHG emissions and to suggest policy instruments to support the necessary changes in land management. The project has been developed by an international consortium of research and consulting organisations to support policy-making in Europe in its effort to reduce the climate change impact of European agriculture. Moreover, the project wants to provide farmers with information and advice on land management options with regard to climate change.

25th June 2008
Bruxelles, Belgium
Square de Meeûs 1

Website | Registration | Agenda

- see PDF presentation
- see meeting flyer

Sören Haffer
Pfalzburger Strasse 43-44
D - 10717 Berlin
Tel: +49/ 30/ 86 88 0-126

The 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress will be held from June 18-20 2008 in Modena, Italy.

The Organic World Congress will be based on the IFOAM Principles of Organic Agriculture: Health, Fairness, Ecology and Care. Also founded on these basic principles, other focal points will be:
- Regional Values and Indigenous Knowledge, is where we derive experience and inspiration
- Innovation – in all fields – is how we best launch into the future
- Cooperation between different parties, such as producers and consumers, government and private sectors, scientists and practitioners, south and north, communities, regions and countries.

The OWC will offer platforms and to build bridges between different cultures, regions, in time and space, with the help of leading personalities from Sciences and the Arts who will guide and inspire our sessions, using as varied and creative tools as possible. Conferences, workshops, seminars, round
tables, forums, active and living poster sessions: many parallel events following different threads, but seamlessly weaved together.

The IFOAM General Assembly will be held in Modena from June 22-24 2008.

Here you can find the Organic World Congress program.

Cultivate the future is the title of the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress, because we believe that the contribution made by Organic Agriculture is fundamental for guaranteeing generations to come with a healthy, fair, correct environment for harmonious living that respects people and the earth. The Modena area boasts centuries old agro-food tradition that is a benchmark for world food and wine, and the development and growth of organic agriculture plays a central role, from both an economic point of view and also in preservation of the land itself.

Watch the Province of Modena Candidature video. Modena is a land of pioneers and a cradle of Organic Agriculture in Italy, not only because of the methods and cultivation techniques used, but also due to its culture of living in harmony with Mother Earth. The city will warmly welcome the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress Cultivate the Future.

Congress Organizer:
Consorzio ModenaBio 2008
Via Rainusso, 144
41100 Modena - ITALY

⇒ official IFOAM Web Site
Channel Project by Prof. László Radics PDF icon [ 5 Mb]
CORE Organic by Morten Lautrup-Larsen PDF icon [ 1.9 Mb]
ENDURE Network Of Excellence by Paolo Bàrberi PDF icon [ 2.9 Mb]
ISAFRUIT Project PDF icon [ 21 Mb]
Organic Action Plan PDF icon [ 4.6 Mb]
Organic Revision by Lizzie Melby Jespersen PDF icon [ 1.3 Mb]
Scientific support to policies ... by Timothy HALL PDF icon [ 1 Mb]

4th QLIF congress, Modena 2008

The fourth annual scientific congress of the QLIF project takes place during 18-20 June 2008 at the occassion of the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress in Modena, Italy, where ISOFAR also organizes their 2nd Scientific Conference.

QLIF workshops

During this occassion QLIF offers a series of outstanding workshops where central organic themes are highlighted during a synthesis paper written by a team of QLIF authors. Subseqently, the workshops makes room for an exhaustive, moderated discussion.

The workshops will last for 2 to 2.5 h and are intended as an opportunity for scientists, stakeholders and producers to discuss in depth the contributions that organic farming offer in a broad perspective.

A scientific committee will accompany the work on the workshops and the synthesis papers. Themes, moderators and titles of presentations will be announced on the QLIF website.

For further update see the QLIF Newletter article...

Contributions to the ISOFAR Scientific Conference

In addition to the QLIF workshops, individual presentations from QLIF will enter the scientific programme of the ISOFAR Scientific Conference following the general procedure for submission of scientific contributions.

A 'Call for papers' has now been issued and includes a conference topic on cross disciplinary themes. Papers submitted to the ISOFAR Scientific Conference will be evaluated following a peer review procedure. Deadline for submission of papers has been extended to October 31st, 2007.

Links related to the 4th QLIF congress

slovenia2nd Global International Studies Conference
23-26 July 2008 Ljubljana

Encouraged by the success of its first conference in Istanbul in 2005, the World International Studies Committee agreed in San Diego in 2006 that the next conference would take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA), in cooperation with the local host and all the members of the World International Studies Committee (WISC), has been entrusted with organizing the conference.  The WISC is committed to making this conference truly global. We are determined to bring together scholars who may not have an opportunity to attend many international studies conferences regularly, and make it possible for them to create lasting professional networks with scholars from all over the world.  This is how the WISC strives to live up to its name and make this unique effort a success.

For general queries:

Ms Marjana Jevšenak
University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Social Sciences
Kardeljeva pl. 5
SI-1000 Ljubljana

For queries concerning the programme:

Knud-Erik Jørgensen,
Programme Chair Department of Political Science
Bartholin Allé
Dk-8000 Aarhus C

Website | Agenda | Registration | Travelers Info |

- see location info
- plane transport
- train transport

FTPC5 - The 5th Forest-based Sector Technology Platform Conference

Growing towards the Future – Joint innovation for successful forest-based business in Europe

19-21 May 2008
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
European Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potočnik had a powerful message for the audience at the 5th Conference of the Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform, recently held in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. Potočnik characterised the 21st century as an ‘era of fragility’, where Europe and the rest of the world are facing major challenges related to climate change, shortages of energy, water and raw materials, biodiversity loss, human health challenges and other issues. “You should and you will do your part of the job, otherwise we are in big trouble”, said the Commissioner. With its potential contributions to e.g., climate change mitigation and energy security, the forest-based sector can be a key player in addressing present challenges

read more ...

8th May 2008
COFAMI Conference Bruxelles.


The COFAMI project studies the potential role of collective farmers' marketing initiatives (COFAMIs) in finding adequate responses to changing market and policy conditions. It aims to identify the social, economic, cultural and political factors that limit or enable the development of such initiatives.
The COFAMI project held its final conference in Brussels on 8 May 2008. Support strategies to COFAMIs including research were the subject of a round table discussion where Mr Timothy Hall
COFAMI Conference Bruxelles 8th May 2008
, acting Director for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food took part.

- see COFAMI flyer
- see Website

FiBL - Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau
Ackerstrasse / Postfach
CH-5070 Frick
Telefon +41 62 8657-272
Fax +41 62 8657-273

TRACE - 4th Annual Meeting and Conference

Trace meeting
Lost without TRACE -  New approaches for tracing the origin of food
Workshop: "TraceFood Framework and TraceCore XML - International standard for electronic exchange of product information in the food supply chain"

23rd - 25th April 2008

Torremolinos, Spain
Hotel MS Amaragua

- see leaflet

Trace Conference
Tel:+ 47 77 62 90 00

Events in 2007

26-27 June 2007
Conference "Towards Future Challenges of Agricultural Research in Europe", Brussels

On 26-27 June 2007, the European Commission is holding a major Conference in Brussels on the future of European agriculture and its consequences for research. The Conference aims at debating research needs and developing a coherent European research agenda in order to enable agriculture to cope with a range of complex and interlinked challenges, such as rapidly increasing globalisation, energy shortages, climate change and unsustainable consumption of natural resources. The discussion will build on the results of a wide foresight process initiated by the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) aimed at identifying possible scenarios for European agriculture with a 20-year perspective. The Conference will bring together major European and worldwide actors/stakeholders from the fields of agriculture, food, forestry, aquaculture, rural development, consumer science/behaviour, economics, etc.

An individual request for registration is necessary.
Registration will be possible (on line) from 14 May.

15-17 May 2007
EPOBIO 2nd international workshop : Products from plants – from crops and forests to zero-waste biorefineries, Eretria Village Hotel Resort and Conference Centre, near Athens, Greece

A bio-based economy is vital to deliver the sustainable development needed to underpin future societal needs and demands. The workshop will focus on the development of second and third generation biorefineries using zero-waste feedstocks, producing multiple products from a crop and providing new opportunities for biochemicals and biomaterials. EPOBIO is a Science to Support Policy project funded by the EC in Framework 6 and is entitled: ‘Realising the economic potential of sustainable resources – bioproducts from non-food crops’. The EPOBIO Consortium invites registration for the project’s second international workshop ‘Products from Plants: from crops and forests to zero-waste biorefineries’.


3 and 4 May 2007
2nd Welfare Quality® Stakeholder Conference : Assuring animal welfare: from societal concerns to implementation Berlin, Germany

Welfare Quality® is a European inter-disciplinary research project that addresses numerous issues related to safeguarding animal welfare in the food chain. This conference will examine and discuss the results generated during the second and third year of the research project Welfare Quality®: Integration of Animal Welfare in the Food Quality Chain, which is funded by the EU’s Sixth Research Framework Programme (FP6). The primary goals of this conference are to facilitate a dialogue about our results with all relevant stakeholders and to identify mutually beneficial activities. It will also provide an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to meet project partners and to gain insights into cutting edge animal welfare research.


20 and 23 March 2007

3rd QLIF Congress, March 2007

The 3rd annual scientific congress of the QLIF project was exellently hosted by the University of Hohenheim during March 20 to 23, 2007.
The congress was organized in parallel with the 9th Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture in the German speaking countries and in total more than 600 participants joined the organic conferences in Hohenheim.

During the congress about 50 presentations and posters were given by scientists from all seven subprojects in QLIF. In addition, scientists from other projects were invited and contributed to the programme. Proceedings from the QLIF congress are available:

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At the opening of the congress two of the main keynote presentations were given by Dr. Timothy Hall, DG Research, European Commission and professor Dr. Carlo Leifert, coordinator of the QLIF project.

Links to the presentation by Dr. Hall and the summary paper on the QLIF progress are available below.

The role of organic farming research in the context of an innovative and competitive European Bio-Economy
Dr. Timothy Hall, Head of Unit of E4 (Agriculture, Forestry, fisheries, Aquaculture), DG Research, European Commission
[Powerpoint presentation, pdf]

Improving the quality and safety of organic and low input foods and maximizing the benefits to consumers and producers
Summary paper by Urs Niggli (FiBL) and Carlo Leifert (University of Newcastle)

7 December 2007
Expert Meeting on Jatropha, Brussels

The European Commission, DG Research, Directorate E (Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food) organised on 7 December 2007 an expert meeting on prospects and research priorities of Jatropha curcas, a potential bio-energy crop.

The tropical shrub Jatropha curcas is an oil crop that raised interest in several tropical regions over the world. The oil from the seeds can be processed for different purposes from biodiesel production to fine chemicals or pharmaceuticals. The remaining press cake contains two different toxins. Before it can be used as animal feed detoxification is necessary. However, in the centre of origin, in Latin America less toxic varieties exist, which could be used in a breeding programme.

The plant is adapted to low rainfall conditions and is grown widely in small holder agriculture as hedgerow in agro-forestry or agro-pastoral systems, for example in the Sahel. Compared to other oil crops it seems to compete less with food crops. It has a potential to contribute to income generation in marginal areas. Therefore it could have fewer problems than other oil plants to be considered environmentally and socially sustainable.

However, the yield is low, the production labour intensive and the production costs are very high. Due to non-uniform ripening of the seeds they are hand-picked like coffee berries.

What about climate change mitigation? If Jatropha is grown in intensive agricultural systems with nitrogen fertilisation all advantages of a renewable energy source might be lost, like with other first generation bio-fuels. A recent study by the Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen shows that ethanol from maize or oil from rapeseed generate 0,9-1.7 times the climate impact of fossil diesel mainly due to losses of nitrous oxide.

Several Jatropha development projects had been started in the 80`ies. Very few seemed to have sustainable success. Some have been abandoned, like in Nicaragua.

Recently interest came back. In different parts of the world development projects started, like the "Daimler-project" in India, plantations by investment companies in Madagascar, village-based plantation in Cambodia linked to small-scale power-plants, plantations in Indonesia, plantings to control erosion in China and in the border region of Haiti and Dominican Republic.

The purpose of the expert meeting is to consider these developments and to discuss to what extend research could contribute to a sustainable development of Jatropha. Some research issues are probably already taken-up. We will ask the participants to take stock of existing and planned research projects, and to identify mid- to long-term research issues which could be taken-up eventually by the EU research framework programme. EU research projects need the cooperation of several partners. Therefore research questions which can be best addressed in a collaborative research endeavour are of specific interest.

The meeting was organised by:
Hans-Joerg Lutzeyer
Piero Venturi.

Additional Informations:

- Meeting Agenda
- Jatropha Meeting Report - (pdf)
- PDF Presentations (1, 2, 3, 4)
- Publications (PDF):

  • Agro Transformations
  • Assessment of lecitinactivity
  • Chemical composition and efect of heat
  • Chemical composition, toxic antimemetabolic...
  • Comparative evaluation of non-toxic...
  • Edible provenances of jatropha curcas
  • Effects of phorbol esters in carp
  • Lecitin activity in toxic and non-toxic ...
  • Nutritional studies on rats and fish...
  • Phorbol ester
  • Potential of J. Curcas seed meal as...
  • Shoot bud proliferation from axillary...
  • Studies on nutritive potential and toxic...

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  • Events in 2006

    30 January 2007
    European collaboration for R&D and Innovation in the forest-based and wood industries. Find partners for your FP7 projects, Winterthur/Zürich, Switzerland

    The aim of the international partnering meeting is to facilitate transnational collaboration between Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and R&D Institutions active in the field of forest-based and related industries and in particular the setup of FP7 project consortia.
    Registration deadline: 21 JANUARY2007

    21 and 22 November 2006
    First European Bioplastics Conference, Brussels, Belgium

    The conference will highlight the progress made in the manufacturing, processing and marketing of bioplastics. It will examine the role of bioplastics in the development of a biobased economy with reduced dependency on fossil resources, and the required framework.

    9-11 November 2006
    "Reorienting Agricultural Research to meet the Millennium Development Goals"
    New Dehli, India

    GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) Triennial Conference. About 400 participants representing National Agricultural Research Systems, Advanced Agricultural Resear success stories/interim (mid-term) results of projects from FP6/ Institutes and Universities, the CGIAR, Non-government Organizations, Farmers' Organizations and the Private Sector are expected to attend the conference.

    7 November 2006
    Conference on Community Animal Health (CAHP) Policy Strategy (2007-2013) - Towards an effective, affordable and socially acceptable animal health policy in the European Union Brussels, Belgium

    Presentation of the CAHP evaluation report.

    EU Animal Health Strategy (2007-2013)

    Draft programme

    19 and 20 October 2006
    European Conference on Biorefinery Research
    Helsinki, Finland

    This conference organised by the European Commission with support of the Finnish Presidency aims to present the industrial perspectives of current and future biorefineries and to identify opportunities for and synergies among the European stakeholders.

    11 - 14 October 2006
    Fifth edition of the Plant Genomics European Meetings
    Venice, Italy

    The Plant Genomics European Meetings are annual meetings on the subject of genomics in all its assets and sponsored by national Plant Genomics programmes in Europe and the European Research Area Network Plant Genomics.

    5 - 6 October 2006
    Cloning In Public
    Brussels, Belgium

    A final, participatory workshop focusing on the technical, legal and ethical aspects of farm animal cloning.

    28-29 September 2006
    Roma, Italy

    The conference considered the notion of sustainable development and agriculture in Europe and its implications for research and development over the next 20 to 30 years.

    26 September 2006
    Croatia and the Western Balkan region - Perspectives for cooperation wirh the EU in the FP7 "Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology"
    Zagreb, Croatia


    17 - 20 September 2006
    57th Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Health
    Antalya, Turkey

    Theme of the meeting: "sustaining production systems to improve the livelihoods (health, well-being, wealth) of livestock farmers".

    11 - 14 June 2006
    The First SAFE International Congress on Food Safety NUTRITION AND FOOD SAFETY - Evaluation of Benefits and Risks
    Budapest, Hungary

    Subjects including: health benefits of probiotics, the global concern of mycotoxins, behavioural effects of phytoestrogens, Modified Atmosphere (MA) food packaging, risk assessment of ransgenic foods, linolenic acid and retinal function, risk communication and more.

    15-16 June 206
    SCAR meeting
    Brussels, Belgium

    Bi-annual plenary meeting.

    30-31 May 2006
    Joint Organic Congress 2006

    In May 2006, researchers representing all aspects of European research in organic food and farming will present their work at a joint congress to be held in Denmark.
    The Joint Organic Congress 2006 will combine public meeting to be held in EU supported projects into a joint congress in collaboration with the biannual Danish congress, which usually attracts more than 600 participants.
    Among others the congress will examine which potentials research in organic food and farming can offer in regard to the development of agriculture and food production, rural development and environmental protection in the enlarged Europe.

    Claus Bo Andreasen, international communication manager at DARCOF and secretary for the programme committee
    E-mail:, phone: +45 8999 1035 or +45 4079 8032.


    28 May - 1 June 2006
    Plant Dynamics: from Molecules to Ecosystems
    Visegrád, Hungary

    Third Conference of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO)


    28-30 May 2006
    Informal Agriculture Council
    Krems, Austria

    Informal Agricultural Council focussed on research and innovation


    22-24 May 2006
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Third Central European Congress on Food (CEFood 2006)

    The programme of CEFood 2006 is structured around the following five main themes:

    ° Smart Technologies for Sustainable Food Production and Preservation
    ° Food Quality, Manufacturing and Preservation
    ° Continuous Traceability and Ubiquitous Food Chain Management
    ° Advances in Food Refrigeration and Cold Chain Logistics
    ° Improved Nutrition for Life, Health and Longevity


    9-13 May 2006
    Aqua 2006

    Conference organized by the European Aquaculture Society in collaboration with European Commission (DG Research and DG Fish).

    3-5 May 2006
    IST-Africa 2006 Conference and Exhibition
    CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa

    IST-Africa 2006 takes place 3 - 5 May 2006 at the CSIR International Convention Centre Pretoria, South Africa. This is the first in a series of Annual Conferences supported by the European Commission, which will bring together delegates from commercial, government & research organisations across Africa and from Europe, to bridge the Digital Divide by sharing knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and good practice.

    3-4 May 2006
    Final Conference of the FP5 Thematic Network GL-PRO

    The FP5 Thematic Network "European extension network for the development of grain legumes production in the EU" (GL-PRO) organises, in conjunction with the FP6 Integrated Project "Grain Legumes", a conference entitled "Grain legumes in European agriculture: impact and prospects". During this conference the results of the technical-economic and environmental analyses carried out by the
    GL-PRO network will be disseminated. Different workshops will provide opportunity for exchanges among European scientists, field/supply chain/market experts and national/European decision makers for further assessments and discussions about the future of grain legumes in European agriculture.

    28 April 2006
    Riga, Latvia
    Meeting of Agro-Food Centres of Excellence in the New Member States, Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry

    On the initiative of the European Commission, the coordinators of 10 Centres of Excellence (CoEs) active in the Agro-Food sector will meet at the Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry in Riga on 28 April 2006.
    More information

    28 April 2006
    Riga, Latvia
    Meeting of Agro-Food Centres of Excellence in the New Member States, Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry

    On the initiative of the European Commission, the coordinators of 10 Centres of Excellence (CoEs) active in the Agro-Food sector will meet at the Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry in Riga on 28 April 2006.

    28 April 2006
    Bologna, Italy
    Final conference of the HEMPSYS project

    Design, Development and Up-Scaling of a Sustainable Production System for HEMP Textiles: an Integrated Quality Systems Approach.

    25 April 2006
    Pragua, Czech Republic
    TRACE Conference

    Conference organised in the context of the second annual meeting of the TRACE project

    4-6 April 2006
    Vienna (Austria)

    Conference organised by the Austrian Presidency on coexistence of conventional, organic and genetically modified agriculture.

    3-6 April 2006
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    International Conference on Avian Influenza

    Sixth edition of this international Conference, which for the first time will take place in Europe.

    3-5 April 2006
    Integrated Pest Management in Oilseed-Rape

    International Symposium. Final project meeting organised by British Crop Protection Council (BCPC) on behalf of the 5TH framework programme project MASTER.

    2-3 March 2006
    WFD meets CAP -Opportunities for the future
    Vienna, Austria

    The Conference on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Water Framework Directive (WFD) hosted under the EU presidency of Austria will provide a forum to discuss open questions on the linkage of CAP and WFD.

    2 March 2006
    Launch of Animal Breeding TP

    Launch of the technology platform on Sustainable Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction (FABRE-TP). The European animal breeding industry is preparing a vision paper on future developments in the field of livestock breeding with a view to defining the research agenda over the coming years. The vision paper will be launched at the Salon d'Agriculture.

    15 February 2006
    EU Mercosur Agricultural Trade
    Brussels Belgium

    Discussion of research results and approaches together with EC policy departments

    14 February 2006
    Mediterranean Agriculture Trade
    Brussels, Belgium

    Euro-Med agricultural trade liberalisation: a conference aiming at providing researchers of EU-funded projects with an opportunity to present their scientific results, and giving policy makers an opportunity to discuss future initiatives.
    Web sites:

    8-10 February 2006
    ISAFRUIT Kick-off meeting

    International meeting
    Official start of the IP ISAFRUIT “Increasing fruit consumption…”

    30 January - 1 February 2006
    Evaluating Agri-Environmental Schemes
    Wageningen, Netherlands,


    13-22 January 2006
    Grüne Woche 2006 - EU symposium on Agriculture Food & the Bio-economy: the future 7th FP for R&TD for Europe

    Conference and International exhibition
    In the context of Grüne Woche RTD.E organises a conference in preparation of FP7. Conference will be opened by the Austrian Minister for Agriculture J. Pröll. 250-500 participants are expected.

    Events in 2005
    Grain Legumes Integrated Project (GLIP) Dissemination Event. Progress in grain legume research for EU Agriculture
    Madrid, Spain, 27 october 2005

    Web site:

    XIX Euragri Members Conference, "Anticipating the future: Knowledge based policy for European Agriculture"
    Central Science Laboratory, Sand Hutton, York, United Kingdom, 21-23 September 2005

    The annual EURAGRI conference deals with challenges to the public agricultural research systems in Europe. This year the focus was on “Anticipating the future: Knowledge based policy for European agriculture”.

    Renewable biological materials for non-food use. The impact of EU Research (1998 - 2004)
    Brussels, 28th June 2005

    A workshop to discuss the non-food research sector was held in Brussels on June 28th 2005. Hosted by the European Commission’s Research DG, this workshop was the follow up of a technical review of 31 “non-food” research projects funded under the Life Sciences theme of the 5th EU Framework Programme. The workshop allowed the presentation of a report of the review findings, along with short summaries of the final project results of 8 selected projects. The objective was firstly to identify future needs in the non-food research sector and the preparation of inputs to the seventh framework programme; secondly to provide clear recommendations which will allow funding in promising topics which will help both EU industrial competitiveness and rural development.

    Research on replacements for the routine use of antimicrobials in animal feeds
    Brussels, 15th June 2005

    Researchers, representatives from the farming and food organisations and personnel from the European Commission met in Brussels on 15 June 2005 to discuss EU funded research work on replacements for antimicrobials in animal feeds. The routine use of antimicrobials for prophylaxis and as growth promoters will be banned throughout the EU from January 2006. Various alternatives can be foreseen to reduce the use of these substances, for example changing farming practices or using alternative materials that impact on gastric physiology. All have advantages and disadvantages.
    A series of presentations from different projects and from different stakeholders were made at the meeting with the aim of reviewing current and recent projects in the field and acting as a discussion forum on future priorities. A summary of the meeting, which presents the key issues discussed, is available here, as are the different presentations made at the meeting.

    Kick off Meeting: GM and non-GM supply chains, their CO-EXistence and TRAceability
    06 June 2005, Paris, France
    INRA Press Release

    Online consultation: draft report on animal science research organisations in the New Member States and the Candidate Countries
    The consultation was open until 15 May.

    The CEC ANIMAL SCIENCE EU funded project cataloguing animal science research capacities and activities in the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) has published an initial report on its findings, and calls for feedback from the scientific community.
    The report aims at presenting the main players of animal science research in the New Member States and the Candidate Countries. The countries addressed by the survey are: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey.
    Information and results about the consultation will be presented at a European information and partnering event on May 31st, Paris. An update of the report will then be published by the end of 2005.
    Web Site:

    Workshop: EU funded research in bluetongue
    Brussels, 10 -11 March 2005

    Hosted by the European Commission’s Research DG. Bluetongue is a major disease of small ruminants transmitted by a biting vector. Large ruminants and game can also be affected. Bluetongue is spreading in southern Europe and also reaching unprecedented northern latitudes due to climate change. The workshop allowed the review of results obtained by three projects funded under the EU-Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. Major advancements have been made in the development of new vaccines, diagnosis, epidemiology, risk assessment and the biology and distribution of the vector. Experiences in the Member States recently affected by the disease, as well as in several third countries, were also presented. New areas of future research were identified. The workshop brought together scientists from the EU and third countries, Commission services, decision makers and other interested parties.
    - Summary
    - Participants
    - Programme
    Useful Links:
    Health & Consumer Protection DG Web Site
    European Food Safety Authority Web Site

    US-EC Cooperation in Biobased Product Research
    March 1-2, 2005, Beltsville, Maryland, USA

    The US-EC Biobased Products Steering Committee sponsored a meeting with European and U.S. specialists from industry, academia, and government on March 1-2, 2005, at the Head Quarters of the Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture . The purpose of the meeting was to: (1) evaluate the Steering Committee’s Strategy Paper of a new vision for US-EU collaboration in agricultural and industrial biotechnology; (2) evaluate the two identified flagship research projects and identify new ones if relevant; and to (3) determine the next steps towards implementation. The discussions held during this meeting resulted in unanimous support to seek approval from the US-EC Biotechnology Taskforce for the strategic vision.
    Download: Executive summary ( 154 Kb)

    EURAGRI Citizens Conference
    Brussels, Belgium, 3-4 February 2005

    Under the slogan 'Science for Society - Science with Society', this conference will explore ways of adapting the knowledge base for the optimal functioning of the food-health-agriculture triangle. It seeks to demonstrate that society needs to be engaged in order to strike a balance between the management of rural areas, food production, nutrition and human health. It will bring together stakeholders from the agri-food industry, farmers, scientists, representatives of concerned civil society organizations and policy-makers.
    - Contact
    - Website
    - Janez Potočnik, Member of European Commission: address at the opening of the EURAGRI conference, Science for Society – Science with Society ( 58 kB)
    - Summary of EURAGRI conference, Brussels, 3-4 February 2005 ( 1.2 MB)
    - Summary of EURAGRI conference, Athens, 8-9 May 2003 ( 827 KB)

    US-EC Workshop on Innovative Technologies for Increasing Food Safety along the Fork-to-Farm Chain
    January 24 - 25 2005, Brussels, Belgium

    Assuring food safety relies on adequate sourcing of the materials or food components, appropriate processing, safe storage and transport, and reliable monitoring and detection of possible contaminants and pathogens. In the context of the fork-to-farm approach, the concept of food traceability has in recent years been widened to include not only the origin and processing history of food and its ingredients along the chain, but also the identification and prioritisation of the chain links in terms of risk and the tracing back to the point of entry, origin and fate of contaminants and pathogens once they have been detected at a given point in the chain.

    First annual congress of the QualityLowInputFood EU funded Integrated Project
    January 6 - 9 2005, Newcastle, UK

    The international congress on Organic Farming, Food Quality and Human Health was held January 6 - 9 2005 at Newcastle, UK.
    The conference explored the neglected relationship between public health and the way we farm. Distinguished speakers from research institutions throughout Europe presented new research into how methods of production influence the levels of harmful pathogens and beneficial nutrients in our food. Policy makers debated how the relatively small amounts of public funds invested in agriculture could be used to promote positive health and help control the huge sums consumed by health care budgets. Farmers, growers, processors and academics shared their insights into how methods of husbandry, feeding and fertility management could be used to improve crop and livestock health and enhance the nutritional profile of organic foods.
    - Speech of Mr. Janez POTOCNIK, European Commissioner for Science and Research, The importance of research into organic and low-input food production, Newcastle, 07 January 2005
    - Entire Programme

    Events in 2004

    European Technology Platform for Global Animal Health - Vision 2015

    A "European Technology Platform for Global Animal Health" was launched on 16 December 2004 in Brussels. The platform led by industry brings together the veterinary pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology companies, livestock producers, research institutions, universities, regulatory authorities and the financial world. It is supported by Development Commissioner Louis Michel, Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik and Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou. The initiative is being set up to deliver new or improved tools, in particular vaccines and diagnostics, for the control and prevention of major animal diseases both in the developing world and in Europe.
    - Download: Vision 2015 - European Technology Platform for Global Animal Health ( 4.16 MB)
    - Press Release: 16/12/2004 IP/04/1499 Technology Platform for Global Animal Health launched today
    - Participants list ( 155 KB)
    - First Stakeholder Meeting , 24 February 2005 (Minutes) ( 84 KB)
    - First Interim Board Meeting, 17 May 2005 (Minutes) ( 244 KB)

    Second seminar on Organic Food and Farming research in Europe
    Brussels, Belgium, 26 November 2004

    A seminar to discuss ‘Organic Food and Farming research in Europe’ was held in Brussels on November 26th 2004. Hosted by the European Commission’s Research DG, this seminar was the follow up of a first event that took place in September 2002. The second seminar brought together national representatives, scientists and policy-makers, from across the continent. The objective was to assess the current situation of Organic Food and Farming research in Europe and to identify and recommend areas for improved transnational cooperation.

    Seminar on EU-Funded Pesticide related Research at Crop Science & Technology 2004
    Glasgow, UK, 1- 3 November 2004

    EU-Funded Pesticide related Research will be presented at the Crop Science & Technology 2004 seminar organised by the BCPC (formerly known as the British Crop Protection Council) in November.

    Based on a series of six themed seminars, this event will focus on the most challenging developments under the banner of crop science and technology, including food, sustainable water, agriculture as well as crop production and protection.

    Trans-European research initiatives in plant health, crop protection, pesticide and related genomics, as well as biotechnology – all supported under the EU-funded Fifth and Sixth Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development – will be discussed in the framework of a special cross-theme seminar.

    Participants are kindly invited to visit the European Commission stand (N° 42) within the BCPC Exhibition where related EU-funded projects will be on display. For more details on the event visit

    Delegates can register for this seminar online and the poster section is still open for submissions!

    International Fresenius Conference "GM Crops and Foods"
    28-29 October 2004

    The conference will focus on co-existence, labelling, traceability and economic impacts. The programme includes 17 renowned experts who will present their perspectives, e.g. on the current global status of GM crops and economic impacts, the European Community policy on genetically modified food and feed, cultivation of GM maize in the context of co-existence, farm level impacts e.g. in Spain and Romania, technical aspects of labelling and traceability.
    Download: Conference Programme ( 114K)

    Integrating Safety and Nutrition Research along the Food Chain : the New Challenge
    Conference, Lille, France
    27-29 October 2004

    Lille conference 2004The aim of the Conference  is to review the results obtained during the Fifth and the beginning of the Sixth Framework Programme in the field of Food Quality and Safety. The main objective of this review is to contribute to the preparation of the next call for proposals of the Sixth Framework Programme and to provide recommendations for the building up of the Seventh. Download the conference programme ( 1.3 MB)

    Download:Intermediate report of the parallel sessions


    Forum: Second FAO/WHO Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators, Bangkok, Thailand,
    12-14 October 2004
    A forum dedicated to sharing experiences in management of food safety

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will jointly convene a Second Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators (GF-2) in Bangkok, Thailand, from 12 to 14 October 2004, on the theme of "Building Effective Food Safety Systems".

    The Global Fora of Food Safety Regulators provide the opportunity for food safety regulators from all regions of the world to meet together to consider, discuss and share experiences on food safety issues that are of concern to everyone. As for the First Global Forum, the Second Global Forum, (GF-2) will not make any recommendation, nor will it arrive at any specific statement on food safety issues. The outcome of this FAO/WHO Global Forum will be provided in the Proceedings of the meeting.

    Thinking beyond tomorrow - a safe and nutritious food chain for the consumer
    Conference, Dublin, Ireland
    17-18 June 2004

    The global consumer demand for high quality foods that are fresh tasting, safe and nutritive has created pressure for the development of new and improved production and processing technologies. This conference will focus on a multidisciplinary approach, identifying key innovative technologies along the food chain, while at the same time reassuring the consumer of their safety... more

    Overcoming barriers to conversion to organic farming in the European Union through markets for conversion products
    Discussion Workshop, Brussels
    10.00 am to 1.00 pm, Thursday 11 March 2004

    Research suggests that the decision to convert to organic farming is highly dependent on both financial incentives and perceptions of the market for organic products. A particular problem is the conversion period during which yields decline, as agro-chemical use is withdrawn, but premium prices are not realised. This period acts as a constraint to conversion and it is acknowledged that mechanisms are needed to overcome this. Currently, this comes from aid payments but there may be potential for new market-based mechanisms, e.g., the marketing of conversion-grade products... more

    EU funded research in foot and mouth disease and classical swine fever
    Workshop, Brussels
    22-23 January 2004

    The frequent outbreaks of transmissible diseases like foot and mouth disease (FMD), classical swine fever (CSF) and avian influenza (bird flu) have caused vevastating economic losses in the past years. Researchers, policy makers and stakeholders from all over the world gathered in Brussels to assess ongoing research activities funded by the EU in the context of these outbreaks of epizootic diseases, ethical questions and new EU legislation in this field.

    Events in 2003

    Foot and mouth and Swine Fever Diagnostics
    European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
    Brussels –22-23 January 2004

    Plant Genomics – Sustainable Agriculture and Food quality
    European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (by invitation only)
    November 27 2003
    Download publication: Plant Genomics and Biotechnology - for sustainable and competitive agriculture (PDF 1850 KB)

    Rural Development
    European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (by invitation only)
    November 18 2003
    Download publication: Rural Development - The impact of EU Research (1998 - 2004)

    25th World Congress and Exhibition of the International Society for Fat Research (ISF)
    The Research and Development Challenge: How to improve uses of oils and fats
    Bordeaux, France
    12-15 October 2003
    Find out about the latest fats and oils research at this year’s World Congress of the International Society for Fat Research. Hosted by AFECG (Association Francaise pour l’Etude des Corps Gras) and Eur Fed Lipid (the European Federation for the Science and Technology of Lipids).

    Management and Technology Applications to Empower Agriculture and Agro-Food Systems
    Turin, Italy
    23-24 September 2003
    This meeting will deal with a range of issues including world science and management for agriculture, forestry and landscaping, farm, forestry and agro-food logistics, management for sustainable and organic farming, and water management in sustainable agriculture.

    Genomic Research in Livestock – What does it offer?
    European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
    September 2003
    Workshop report

    Aquaculture Europe 2003: Beyond Monoculture
    Trondheim, Norway
    8-12 August 2003

    A five-day conference organised by the European Aquaculture Society in collaboration with the Nor-Fishing Foundation. Now in its fifth year, this event focuses on the issues surrounding the development of new multitrophic systems and is aimed at academics, farmers, suppliers, buyers, distributors, managers and regulators.

    Quality in Chains: An Integrated View on Fruit and Vegetable Quality
    Wageningen, the Netherlands
    6-9 July 2003
    This international conference will enhance and emphasise the importance of integrating quality aspects throughout the entire fruit and vegetable supply chain. It will address a number of quality-related questions, such as ‘what is quality and what are quality aspects throughout the supply chain?’, ‘How can we model quality and quality aspects relevant for consumer, provider and producer?’, ‘How is quality affected by the way we handle products in the chain?’, and ‘what are the opportunities for manipulating and monitoring quality and quality aspects in the supply chain?’

    A Practical Seminar on Agricultural Policy in Europe
    London, United Kingdom
    2-3 July 2003

    Now in its 16th year, this two-day seminar aims to give participants a ‘hands-on’ introduction to the Common Agricultural Policy and commodity regimes. Emphasis is placed on explaining in clear and non-technical language how the policy works in practice. Important recent developments and current problems will be accessed, including the factors driving the current mid-term review initiative.

    Symposium on Forest Ecosystem and Landscape Research
    Tours, France
    25-27 June 2003
    This event aims to identify the scientific priorities for forest ecosystem and landscape research within the context of sustainability, and to discuss the readiness of the forest research community to address these scientific priorities. The following areas will be highlighted during the symposium: Biogeochemical cycling, biodiversity and forest management, landscape ecology, and socio-economics.

    Agricultural Policy Reform and the WTO: where are we heading?
    Capri, Italy
    24-26 June 2003

    Organised by the University of Calabria, this international workshop looks at global agricultural trade issues. The programme is made up of sessions on agricultural development, food security and trade; the three pillars of the WTO negotiations and agriculture; the beneficiaries of freer trade; and the future of international trade relations. The latest programme includes speakers from the United States, Italy, France, Canada, Belgium, Australia and Denmark.

    First International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Symposium on Fish Behaviour in Exploited Ecosystems
    Bergen, Norway
    23-26 June 2003
    The purpose of this symposium is to integrate the scientific knowledge of fishery scientists, behavioural ecologists and mathematical modellers into a multidisciplinary approach to study fish behaviour in exploited ecosystems.

    European Conference on Precision Agriculture (4th ECPA)
    European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming (1st ECPLF)
    Berlin, Germany
    15-19 June 2003

    The aim of the 4th ECPA is to present and discuss the latest R&D in precision agriculture. The 1st ECPLF is organised in parallel to analyse the state of precision livestock farming components and their integration from the perspectives of science and application. Both events will try to identify relevant scientific problems, future R&D priorities, standardisation requirements and suitable systems for technology transfer into practical farming.

    Vertical Markets and Co-operative Hierarchies: the Role of Co-operatives in the International Agri-Food Industry
    Bad Herrenalb, Germany
    12-16 June 2003 language=0&domain=4&conference=171&meeting=1
    This four-day event focuses on the new challenges and opportunities facing agri-food co-operatives in Europe and internationally. Expert speakers will highlight the latest developments in the field of industrial economics and organisation theory.

    3rd Nizo Dairy Conference: the Dynamics of Texture
    Papendal, the Netherlands
    11-13 June 2003
    This conference aims to present the most recent developments in dairy technology, in particular the relationship between food, texture, taste and new process technologies. It will gather together scientists and technologists from the dairy and food industries for a discussion on the latest developments in food texture taste and new and advanced process technologies.

    Green Week Conference and Exhibition
    Brussels, Belgium
    2-6 June 2003
    Now in its third year, the European Commission’s Green Week 2003 will focus on the themes of sustainable consumption and production, renewable energy and water.

    Dietary Fibre 2003
    Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands
    18-21 May 2003
    This event is a follow-up the Dietary Fibre Conference held in Dublin in 2000. It will focus on the latest developments in the dietary fibre industry, integrating basic nutritional science with food technology product development, analysis and legal aspects. Conference organisers say the meeting with provide state-of-the-art insights into the role of dietary fibre in health eating, combating major diseases and in promoting the well being of animals.

    Asturforesta 2003
    Tineo, Spain
    15-17 May 2003
    Organised by the Energy Foundation of Asturias in Spain, this event will be of major interest to anyone working in the forestry industry – particularly those based in the Iberian Peninsula. Speakers from both public institutions and private enterprises will brief delegates on the latest development in the field. Over 15,000 forestry professionals and 100 exhibitors are expected to attend. The entire forest production chain will be represented during the three-day event and topics up for discussion include sustainable forestry through the promotion of biomass, new energy crops, forestry certification and waste energy valorisation.

    Post Weaning Multi-systemic Wasting Syndrome
    European Commission, Brussels, Belgium (by invitation only)
    15 May 2003

    2nd Forest Engineering Conference
    Växjö, Sweden
    12-15 May 2003
    This event is aimed at forestry practitioners, scientists and developers. It will present and discuss the state-of-the-art in both practice and R&D within a variety of disciplines related to forest operations. There are four main topics up for discussion: techniques and methods, logistics, raw material utilisation, and organisational development.

    18th meeting of the European Society for Animal Cell Technology (ESACT)
    Granada, Spain
    11-14 May 2003
    ESACT brings together scientists, engineers and other specialists working with animal cells. This four-day meeting focuses on the theme ‘Animal Cell Technology Meets Genomics’ and will provide delegates with an overview of the latest developments in animal cell technology, both at basic and applied levels. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of genomics technologies in ACT.

    Post-Versailles: Future Agricultural Research Agenda for Europe
    Athens, Greece
    8-9 May 2003
    This two-day seminar is organised by the National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF) in the framework of EURAGRI and is co-sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Agriculture. It follows up on a series of events looking at the future of agricultural research in Europe and is aimed at the European science community, politicians at European, national and regional level, and other key stakeholders.

    Alternatives to animal testing
    European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
    7 May 2003
    This one-day event is organised by Dutch MEP Bob van den Bos. Keynote speaker Professor Coenraad Hendriksen from the Netherlands Centre for Alternatives for Animal Use at Utrecht University will give an overview of the current situation in animal testing alternatives and will provide examples of successful alternative approaches.

    55th International Symposium on Crop Protection
    Ghent, Belgium
    6 May 2003
    This event, organised and hosted by the Faculty of Agriculture and Applied Biological Science at the University of Ghent, will focus on new developments in all aspects of crop protection. It includes sessions on agricultural entomology, nematology and acarology; phytopathology; herbology; biological and integrated control of pests, diseases and weeds; pesticide residues, toxicology and ecotoxicology; and application technology.

    Universities Federation for Animal Welfare Symposium 2003
    Science in the Service of Animal Welfare
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    2-4 April 2003
    The symposium aims to bring together leading authorities from around the world for a discussion on the science of welfare assessment, the use of science in ethical decisions, and to promote animal welfare and public understanding of welfare standards. The event focuses on stimulating discussion with a view to identifying future priorities for research, education and practical/policy developments.

    6th International Conference on Construction, Technology and Environment in Livestock Farming
    Vechta, Germany
    25-27 March 2003
    This conference will present the latest scientific results on technical and environmental development in livestock farming and biosystems. Expert speakers will provide their perspectives on future directions in sustainable animal production.

    11th Annual Agrogene Seminar
    Paris, France
    27-28 February 2003
    This year’s annual gathering will focus on the development and application of new genotyping technologies applicable to molecular medicine, plant breeding and the identification and traceability of plant and animal products. The programme includes 18 renowned experts who will present their perspectives on high-throughput genotyping.

    Evolutionary Ecology of the Pre-zygotic stage in Animals and Plants
    Monte Veritá, Ascona, Switzerland
    16-21 February 2003
    This international workshop brings together zoologists and botanists for a discussion on different aspects of reproductive biology, for example, pollen and sperm competition. It will provide a forum for experts to exchange ideas, highlight common ground and explore new directions.

    Events in 2002

    5th International Meeting of the Noordwijk Food Safety & HACCP Forum
    Noordwijk aan Zee, the Netherlands
    9-10 December 2002
    Greater openness about food safety issues is required if consumer confidence is to be re-established. The need for greater transparency at all levels of the food chain was the thread running through this conference.

    Forest Research and the Sixth Framework Programme - Challenges and Opportunities
    Paris, France
    25 November 2002
    The seminar charted forest and forest product related research needs in the light of the 6th Framework Programme and the European Research Area (ERA). It explored the EU call for expressions of interest as well as existing research capacities and networks in Europe in forest and forest product related research.

    European Research 2002
    The European Research Area and the Framework Programme
    Brussels, Belgium
    11-12-13 November 2002

    Information about the themes of this major conference – which launched the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme for research – is available via the above link.

    EUAGRI – Science for Society, Science with Society
    Brussels, Belgium
    14-15 October

    The changing attitude of European citizens to research into food and agriculture was the backdrop to this major conference. Co-sponsored by the European Commission, it addressed consumers’ concerns about food quality and safety, and set out a number of proposals to enable the sector to better respond to society’s needs.

    Organic farming in Europe
    Brussels, Belgium
    24-25 September 2002
    Seminar: Organic farming research in Europe
    Hosted by the European Commission’s Research DG, the seminar brought together scientists and policy-makers from across the continent to discuss research relating to organic farming. Full details and background documents are available through the above link.

    Seminar on EC supported research in farm animal welfare: current work and future directions
    Brussels, Belgium
    23 April 2002
    Seminar report


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