From life sciences to sciences for life: the Biovision Forum
Agriculture is at a crossroads. It must find ways to feed the world while being environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. This challenge will be high on the agenda at the BIOVISION 2013 Forum to be held on 24-26 March in Lyon, France.
‘Using natural resources without consuming the planet’ is the focus of one conference session, which will see discussions on agriculture, and in particular on smart approaches to increase productivity, strengthen ecosystems and livelihoods and reduce emissions.
Forum speakers include leading academics, industrialists and policy-makers. On the opening day of the Forum, the President of the European Research Council, Helga Nowotny, will lead a plenary session on ‘How to make better use of collective intelligence’ that will deal with ways of harnessing collective intelligence – enabled by the explosion in innovative information technologies – and using it to improve people’s lives and health.
Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Advisor to President of the European Commission, will contribute to the session on ‘Using natural resources without consuming the planet’ as well as to a roundtable on ‘Crowdsourcing to facilitate the emergence of Science and Innovation’.
The Forum offers a combination of plenary and parallel sessions focusing on six main themes, such as living with microorganisms, personalised medicine and lifestyle diseases. There are also parallel conferences on specific topics, including an EU Horizon 2020 workshop on investment tools and opportunities.