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30 January 2003
 
10h00 Opening
  Addresses by
  European Commission – Philippe BUSQUIN, European Commissioner for Research European Group on Life Sciences - Prof. Victor DE LORENZO
   
  Introduction: setting the scene
   
10h20 The Life Sciences Revolution and Development
  Prof. Ismael Serageldin, Director of the Library of Alexandria
   
10h40 Challenges and opportunities for developing countries in the use of GM crops and products for sustainable agricultural development
  Dr Florence Wambugu, Executive Director of Harvest Biotech Foundation
International
   
11h00 Harnessing genetic resources and making use of life sciences for sustainable agriculture
  Prof. Louise Fresco, FAO Agriculture Department
   
  Challenge 1: What could life sciences do to improve the health and nutrition of the poor without compromising food safety and the environment?
   
11h20 Case Study: Nutrition and health via biocontrol and adaptation of cultural practices
  Dr Peter Hartmann, Director-General of the International Institute for Tropical Medicine
   
11h40 Open Discussion on Challenge 1
  Chair: MARC VAN MONTAGU, Member of the European Group on Life Sciences
(EGLS)
   
12h00 14h00 Lunch break
   
  Challenge 2: How could life sciences improve the economic viability
of food production?
   
14h00 Case Study: Sharing sustainable technologies among developing countries for improvement of livestock production: the rinderpest story.
  Prof. Tilahun Yilma, Director of the International Laboratory of Molecular Biology for Tropical Disease Agents
   
14h15 Case Study: Role of Life Sciences in promoting economic viability in aquaculture
  Prof. Toong Jin Lam, Professor at the Department for Biological Sciences
   
14h30 Open Discussion on Challenge 2
   
  Challenge 3: How can life sciences contribute to the production of food undermarginal conditions?
   
14h50 Case Study: Use of biotechnology to increase food production in acid soils
  Dr Luis Estrella-Herrera, Professor in plant molecular biology
   
15h10 Open Discussion on Challenge 3
   
15h30 Coffee break
   
  Challenge 4: How can Life Sciences contribute to income generation in particular by creating new markets in developing countries?
   
15h50 Case Study: The use of sugar cane genomics to create plants for sustainable energy production
  Dr Paulo Arruda, Professor of Genetics at the University of Campinas
   
16h10 Open Discussion on Challenge 4
   
  Challenge 5: How can developing countries become “actors” in the genome revolution?
   
16h30 Case Study: Human and rice genome research in China
  Prof. Huanming Yang, Director of Beijing Genomics Institute
   
17h00 Open Discussion on Challenge 5
  Chair: DEREK BURKE, Member of the European Group on Life Sciences (EGLS)
   
17h20 End of the first day
   
31 January 2003
   
  Challenge 6: How can Life Sciences contribute to a reduction in the use of pesticides?
   
9h00 Case study: Management of Bt cotton in Australia and drawing lessons on how this should be done around the world
  Dr Jim Peacock, Chief of CSIRO Plant Industry
   
9h20 Open Discussion on Challenge 6
   
  Challenge 7: How can Life Sciences provide added value from agrobiodiversity?
   
9h40 Case Study: Adding value to environmentally adapted animal genetic resources in developing countries: the case of disease in African livestock
  Dr Olivier Hanotte, Project leader at the International Livestock Research Institute
   
10h00 Open Discussion on Challenge 7
   
10h20 Coffee break
   
  Lessons for policy-making
   
10h40 EU Development Policy
  Commissioner Poul Nielson
   
11h00 EU Research Policy
  Commissioner Philippe Busquin
   
11h20 A global view
  Dr Per Pinstrup-Andersen, International Food Policy Research Institute
   
11h40 Open Discussion on Lessons for policy-making
  Chair: PATRICK CUNNINGHAM, Member of the European Group on Life Sciences (EGLS)
   
12h00 14h00 Lunch break
   
  Core debate
14h00 Panellists: Mamadou Cissokho, Benedikt Haerlin, Emilia Müller, Pere Puigdomènech, Timothy Reeves, Albert Sasson, Ismael Serageldin, Jennifer Thomson.
   
  Moderator : Alex Puissant
   
16h00 End of the Discussion Platform
   
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