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CONFERENCE - Brussels, Charlemagne Conference Centre, 15-16 September 2005
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The conference will be held at the European Commission’s Charlemagne Building in Brussels – 170, rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels – on 15-16 September 2005, Room S3.

15 September 2005
08.30-09:30 Participants’ registration
09.30-09.35

Welcome, Christian Patermann, EC, Research DG, Director ‘Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food’

09.30-10.15 OPENING SESSION
09.35-09.55 The political background, Janez Potočnik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research
09.55-10.15 Setting the scene, MP Alun Michael, Minister of State for Industry and the Regions, Department of Trade and Industry, United Kingdom
10.15-10.30 Coffee break
10.30-13.00

THE POLICY CONTEXT
Chair: Peter Ludlow, Chairman, EuroComment, Belgium

10.30-11.00 The Lisbon Strategy and the knowledge-based bio-economy, John Purvis, Member of the European Parliament, United Kingdom
11.00-11.30 The new orientations of Common Agricultural Policy, László Vajda, Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Hungary
11.30-12.00 Total food chain, Beate Kettlitz, Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU, Belgium
12.00-12.30 Knowledge-based bio-economy and its impact on the global challenges, Maharaj Kishan Bhan, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Science and Technology, India
12.30-13.00 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION WITH ALL SPEAKERS FROM THE MORNING SESSION
Chair: Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, Poland
13.00-14.00 Lunch break
14.00-17.15

LIFE SCIENCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGIES DRIVING THE BIO-ECONOMY
Chair: Jerzy Buzek, Member of the European Parliament, Poland

14.00-14.30 Industrial biotechnology, Alfred Oberholz, Member of the Board of Management, Degussa AG, Germany
14.30-15.00 Food research and competitiveness in the bio-economy, Daniele Rossi, Co-Chairman of the European Technology Platform ‘Food for Life’, Italy
15.00-15.30 Plants for the future, Marc Zabeau, President of EPSO, European Plant Science Organisation, Ghent, Belgium
15.30-16.00 Knowledge-based agriculture, Patrick Cunningham, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
16.00-16.15 Coffee break
16.15-16.45 Micro-organisms: untapped genetic resources, Antoine Danchin, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
16.45-17.15 Converging technologies and disciplines bring up new opportunities: the example of the forestry-based sector, Björn Hägglund, Chairman of the High Level Group of the Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform (FTP), Sweden
16 September 2005
09.00-12.15

STAKEHOLDERS’ VISION: theory, examples and expectations
Chair: Nico van Belzen, Executive Director, International Life Sciences Institute
Europe, Belgium

09.00-09.30 Sustainable growth, John Hodgson, Director, Critical I, UK
09.30-10.00 Education, science and values: producers and consumers in the new knowledge economy, Lene Lange, Novozymes, Denmark
10.00-10.30 Consumer benefits, Jim Murray, Director, The European Consumers’ Organisation,
Belgium
10.30-10.45 Coffee break
10.45-11.15 Capitalising biodiversity: from metagenomics to synthetic biology,
Victor de Lorenzo, National Centre of Biotechnology, Madrid, Spain
11.15-11.45 Applications of biotechnologies: how to detect multiple food-borne contaminants (toxins, hormones, chemicals), Jana Hajšlová, Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
11.45-12.15 Extrapolating from the nanotechnology revolution, Antonietta Morena Gatti, Laboratory of Biomaterials of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
12.15-12.45 CONCLUSIONS
Christian Patermann, EC, Research DG, Director ‘Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food’
12.45-14.00 Sandwich lunch

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