EU Science Hub

2019 IATRC Symposium

Jun 23 2019
Jun 25 2019

Trading for good - Agricultural trade in the context of climate change adaptation and mitigation: synergies, obstacles and possible solutions.

The European Commission's Directorate-General for Agriculture & Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) are supporting the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC) in the organisation of the 2019 IATRC Symposium.

Call for paper presentations and organised sessions

A. Individual Research Paper Presentations

Papers can be completed, work in progress or research planning.

These sessions include individual papers and provide an opportunity to report on research results or work in progress, present research plans for critique, and discuss research priorities.

B. Organised Multi-Paper/Panel Discussion Sessions

These sessions, usually organised by one or two individuals, consist of one to four panel members or several paper presentations, followed by open discussion/working format.

These sessions may be scheduled as plenary or concurrent.

Paper submission

Send your paper (1-page long) and organised session (2-pages long) proposals to the co-Chairs (Fabio Santeramo, Dragan Miljkovic, Emanuele Ferrari) via e-mail:

Deadline: 10 April 2019. 

Papers and session proposals received after 10 April will be accepted on the basis of quality and space available. 

Notifications of acceptance: 10 May 2019.  


Click here to register.

Fee: US$375 (before 23 May 2019), US$425 (from 24 May 2019). 
The registration fee includes lunches on two days, refreshment breaks, and a gala dinner. Conference attendees are also able to register a guest to join the group for meals.

Notes: (i) A refund will be made, less a $25.00 charge, if cancellation notice is received by May 10, 2019; (ii) If you do not already have an account at the University of Minnesota, please register as a New User. Do NOT enter anything in the OPTIONAL Sponsor section of new user registration.  Please contact Missy Sullivan at if you have questions.


Background and objectives

Climate change, agriculture, food systems and trade are intimately interrelated. Sectors like agriculture need to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while meeting growing global food demand.

Within this context, international trade will experience new dynamics, reflecting the impact of climate change and GHG emissions mitigation, which will alter the comparative advantage and competitiveness of sectors across regions and countries. Connecting economies, trade can play a central role for the adaptation to climate-change-related challenges, for example by reallocating food from surplus to deficit regions, hence contributing to food security. Trade can also facilitate international cooperation for an efficient global distribution of climate change mitigation efforts, and, for example, increase development and transfer of emission-efficient technologies. Conversely, if production moves to countries with no or less stringent mitigation obligations in place, trade could lead to emissions leakage that undermines efforts for global GHG emissions reduction.

Against this background, the symposium is devoted to deepening the knowledge on the linkages between trade and climate change adaptation and mitigation, in order to reflect on synergies, obstacles and possible solutions to govern an era of important challenges.


The symposium will be spread over 2.5 days, starting in early afternoon of 23 June 2019 and finishing in late afternoon of 25 June 2019.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Christian Häberli (World Trade Institute, Fellow)
  • Tassos Haniotis (European Commission, Director Directorate-General for Agriculture & Rural Development)
  • Lee Ann Jackson (World Trade Organization, Counsellor Agriculture and Commodities Division)
  • Michael Obersteiner (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Program Director Ecosystems Services and Management)
  • Timothy Searchinger (Princeton University, Research Scholar)
  • Joseph Wozniak (International Trade Centre, Head of Programme Trade for Sustainable Development)

Organised session: 

  • "Agricultural Policy in Disarray, a study of US agricultural policy" proposed by Vincent Smith (Montana State University), Joseph Glauber (IFPRI), Barry Goodwin (North Carolina State University) and Daniel Sumner (University of California)

/jrc/en/file/document/180151Draft programme


Organising Committee


  • Fabio Santeramo (University of Foggia)
  • Dragan Miljkovic (North Dakota State University)
  • Emanuele Ferrari (JRC Seville)


  • Pierluigi Londero (DG AGRI)
  • Pierre Boulanger (JRC Seville)
  • Thomas Fellmann (JRC Seville)
  • Mihaly Himics (JRC Seville)
  • Robert M'barek (JRC Seville)
  • Koen Mondelaers (DG AGRI)
  • Ana I. Sanjuán (JRC Seville)
  • Melissa Sullivan (University of Minnesota)


Hotel Melia Sevilla, Spain
Calle Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34-912-76-47-47
Click here to book your room under the IATRC group rate (optional). Two options are available (due by 23 May 2019):
Calle Dr. Pedro de Castro, 1, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34-912-76-47-47
Double room rate is 143 Euros
Single room rate is 127 Euros
This is the conference hotel where meetings will be held.
Av. De la Borbolla, 11, 41004 Sevilla, Spain; +34-954-41-55-11
Double room rate is 88 Euros
Single room rate is 83 Euros
This hotel is next to the conference hotel.

These prices include bed and breakfast.  All reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card.