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JRC Conference on "Scientific support for Food Security and Global Governance"

Sep 28 2011

The main objective of the conference is to examine in a scientific manner the necessity to increase production and competitiveness while respecting sustainable development in the framework of global governance. Key questions relating to food security will be identified and debated, focusing on how research, technology and innovation can contribute to food for all. Interventions by high-level representatives of international organisations, key producer countries, stakeholders and EU political figures are foreseen. The conference is an expression of the European Union's commitment to undertaking actions that will contribute to improving the world food situation in a sustainable manner.



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8:30 - 9:15   Registration of participants

9:15 - 10:30   Opening session: Why does an adequate and stable food supply require global measures?

Invited speakers:

  • Dominique Ristori, Director-General, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
  • Marion Guillou, Présidente Directrice-Générale de l'Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique – INRA
  • Ann Tutwiler, Vice Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, (FAO)

10:30 - 11:30   First session: Agricultural production and sustainability: Will availability and access to resources (land, water) be the key determinants in future patterns of food production?

Invited speakers:

  • Joseph Alcamo, United Nations, Chief Scientist, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Paulo Gouveia, Director, Copa-Cogeca (Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations - General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives)
  • Monty P. Jones, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, co-winner of the 2004 World Food Prize

Moderator: Mikael Karlsson, President, European Environmental Bureau

11:30 - 12:30   Second session: Market information and transparency, food prices volatility in particular in the poorest countries.

Invited speakers:

  • HE Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary-General of the African, Carribean and Pacific Group of States
  • Marc Sadler, Team Leader, Agricultural and Rural Development Department, World Bank
  • Joachim von Braun, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), and Professor at University of Bonn, Germany
  • Jacques Delincé, Head of Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission

Moderator: Cristian Hera, Vice President Romanian Academy

12:30 - 14:00   Lunch

14:00 – 15:00   Third session: Global governance: Can a better governance of food supply and demand be the most efficient path to food security?

Invited speakers:

  • Hervé Lejeune, G20 French Presidency, General Council for Food, Agricultural and Rural Areas, Ministry of Agriculture, France
  • Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College, London
  • Phil Bloomer, Director of Campaigns and Policy, OXFAM
  • Steve Howard, Founder and Secretary General, The Global Foundation
  • Jean-Louis Chomel, Head of Unit, DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid, European Commission

Moderator: Sir Brian Heap, President, European Academies Science Advisory Council, former Foreign Secretary, The Royal Society

15:00 – 16:00   Fourth session: The need for innovation: Where and how will science and technology, including bioeconomy, contribute to food for all?

Invited speakers:

  • Pierrick Givone, Scientific Director, Cemagref, the French Research Institute in Sciences and Technologies for Environment and Agriculture
  • Maive Rute, Director for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food, Research and Innovation DG , European Commission
  • David Wilkinson, Director, Joint Research Centre: GAM (Global Agriculture Monitoring) with MARS

Moderator: John Bensted-Smith, Director, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

16:00 -17:00   Concluding Session

Invited speakers:

  • José Manuel Silva Rodriguez, Director-General, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission
  • Sir John Beddington, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser
  • Dominique Ristori, Director-General, DG Joint Research Centre, European Commission
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Date of conference: 28 September 2011

Venue: Alcide De Gasperi, Charlemagne Building, 2nd Floor, 170 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Brussels

How to reach the venue?

  • Venue Map
    By Metro: Metro Station "Schuman" Line 1 or 5 – exit indicating "Berlaymont and Charlemagne"
  • From the airport: Bus No.12 - Direction "Brussels City”, get off at Bus Stop "Rond-point Schuman".
  • Train: Take the train towards Brussels, get off at "Central Station", then take the metro, line 1 or 5, get off at "Schuman" - exit indicating "Berlaymont and Charlemagne" For more information on timetables and transport please check:

Access to the building: For security reasons access to Charlemagne building will be controlled. Please bring the passport or identity card that you referred to in your on-line registration.

Welcome/Registration Desk The Welcome desk will be open on 28 September from 08h30 to 18h00. The registration desk is located to the left of the entrance of the building.

Conference language: There will be simultaneous interpretation provided from and into FR, DE, EN, IT, ES, PT and PL

Fees: There are no registration fees for this conference but you are required to register (Registration closed).

Travel and hotel accommodation: Participants must make their own arrangements for travel and hotel accommodation. The European Commission will not reimburse these expenses.

Information on accommodation in Brussels can be found on one of the following websites:

Lunch: On 28 September, the European Commission invites all participants to a working lunch at the venue.

Exhibition: The JRC will showcase its research activities related to food security on a digital globe. This exhibition will be located near the conference room.

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