We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
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.
8:30 - 9:15 Registration of participants
9:15 - 10:30 Opening session: Why does an adequate and stable food supply require global measures?
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?
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.
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?
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?
Moderator: John Bensted-Smith, Director, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
16:00 -17:00 Concluding Session
Date of conference: 28 September 2011
Venue: Alcide De Gasperi, Charlemagne Building, 2nd Floor, 170 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Brussels
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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