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Scientific Support to agriculture: competitiveness, quality and sustainability

Apr 23 2014

In the light of the EC Council Presidency, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development and Food are organising a high level conference on "Scientific Support to agriculture: competitiveness, quality and sustainability" in Athens on 23 April 2014.

Both European and global agriculture face new, unprecedented challenges and solving these is high on the political agenda. Agricultural productivity needs to be increased in order to ensure food security for a growing population and a population with growing income and food tastes. On the other hand, biomass production needs to be increased in order to produce, not only food and animal feed, but also energy and industrial products. Both of these challenges have to be faced within the increasing uncertainty caused by the impacts of climate change and within the general acceptance that expansion of food production must be achieved through an approach that also encompasses sustainability of our environment and natural resources.

Date: 23 April 2014
Venue: Zappeion  Megaron, Athens, Greece

Objectives of the day

The Conference will bring together key representatives from the Greek Government, scientific community, business and the JRC with the aim to stimulate debate and improve the science-based understanding of the challenges in front of the agricultural-environmental-climate system. This understanding should serve as a basis for formulating policy recommendations on how to tackle these challenges in the most efficient way.  

Contacts for more information:

JRC, Eleni Konsta ,  Tel: +32 2 29 50926


Download the Programme in PDF (Latest version: 22/04/2014)

Download the Speakers in PDF (Latest version: 22/04/2014)


Opening session


SESSION I: The Future of European Agricultural System


SESSION II: Climate change and Resource Efficiency


SESSION III: Improving crop genetic resources for higher yield and sustainability