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Conferences sponsored by the Co-operative Research Programme

Information about conferences/workshops funded since 2015 can be found in the links below, including reports from conference organisers. It may be useful to look at these if you are applying for a CRP conference sponsorship to see what conferences have been funded in the past. To apply for funding, see the upcoming call for funding.

 

2019 Conferences

After a successful call for applications, 9 conferences out of 16 applications received were retained by the CRP for funding in 2019. 

This is a small focused workshop that will deal with the growing opportunities to apply precision genomic tools to the management of invasive species. The objective of the workshop is to highlight examples of current state-of-the-art methods of genetic biocontrol for invasive species, and to produce a proceedings document that details the benefits and limitations of each strategy with regards to feasibility, biosafety and regulatory constraints. It is being organised as a special session of the 15th International Society for Biosafety Research Symposium. The subject of the workshop is closely linked to the biosafety work of the Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology, and to the OECD Conference on Genome Editing: Applications in Agriculture – Implications for Health, Environment and Regulation held in June 2018. Conference organisers' report

This conference will provide a forum for summarising how interfering RNA works to control pests by silencing the pest organism genes, as well as presenting environmental and human health risk considerations relative to the use of pesticides developed using dsRNA‑based crop traits. Ongoing innovation in agriculture is needed to continue to meet the global challenges of food production for an increasing population, the impacts of climate change, and working to increase the sustainability of food production. One such innovation has been the introduction of dsRNA-based crop traits, and research is ongoing into the potential use of externally applied dsRNA. Consequently, externally applied ds-RNA-based products for plant protection will be entering the regulatory systems of OECD member state regulatory authorities in the coming years. The objective of the conference is to summarise the current state of knowledge and ongoing developments that are relevant for the regulation of such products that are proposed for use as pesticides and contribute to the establishment of harmonised regulatory recommendations for these products. Having harmonised practices will mean that the risk assessment process will be more efficient, so the duplication of effort can be avoided, and barriers to trade reduced. Ultimately, with the use of dsRNA-based pesticides, the environment and human health will benefit from a reduced use of chemical pesticides.

  • Climate change, reactive nitrogen, food security and sustainable agriculture | Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 15-16 April 2019

The aim of this workshop is to bring together leading experts in the field of food security, soil science and greenhouse gas emissions from soils to discuss the current knowledge on, and establish a global research network for, N2O mitigation and denitrification in fertilised cropping systems. Particular focus will be put on what data and tools are needed to improve national GHG inventories and estimates of global GHG emission. The workshop hopes to propose a common and comprehensive database for collective data that help refine existing biogeochemical models, as well as standardising methodologies to reduce uncertainties and enhance model development further. Conference organisers' report

This workshop seeks to address two major issues in animal welfare and human health related to Streptococcus suis: vaccine development and antimicrobial resistance. Currently, no vaccine is available for this pathogen, which is considered the most important bacterial swine pathogen and which is rapidly appearing as a human health threat risk. Control is based on an alarmingly high use of antibiotics, leading to a dramatic increase of risk related to antibiotic resistance. The workshop will bring together researchers to share results and establish protocols to be able to repeat and confirm results, thereby helping co-operation and avoiding wasting time and public resources through unnecessary competition.

  • Rapid evolution and the global spread of invasive species | Wallingford, United Kingdom, 12-14 June 2019

This workshop deals with the critical issue of the growing threat of invasive species globally. The growing connectedness of economies through trade and travel increases their vulnerability to invasive non-native species and is expending the range of species that are becoming invasive globally. One of the processes driving global invasion risk is the rapid evolutionary changes that can occur in invading populations and which are thought to increase invasiveness, allowing populations to colonise larger areas and new hosts and habitats more quickly. This workshop will help the participating experts to improve their understanding of how evolutionary forces interact and influence risk across different stages of invasion, as well as identifying conditions in which evolution can accelerate global spread and impacts. This will help improve horizon scanning, risk assessment and the management of biosecurity risks. 

This conference will bring experts from difference disciplines together to provide clear recommendations on how best to accommodate the economic value of natural capital into the challenging area of agricultural policy, in particular in decisions between productivity and environmental sustainability. Natural capital approaches can be useful for integrating some of the values of nature into economic-based decision making, but many questions remain around governance, the role of market forces, and the many values that remain unaccounted for because they are either hidden or missing, particularly the value of biodiversity. This conference will bring together experts from the fields of economics, ecology and policy to discuss these globally important issues.

  • Intellectual property and access to CRISPR-Cas gene editing technologies for innovation in crop agriculture Keystone, Colorado, United States, 17-18 October 2019

This conference will examine intellectual property issues surrounding the gene editing technology CRISP-Cas, around which a web of patents, IP, licensing contracts and strategic alliances has emerged. The objectives of this conference are: to provide understanding of the complex and evolving IP landscape, including licensing agreements, that governs access to CRISPR for use in commercial crop agriculture; to compile a range of expert opinion and critical analyses of the current IP situation, as well as perceptions, concerns and feedback from stakeholders across industry, governments and NGOs; and to explore implications of the IP and licensing regime on public perceptions, regulatory politics and, by extension, the incentives and risks of using CRISPR across a wide range of innovations for sustainable agriculture.

The overall aim of this workshop is to evaluated knowledge gaps and advances related to agro-ecological developments and analyse agricultural policies and policy instruments that promote agroecology in OECD countries. Agroecology encompasses different fields such as biology, ecology, social sciences and economics to seek a balanced interaction between all the parts involved in agriculture. It is a discipline that combines environment and society, including a fair economy, social justice and cultural identity as fundamental factors for agricultural systems, with the aim of promoting sustainable agriculture and healthier products for consumers, while respecting the environment and biodiversity in a socio-economic system where everyone (producers and consumers) benefit and cultural patrimony is preserved. The workshop will contribute towards the creation of tools for policy makers, extension service providers, farmers, researchers and stakeholders considering agroecology as a transdisciplinary concept, and to the creation of an international collaborative network.

2018

TERRAenVISION: Science for Society | Barcelona, Spain, 29 January - 2 February 2018
This conference addressed several issues of importance to agricultural sustainability and the implications of a suite of international policy agendas as captured by the Sustainable Development Goals and UN climate conventions. It focused in particular on climate change, water resources, land degradation, soil erosion and ecosystem services and agriculture, with the aim of helping bridge the gap between science and society.

2018 Circular Economy for Agri-Food Resource Management | Seoul, Korea, 13-15 June 2018
This circular economy conference will focus on the re-utilisation of agricultural waste, sustainability and economic viability of agri-food systems. Specific issues to be covered include the food production chain, animal husbandry, forestry, fisheries, hydroponics and aquaponics. The conference will also cover the more general considerations of circular economy – resource efficiency or complete waste utilisation, as well as systems analysis and modelling methods, and the potential of business and economic models, with an emphasis on environmental implications.

OECD Conference on Genome Editing: Applications in Agriculture - Implications for Health, Environment and Regulation | OECD, Paris, France, 28-29 June 2018
This event will focus on genome editing applications for use in crop plant and animal breeding to examine the risk and safety assessment and regulatory context for the products derived from these techniques. The conference will review the situation of current and upcoming genome editing applications and the potential safety concerns for the environment and health. It will also discuss whether or not existing frameworks for risk analysis are equipped to deal with these new technologies and what the implications are for regulation, ethics and agricultural innovation, identifying possible policy remedies to address these concerns.

» Meeting report - Articles by conference presenters

CRISPRing - a new begin for genetic improvement of plants and microbes | Budapest, Hungary, 3-5 September 2018
This workshop focuses on the use of novel genome editing technologies in the improvement of plants and microorganisms, and on the scientific prospects and future applications of genomic editing in the post-genomic era. In view of the rapid progress in CRISPR technology and its expansion into many fields of plant science, it is increasingly important that specialists keep each other and the public updated. It differs from the above event in focusing on the science and technology.

Natural products in pest management: Innovative approaches for increasing their use | Bellagio, Italy, 25-29 September 2018
Due to the rapidly evolving pest resistance and rising concern about the environmental and toxicological safety of synthetic pesticides, there is renewed interest in natural product solutions to pest management problems. This conference will bring together some of the most prominent scientists using advanced approaches to discover and develop new pest management solutions based on natural products.

Preparing Europe for invasion by the beetles emerald ash borer and bronze birch borer, two major tree-killing pests | Vienna, Austria, 1-4 October 2018
These two aggressive pests, which have caused considerable damage to forests in the US, are a serious threat to European forests if they arrive in Europe. There are real concerns that this will happen, given that one of the pest has been found in Russia and is spreading west from Moscow at an estimated rate of 40 km per year. This conference will examine how Europe can prepare a contingency plan to cope with these pests by bringing together experts from a wide range of disciplines and geographical regions to share experience gained in other parts of the world, and to discuss the different pathways that transport the pests. The conference aims to inform policy towards optimising current and future preparedness.

Risk valuation and risk management tools in agri-food sector | Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 17-18 October 2018
The aim of this conference is to provide broad and high-quality information to policy-makers, researchers and other professional stakeholders in the field of risk assessment and risk elimination tools in the agri-food sector. It will include an overview of methods and studies on measures to prevent or minimise risks and threats to agricultural and food production, with a strong focus on policy issues. It is hoped that the results of this conference will feed into the wider discussion on risk management which will be one of the key themes of the future EU Common Agricultural Policy.

Making science useful to agriculture | Adelaide, Australia, 26-29 November 2018
This conference will take a hard look at conventional themes and assumptions in agricultural research and its translation to agriculture practices. The participants will challenge conventional approaches through scientific analysis and evidence-based rationalisation to help guide agriculture research policy and funding. The participants will discuss how to improve the returns on research and development investments in agriculture by avoiding “faulty” science arising from reductionism, over-simplification and lack of rigour in an age of decreasing investment in agricultural research, with the ultimate aim of helping policy makers design robust R&D policies.

2017

Digital Transformation of Animal Health Monitoring | Exeter, United Kingdom, 1-2 March 2017
The objective of this small workshop is to increase the availability and usability of drug usage and animal disease data by developing a sustainable and effective business model, starting with the food producing animal industry. The model will enable animal health monitoring information to be gathered and aggregated across countries. This information is not currently readily available, especially at the global level, but is of increasing importance as, for example, anti-microbial resistance increases and the consequences for human health become more apparent. The outcomes could very well be useful to the APM’s work on anti-microbial resistance. » Proceedings: Vial F. and A. Székács (Eds), 2018, Frontiers, “Digital Transformation of Animal Health Data: Proceedings of the AHEAD 2017 Workshop”, Frontiers Media SA (online)

 

International symposium on food credence attributes: How can we design policies to meet consumer demand | Tokyo, Japan, 18-20 May 2017
This symposium will explore our understanding of consumer preference over food credence attributes and the differences in consumer perception in different countries. It will look at how different countries apply different standards and regulations for the same food credence attribute and how this can affect the trade flow, as well as looking at food labelling practices across countries. The aim is to see if a platform can be developed to strengthen communication between consumers and producers to facilitate these issues. The outcomes of the symposium should be helpful to the APM’s work on food prices.

 

Global Goals - new approaches to knowledge generation: challenges and solutions from local to global scales | Stockholm, Sweden, 24-26 August 2017
Focusing on managing natural capital, this conference is designed to provide the exchange of scientific knowledge in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be the themes of the UN High Level Political Forum taking place in 2018 (SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15). The conference will focus on new knowledge generation and integration to support the implementation of the SDGs and how this knowledge can be implemented by society.

 

Symposium on Systems Analysis of Forest Resources | Suquamish, WA, USA , 27-30 August 2017
This symposium will look at how data collection protocols for competing forest management objectives and ecosystem services can be streamlined. It will do this in a unique way by bringing together two traditionally disconnected disciplines – the remote sensing-geospatial informatics community and operations researchers. This combination of expertise should achieve synergies to support forest management practices and policy.

 

Application of high throughput genotyping technologies for forest tree species identification and timber tracking | Madrid, Spain, 13-15 September 2017
The aim of this workshop is to facilitate the co-ordination of efforts from international initiatives in forest tree genomics to transfer information and high throughput techniques to improve and standardise multispecies DNA genotyping tools for species identification of timber and wood products to support the control of illegal timber logging and trade. Given that the global problem of illegal logging has significant negative economic, environmental and social impacts, if this workshop helps towards developing an accurate and global method of identifying source species that is straightforward to use by non-specialists, it will be a major contribution.

 

Water Quality: a new challege for global scale modelling | Wageningen, Netherlands, 18-21 September 2017
This workshop will explore the potential to model global water quality in the face of numerous stresses, but to assess global water quality, real data is currently insufficient. The workshop aims to set the agenda for future modelling efforts that are able to integrate knowledge of both water quality and quantity; whilst global models exist for nutrients, water temperature and pesticides and models are being developed for many more pollutants, the people modelling water quality for these different issues do not usually talk to each other. The workshop will bring these people together to share their knowledge and expertise to set the agenda for future modelling efforts that are able to integrate all this knowledge.

 

FutureIPM 3.0: towards a sustainable agriculture | Riva del Garda, Italy, 14-20 October 2017
The objective of this conference is to provide wide and high-quality information to policy makers to support them in their understanding of the whole context and the available solutions for sustainable crop production. It hopes to bring policy makers together with industry and academia to inform them about current and future research, scientific developments and opportunities in the field of integrated agricultural production systems to optimise productivity in agriculture whilst maintaining sustainable crop production. The conference will focus on plant protection, but take into consideration landscape management, biodiversity, protection of the environment, biopesticides and the threats posed by invasive pest species, as well as looking at the most advanced tools of precision farming and ICT.

 

1st Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Pasture and Livestock Farming | Hamilton, New Zealand, 15-18 October 2017
This conference, held in conjunction with the 7th Asian-Australasian Conference on Precision Agriculture, is intended to be a trendsetting platform for the communities involved in advancing and innovating the pasture management and livestock farming industries in Asia and Australasia. It will focus on the integrated research that is increasingly relevant for pastures and livestock in the region and will be the first international conference to bring together researchers and interested practitioners from the region to share and discuss experience in research, technologies and the practical application of livestock farming.

2016

Updated Diagnosis and Epidemiology of Animal Prion Diseases for Food Safety and Security | Tokyo, Japan, 10 May 2016
This conference on upgrading knowledge of diagnostic tests for prion agents is highly relevant to public health and has implications in trade policy. The issue of the appearance of prion precursors and their transfer between different farm (and wild) species is an important aspect that should be taken into account to control the risk of introducing prion-based diseases in the food chain. The basic scientific facts about animal susceptibility and interspecies transmissibility, as well as the availability of sensitive diagnostic tests for prion agents will help refine risk assessment and predictability.

» Conference organisers' report.

 

7th World Fisheries Congress: Session on Genomics for improved fisheries management and conservation: have the promises been fulfilled (Session 1) | Busan, Korea, 23-27 May 2016
The area of science covered in this one day symposium – genomics applications in fisheries – is of high importance in both traditional species conservation and fish biotechnology, and due to the growing demand for fisheries based food. It will review current research applying genomics to marine conservation, biosecurity, sustainability of the utilisation of aquatic resources, new species for aquaculture, traceability of seafood products, and fisheries management and aquaculture, including potential policy applications and enforcement.

» Conference organisers' report

» Proceedings: Bernatchez et al. (2017), Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 32, Issue 9, pp 665-680, "Harnessing the Power of Genomics to Secure the Future of Seafood", Elsevier (Open Access)

 

Vulnerability of Agricultural Production Networks and Global Food Value Chains due to Natural Disasters | Vienna, Austria, 20-24 June 2016

This conference is on the highly relevant topic of increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters resulting in major economic losses and their at times long term disruption to agricultural production systems. Increasingly globalised food production systems when disrupted have impacts on local, regional and global levels. The conference will contribute to a holistic understanding on the interdependencies of natural disasters and their direct or indirect consequences on agricultural production. 

» Conference organisers' report.

 

Biological Invasions in Forests, Shepherdstown | WV, USA, 19-21 July 2016

This conference proposes to synthesise knowledge from different fields and develop management strategies and policies to address the threat of biological invasions in forests. This is an increasingly important issue since invasions of alien species are causing significant damage in forests and they are likely to increase through changing climate and greater connections through trade. Co-ordinated international measures and awareness are needed to make ground here. The conference will directly inform stakeholders and policy makers on the nature of the problems and policy options. 

» Conference organisers' report.

 

Genome Editing and the Future of Farming | Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 6 September 2016
The advent of new techniques for introducing precise changes in genomes has opened many new opportunities for applications in agricultural research, and may eventually lead to profound changes in the way genetic improvement of farm animals is achieved. In view of the many implications of the use of genome editing techniques, this conference provides an appropriately timed discussion about genome editing in farm animals and should foresee not only the opportunities it offers, but also the potential problems and the policy-related issues it raises.

» Conference organisers' report. 

» Proceedings:  NIB (2017), National Institutes of Bioscience Journal, Volume 1, “Genome Editing and the Future of Farming”, Edinburgh University Library Open Journals;

Hoyos-Flight, M., et al. (2017), Transgenic Research, "Genome Editing and the Future of Farming meeting report", Volume 26, Issue 2, pp. 319-321, Springer

 

Virtual Water in Agricultural Products: Quantification, Limitations and Trade Policy | Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, 14-16 September 2016
This conference deals with the high profile topic of water availability and efficiency of use and appears to bring a new approach to water questions. Among other things, it will clarify the meaning of blue, green and grey waters and will elucidate the accounting methods for embedded waters in agricultural products by accounting for the return water to the aquifers and the recycling of evaporated moisture from crop and soil surface.

» Conference organisers' report.

 

Environmental release of engineered pests: Building an international governance framework | Raleigh, NC, USA, 4-6 October 2016
This conference deals with the emerging, high profile and fast developing issues associated with emerging genetic technologies which open up major regulatory and ethical concerns. It will identify social, ethical and regulatory levers and barriers to govern emerging genetic pest management technologies, share international experiences and lessons around regulation and risk assessment of those technologies and catalyse international co-operation in addressing the complex issues.

» Conference organisers' report.

 

International Symposium on Food Safety (ISFS): New Tools to Detect and Prevent Foodborne Outbreaks from Farm to Fork | Santiago, Chile, 5-7 December 2016
This timely symposium focuses on the use of recently developed technologies for the detection of foodborne pathogens in the environment. It will cover the full spectrum of future improvements in food safety from irrigation water through production systems and supply chains to the plate. The novel techniques and their application, the processing of the information gathered and its relevance for policy making will be examined.

» Conference organisers' report.

2015

Feeding More Than 9 Billion: Challenges and Choices by 2050 | Canberra, Australia and Copenhagen, Denmark 22 April 2015

» Conference organisers' report

 

Global Soil Security Symposium | College Station, Texas, USA 19-21 May 2015

» Conference organisers' report

 

The Contribution of the Emerging Bioeconomy to Sustainable Development | Ravello, Italy 16 June 2015

» Conference organisers' report

 

Agricultural Higher Education in the 21st century: A global challenge in knowledge transfer to meet world demands for food security and sustainability | Zaragoza, Spain 15-17 June 2015

» Conference organisers' report

 

Saskatoon International Workshop on Validation and Regulatory Analysis (SASKVAL III) | Calgary, Alberta, Canada 16-19 June 2015

» Conference organisers' report

 

International Symposium of Animal Functional Genomics | Piacenza, Italy 27-29 July 2015

» Conference organisers' report

» Proceedings: Boichard D. et al (Eds.) (2016), Genetics Selection Evolution, Featured Collection “ISAFG 2015”, BioMed Central (Open Access);

 

Microsporidia in the Animal to Human Food Chain: An International Symposium to Address Chronic Epizootic Disease | Vancouver, Canada 9 August 2015

» Conference organisers' report

 

Linking Ecosystem Services to Livelihood of Local Communities | Seoul, Korea 12-14 October 2015

» Conference organisers' report

 

Sustainability of Rural Areas in Practice | Nitra, Slovak Republic 3-4 December 2015

» Conference organisers' report