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Visions for a Sustainable Agriculture


4-6 May 2022


Prof. Ted Turlings, University of Neuchâtel

Prof Pilar Junier, University of Neuchâtel

Prof Betty Benrey, University of Neuchâtel



  • Segenet Kelemu, Director General & CEO of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Kenya
  • John Pickett, Cardiff University, UK
  • Ulrich Kuhlmann, Plantwise, CABI, Switzerland
  • Manuele Tamò, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Benin
  • Salvatore DI FALCO, School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Lucius Tamm, FiBL, Switzerland
  • Maurizio Bellon, Conabio Mexico, Mexico
  • Claudio SCREPANTI, Syngenta, Basel, Switzerland
  • Ruth Buteme (MAS Alumni)
  • Wilson Nabakwe (MAS Alumni)
  • Shoba Marimuthu (MAS Alumni)

The objective of this workshop is to learn about and reflect on the challenges for a sustainable agriculture that provides food security for future generations.

During the workshop you will be confronted with the challenges that researchers and policy makers are facing in their efforts to assure food security for future generations in a sustainable manner.

The focus will be on developing countries and the workshop will also be attended by master students from the master module Sustainable Agriculture of the University of Neuchâtel, as well as by foreign alumni who completed the Master of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS-ICM, in collaboration with CABI, Delemont).

The workshop will mix talks from experts, roundtable discussions and group work on defined topics which will be chosen during the workshop.







 9:00 - 9:30



 9:30 - 9:45

Ted TURLINGS, University of Neuchâtel

Welcome and introduction to the workshop


 9:45 - 10:25

Ulrich KUHLMANN, CABI, Delémont

"PlantwisePlus – empowering smallholders to confidently face challenges of plant health threats through the promotion of sustainable approaches to crop production"


10:25 - 11:00

Coffee break


11:00 - 12:30

Online presentations from graduates of the Masters of Advanced Studies – Integrated Crop Management

Ruth BUTEME - "Agricultural challenges in Uganda"

Wilson NABAKWE - "Agricultural challenges in Kenya"

Shoba MARIMUTHU - "Agricultural challenges in Trinidad and Tobago"

+ 10 min discussion


12:30 - 14:05

Lunch Break


14:20 - 15:00

Segenet KELEMU, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology icipe, Kenya

"Sustainable food systems"


15:00 - 15:40

Manuele TAMÒ, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Benin

"Science-driven, nature-based pest management for cowpea cropping in West Africa"


15:40 - 16:15

Tea break


16:15 - 16:45






 9:00 - 9:30


 9:30 - 10:10

Claudio SCREPANTI, Syngenta, Basel, Switzerland
"Supporting chemical innovation for sustainable agriculture by investing in soil health"

10:10 - 10:50

Lucius TAMM, FiBL, Switzerland

"Organic Agriculture today: Contributions to the development towards agroecological farming systems"

10:50 - 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 - 11:55

John PICKETT, Cardiff University, UK

"Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture: Evidence and new opportunities from chemical ecology "

11:55 - 12:35

Salvatore DI FALCO, University of Geneva, Switzerland

"What 's Conservation Agriculture Worth: Experimental Evidence from Ethiopia"

12:35 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:15 - 14:45

Round table discussions

With everybody

14:45 - 16:45

Group discussions

In 4/5 groups mixing IPM master students, and PhD students. Each group will include experts





9:00 – 9:15



 9:15 - 12:00

Group work: preparation of presentations

Each presentation coordinated by one PhD student

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:15 - 14:45

Group 1 presentation (15 min talk + 15 min discussion)

14:45 - 15:15

Group 2 presentation (15 min talk + 15 min discussion)

14:30 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:30

Group 3 presentation (15 min talk + 15 min discussion)

15:30 - 16:00

Group 4 presentation (15 min talk + 15 min discussion)

16:00 - 16:45

Final discussion and closing remarks


University of Neuchâtel


The course is organized in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Programmes in Molecular Plant Sciences (MPS), Ecology & Evolution (E&E), and the Doctoral Programme in Organismal Biology of Neuchâtel (DPOB).




Reimbursements for CUSO Microbiologie Students:
- Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity.

NEW from 2021: Reimbursement of your travel tickets can be asked online through your MyCUSO.
See HERE for the procedure.
For any question concerning reimbursement please contact the coordinators at microbiologie(at)cuso(dot)ch


Deadline for registration: 27.04.22

Places available :

- 5 places available for CUSO Microbial Sciences PhD students




Deadline for registration 27.04.2022

In case of question, please write to us at microbiologie(at)cuso(dot)ch

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