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Visions for a Sustainable Agriculture


15-17 May 2024


Pilar Junier, Prof., UNINE
Betty Benrey, Prof., UNINE

  • John Pickett, Cardiff University, UK
  • Segenet Kelemu, icipe, Kenya
  • Celso Luiz Moretti, Embrapa, Brazil
  • Justice Tambo, CABI, CH
  • Amritbir Riar, FiBL, CH
  • Claudio Screpanti, Syngenta, CH
  • Wilson Nabakwe, Kenya
  • Ruth Buteme, Uganda



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 this workshop participants will be confronted with and discuss the challenges that researchers and policy makers are facing in their efforts to assure food security for future generations in a sustainable manner. This workshop will host some of the most internationally renowned scientists and policy makers in the field of agriculture from Africa, Brazil, the UK, and Switzerland.

During this highly interactive workshop, the experts will present and discuss their vision of the future of agriculture, with an emphasis on the approaches that are needed to achieve worldwide food security for the generations to come. Topics will range from climate-smart agriculture, microbial soil health, alternatives to pesticides, insects as food, and compromises between organic versus intensive agriculture. Special emphasis will also be on improving gender equality, as well as socio-economic equity and justice through agriculture. During roundtable discussions, and rendition presentations, the participants will have the opportunity to challenge and critically discuss the experts' visions.


Provisional Program



Room F200 (ALG)


 9:00 - 9:30



 9:30 - 9:45

Ted TURLINGS, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland Welcome and introduction to the workshop

9:45 - 10:25

Amritbir RIAR, FiBL, Switzerland

“Driving Towards Organic Horizons: Embracing Agroecological Visions in Agriculture & Food Systems”

10:25 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 11:40

Celso Luiz MORETTI, Embrapa, Brazil

“Science-based sustainable agriculture: the case of Brazil”


11:40 - 12:20

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

" Sustainable food systems "

12:20 - 13:40

Lunch Break

Room F200 (ALG)


13:40 - 14:40

Online presentations from graduates of the Masters of Advanced Studies –

Integrated Crop Management

Wilson NABAKWE - “Agricultural challenges in Kenya” Ruth BUTEME - “Agricultural challenges in Uganda”


+ 10 min discussion each

14:40 - 15:20

Benjamin Thiombiano, Syngenta, Switzerland


15:20 - 15:50

Coffee break

15:50 - 16:30








Room F200 (ALG)


 9:00 - 9:30



 9:30 - 10:10

Justice TAMBO, CABI, Switzerland

“Towards Sustainable Crop Protection: The Role of PlantwisePlus”


10:10 - 10:50

John PICKETT, Cardiff University, UK

" Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture: Targeting new tools from chemical ecology for the perennialisation of cropping systems "


10:50 - 11:20

Coffee break

11:20 - 12:00

Claudio SCREPANTI, Syngenta, Switzerland 

Supporting chemical innovation for sustainable agriculture by investing in soil health”

12:00 - 12:30

Round table discussions

With everybody


12:30 - 13:45

Lunch Break

Room E301-304, A017, A317


13:45 - 15:45

Group discussions


In 3 groups mixing IPM master students, and PhD students. Each group will include experts


Eventually group coffee break in front of room E301-304

15:45 - 17:15


With everybody







Room F200 (ALG), A017



9:00 – 9:15




 9:15 - 12:15

Group work: preparation of presentations


Each presentation coordinated by one PhD student


Eventually group coffee break in front of room F

12:15 - 13:30

Lunch Break


Room F200 (ALG)


13:30 - 14:00

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

14:00 - 14:30

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

Final discussion and closing remarks







University of Necuhâtel - UniMail F200 Auditoire Louis Guillaume


This course is organized in collaboration with the CUSO doctoral programs in Microbial Sciences and Ecology & Evolution, and the Doctoral School in Life Sciences of Neuchâtel (DSLS).


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

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 CUSO MPS coordinator Debora Zoia.



Please register through the CUSO Microbial Sciences webpage.

Deadline for Registration: 03.05.2024

3 places for CUSO MPS Students


Late cancellation or 'no show' : 50 CHF of administrative fees



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