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Visions for a Sustainable Agriculture 2017


2-4 May 2017


Prof. Ted Turlings, University of Neuchâtel (CH)


Romano DeVivo, Syngenta (CH)
Dr. Celia A. Harvey, Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans, Conservation International (US)
Prof. Ylva Hillbur, (to be confirmed) International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (NG)
Dr. Ulrich Kuhlmann, Plantwise, CABI (CH)
Prof. John Pickett, Rothamsted Research (UK)
Prof. Johan Six, ETH Zürich (CH)
Dr. Lucius Tamm, FiBL (CH)


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 students from the masters module Sustainable Agriculture and by foreign students that participate in the Masters of Advance Studies in Integrated Crop Management (MAS-ICM, in collaboration with CABI, Delemont).


1st day: Morning: Introduction (explaining CABI's activities in sustainable agriculture and introducing the Plantwise program). MAS-ICM students will present the agricultural challenges in their respective home country. They will present in groups of two (six 15-minute presentations). Afternoon: Three of the invited experts will present their visions for a sustainable agriculture in presentations of 30 minutes each. There will be 10 min for discussion after each talk. 2nd day: Morning: The remaining four invited experts will present their visions (30 minutes plus 10 min discussion.
Afternoon: Roundtable discussion with experts and the students (three groups, topics will be chosen during the workshop). 3rd day: Morning: the students prepare their final presentations in which they address the main challenges and possible solutions (six presentations in total).
Afternoon: the students give their group presentations (six 15-minute presentations). In these presentations you will present your ideas on how sustainable agriculture may be achieved, taking into account the things you learned during the presentations and discussions.


University of Neuchâtel






Full attendance and active participation


2-4 May 2017
08:55-17:00 Where?
University of Neuchâtel
Faculty of sciences , UniMail , Emile-Argand 11. 

Caroline Betto-Colliard
Phone: +41 (0)21 692 42 44

Registration fee

Free for all PhD students of the doctoral programs DPEE, DP-biol and CUSO MPS, and MAS students. It incudes coffee breaks and lunches. Other participants have to pay 60.00 at the registration desk on the first day.


PhD students of the DPEE are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). Please send the original tickets (no copies, except for the general abonnement) with the reimbursement form to:

Caroline Betto-Colliard

 Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution  DEE- Biophore Building  University of Lausanne  CH-1015 Lausanne Common Lunch is organized - please do not send any meal reimbursement. Concerning reimbursement of accomodation, please contact Caroline Betto-Colliard (ecologie-evolution(at) BEFORE the beginning of the course.


Through the website of the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology Deadline of registration: 20 April 2017



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