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Visions for a Sustainable Agriculture 2019


6 - 8 May 2019


A course in collaboration with the MAS-ICM of University of Neuchâtel & CABI Delémont, the Organismal Biology doctoral program, and the CUSO Doctoral Programs in Molecular Plants Science (MPS) and Microbial Sciences.

Organizer: Prof. Ted Turlings


John Pickett, Cardiff University, UK
Ulrich Kuhlmann, Plantwise, CABI, Switzerland
Lucius Tamm, FiBL, Switzerland
Claudio Screpanti, Syngenta, Switzerland
Pilar Junier, University of Neuchâtel
Johan Six, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland
Manuele Tamò, IIAT, Cotonou, Republic of Benin
Mauricio R. Bellon Corrales, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO), Mexico City, Mexico

Other speakers will be announced soon


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.

For this workshop we have invited some of the most renowned scientists and policy makers in the field of agriculture. During this highly interactive workshop, the experts will present and discuss their vision on the future of agriculture, with an emphasis on the approaches that are needed to achieve worldwide food security for the generations to come. During roundtable discussions and their own summarizing presentations the students will have the opportunity to challenge and critically discuss the visions of the experts.

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) on how sustainable agriculture may be achieved, taking into account what learned during the speakers contributions and discussions.


University of Neuchâtel






1.5 ECTS with full attendance, active participation and final group presentation



6-8 May 2019, 8.45-17.00


University of Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences, UniMail, Emile-Argand 11.


Main talks: building F, Aula Louis-Guillaume (ALG, 2nd floor)


Sara Santi (workshop)


Marta Bellone (administration)

@: ecologie-evolution(at)cuso(dot)ch

Phone: +41 (0)26 300 88 91



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 along with the reimbursement form to:

Marta Bellone
Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution
PER04 building 
University of Fribourg 
Rue Albert-Gockel, 3 CH-1700 Fribourg


NO reimbursement of your individual meal expenses - collective lunches are offered


Regarding reimbursement of accommodation, please contact the coordinator of the doctoral program (ecologie-evolution(at) BEFORE the beginning of the course. NO reimbursement of accommodation without the agreement in advance of the course of the coordinator fo the doctoral program.


Through the website of the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology before April 21, 2019



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