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Visions for a Sustainable Agriculture 2020


4-6 May 2020


Ted Turlings, Prof., UNINE


John Pickett, Prof., Cardiff University, UK
Ulrich Kuhlmann, Plantwise, CABI, CH
Lucius Tamm, Dr., FiBL, CH
Claudio Screpanti, Dr., Syngenta, CH
Pilar Junier
, Prof., UNINE, CH
Johan Six, Prof., ETHZ, CH

Other speakers will be announced soon.


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.




Schedule: 8h45 - 17h00




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


The course is organized in collaboration with the MAS-ICM of University of Neuchâtel & CABI Delémont, the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology of Neuchâtel (DP-Biol), and the CUSO Doctoral Programs in Ecology&Evolution and Microbial Sciences.


Please visit the DP-Biol webpage for detailed information (and registration).



Reimbursements for CUSO MPS Students: Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity.
NO reimbursement for your meal expenses.

Reimbursement form attached with original tickets has to be sent to the MPS coordinator Zoia Debora at University of Lausanne, Department of Molecular Plant Biology, Biophore - quartier UNIL-Sorge, 1015 Lausanne.
For any question concerning reimbursement please contact the CUSO MPS coordinator Debora Zoia.


3 places available for CUSO MPS Students. The registration is free for CUSO MPS students.

Please register through the DP-Biol webpage

Deadline for registration: 19 April 2020



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