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Vision for a sustainable agriculture 2019


6-8 May 2019


Ted Turlings, Prof., UNINE


Confirmed speakers:

John Pickett, Prof., Cardiff University
Ulrich Kuhlmann
, Prof., CABI Delemont
Lucius Tamm
, Dr., FiBL
Claudio Screpanti
, Dr., Syngenta Basel
Pilar Junier
, Prof., UNINE
Johan Six
, Prof, ETHZ
Manuele Tamò
, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture IIAT, Cotonou, Republic of Benin
Mauricio R. Bellon Corrales
, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO), Mexico City, Mexico


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

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: 8.45-17.00

Please check on the Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology (DP-Biol) webpage for more details

Flyer - PDF


University of Neuchâtel, UniMail, Emile-Argand 11, Aula Louis-Guillaume (ALG, 2nd floor)


Please contact Prof. Ted Turlings or the DP-Biol program coordinator Dr Sara Santi


Reimbursements for CUSO MPS Students

Common meals are provided.
You will be reimbursed for your train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity.

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.


Please register through the DP-Biol webpage
Deadline for registration: 28.04.2019

Priority is given to DP-Biol, CUSO MPS, CUSO Microbial Science and CUSO E&E students until 6 April 2019.



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