XXX EURAGRI Conference

“The bio-economy – challenges and implementation – the research organizations’ perspective”

NB! The conference language is English. The conference is free of charge.


Sunday, 25 September 2016

19:00 – 21:00     Welcome reception. Hotel Dorpat


Monday, 26 September 2016

Moderator: Professor David Arney, Estonian University of Life Sciences

08:30 – 09:00     Welcome coffee and registration

09:00 – 10:00     Welcoming words ('a 10 min)

Estonian University of Life Sciences - rector Mait Klaassen

Estonian Ministry of Rural Affairs - Mr Toomas Kevvai, Deputy Secretary General for Food Safety, Research and Development

Welcome address by the European Commission - Mr Thomas Arnold, DG Research & Innovation

Address Slovakian Presidency - Mrs Dana Peškovicova, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic

Welcome address by Pascal Bergeret, president of the EURAGRI 

10:00 – 10:30     Keynote presentation

Reflections on opportunities and challenges in implementing a bio-economy strategy - a life sciences university’s perspective - Ülle Jaakma, Vice-rector, Estonian University of Life Sciences

10:30 - 11:00      Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30     Reporting from EURAGRI workshops

11.00-11.15 Big data in agriculture: consequences for research and research organizations - Christian Huyghe, INRA

11.15-11.30 The human dimension in the bio-economy framework – applications with relevance for the broad field of agriculture - Uno Svedin, Stockholm University; Bettina Heimann EURAGRI

11.30 – 12.30     Panel: The bio-economy – new demands for research organizations in agro-food and life sciences sector

11.30-11.45 Teagasc Technology Foeresight 2035 Report - Gerry Boyle, Teagasc

11.45-12.00 Interdisciplinary in higher education for the bio-economy - Gerlinde van Vilsteren, Centre for bio-based Economy, University Wageningen

12.00-12.15 Research institutional restructuring - Markku Järvenpää, National Resources Institute, Finland

12.15-12.30 Reconciliation and trade-offs, productivity – ecosystem services - Hervé Guyomard, INRA

12.30-13.00 Panel discussion with the speakers

13:00 – 14:00     Lunch

14:00 – 18:30     Field trip  See left-hand menu for more details

20:00                 Conference dinner in restaurant Atlantis


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Moderator: Professor David Arney, Estonian University of Life Sciences

9:00 – 10:00     Keynote presentations

09.00-09.20 Experience in growing of woody biomass from plantations - R&D and practice - Mindaugas Šilininkas, R&D Euromediena 

09.20-09.40 The role and the impact of university research on the bio-economy - Prof. Dr. Cosmin Salasan, Banat University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine "King Michael I of Romania", Faculty of Agricultural Management, Romania

09.40-10.00 Untapping regional bioeconomy potentials with BERST toolkit – functionalities and limitations - Prof. Luka Juvančič, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Myrna van Leeuwen, Wageningen Economic Research, Holland. 

10:00 – 10:30     Coffee break

10:30 – 12:30     Parallel discussion groups

Technological development focusing on food production in bio-economy - Isabel Roldan-Ruiz (ILVO). Moderated by Christian Huyghe, INRA - Forestry building, board room (2A1)

Education for complex problem solving - Lone Krogh Kjær-Rasmuissen (Aalborg University). Moderated by Nilla Nilsdotter-Linde, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences - Main building, room 211 

Research institutional restructuring - Moderated by Pascal Bergeret, IAMM - Forestry building, room 2A12

Productivity – environmental services - Angelika Wurbs (ZALF). Moderated by Gianluca Brunori, University of Pisa - Forestry building, room 2B27

12:30 – 14:00     Lunch 

14:00 – 15:00     Reports from the parallel discussion groups 

15:00 – 15:30     Coffee break

15:30 – 16:00     Conference wrap-up and conclusions Ülle Jaakma, vice-rector of the Estonian University of Life Sciences and professor David Arney, conference moderator

16:00                 Closing of the conference  Pascal Bergeret, President of the EURAGRI