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EPSO - European Parliament Dinner Debate: Food Security and Climate Change


On 1 December 2010, EPSO and the European Parliament (EP) hosted a dinner debate on the challenges of food security and climate change. The dinner debate took place at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels.

Hosts were Giles Chichester (EP) and Karin Metzlaff (EPSO), who introduced three expert presentations by:

Shivaji Pandey, FAO Director Plant production and Protection Division, discussing the global situation and needs. Presentation

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner Research, Innovation and Science, presenting her vision and the role of plant science and innovation.

Jonathon Jones, EPSO, Head Sainsbury laboratory, UK communicating his views on plant science for a sustainable European bioeconomy. Presentation

Lively debate engaged the participants and speakers who discussed the challenges ahead, how to address them by research and innovation for Europe and developing countries, and the need for balanced support for all agricultural technologies, towards innovation driven agriculture.

Participants included: Policy makers from EC DGs (RTD, AGRI, ENTR, DEV), EP committees (+STOA), MSs ministries / committees (IGLO, SCAR, JPI, Perm Reps); EPSO members (academia) and partners (NGO, FAO, Industry, farmers).

We are very pleased to see the progress from this meeting by the continuance of excellent post event debate and networking. Thank you to all participants and speakers for a most enjoyable and valuable debate.
♦      Report
♦      Programme booklet including participant list

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