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Science policy Session


Plant science in Europe and beyond

Chairs; Wilhelm Gruissem, Zurich, CH and Karin Metzlaff, Brussels, BE

  • Wilhelm Gruissem, Zurich, CH.

Food security - risks and challenges for the European Bioeconomy

Wilhelm, the president of EPSO, opened his presentation with ' ...lots of issues to discuss.......dangerous ground'.


He discussed the need to deal with local environments - water shortages, less soil fertility, limited land resources, and climate factors - since there is no point in producing food in Europe and shipping it around the world thereby further increasing energy and resource costs.

  • Patricia Reilly, Brussels, BE.

Potential of future research and innovation for the Bioeconomy in Europe and beyond


 'We are very good at working in our own silos.......'! Patricia was delighted to be working on a policy platform together with researchers. She presented the three main priorities of the 'Europe 2020 – a European strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth': Smart growth - developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation; Sustainable growth - promoting a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy; Inclusive growth - fostering a high employment economy, delivering social and territorial cohesion.

  • Tim Willis, Swindon, UK.

The Joint Programming Initiative 'Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change'


 Tim introduced the ERA concept which combines: a European “single market" for research, where: researchers, technology and knowledge freely circulate; there is effective European-level coordination of national and regional research activities, programmes and policies; initiatives are implemented and funded at European level.

  • Shivaji Pandey, FAO, Rome, IT.

Global needs in plant production and protection- and contributions from plant science to these


Agriculture in developing countries- 'asking for a little bit more effort for them and with them' he said. He quoted “no amount of technologies or external assistance can feed a nation that does not itself prioritize food security and agriculture” (Norman Borlaug, 1914 -2009).

Presentations are available upon request

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