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Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation

Agriculture and Rural Development
Thursday, 28 September 2017
European Commission, Charlemagne building - Rue de la Loi 170
1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Conference: Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture – Paving the way for responsible innovation

The aim of the conference is to stimulate an informed and open debate among all stakeholders on how the EU can benefit from modern biotechnologies and innovation in the food and agricultural sector while maintaining high safety standards. The participants will be prominent European policy makers, relevant industry stakeholders, representatives of civil society, scientists, and government experts.

Preliminary programme

8.30-9.30 Registration and welcome coffee
Morning Session

Welcome speech:
Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis

Minister Tarmo Tamm
Professor Janusz Bujnicki

Panel discussion and Q&A:
Fostering Responsible Research and Innovation in Modern Biotechnologies – How to reap the benefits in the EU.

Confirmed panellists:
Martin Häusling, Member of the European Parliament
Julian Kinderlerer, Emeritus Professor
Arjen van Tunen, CEO of Keygene
Ricarda Steinbrecher, Co-Director of EcoNexus
Roald van Noort, CEO of CRV

Lunch Networking buffet lunch
Afternoon Session

Panel discussion and Q&A:
Modern Biotechnologies in Agriculture and Societal Challenges – Realising opportunities and addressing concerns.

Confirmed panellists:
Phil Hogan, Member of the European Commission
Paolo de Castro, Member of the European Parliament
Nigel Moore, President of the European Seed Association
Jan Plagge, Vice President of IFOAM-EU
Guy Kastler, Via Campesina
Camilla Udsen, Senior Food Adviser at Danish Consumer Council

Panel discussion and Q&A:
Finding a Common Way Forward – How to promote innovation and ensure safe use of modern biotechnologies in the EU.

Confirmed panellists:
Vytenis Andriukaitis, Member of the European Commission
Jan Huitema, Member of the European Parliament
Teresa Babuscio, Secretary General of Coceral
Jorgo Riss, Director of Greenpeace European Unit
Christine Noiville, President of Haut Conseil des Biotechnologies

Closing remarks:
Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis

18.00-19.30 Networking reception

Registration and practical information

Please register your interest to attend the conference. Since the places are limited, registrations exceeding the number of places available may not be accepted. Therefore your registration is only confirmed when you receive a confirmation email within two weeks from the date of registration. Acceptance of registration is at the sole discretion of the organising committee.

The conference will be streamed live. A link to the live-streaming will be available here on the day of the conference. The conference will take place in English, with interpretation available in French, German and other languages (to be confirmed in early September).

The conference is free to attend. Coffee, lunch and refreshments are provided by the Commission at the venue.

Please read the specific privacy statement for this conference.

Further information:



All Dates

  • Thursday, 28 September 2017

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