2nd Annual Symposium - Feeding Europe with less pesticides (2013)

5 December 2013

This event was hosted by MEP Kadenbach, MEP Pietikainen and MEP States.

View InvitationProgrammeConclusionsShort Biographies of the Presenting Speakers and the list of participants.

Chaired by Michael Hamell, Adjunct Professor of Agriculture, University College Dublin.


09.00  Welcome by the co-hosting MEPs Bart Staes, Sirpa Pietikäinen and Karin Kadenbach

9.50-11.30 - The potential of IPM

Roundtable debate with speakers and: Anne Glover, (Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission.), Francois Veillerette (PAN Europe), David Gee (Former Science/Policy Adviser, EEA), Frank Wijnands (IOBC).

11.30-13.00 - Which EU policies promote IPM?

Roundtable debate with speakers and: José Bové, (MEP), David Baldock (IEEP), Ralf-Udo Ehlers (IBMA).

13.00-14.30 - Lunch and exhibition sponsored by IBMA

14.30  What is the Role of Certification Schemes? by David Baldock (IEEP)

15.00-16.30 - Highways and Byways towards IPM innovation?

Roundtable debate with speakers and Patrizia Pitton, (DG SANCO), Giuseppe Ciotti (Director General Rural Development, Italian Ministry).

16.30-17.45 - How are partners engaging in the move towards IPM – agricultural innovations

Roundtable debate with speakers and Iman Boot, (DG AGRI, European Commission), Luc Peeters (COPA-COGECA), Henriette Christensen (PAN Europe), Felix Wäckers (IBMA).

17.45 Conclusion: "Is there a limit to growth of pesticides?"

18.00 End of the symposium

Who are we:

IOBC/WPRS is an International Organisation of progressive European researchers and other knowledgeable people investigating the use of sustainable, environmentally safe, economically feasible, socially acceptable control methods of pests and diseases of agricultural crops. Therefore IOBC/WPRS encourages collaboration in the development and promotion of Biological and Integrated Pest Management. IOBC/WPRS fosters research and practical application, training and information exchange, especially of all methods including biological control as part of integrated pest management. IOBC/WPRS produces guidelines for integrated production of agricultural crops, collaborates with different stakeholders to develop sustainable agricultural production systems and standardises methods of testing effects of pesticides on beneficial species, with the aim to foster biodiversity and ecological services as a natural resource.

IBMA is the association of biocontrol industries producing solutions: microorganisms, macroorganisms, semiochemicals and natural products for plant protection. Based on long years of intensive research and development, the "Biocontrol industry" is now growing fast and can offer safe and cost-effective solutions to the entire food chain. IBMA was created in 1995 to represent the views of the developing biological control manufacturers, which are mainly SME’s with limited resources, research organisations, extension services, consultants, distributors, contributing to the development of biocontrol and participating in IBMA activities.

PAN Europe is an NGO working to minimise negative effects and replace the use of hazardous chemicals with ecologically sound alternatives.  Our network brings together public health, environmental organisations and women's groups from across 19 European countries. We work to eliminate dependency on chemical pesticides and to support safe sustainable pest control methods.

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Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN Europe) gratefully acknowledges the financial support from the European Union, European Commission, DG Environment, LIFE programme. Sole responsibility for this publication lies with the authors and the funders are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.