Euragri Conference: 23-24 september, Ghent, Belgium

Euragri conferenceXXXIII EURAGRI Conference

Agriculture, food, forest, fisheries: 
our research with society,
or society with research?

23-24 September 2019, Ghent, Belgium

Sunday 22 September  

19:30 Visit to Ghent historical center followed by dinner at Pakhuis (at own expenses)

Monday 23 September
(at ILVO Plant Research Dpt. - Caritasstraat 39, 9090 Melle)

8:00  Pick up at the hotel. Bus to ILVO, Plant Research Department (Caritasstraat 39, 9090 Melle)  

8:30  Registration open

9:00  Opening speeches

9:00 Joris Relaes, Administrator General ILVO: ‘A mirror of and for researchers

9:15 Nadine Buys, (KUL), President Agrolink Flanders: ‘Connecting research centers in Flanders

9:30 Gerry Boyle (Teagasc), President EURAGRI: ‘Societal impact has sizes and shapes’

9:45 Bettina Heimann & Uno Svedin, (EURAGRI): ‘Role of multifunctional approaches in the European Innovation Agenda’ (reporting from recent EURAGRI workshop)


10:00 Keynote session I: drivers for dialogue

10:00 Yves Seghers, Director Centre for Agrarian History in Flanders (KUL): ’Where are we coming from – where are we going to?

10:25 Lina Gordon, Director Stockholm Resilience Center: ‘Perspectives from The Lancet report: the ultimate societal challenge of feeding 10 billion humans, with care for their health and the planet’,

10:50 questions and discussion

11:00 Coffee


11:20 Keynote session II: changing ecosystem around research

11:20 Inge Van Oost, DG AGRI ( EC): ‘The multi-actor approach within the Agricultural Knowledge Innovation System

11:40 Marc Sneyders, Sustainability and strategy manager, Bayer: ‘Science for a better life, can we (re)connect to society?'

12:00 (( Jannes Maes, President of European Council of Young farmers CEJA: ‘The farmers’ dreams about an optimal Agricultural Knowledge Innovation System’ ))

12.20 questions and discussion

12:30 Lunch at the ILVO Plant Dpt. (Caritasstraat 39, 9090 Melle)
project posters, networking, buffet

13.45 BUS Excursion ILVO research facilities (Food Dpt. & Animal Dpt.)

17:30 BUS Transport to Brewery Huyghe (Melle)

18:00 Visit to Brewery Huyghe – Delirium tasting (draught beer)
or EURAGRI General Assembly (members only)

19:30 BUS Transport to the Culture and Convention Center Het Pand (Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent)

20:00 Dinner (& surprise act)
In: Culture and Convention Center Het Pand (Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent)

Tuesday 24 September (at PAC - Provincial Administrative Center 'Het Zuid' Woodrow Wilsonplein 2 9000 Gent)
The building is in the very citycenter, all means of public transport available, there is no shuttle bus service, nor in the morning nor at noon

8:30 Welcome

9:00 Barna Kovács, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU: ‘Expectations from  research to meet future demands seen from the BIOEAST* perspective.’

9:25 Elke Rogge and Fleur Marchand, Scientific Directors Dpt Agriculture & Society (ILVO): ‘How to make a game changer from approaches like systems thinking and co-designing of research and innovation agendas?’

10:05 questions and discussion

10:15 Coffee

10.40 Stakeholder voices

10:40 Balázs Fatér (herbs grower, Hungary): ‘Agricultural Innovation investments, yes but…‘

10:50 Lars Croket (Leaks farmer Belgium): ‘How deep is the water between research results and implementation?’

11:00 Ursula Hudson Slow Food (Consumer organization Germany): ‘Activism, philosophy, ideals and the right way to produce knowledge’

11:10 Caroline Huyghe, Rikolto  (International NGO for sustainable foodsystems - Belgium): ’Global challenges and the (mis)fit with research’

11:20 Veerle Rijckaert, Flanders’ FOOD (Food processing industries): Powerful incentives for innovation, both collective and individual’.

11:30 Final panel discussion (moderator Greet Riebbels, Communications Dpt. ILVO)

Gerry Boyle (Teagasc & Euragri)
Christian Huyghe (INRA France)
Ülle Jaakma (Estonian University of Life Sciences)
Wayne Powell (Scottish Rural College)
István Balla (NAIC Hungary)
Lars Croket (Leaks farmer Belgium)
Veerle Rijckaert Flanders’FOOD (Food processing industries- Flanders)
Ursula Hudson Slow Food (Consumer organization- Germany)
Caroline Huyghe, Rikolto (NGO Belgium)
Iris Brouwers (lifestockfarmer, The Netherlands) tbc

12:30 Rounding up by Joris Relaes & Gerry Boyle

13.00 Closing of conference & reception

* Central Eastern European Initiative for Knowledge-based Agriculture, Aquaculture and Forestry in Bioeconomy

How to register?