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Event Conference: European Agricultural Research towards greater impact on Global Challenges

The International Conference is being organised as a Final Conference for the ERA-ARD II project, jointly with EIARD (The European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development) and SCAR (The Standing Committee on Agricultural Research).


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Period 05/06/2013
Event location Egmont Palace Petit Sablon 8, Brussels, Belgium,
Host Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
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Event URL
Contact person Sander van Opstal
Geographical coverage Global, EU - European Union,
Keywords agriculture, research,

Preliminary Programme

Session 1          Opening Session

                            Chair: Annette Wijering, Chair of ERA-ARD Steering Committee

09.00                   Welcome by Mr. Jean-Pascal Labille, Minister for Development Cooperation from the Belgian hosts Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs

Welcome by European Commission DG RTD

Introduction to the Conference


Session 2          The Global Challenges: Europe and the GCARD Road Map

                                   Chair: Martin Kropff, Chair European Forum on Agricultural Research for Development (EFARD), Rector Magnificus, Wageningen University & Research Centre, Netherlands

09.30                   The Global View (Harry Palmier, Senior Partnerships Expert, GFAR)

The European contribution to the GCARD Road Map and its coordination mechanisms - what works and what needs to be strengthened

EFARD (David Radcliffe, Senior Policy Officer, DG DEVCO, Executive Secretary, - EFARD)

EIARD (Jürgen Anthofer, EIARD Executive Secretary European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development - EIARD)

SCAR (National representative Standing Committee on Agricultural Research)


 10.30 – 11.00 Refreshments


Session 3          ERA-ARD – lessons learnt

                            Chair: Annette Wijering, Chair of ERA-ARD Steering Committee

11.00 – 12.00              Lessons learnt & Strategic vision of European ARD beyond ERA-ARD (Patricia Wagenmakers, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands)

                            Millennium Development Goals Tool Box (Danielle Barret, CIRAD, France)

Alliance Concept (Josef Schmidt, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria)

                            Joint Calls (Pierre-André Cordey, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Switzerland)


Session 4                 Research and Innovation partnerships between Europe and other regions of the world – learning from a diversity of approaches

                            Chair: Pierre Fabre, Scientific Director CIRAD, France

12.00 – 13.00      PAEPARD – a multistakeholder and innovation approach (Jonas Mugabe, Co-manager for PAEPARD)

        ERAfrica – a non-thematic ERA Net joining European & African governments (Daan du Toit, South African Mission to the EU)

                            EMBRAPA: research partnerships between Brazil and Europe    (Claudio de Carvalho, Embrapa Labex coordinator)

Southern and Emerging economies Advisory Group (Jamil Macedo, Procitropicos/IICA, Member of SEAG)



13.00 – 14.00 Lunch


Session 5          Improving the contribution of European agricultural research to addressing global challenges

                            Chair: Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer, DG RTD

14.00 – 15.30              Horizon 2020 and International Cooperation in agricultural research (DG Agri)

                            Improving the contribution of European investments in Agricultural Research and in Agricultural Research for Development – a SCAR/EIARD/ERA-ARD Task Force study (Wolfgang Kasten, GIZ, Germany)

                            Collaboration Opportunities for European agricultural research with the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) (Luis Solórzano, Director of Staff, CGIAR Consortium)

                                   Towards a new partnership programme between Europe and Africa on agricultural research: The IntensAfrica Initiative (Martin Kropff, EFARD Chair, Rector Magnificus Wageningen University & Research Centre, Netherlands)


15.30 - 16.00 Refreshments


Session 6          Linking the past with the future

16.00 – 16.45              Museum research to help meet global challenges of environment, climate, resources and heritage

                            by Guido Gryseels, Director General of The Royal Museum for Central Africa


Session 7          Summary and Conclusion

                        Chair: Hans Hoogeveen, Director General Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands

16.45 – 17.45              Panel discussion

                            Wrap-up and conclusions by Hans Hoogeveen


17.45                   Closing of the Conference


18.00                   Conference Photograph


18.15             Walk and Talk Buffet dinner

                            Hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs


The online registration is open on the ERA-ARD website at Please register as soon as possible.

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