The 2023 EU AgriResearch Conference

On May 31st, the plenary session will focus on ‘Innovating with impact, what’s next for Research and innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas?’ 

High-level opening – Research and innovation enabling sustainable transition in agriculture, forestry and rural areas

» Janusz Wojciechowski (European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development)

» Rogier Schulte (Chairholder, Farming Systems Ecology, Wageningen University and Research (WUR))

» Peter Kullgren, (Minister for Rural Affairs of Sweden and Chair of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council)

» Luis Planas Puchades, (Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in Spain)

» Norbert Lins, (Chair of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament)

» Marion Jansen, (Director of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD)


Research and innovation and Sustainable Development Goals – Are we on track for 2030? What’s next?

» Ismahane Elouafi, (Chief Scientist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO))

» The Honourable Penny Wensley AC, (National Soils Advocate of Australia)

» Elisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin, (CEO, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD))

» Alice Ruhweza, System Board Member, (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR))

» Diana Lenzi, (President, European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA))

» Teresa Pinto Correia, (Vice-Chair of the Mission Board “A Soil Deal for Europe” and Professor at MED-University of Évora, Portugal)


Research and innovation enabling farmers, foresters and rural communities to become more resilient, sustainable and climate smart

» Sjoukje Heimovaara, (President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research (WUR))

» Gilles Saindon, (Assistant Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Canada)

» Frank O’Mara, (Director, Agriculture and Food Development Authority (TEAGASC), Ireland)

» Dóra Drexler,( Coordinator, BIOEAST Thematic Working Group on Agroecology and Sustainable Yields)

» Stefania Avanzini, (Director, One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD))

» Mateusz Ciasnocha, (farmer, Ciasnocha Family Farms & CEO, European Carbon Farmers; member of the Board of the EUMission “A Soil Deal for Europe”)


On June 1st, the plenary session will focus on ‘Building on achievements to shape the future’ 

1st round of parallel sessions: Research and innovation delivering for sustainable, climate-smart agricultural and forestry systems

  1. Sustainably managed natural resources for agricultural production and the EU Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe”
  2. Agrobiodiversity for healthy cropping systems
  3. Challenges and opportunities for healthy and sustainable livestock systems
  4. Sustainable management for multifunctional forests


2nd round of parallel sessions: Research and innovation enabling a people-centred green and digital transition

  1. Digital and data technologies in agriculture: R&I for sectoral transformation
  2. Rural opportunities
  3. Bridging the gap between R&I and practice: tools and skills for today’s and future generations
  4. Social Sciences and Humanities for resilient and sustainable agriculture and forestry


Concluding plenary

» Tamsin Rose and Keynote Speakers from the parallel sessions

»  Neil Watkins, Deputy Director, Program Advocacy and Communications, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

»  Magda Kopczynska, Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural development, European Commission

»  Marc Lemaître, Director General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission

»  Wolfgang Burtscher, Director General for Agriculture and Rural development at the European Commission

»  Sadhguru, Save Soil movement



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