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EMPHASIS on the International Year of Plant Health

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EMPHASIS on the International Year of Plant Health

PRACTICAL AND SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR AGROFORESTRY ECOSYSTEMS: SCIENCE WITH FARMERS FOR AN EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF PESTS

Join us for the final conference of Horizon 2020 EMPHASIS project, hosted by the University of Torino!

EMPHASIS (Effective Management of Pests and Harmful Alien Species – Integrated Solutions) is a Research and Innovation Action funded by the European Union under the H2020 Framework Programme, which addresses native and alien threats (insects, pathogens and weeds) in both agricultural and natural ecosystems (field and protected crops, orchards, ornamental plants and forests).

The goal is to ensure a global food security system and to promote the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services, by developing integrated response measures to predict and prevent native and alien threats. The effectiveness of the solutions is assessed, validated and transferred to ensure that they are in agreement with end-users’ needs and capacities.

After 48 months, the EMPHASIS project is now coming to an end. This final workshop will be the chance to disseminate the project results and to pave the way for their future exploitation.

The event will see consortium partners presenting the results and work of the project and external speakers debating on the EMPHASIS outcomes and on the actions need to successfully embrace integrated pest management (IPM) solutions.

EMPHASIS is a multi-actor approach R&I project that has been addressing for 4 years the needs and expectations of all interested parties: researchers, farmers, industries, consumers and policymakers.

The event is open to the public and is free of charge. The workshop will provide many opportunities to:

  • Discuss project scientific results related to ways of implementing new technologies to predict, prevent and protect our agricultural and forestry ecosystems from pest threats;

  • Debate with stakeholders on how to successfully embrace innovative technologies;

  • Present the effective implementation of results in agriculture in light of the forthcoming International Year of Plant Health 2020

The preliminary agenda of the event:

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 -9:10 Welcome, G. Ajani, Rector, University of Torino

9:10 – 9:20 Welcome and introduction. The EMPHASIS Project, M.L. Gullino, AGROINNOVA

9:20 – 9:30 R&I, Towards a more sustainable future. M. Markakis, European Commission, DG RTD

9:30 - 10:00 Plant Health Challenges and Evaluation in EMPHASIS, Glyn Jones, Fera Science Ltd

10:00 – 10:30 EMPHASIS practical solutions for surveillance and monitoring, J. Tomlinson, Fera Science Ltd

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee-break and visit to posters

11:00 – 11:30 EMPHASIS practical solutions for protection, management and eradication, R. Albajes, Universidad de Lleida

11:30 – 12:00 On farm validation and product development of practical solutions, P.F. de Jong, DLO

12:00 – 12:30 Awareness raising: EMPHASIS dissemination and communication, L. Vivani, MOVERIM

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break and visit to posters

14:00 – 15:30 Round Table with Stakeholders representatives: EMPHASIS. From results to practice: 2020 and beyond. Moderator: Laura di Donato, RAI, TG3 Leonardo

15:30 – 16:00 Looking at the future: Horizon Europe, the new EU Framework Programme, F. Fava, University of Bologna, Italian Representative for SC2

16:00 – 16:30 The International Year of Plant Health 2020, R. Lopian, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland (to be confirmed)

16:30 – 17:00 Concluding remarks, Maria Lodovica Gullino, AGROINNOVA

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