The ongoing global change will affect agriculture in many ways:
it is increasingly affecting the climate in many regions around the world. Rising temperatures and scarcer precipitations raise concerns, amongst others about the sustainability of productions, evolution of growth periods, sensitivity of crops to stress and diseases. Moreover, demographic pressure is increasing, in particular in tropical and sub-tropical regions, more sensitive to climatic variations. These trends will lead to more and more conflicts involving water uses (irrigation versus drinking water production or freshwater ecosystems maintenance, sanitation etc.) and food production. This appeals to the development of agricultural practices equally or more productive than the current ones, with less induced pollution of soils and water bodies.
In Europe, the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) appears obsolete. Designed in a period where self-sufficiency was the main driver, and subject to various adjustments afterwards, the CAP is currently inappropriate, for economical, political and environmental reasons, and will be profoundly re-shaped during the coming years.
There is a current focus in the public and political debates, at least in Europe, on source reduction of plant protection products (PPP), which may not be sufficient to address and manage the impacts and risks generated by the use and transfers of PPP in air, soil, water, feed and food...
Aims and scope
Scientific program - abstract submission
Platform presentations and posters will be organised in consistent thematic sessions by the scientific committee. Submitted abstract should mention whether the authors wish a platform or a poster presentation. The final decision will be made by the scientific committee. Platform presentations will last 15 min.
Tentative list of sessions:
The deadline for submission is May 24th. The scientific program will then be made available in June, and authors be advised on platform or poster requirements.