International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research (ICABR)
organized by the:
International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology
Catholic University of Leuven
the Conference will take place at
Ravello ( Italy ) July 8 – 11, 2004
In the past decade a number of agricultural biotechnology products have been invented and commercialized. These "genetically modified organism" (GMO) crops have attracted public attention and debate. Public discussion, however, has paid little attention to the fact that these products were enabled by advances in the biological sciences. The techniques of genetic engineering were first developed in scientific research programs and first pursued by scientists. The sciences underpinning the technology are continuing to open up new technological invention opportunities as genome maps are completed and as the fields of genomics and proteomics analysis take form.
As these sciences develop, we can expect to see changes in the organizations and conduct of public or government programs of applied research and in the private industrial sector as well. Important policy questions regarding public research system design and conduct are emerging. These are of particular importance in developing countries. These questions require a long view and an understanding of the scientific revolution that is underway.
As those biotechnology products have become increasingly available, policy issues relating their trade, domestic production and consumption seems to have gained paramount relevance in the national and international agricultural policy arena and have also acquired some more general relevance as well.
The Ravello's Conference will focus on the following topics:
The Conference will include:
Proposals for contributing papers are sought. As for the previous conferences, presented papers will be published in a proceedings volume.
Proposals in the form of a maximum of 500 words abstract incorporating agbiotech applications to one or more of the topics on the previous list of topics should be sent to:
by January 23, 2004
The Conference steering committee (R. Evenson, Yale University; P. Pingali, Fao, Rome; V. Santaniello, University of Rome - Tor Vergata; P.L. Scandizzo, University of Rome - Tor Vergata; E. Tollens, K. U. Leuven) promise a response by February 16, 2004, with accepted papers due May 25, 2004.
Authors of accepted papers should register as soon as possible following notification. Link to the registration form can be found on the following page:http://www.economia.uniroma2.it/icabr.htm
Participants at the Conference are encouraged to propose specific issue and panels for the Round Tables. It is strongly suggested that components of the panel include a mix of expertise ( an economist, a scientist, a representative from companies, consumers org., producers org., etc. ).
The proponent will act as chairman of the Round Table.
By 15th April the steering committee will
communicate to the proponent if the Round Table has been included in the
All trough the Conference and then in a special session, biotechnologists are encouraged to present the results of their research by posting them in spaces specifically provided for this purpose.
Aim of this session is to favour exchange of views between economists and biotechnologists. This exchange should provide economists an opportunity to acquire additional information on what are the latest developments on biotech sciences and more in general on what is in the biotech pipeline. At the same time biotechnologists would have an opportunity to broaden their appreciation on the economic relevance of their laboratory activities.
Biotechnologists are invited to send a short summary of their presentation to:
A poster session is organised to give the opportunity
to discuss on going research works.
Summary of the poster content should be sent to the steering committee by April 2, 2003.
The provisional social program includes events in Naples, Amalfi and Ravello, a visit by boat to the bay of Amalfi, a concert at Villa Rufolo and social dinner.
Fees will cover copies of the papers presented in the conference, coffee breaks, roundtrip transportation between Naples and Ravello and the events of the social program.
Ravello is a village perched on a 350 meters above the blue sea of Amalfi and
is one of the most beautiful places of the Amalfi coast. Ravello has conserved
its historical monuments through the ages in a natural setting which has few
equals in the world.
Additional information on previous Conferences can be obtained here.