International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research (ICABR)
organized by the:
International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research
Catholic University of Leuven
the Conference will take place at
Ravello ( Italy ) June 29 – July 2, 2006
More then ten years have passed since the first biotech varieties were made available to
farmers for cultivation. In this decade those varieties have spread in numerous
developed and developing countries, although at different speed and scope.
Farmers and consumers acceptance have been different from place to place and in
several occasions have interacted. In some cases in fact farmers although
attracted by the advantages of those new varieties have been concerned upon the
acceptance of their produce on the export markets.
At the same time plant biotecnologies are evolving in new and promising directions as for example the production of enriched foods, pharmaceuticals and industrial goods.
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.
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. Increasingly important has become the capacity of governments to envision and enforce an appropriate set of rules to ensure a sustainable development of this sector. Among others in this regard the experience in Brazil and India is very instructive.
The Ravello's Conference will focus on the following topics:
The Conference will include:
Proposals for contributing papers are sought.
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:
The Conference steering committee (R. Evenson, Yale University; P. Pingali, Fao, Rome; C. Pray, Rutgers University; 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 5, 2006 , with accepted papers due May 20, 2006.
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/conferenze/icabr2006/Registration.asp
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, 2006 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: email@example.com
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, 2006.
Fees will cover copies of the papers presented in the conference, coffee breaks and lunches.
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.