A new coordinator for the European Labex UPM, a Virtual Laboratory of Universiti Putra Malaysia, located at Agropolis International, Montpellier

Foreign Laboratories Without Walls (Labs WW), an innovative concept, an instrument for the strengthening and diversification of established partnerships : Agropolis International provides technical, scientific and logistical support to make this unique partnership possible.
Each Lab WW is run by a coordinator, appointed by the foreign partner organization, whose role is to promote scientific and academic collaborations between his or her own organization and French and European organizations sharing common issues.

Published on : 11-10-2018

Just published and on line: CeMEB LabEx PROGRESS REPORT (September 2018)

The Mediterranean Centre for Environment and Biodiversity Laboratory of Excellence (CeMEB LabEx) is a federation of ten research units in the Montpellier area. Research focuses on the dynamics and functioning of biodiversity and ecosystems in a context of marked environmental change, notably due to human activities.

The CeMEB LabEx is part of the 2011–2019 Future Projects Investments (Projects Investissement d'Avenir 2011-2019) program, funded by the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche).

Published on : 03-10-2018

An International Seminar on "Research and discussion on functional foods" has been jointly organized by Labintex Eu-INTA and CIRAD in the context of the program "International Mobility" (Agropolis Fondation) at Agropolis International, Montpellier (France), on 13th August 2018.

Participation in Montpellier-France:
Chairs: Adriana Descalzo (Labintex Eu-INTA) & Claudie Dhuique- Mayer (CIRAD-UMR Qualisud).
Alejandro Valeiro: Coordinator Labintex Eu-INTA (Argentina)
Pedro Machado: Coordinator Labex-Embrapa (Brasil)
Elodie Arnaud, Marc Lebrun, Serge Palu: Research staff CIRAD
Mariana Lingua: Conicet post doctoral fellowship (Argentina), hosted at CIRAD
PhD Students: Magali Gies, Laura Gence (CIRAD), Yavo Michel Olivier Esse and Ténincoura Nadège KONE (CIRAD-Ivory Coast)

Participation from Argentina by Internet:
Luciana Rossetti, Sergio Rizzo, Carolina Pérez, Sergio Vaudagna ITA, INTA Castelar
Gerardo Gagliostro, Liliana Antonacci - EEA Balcarce, INTA

Published on : 21-09-2018

Registration is now open for the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry, 19-22 May 2019, Montpellier

This exciting three-day event will offer many possibilities to exchange new ideas and results, meet, brainstorm, mingle, inspire and develop networks.

Agroforestry 2019 will host scholars, practitioners, policymakers and civil society members from around the world. There will be high-level keynote speakers and a wide choice of plenary and parallel sessions. A choice of (optional) field-trips is available for registration now.

‘Early bird’ rate until 15 February 2019.

This congress takes place every five year and has never been organized in Europe before. CIRAD and INRA are the main organizers, in partnership with the World Agroforestry Centre, Agropolis International and Montpellier University of Excellence (I-Site MUSE).

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 October 2018.

Twitter : @Agroforest2019 #Agroforestry2019

Published on : 20-09-2018

The “4 per 1000” Initiative, soils for food security and climate, launches its collaborative digital platform

This collaborative platform, opened to “4 per 1000“ Initiative Partners, is a work tool such as a "hub" which should, in particular, allow:

- Exchange between partners of the "4 per 1000" Initiative
- Benefit from knowledge and actions developed by other partners
- Create and collaborate for the implementation of projects in the field
- Propose actions to finance
- Offer funding to support projects
- Share resources, information, data
- Identify practices for storing carbon in soils, conducted in different countries and share know-how and practises through technical datasheets (agroecology, agroforestry ...)
- Contribute to developing new techniques and practises
- Question scientists about scientific knowledge and current scientific research
- Propose to policy makers measures or guidelines that support the objectives of the Initiative
- Inform stakeholders in the field of policies implemented at different scales
- And any other action that the partners will be willing to share.

Launched by France on December 1st, 2015 at the COP21, the "4 per 1000" Initiative is part of the Global Climate Action Plan (GCAA) adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at COP22. The "4 per 1000" Initiative contributes to the goal of achieving a world that is neutral in terms of land degradation.

The Executive Secretariat of Initiative 4 for 1000, hosted by the CGIAR, is located in the Agropolis International building in Montpellier

Published on : 11-09-2018

Visit of Mateus Batistella to Embrapa Labex Europe – Montpellier, 3 September 2018

Mateus Batistella, a researcher at Embrapa, specializing in Remote Sensing, former Director General of Embrapa Territorial and former researcher of Labex-USA, at Minnesotta University, has visited Pedro Machado (the coordinator of Embrapa Labex Europe in Montpellier), following his stay in England where he took part in a meeting on Telecoupling network at Oxford University and acted for the development of closer ties with Belmont Forum. Both researchers have exchanged information about international cooperation.

Published on : 11-09-2018

New/Just published: Video of the First international meeting for the 10 countries involved in the "National Information Platforms for Nutrition" (NIPN) initiative (July 2018, Paris, France)

The Global Support Facility (GSF) for the "National Information Platforms for Nutrition" (NIPN) initiative - managed by Agrinatura and hosted by Agropolis International – has organized the ‘first Technical Gathering’ of this large-scale and innovative project. This event brought together more than sixty participants, representatives of the NIPN national teams from ten countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Laos, Niger, Uganda, Zambia.
This three-day Global Technical Gathering of the National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) was extremely valuable. It allowed all the 60+ participants from the 10 participating countries to feel part of a whole, created a common understanding of NIPN, enabled discussion of technical matters, implementation needs, opportunities and bottlenecks, and encouraged collaboration and sharing across countries. It allowed the NIPN Global Support Facility (GSF) to identify the most urgent needs for technical support in the coming year. The most telling statistics in the final evaluation were that 77% of the participants felt their country NIPNs had been strengthened by the gathering, the same number believed the gathering had helped their teams to progress, and 90% went away feeling that they now know what the next steps are in their countries.
The NIPN initiative aims to support partner countries of the European Union and DFID (UK Department for International Development) that have joined the SUN movement, in the establishment of a nutrition information and analysis platform to better inform and guide multisectoral public policies for better nutrition.
The NIPN initiative is supported by the European Union, DFID and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Video of the meeting:https://vimeo.com/281003570

Published on : 24-08-2018

AQUA2018 - World Congress of Aquaculture -Special Session 'Advancing integrated agriculture/aquaculture through agroecology'- Saturday, August 25, 2018, Montpellier

At AQUA 2018, the world aquaculture congress to be held for the first time in Montpellier from 25 to 29 August, CIRAD will support FAO in the organisation of a special session on agroecology and its application to aquaculture on Saturday 25 August. Around 100 participants are expected out of the 2 500 people attending the congress, which will bring together 60 nationalities.

Published on : 23-08-2018

Discover the press release of AQUA2018 - World Congress of Aquaculture - August 25 - 29, 2018, Le Corum, Montpellier

This event is co-organised by the European Aquaculture Society (EAS) and the World Aquaculture Society (WAS). It will highlight the latest aquaculture research and innovation to underpin continued growth of this exciting food production sector. 2500+ participants (researchers, educators, producers, investors, suppliers, engineering consulting firms..) from 60+ countries are awaited. Scientists' coming from the whole world, constitutes for the French research community an opportunity unique to promote its researches and establish/strengthen new networks of collaboration. The coming of the main industrial actors of all aquaculture sectors (fish, shellfish, algae..) will allow the French sector to be at the heart of the innovation in their sector and will constitute an opportunity unique to promote their activity and their international development. The Research institutes of the Region mobilized: In addition to a dozen universities spread all around France, four main organizations lead national aquaculture research in fish and shellfish, all of which are present in the Occitanie Region: Ifremer, INRA, CIRAD, IRD. These four bodies collaborate actively and mutualize a part of their infrastructures on the Ifremer site of Palavas-les-Flots (a small coastal city next to Montpellier), the largest research infrastructure dedicated to mariculture in France. With a research community of such a scale, Montpellier offers the main French expertise of aquaculture research in the disciplines of genetics, physiology, ecology, and system engineering for: - all Mediterranean and tropical species: fish, mollusks, shrimps, algae - reared in all the types of environment: sea, brackish and fresh waters - in all the types of systems: intensive, extensive, recirculated, integrated multi-trophic It offers to the EAS/WAS 2018 coming, the possibility of counting on its reputation internationally recognized in the field of aquaculture, in particular thanks to a local committee constituted of researchers of international fame, which supports the scientific organization of the congress, organizes the technical visit of research centers and facilitates the dialogue with local institutions.

Published on : 23-08-2018

Summer school 'MISS-ABMS 2018 - Multi-platform International Summer School on Agent-Based Modelling & Simulation, '10-21/09/2018, Agropolis International, Montpellier

Twenty-five participants from four continents and fourteen different nationalities are expected from September 10 to 21 for the 2018 session of the summer school on multi-agent modeling for natural resource management, MISS-ABMS.
Hosted by Agropolis International and co-organized by CIRAD and IRSTEA, with the contribution of other French universities and research organizations, this training, taking place every year in Montpellier, is a great success.
Combining lessons and hands-on, group and individual work, the training allows participants to practice the principles of multi-agent modeling by applying them to their own project.
It gives them the basics so that they can continue to develop their model independently.

Published on : 31-07-2018

First announcement and call for papers, governance of food chains and consumption dynamics, Montpellier Eaae seminar, May 15-17, 2019

The 170th seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economics (EAAE) will take place in Montpellier on May 15-17, 2019 (Campus de la Gaillarde). The topic of the seminar is: “Governance of food chains and consumption dynamics: what are the impacts on food security and sustainability?” The seminar is organized by the joint research unit Moisa which gathers lecturers and researchers from Cirad, Iamm, Inra and SupAgro.
The seminar will help assess the conditions for more mutually beneficial incentives and interactions between the different stakeholders in the chains, including consumers, leading to more sustainable mechanisms of food provisioning and consumption. It will shed light on the “missing middle” between food consumption and production, which is more often invisible and unsupported rather than missing. Particular attention will be paid to the issue of how public and private strategies and governance can gear food chain and consumption dynamics towards increased food security and sustainability by changing the stakeholders’ range of options in terms of the diversity and affordability of proposed food items and formats.

Published on : 31-07-2018

Discover the latest issue of the series "Les Dossiers d’Agropolis ": "Complex systems-from biology to Territories" (June 2018, N°23)

80 pages to discover a panorama of regional scientific actors through concrete examples (published in French)
Scientific coordination : Nicolas Arnaud (CNRS), Bertrand Jouve (CNRS), Jean-Pierre Müller (Cirad).
More about this series:

Published on : 30-07-2018


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