Jean-Luc Khalfaoui takes office as President of the Association Agropolis International, replacing Bernard Hubert following his two terms in office

Jean-Luc Khalfaoui was unanimously elected by the Executive Board on 7 December 2017. The Board also warmly praised the progress achieved by Bernard Hubert who, after taking office in 2009, focused on enhancing the national and international status of Agropolis International, which is now a major regional platform for agroenvironmental, food and biodiversity research and education with global reach, while tapping the expertise of its member institutions that are highly competent in these fields. The new President—with the support and on behalf of all members—intends to oversee the Association in its strategic orientations, including: - Broadening the territorial scope of the organization to encompass the entire Occitanie region through the involvement and development of Toulouse-based research, university and training institutes in agriculture, food, environment and biodiversity fields - Supporting the development of the I-Site MUSE (Montpellier Université d’Excellence) especially in its international initiatives.

Published on : 16-01-2018

Agrisource: Europe’s first open innovation platform for climate-smart agriculture

A new online platform dedicated to climate-smart agriculture was recently launched at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. This tool, Agrisource, is Europe’s first open innovation platform for climate-smart agriculture. Totally free of charge, it collates information and will foster networks between actors in this innovative field of agriculture.
A new capacity-building tool, Agrisource is managed and financed by the EIT Climate-KIC programme (European Institute of Innovation and Technology).
It was developed by CIRAD and INRA.

Published on : 13-02-2018

#Mooc NECTAR Season -a new trip in the world of arthropods and nematodes- starts 23 February

Nectarine and Nectarus worked hard to offer pedagogic activities for this season 2 of the Mooc NECTAR.

The first season of the Mooc NECTAR gathered 2700 people from 87 countries and more than 90% wished to follow a new version.

For the second edition, the MOOC NECTAR proposes you a reverse pedagogy, as a new way to learn.

We propose to identify what you want and need tolearn and position your knowledge in relation to those that will be bring to you throughout the MOOC. This reverse pedagogy will allow you to think about your own practices through both theoretical inputs and knowledge co-¬‐construction, where any participant can enrich the community from his own observations.

Starts: 23 February 2018
End:09 April 2018
Course duration : 5 weeks
Time to spend: 4-5h per week
Language: French and English

Published on : 12-02-2018

Call for abstracts until April 10, 2018 and registration open for 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 : 09-02-2018

Video conference by Dr. François Tardieu (INRA/LEPSE)

INTA Labintex Europe of INTA and INTA Ecophysiology Network have organized a video conference on “Genetic analysis of responses to environmental factors combining information based on several platform and field experiments” by François Tardieu, a research director at UMR LEPSE (Laboratoire d’Ecophysiologie des Plantes sous stress environnemental) at INRA, French National Institute for Agricultural Research. This conference took place on 29th November 2017 and was transmitted by Skype from the headquarters of Labintex EU located at Agropolis International (Montpellier-France).

More than 15 INTA units accessed the conference all over Argentina, through about 55 connections, allowing 80 professionals to attend this presentation in Spanish and to interact directly with Dr. Tardieu.

Photo :
Cecilia Vazquez Rovere, Chercheuse Labintex INTA (UMR LEPSE INRA-SupAgro)
François Tardieu, Directeur de recherche (UMR LEPSE, INRA-SupAgro)
Alejandro Valeiro, Coordinateur Labintex INTA

Published on : 08-02-2018

The next Global Bioeconomy Summit will be held on 19 and 20 April 2018 in Berlin (Germany)

Pedro Machado, Coordinator of the Embrapa Labex Europe Programme, is member of the GBS2018 International Advisory Council that helped the German Bioeconomy Council to develop a program featuring high-level speakers from around the world. The GBS2018 will provide 13 expert workshops and Pedro Machado will co-chair the workshop on Policy – Good Governance to Establish Sustainable Bioeconomy.

The Global Bioeconomy Summit 2015 highlighted that for the bioeconomy to be transformative it must contribute to at least eight of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly those related to food security and nutrition; health and well-being; and clean water and sanitation. Policy makers need to know what is essential to bioeconomy’s growth in technological, organizational and social aspects without causing any harm to the ecosystem services.

Published on : 08-02-2018

Registration before March 31, 2018 for MISS-ABMS 2018/Multi-platform International Summer School on Agent-Based Modelling & Simulation for Renewable Resources Management - 10-21 September 2018, Agropolis International, Montpellier

This summer school is about learning the different skills required for building agent-based models for renewable resources management. It is oriented towards a participatory use of models and simulation and participants will be asked to work in small groups. During the first week, the principles, methods and technics of the design, implementation and exploration stages will be collectively taught. Groups, and story lines of the models will be designed. The second week will be devoted to personal applications: the trainers will support the groups in designing, implementing and fine-tuning their own agent-based model. During this second week, Specific points will be addressed according to the expectations and demands of the participants and example of models will be presented.
Organized by CIRAD, IRSTEA, CNRS, Universities of Rouen and Toulouse and Agropolis International.

Published on : 06-02-2018

Registration on line for IPMB 2018 - 12th congress of the international plant molecular biology - 5-10 août 2018, Montpellier

The IPMB congress is a triennial meeting gathering 1500-2000 plant molecular biologists from all over the world since 1984. The IPMB2015 was held in Brazil (Iguazu) and was preceded by IPMB2012 in Korea (Jeju Island) and IPMB2009 in USA (St Louis). Each of the previous meetings demonstrates the importance to develop multidisciplinary approaches to face climate changes and population increase. IPMB2018 will follow up with an attractive scientific program highlighting major impact recent discoveries from basic molecular biology to crop biotechnology. Combination of plenary and parallel sessions will demonstrate the importance of plant molecular biology to fulfill the need for the development of an ecologically intensive farming.

Published on : 05-02-2018

Early registration for GEOBIA' 18 Conference open until March 15th/ 'Geobia in a changing World - From pixels to ecosystems and global sustainability', Montpellier (Agropolis International), 18-22 June 2018

GEOBIA'18 is expected to gather scientists, professionals and users, from academia, industry, the public sector and government from all over the world.
GEOBIA'18 will continue to be a platform to present research and development on the traditional topics: theory/concept, methods/algorithm and OBIA applications. Special focus will cover today challenges as big data integration, open sources solution, cloud analyses, semantic and knowledge integration. GEOBIA'18 will offer an opportunity for exchange and collaboration perspectives for various global Earth issues facing climate change impacts. Southern and Northern teams would find during this session the opportunity to present their work regarding worldwide challenges such as agro-system, forestry and natural resources monitoring, food security or crop yield modelling, risks management or urban applications.
GEOBIA'18 is organized by several joint research units of Agropolis community : joint research unit ESPACE-DEV and TETIS with the partnership of the joint research unit CESBIO (located at Toulouse) and ONERA (French AeroSpace Research Centre). Registration website: https://wd.cborg.info/GEOBIA2018/

Published on : 05-02-2018

Abstract submission deadline: April 20, 2018 for the 16th EGU-Plinius conference on Mediterranean risks which will be held in Montpellier on October 9-12, 2018

The objective of this 2018 EGU topical conference is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussions on our current state of knowledge of Mediterranean risks, such as heavy rainfall events, strong winds, sea surges, floods and landslides. This will be achieved by bringing together scientific experts in the fields of meteorology, hydrology, geomorphology, sociology, engineering, but also governmental or private risk management actors.
The active participation of early career scientists will be encouraged via reduced participation fees and awards for best oral and poster presentations.

Published on : 02-02-2018

See the seminar video of Kevin Wolz, (INRA, UMR System):Frontiers of agroforestry in the Midwest US: Merging economics and ecology

Scientific animation on Agroecology - Ecological intensification of cropping systems in Montpellier - november 2017

Published on : 02-02-2018

Agropolis International is engagaged in the European project INCluSilver. See the video about the project

Project dedicated to support collaboration in different sectors to bring innovative ideas in the field of personalized nutrition for seniors.

Published on : 02-02-2018

Registration on line for ISESSAH 2018 (International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health)/ InnovSur 2018 ('INNOVATION in Health Surveillance' International Forum) will be held in Montpellier (14-18 May, 2018)

The International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health (ISESSAH) was established in 2017. ISESSAH aims to improve animal health and welfare policies, programmes and projects through more nuanced use of concepts and tools available in economics and social science disciplines. In the process it will provide opportunities for animal health professionals globally to achieve wider societal benefits from animals in society. The ISESSAH 2018 conference will provide a forum to meet colleagues and leading thinkers in the field to enhance the use of economics in animal health education, research and policy making internationally. The combination of ISESSAH 2018 and INNOVSUR event co-organised by the French Institute for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) will provide a specific opportunity for greater North-South interactions and emphasize on environmental and agricultural health economic issues.

Published on : 23-01-2018

ARIMNet2 Final Conference and PRIMA Dissemination Event (co-organised by ARIMNet2 and 4PRIMA),13 October 2017, Agropolis International, Montpellier

These 2 back-to-back events, hosted by Agropolis International, gathered over 130 participants from 18 Mediterranean countries, who shared ARIMNet2 achievements and experience, and learnt more about PRIMA (PRIMA Foundation, Strategic R&I Agenda, and 2018 Work Plan). See presentations and photos

Published on : 21-12-2017


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