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ABIM, 23 October - 25 October 2017

Basel, Switzerland

ABIM is the premier global meeting for the biocontrol industry and is internationally recognised as the global platform for the industry to network, discover and unveil new products, market opportunities and research areas. But as well as promoting biocontrol and networking it is the platform to liaise with and inform policy makers and regulators of the specific needs of our unique growth industry.

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IBMA AGM 2017, Basel, Switzerland
All IBMA members are welcome to join IBMA Annual General Meeting in Basel on Monday 23rd October afternoon.
Biocontrol Asia 2017

Biocontrol Asia, 6-7 June 2017

New Ag International & 2BMonthly join forces again with IBMA to organize the 2nd Biocontrol Asia Conference & Exhibition.

It will take place in the vibrant city of Bangkok, from Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th June 2017. More than 300 delegates from the whole Asia-Pacific region and Oceania are expected to gather to discuss the future of biopesticides in the big and smaller markets of the region.

Read more about the event and register here.

 

Past Events 

IBMA at GFIA Europe, 9-10 May 2017

 9th and 10th May, Utrecht, The Netherlands

This year, IBMA decided to participate to the world's largest dedicated expo of sustainable agriculture solutions.

IBMA Executive Director David Cary gave a presentation on How do we efficiently move from traditional crop protection to an integrated biological platform? as well as aTedx Talk on What is the overall potential? What are the latest developments and implications with biologicals approaches?

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IBMA and Copa-Cogeca Workshop on Bacillus cereus,                 28 March 2017

IBMA, in collaboration with Copa-Cogeca, the European Farmers and European agri-cooperatives association, organized a one-day workshop to explore the implications of Bacillus cereus relating to the recent EFSA opinion on the safety microbial pesticides.

The purpose of the workshop was to inform about this important topic, demonstrate the safety of products and provide an open dialogue on this essential issue.

It was in attendance of the key food companies, food labs, biocontrol manufacturers, grower organizations, and member state representatives.

 

Read more on this event and find the presentations here.

5th SUD Symposium: Unlocking the IPM triangle - Using Green tools 1st, 7 February 2017

IBMA, IOBC and PAN Europe organised the 5th SUD Symposium: Unlocking the IPM triangle - Using Green tools 1st in the European Parliament, Brussels on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

The symposium focused on solutions for grapes and vineyards.

Read more about the symposiums and find the presentations here.

4th Symposium “Feeding Europe while reducing pesticide dependency”, 19 November 2016

Hosted by: Pavel Poc, Member of the European Parliament

Conclusions by Chairman Michael Hamell

The 4th edition of the Symposium, co-organized by Euro Coop, Greenpeace, IBMA, IOBC-WPRS and PAN Europe, took place on 19th November 2016.

Experts shared their experience on the growing demand and market for non-chemical tools as alternatives to pesticides in pest management. Farmers, scientists, industry, NGOs and co-operative retailers will present insights and ways forward to significantly reduce pesticide dependency.

The symposium also addressed the economic opportunities that reducing pesticide dependency provides, and presented concrete and promising changes to move from intensive apple production to sustainable apple growing.

Participants discussed the progress and limitations of Member States’ implementation of the EU Directive on Sustainable Use of Pesticides (SUPD; EC/128/2009). 

Find the presentations and speakers' biographies here.

 

Biocontrol LATAM, 15-17 November 2016

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The 3 day meeting featured selected presentations on key current Biocontrol topics delivered by world renowned speakers/organisations.

More information on this event.

ECPA-IBMA workshop - EFSA role in evaluation of PPPs,              7-8 June 2016

IBMA and ECPA (the European Crop Protection Association) organized a joint workshop in Parma, Italy, to discuss key developments in EFSA’s work related to the evaluation of active substances as well as scientific and new guidance development. 

Read more about the event here.

BPIA - Second International Biocontrol Industry Symposium,      1-2 March 2016

Our sister organisation BPIA organized a Symposium on the 1sr and 2nd March 2016 in Monterrey, California USA.

These is the list of the presentations done during this event  

  • Biopesticides in the U.S.: Past, Present and Future, Jim Jones (USEPA)
  • EU & US Regulatory Harmonization Efforts on Bicontrol Agents: Learning by Doing, Luuk van Duijn (CTGB)
  • Minor Uses a Place for Biocontrol Solutions, Jeroen Meeussen (OECD-BPSG)
  • BioProtection Global Update: activities with IGOs and NGOs, Willem Ravensberg (IBMA)
  • A Brief Update of Biological Control in Brasil, Pedro Faria, Jr. (ABC Bio)
  • South African Initiative, Andre Fox (SABO)
  • The Toothpick Method: Biocontrol of Striga in Kenya for Smallholder Farmers, David Sands (Montana State        University)
  • Macro Organisms Market Update, Lynn LeBeck (ANBP)
  • Global Biologicals Market Update , Bill Dunham (Dunham Trimmer)
  • Strengthening Markets through Formulation, Application and Evaluation Technology, Luis A. Mazariegos          (LAM International Corp)
  • Ensuring Consistency of Key Message Points Across the BPG, Ashish Malik (Bayer Crop Science division)
  • Biostimulants Update, Prem Warrior (Valagro Corp)
  • Biotechnology Products: A Global Report, Xiomara Sinisterra-Hunter (AgTec)

 

2015 iFresh Asian Fruit & Vegetable Industry Summit,               26-27 May 2015

Shanghai Everbright International Hotel

2015 iFresh Asian Fruit and Vegetable Industry Summit will carry out deep discussion and share experience within industry around current hot topics like development of new products for import and export, package and operation of own brand, case analysis of O2O business model, channel expansion of direct picking and selling in place of origin, sharing of agricultural capital operation mode, efficiency promotion of package and distribution, postharvest and deep processing technology of fruit and vegetable.

It aims at open the import and export trade channel, expand distribution channel in mainland, promote own brand and improve additional value of high quality products.

Read more on our news page.

Biocontrol Asia, 17-18 March 2015

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17th and 18th of March in New Delhi, India –only for the members of biocontrol industries associations- ; followed by the 13th NewAG International until the 20th March.

All information available here.

The 1st International Biocontrol industry symposium and workshop, 3 March 2015

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On the 3rd of March in Fresno,California,  USA. This event is open to all members of biopesticide/biocontrol associations.

It will be directly followed by the Bioncontrols 2015 conference and tradeshow. This event is open to the general public, mainly distributors and advisers.

All information available here.

IBMA at Fruit Logistica, 4-5 February 2015

IBMA was present at Fruit Logistica in Berlin between the 4th and the 5th February for the sixth time in its history.

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Symposium Feeding Europe with less pesticides, 4 November 2014

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9.00 – 13.00, European Parliament, room ASP 5E1

09.00 - Welcome by Benedek Jávor, Vice-chair of the ENVI Committee

09.05 - Welcome by Michael Hamell, Professor of Agriculture, University College Dublin

09.15 - What is being done on pesticide related issues during the Italian Presidency, Silvia Nicoli, Agricultural Expert from the Permanent Representation of Italy

09.20 - Pesticides and retailers: the Euro Coop perspective and the Coop Denmark case study - Rosita Zilli (Euro Coop) and Malene Teller Blume (Coop Denmark)

09.35 - Pesticide impacts and alternatives - A scientific perspective - Kirsten Thompson (Scientist, Greenpeace Research Laboratories)

09.45 - Integrated pest management: the future is already here by Ilaria Pertot and Andrea Lucchi (Vice Presidents of IOBC-wprs)

10.00 - A serious implementation of the EU Directive on Sustainable Use of Pesticides (SUDP), ways forward - Henriette Christensen and David Cary (PAN and Executive Director, IBMA)

10.15 - 10.30 - Break

10.30 -11.40 - Success stories about farmers reducing pesticide use

  • Mauro Varner, Cantine Mezzacorona (Viticulture advisor)
  • August Jost (Maize grower from Austria)
  • Felix Wäckers (Professor, Lancaster University, Director R&D Biobest)
  • Erich Stekovics (Vegetable grower from Austria)

Questions and debate with David Baldock (IEEP), Noa Simon (Utrecht University), Pavel Poc (MEP, Vice chair of ENVI Committee), Herbert Dorfmann (MEP) and Marco Zullo (MEP)

11.40 – 12.50 Ways forward to reduce pesticide use in the EU

  • What is European Commission SANCO doing to implement the SUDP by Ladislav Miko (Acting Director General, European Commission, DG Sanco)
  • How can the Common Agricultural Policy, especially the Farm Advisory Service, help implementa­tion of SUDP by Joost Korte (Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG Agri)

Panel discussions with David Baldock (IEEP), Michael Hamell (University College Dublin), Pavel Poc (MEP, Vice-chair of ENVI Committee), Nicola Caputo (MEP) and Karin Kadenbach (MEP)

12.50 - Conclusion by Michael Hamell

 

Feeding Europe with less pesticides, 5 December 2013

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5 December 2013. IBMA-PAN Europe joint symposium on Feeding Europe with less pesticides’, hosted by MEP Kadenbach, MEP Pietikainen and MEP Staes. View Invitation, Programme,Conclusions, Short Biographies of the Presenting Speakers and the list of participants.


Chaired by Michael Hamell, Adjunct Professor of Agriculture, University College Dublin

09.00 Welcome - by the co-hosting MEPs Bart Staes, Sirpa Pietikäinen and Karin Kadenbach.

9.50-11.30 The potential of IPM

How much does conversion to Integrated Pest Management cost farmers - INRA studies of farmers groupsby Bertrand Omon, DEPHY ECOPHYTO –(Chambre d’Agriculture Eure)
From pesticide addiction to ecologically based Integrated Pest Management by Joop van Lenteren, (IOBC International)
How far has the EU come in the conversion to IPM Potential and obstacles to the further development of alternatives to pesticides by Karel Bolckmans (IBMA)
Roundtable debate with speakers and: Anne Glover, (Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission.), Francois Veillerette (PAN Europe), David Gee (Former Science/Policy Adviser, EEA), Frank Wijnands (IOBC)

11.30-13.00 Which EU policies promote IPM?

The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy: a move towards integrated production? by Alina Ujapan, member of the cabinet of Commissioner Ciolos
The EU debate on resource efficiency: a move towards integrated production? by Natalie Pauwels, member of cabinet of Commissioner Potocnik
How to ensure that Member States meet their IPM targets set in the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive? Michael Flüh, Head of Unit Pesticides DG SANCO
Roundtable debate with speakers and: José Bové, (MEP), David Baldock (IEEP), Ralf-Udo Ehlers (IBMA)

13.00-14.30 Lunch and exhibition sponsored by IBMA

14.30 What is the Role of Certification Schemes? by David Baldock (IEEP)

15.00-16.30 Highways and Byways towards IPM innovation?

Are member states engaging in the needed conversion towards IPM? by Francois Veillerette (PAN Europe)
How Swiss government and Swiss farmers are engaging in crop rotation by Franz Bigler (IOBC)
Anticipated Biocontrol regulatory submissions and issues experienced from the IBMA Members Regulatory Survey – by David Cary (IBMA)
Roundtable debate with speakers and Patrizia Pitton, (DG SANCO), Giuseppe Ciotti (Director General Rural Development, Italian Ministry)

16.30-17.45 How are partners engaging in the move towards IPM – agricultural innovations.

The potential role of biocontrol centres by Margareta Hökeberg (The Swedish Centre for Biological Control, SLU)
Innovations in practice replacing chemicals in crop protection and influencing IPM goal – by Kenneth Alness (Lantmännen BioAgri AB)
Chemical company initiatives – by Matthias von Erffa (Bayer Crop Science)
Roundtable debate with speakers and Iman Boot, (DG AGRI, European Commission), Luc Peeters (COPA-COGECA), Henriette Christensen (PAN Europe), Felix Wäckers (IBMA)

17.45 Conclusion: ‘Is there a limit to growth of pesticides?’

18.00 Close