ABIC 2015 plenary speakers announced!
Agricultural Bioscience International Conference 2015 is the premier global meeting which promotes innovation in bioscience to ensure sustainable food, feed, fibre and fuel security as the climate changes. The program committee are pleased to announce three plenary speakers who will provide exciting and thought provoking presentations in Mebourne on 7-9 September.
The program will include a stream devoted to the ‘real world’; the public, political, trade and challenges for effective commercialisation of agricultural biotechnology products. This stream will examine existing strategies to win the hearts and minds of the public, politicians and regulators that serve them.
View the full program here.
Plenary 1: Science in a modern world
Jack Bobo, Senior Advisor, Office of Agricultural Policy, US Department of State USA
The path from scientific insight to governmental policy and action is complex but critical if the world is to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The prism of science is crucial to understanding the nature of the problems we will face and the options available to the policy makers
Plenary 2: Why the world needs agbioscience
Andrew McConville, Head of Corporate Affairs Asia Pacific, Syngenta, Singapore
Globally, since being introduced in 1996, GM crops have contributed to food security, sustainability and the abatement of climate change. However, as population and environmental pressures continue to rise, the industry must step up efforts to address the toughest challenge yet: How to stop the world using resources 50% faster than the planet can sustain.
Plenary 3: Adventures across our microbial earth
Prof Jack Gilbert, Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Chicago USA
Professor Gilbert’s research focuses on the ecology, evolution and metabolic dynamics of microbial ecosystems from myriad environments including built environments, oceans, rivers, soils, air, plants, animals and humans. Jack has pioneered efforts to define how our microbial ecosystems evolve in both our built environments and our bodies and has led efforts to understanding of the bacterial and fungal communities that inhabit the myriad niches across our planet.
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