Swansea University and Swansea University-based company Bionema Ltd are to host the inaugural Biopesticide Summit next year to address the pressing need to develop alternatives to chemical pesticides.
The recent banning of chemical pesticides by the European Union (EU) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that there are significant risks to food security, human health and the environment.
The Biopesticide Summit 2019 will focus on developing and introducing innovative and alternative biocontrol solutions that will help protect our food chain in a controlled but timely manner.
The Biopesticide Summit 2019 will bring together scientists, researchers, key industry stakeholders, government organizations, investors, policy makers and integrated pest management practitioners to discuss the challenges faced and the future opportunities. The summit will also provide insights from end-use markets giving updates on product performance in different sectors.
The Summit will:
- Highlight the global challenges facing growers and regulators today and in the near future
- Bring together academia, industry and investors to commercialise novel innovations
- Examine new tools and methods being used to accelerate discovery of new biopesticides.
- Hear about innovative technologies and formulation application strategies
Dr Minshad A Ansari, Founder and CEO of Bionema (pictured, left) said: “This Summit is the first event of its kind to bridge the gap between academia, industry and regulators in a bid to introduce innovation and new products to meet the growing demands for safe, residue-free crops. Bionema, a leading technology developer is pleased to sponsor the Summit”.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard B Davies (pictured, right) commented: “Swansea University, a leading bioscience collaborator, and a Top 30 UK University, is pleased to be hosting this meeting which will create opportunities for colleagues to develop strategic collaborations, to accelerate commercialisation of new bio-control products and to support the uptake of new pest control strategies which contribute to improving human health and creating a safer environment.”
The programme, which will run for two consecutive days, will see a number of keynote speakers from academic, government organisations, biocontrol industry, policy makers and investors.
International speakers confirmed from the Biocontrol Industry, Funding Agencies, Trade Bodies, Government and Academia.