The executive and steering committee of the Biopesticide Summit has announced that the second Biopesticide Summit & Awards will take place on 19-20 May 2020, at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Biological crop protection can no longer be viewed as a niche market or an ‘alternative’ to conventional crop protection. Rather, they are the part of a range of plant protection products – that include conventional crop protection – which need to be adopted by farming communities to maintain season long control of pests and diseases, integrate with biological pest control programmes and manage potential issues relating to crop residues.
The global biological crop protection industry is projected to grow at more than 14% over the next five years, in response to a perfect storm of challenges facing growers, including the damaging side-effects of toxic chemicals, a growing resistance to chemical insecticides, regulatory removal of chemical products and increasing consumer demand for sustainable practices. The Summit agenda will seek to anticipate and address future requirements with more sustainable solutions.
The Summit aims to connect industry and academia to create novel ideas and services, next generation formulations and delivery systems and provide support for accessing investments to commercialise novel products.
The event brings together the international bioprotection community, including innovators, academics, commercial providers and end-users, to discuss and address the most pressing issues in crop protection and pest control.
The Summit is one of the largest events in the biological crop protection industry outside of the US, by number of delegates. The NEC is Great Britain’s largest conference venue, and the ideal central location for national and international visitors to this second annual event.
Delegates will hear from world-leading scientists, researchers, key industry stakeholders, government organisations, investors, policymakers and integrated pest management practitioners.
The event also provides the opportunity for companies to exhibit and delegates to network with peers, innovators and investors.
The Biopesticide Summit & Awards 2020 will:
- Bring together leading innovators and practitioners in biocontrol industry.
- Assemble a large and high-quality community of academia, industry and investors to encourage collaboration.
- Provide meaningful discussion on the challenges facing the industry between growers, customers and biocontrol professionals.
- Provide pragmatic insight into commercialisation and investment fundraising for new biocontrol ideas.
- Provide opportunity for 1-to-1 networking, exhibition, and speaker slots.
- Celebrate the best and brightest new ideas at the Gala Dinner and Awards
Dr Minshad Ansari, Summit chairman and CEO of Bionema said: “By helping to bridge the gap between academia and industry on the one hand, and commercial providers, growers and buyers on the other, this Summit can address the issues that really matter for the biological crop protection industry: namely, where is the next generation of commercially viable innovation coming from, and how will they be financed?”
He added, “The Awards and gala dinner offer a truly unique opportunity to recognise the achievements of the latest and most innovative new products on the market, the best research projects and the brightest start-ups that the global bioprotection industry has to offer.”