We have an exciting line-up of speakers and you can view the full programme by clicking on the button below. Please note that all times are in Central European Summer Time and that speakers and presentation titles are subject to change.
(Available from 2nd July latest for 1 month)
Monday 28th June 2021
Realizing the public and private benefits of in situ/on-farm PGR conservation
Attracting political support for in situ PGR conservation (including through in situ management of crop wild relatives and landraces/farmers’ varieties, and complementary population conservation ex situ) presents an ongoing challenge for the stakeholders involved. Evidence-based knowledge of the benefits of in situ PGR conservation may help promote the fundamental societal values of PGR to drive the topic up the political agenda. Further, this knowledge can be used to stimulate in situ PGR conservation actions at the grassroots level.
This session will present initiatives focused on understanding the values of in situ PGR conservation to society (such as those associated with marketing landraces/farmers’ varieties or using traits from wild relatives in plant breeding for crop improvement), and endeavours to promote those values with a view to bringing about change at both the policy level and amongst the potential actors involved.
Content available to registered participants 28th June 2021
Tuesday 29th June 2021
Enhancing the use of PGR conserved in situ/on-farm
Currently, ex situ conservation facilities are the primary source of PGR for the research and plant breeding community. For in situ conservation of PGR to be sustainable, access to the conserved diversity and associated information needs to be facilitated. Further, a vital aspect of our efforts to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of PGR is to improve our understanding of seed systems, including the roles of different actors (e.g., farmer networks, community seed banks, national gene banks, research institutes, and private seed companies), and how they can collaborate for mutual benefit.
This session will present initiatives that promote and facilitate the use of PGR conserved in situ—such as the characterization of in situ populations, provision of access to information on traits and how to obtain samples, and cooperation between actors in seed systems.
Content available to registered participants 29th June 2021
Wednesday 30th June 2021
Optimizing in situ/on-farm PGR population management
A critical aspect of enhancing in situ conservation of PGR is to improve and promote knowledge of the resources that exist and how to optimize their management. Further, to reduce the risk of loss of diversity, a more efficient and effective system of PGR management in Europe could be developed and sustained by creating closer alliances between ex situ and in situ resource managers and improving synergies between the management of the populations in their care.
This session will present experiences in identifying optimum populations for in situ conservation, successful practices for population management, and improving synergies between the in situ and ex situ management of PGR populations.
Content available to registered participants 30th June 2021
Thursday 1st July 2021
Establishing a European network for in situ conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources
There is an important role for a diverse range of networks in PGR conservation in situ, including farmer/gardener, seed, and protected area networks. They have multiple functions, including the promotion of common standards and commitments, knowledge-sharing, exchange of plant material, and increased collaboration. Many national and local networks exist and each makes an important contribution to plant diversity conservation and use. At the same time, a joined up approach at international level would help to coordinate and optimize actions for in situ PGR conservation, acknowledging the interdependency of countries on PGR and their shared responsibility to conserve and sustainably use them.
In this final session, the establishment of a European network for in situ conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources will be promoted and debated, including aspects of governance, operation, benefits to stakeholders, and the policy framework within which the network can be rooted and sustained. The session will include a roundtable with key policymakers and a feedback session, allowing time for stakeholder group discussions.
Content available to registered participants 1st July 2021