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01: Innovation in Plant Breeding – Opportunity or Threat for Our Food Security?

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Hauptschule
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in englischer Sprache

Plant breeding is concerned with improving the genetically fixed characteristics of cultivated plants which, under the given environmental and cultivation conditions, produce the highest possible sustainable and stable yields with the required quality of the harvested product. Greater knowledge about the genetics of plants have led to the development of many new methods of plant breeding; it is possible to breed improved plant varieties with the desired characteristics much more efficiently. The aim of this seminar is not only to discuss the latest technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9, but also to answer the question: What opportunities or risks does the use or abandonment of these new technologies offer for food security, sustainability in agriculture and the conservation of biodiversity under the challenges of climate crisis?

Professor of Plant Breeding; Head; Institute of Plant Breeding and the Institute of Biotechnology in Plant Production, University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences Vienna, Tulln Chair
Manager Plant Breeding and Innovation Advocacy, Euroseeds, Brussels Chair

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Hermann BÜRSTMAYR

Professor of Plant Breeding; Head; Institute of Plant Breeding and the Institute of Biotechnology in Plant Production, University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences Vienna, Tulln

 Hermann Buerstmayr is professor for plant breeding at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. He is head of the institutes of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology in Plant Production. His research work focuses on cereal genetics and breeding which plays an essential role for sustainable and ecofriendly agricultural production. His special interest is in genetics of disease resistance in wheat. He applies classical methods of genetic analysis, and he employs molecular genetic fingerprinting tools for genetic analysis and for SMART breeding (selection with markers and advanced reproductive technologies). He also works on the identification of causal genes that regulate resistance to fungal diseases in cereal plants. He is cooperating with national and international partners, both from the public and the private sector. He supervises currently four bachelor students, four master students and five doctoral sudents.

Dr. Petra JORASCH

Manager Plant Breeding and Innovation Advocacy, Euroseeds, Brussels

 Petra Jorasch in German and holds a PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Hamburg in 1999. Before that she studied biology at the University of Bochum. Petra was always interested in the application of molecular biology to create innovation. In 2000 she became IP Expert at GFPi Service Ltd., a company which supports the German breeding industry in questions of intellectual property and technology transfer. Since 2014 she was Vice Secretary General of the German Plant Breeders’ Association (BDP). During her career she developed solid experience in biotech patent law and plant variety as well as in regulatory issues concerning modern plant breeding methods. Petra joined Euroseeds in February 2017 as the spokesperson of the EU plant breeding sector on modern plant breeding methods and innovative technologies.

Seminar Week

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14.08.2019

15:00 - 17:30Treasure HuntSocial
18:00 - 19:30WelcomePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Bread and WineSocial

15.08.2019

09:30 - 13:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Special Lecture: Global MuckrakingPlenary

15.08.-20.08.2019

Seminar 16: Participatory Leadership – a Practice of Leading by Dialogue and Co-CreationSeminar
Seminar 17: LEADfit – the Art of LeadershipSeminar
Seminar 18: Human-Centered Design: New Design Approaches for Open and Sustainable SocietiesSeminar
Seminar 19: Life is (Not) a Game – Critical Game DesignSeminar
Seminar 20: How Mindfulness Increases ResilienceSeminar
Seminar 21: Warrior of the Heart – DojoSeminar
Seminar 22: Who are You? Spoken Word Poetry: How to Express Yourself in Front of PeopleSeminar
Seminar 23: “It does matter where” – Sensing and Questioning SpaceSeminar
Seminar 24: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 25: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 26: Dramatic Thinking: Using Art to Communicate Your Ideas More PowerfullySeminar
Seminar 27: Sing – Listen – Create – LeadSeminar
Seminar 28: Music – a Social Utopia?!Seminar
Seminar 29: All the World’s a StageSeminar

16.08.-21.08.2019

Seminar 01: Innovation in Plant Breeding – Opportunity or Threat for Our Food Security?Seminar
Seminar 02: Europe and the Challenge of DisintegrationSeminar
Seminar 03: Liberty and Security in Africa: Evidence and Voices from the Continent and BeyondSeminar
Seminar 04: Promises and Challenges of UrbanisationSeminar
Seminar 05: Liberty and Security in the Context of Women’s RightsSeminar
Seminar 06: The Global Economic BattlegroundSeminar
Seminar 07: Visual Culture: Images of Power and Power of ImageSeminar
Seminar 08: Politics and Religion: Spaces and Boundaries of FreedomSeminar
Seminar 09: Quantum Technologies – a New Era of InnovationSeminar
Seminar 10: The EU and its Neighbours – EU Foreign Policy Between Ambition and PragmatismSeminar
Seminar 11: Water Security for People and Nature – Present to 2050 (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 12: Noncommunicable Diseases – How to Control and Prevent Them (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 13: How Can the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society Work? (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 14: Intellectual Self-Defence (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 15: Digital Democracy Lab (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar

16.08.2019

15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

17.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

18.08.2019

10:30 - 12:00Ceremonial Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2019Plenary
12:00 - 14:00Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 17:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

19.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar

20.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar
20:15 - 21:45International EveningPlenary

21.08.2019

09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar