By popular request, after the success of the first biopesticide brokerage event for researchers and European crop protection companies, hosted in April this year at the University of Greenwich, the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is sponsoring a similar event on 10 April 2014.
As the pressure increases to reduce usage of pesticides, an important question is how can biological pesticides (known as biopesticides) and other novel pest management technologies help farmers and growers?
Once again the event will be co-organised by EEN and NRI's European Centre for Integrated Pest Management (EUCIPM), and the theme will be 'making IPM work for Farmers and Growers'.
The event, for which attendance is free, will include plenary presentations by two invited speakers: Ian Dillon, Farm Manager at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)'s Hope Farm, who will talk about the implementation of IPM on the farm and Bill Clark from the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), a champion of integrated disease management in cereal crops.
There will also be several 10-minute commercial 'pitch' presentations from companies and researchers seeking interest or collaboration.
The aim of the one-day meeting is to promote wider marketing and use of biopesticides and other IPM component technologies in the UK and across the EU. It will provide an opportunity to hear about the practicalities of implementing IPM practices, and will facilitate debate about conventional pest control methodologies versus novel ones.
More information about the event can be found here: http://www.enterpriseeurope-se.eu/xse/events/register.asp?eventid=291