Visions for a Sustainable Agriculture - in coll. with CUSO

3-5 May 2023


A course in collaboration with the CUSO Doctoral Programs in Ecology & Evolution (E&E) and Microbial Sciences.

Organizers: Prof. Ted Turlings, Prof. Pilar Junier, Prof. Betty Benrey.


Venue: Neuchâtel 


To learn about and reflect on the challenges for a sustainable agriculture that provides food security for future generations.


  • Prof Segenet Kelemu, icipe ,Kenya
  • Prof Olubukola Babalola (Vice President: The World Academy of Sciences, TWAS, Africa)
  • Prof Celso Luiz Moretti (President EmbrapaBrazil)
  • Prof John Pickett, Cardiff University, UK
  • Dr. Claudio Screpanti, Syngenta, Switzerland
  • Dr. Lucius Tamm, FiBL, Switzerland
  • Dr. Justice Tambo, CABI, Switzerland

General information

Dates: 3-5 May 2023 (3 days)

Schedule: 9.00-17.00

Venue: University of Neuchâtel room F200, (and A017, A317 and E301-303 for group discussions).

Information: Please contact Prof. Ted Turlings or the doctoral school coordinator

Registration free 





Room E301-304


 9:00 - 9:30



 9:30 - 9:45

Ted TURLINGS, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Welcome and introduction to the workshop

9:45 - 10:25

Claudio SCREPANTI, Syngenta, Switzerland
"Supporting chemical innovation for sustainable agriculture by investing in soil health"

10:25 - 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 - 11:40

Lucius TAMMFiBL, Switzerland

"Organic Agriculture today: Contributions to the development towards agroecological farming systems"

11:40 - 12:20

Celso Luiz MORETTI, Embrapa, Brazil

" Science based sustainable agriculture: the case of Brazil"

12:20 - 13:45

Lunch Break

Room E301-304


13:45 - 14:45

Online presentations from graduates of the Masters of Advanced Studies – Integrated Crop Management

Ruth BUTEME - "Agricultural challenges in Uganda"

Wilson NABAKWE - "Agricultural challenges in Kenya"

Shoba MARIMUTHU "Agricultural challenges in Trinidad and Tobago"


+ 10 min discussion each

14:45 - 15:05

Keerthi DIVAKARAN, UniBE, Switzerland

"Agricultural challenges in India"


15:05 - 15:35

Coffee break

15:35 - 16:15

Segenet KELEMU, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology icipe, Kenya

"Sustainable food systems"

16:15 - 16:45







Room E301-304


 9:00 - 9:30



 9:30 - 10:10

Justice TAMBO, CABI, Switzerland

"Pesticide Risk Reduction: The Role of PlantwisePlus Programme"

10:10 - 10:50

Olubukola BABALOLA, TWAS & OWSD, North-West University, South Africa

"Rhizospheric soil microbiota for improved yield components and women's livelihoods"

10:50 - 11:20

Coffee break

11:20 - 12:00

John PICKETT, Cardiff University, UK

"Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture: New tools from chemical ecology for the inevitable perennialisation of cropping systems"

12:00 - 12:30

Round table discussions

With everybody

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Room E301-304, A017, A317


14:00 - 16:00

Group discussions


In 3 groups mixing IPM master students, and PhD students. Each group will include experts


Eventually group coffee break in front of room E301-304

16:00 - 17:30



With everybody







Room F200,




9:00 – 9:15



 9:15 - 12:15

Group work: preparation of presentations


Each presentation coordinated by one PhD student


Eventually group coffee break in front of room F


12:15 - 13:30

Lunch Break


Room F200


13:45 - 14:15

Group 1 presentation (15 min talk + 15 min discussion)

14:15 - 14:30

Group 2 presentation (15 min talk + 15 min discussion)

14:30 - 15:00



15:00 - 15:30

Group 3 presentation (15 min talk + 15 min discussion)

15:30 - 16:00

Final discussion and closing remarks






The objective of this workshop is to learn about and reflect on the challenges for a sustainable agriculture that provides food security for future generations.


During this workshop participants will be confronted with and discuss the challenges that researchers and policy makers are facing in their efforts to assure food security for future generations in a sustainable manner.

We are proud to announce that this workshop will host some of the most internationally renowned scientists and policy makers in the field of agriculture from Africa, Brazil, the UK, and Switzerland.  

During this highly interactive workshop, the experts will present and discuss their vision of the future of agriculture, with an emphasis on the approaches that are needed to achieve worldwide food security for the generations to come. During roundtable discussions, and rendition presentationsthe participants will have the opportunity to challenge and critically discuss the experts' visions. 

Topics will range from climate-smart agriculture, microbial soil health, alternatives to pesticides, insects as food, and compromises between organic versus intensive agriculture. Special emphasis will also be on improving gender equality, as well as socio-economic equity and justice through agriculture.






This course is open and free to PhD students and mandatory to UniNE IPM master students. External prospect participants can register, but priority is given to DPOB, CUSO E&E & CUSO Microbial Sciences PhD students until 20.04. 2022

Maximum number of participants: 35

Registration here

Deadline for registration: 26.04.2023

Please note the cancellation policy (CHF 30).



Credits: 1.5

Category: Scientific activity (S)