Opening Speaker

Mairead McGuinness TBC

Vice-President of the European Parliament

Mairead McGuinness is the First Vice-President of the European Parliament and has been a Vice-President of the Parliament since July 2014. She oversees relations with national parliaments, in particular with the EU affairs committees of Member State parliaments.

She has responsibility for the Parliament’s dialogue with religious and non-confessional organisations on EU policies and legislative proposals. She is also Vice-President with responsibility for North America.

Mairead is a member of the Parliament’s Committees on Agriculture and Rural Development, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and Constitutional Affairs. As an influential member of the Agriculture Committee since 2004, she has worked on CAP reform, a lead negotiator for the EPP Group, a Member of the Parliament’s Committee for AFCO, and chair of working group on the administrative consequences of Brexit.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada

Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada

Deputy Director Climate and Environment Division Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Rome, Italy

Dr. Ould-Dada is currently Deputy Director in the Climate and Environment Division at the FAO, Rome. Before joining the FAO, he worked as the Head of the Technology Unit in the UNEP as well as for the British Government holding senior positions at DECC, DEFRA, FSA, EA and MAFF. He also worked for the French Government on international climate change. Dr. Ould-Dada has worked internationally in the following areas; environmental policy, climate change, energy policy, technology and innovation, agriculture and food security, radiation protection and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
Dr. Ould-Dada’s international responsibilities include being the UK Lead Negotiator on Technology, the Chair of the Climate Change negotiations under the UNFCCC, part of an EU Expert Group on Technology, a member of IRENA’s Policy and Strategy Committee, a member of IEA’s Renewable Energy WP and the UN Inter-Agency Task Team for the 2030 Agenda as well as being a part of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit 2019.

Presentation: Global Perspectives and Inter-linkages of FAO‘s Climate-Smart Agriculture with UN SDGs’.

Prof. Nina Buchmann

Prof. Nina Buchmann

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Nina Buchmann is Professor of Grassland Sciences at ETH Zurich. Her main research topics include (1) plant and ecosystem physiology, (2) biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems, i.e., forest, grassland and cropland, particularly the response of soil and ecosystem carbon, nitrogen and water dynamics to climatic conditions and management regimes, and (3) interactions among biodiversity, ecosystem functions/services, and sustainable resource use. She published more than 260 refereed original journal papers and 28 books and book chapters, and is member of the National Academy of Sciences in Germany. In 2018 she was elected as Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and identified as "Highly Cited Researcher".

Presentation: Agroecosystems today and in the future: Drivers of or driven by climate change.

Prof. Alan Matthews

Prof. Alan Matthews

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He is a former President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists and is currently a member of Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council. His research interests are in the areas of agricultural policy and international trade policy, including their implications for development and food security. He completed a large number of assignments commissioned within Ireland by the ministries and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on State-Sponsored Bodies; and abroad by the European Commission (DG Budget, Trade and Agri), European Parliament, FAO, IEEP, OECD, UNECE, UNIDO and the World Bank. He is a regular contributor to the blog capreform.eu on issues relating to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.

Presentation: Promoting Climate-Resilient Agri-Environmental Systems in the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Eric A. Davidson

Prof. Eric A. Davidson

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, USA.

Eric A. Davidson is Director and Professor at the Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. His research includes soil nutrient cycling, greenhouse gas emissions from forest and agricultural soils, and global biogeochemical budgets. He holds a Ph.D. received from North Carolina State University and held post-doctoral positions in soil microbiology and biogeochemistry at UC-Berkeley and NASA Ames Research Center. He is Past President of the American Geophysical Union, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Highly Cited Researcher of Clarivate Analytics. Davidson has written a popular book, You Can’t Eat GNP, which explores the links between economics and ecology.

Theme: Arable Cropping Systems
Presentation: A matrix of quantitative indicators of sustainable agriculture at national scales

Prof. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl

Prof. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl

IMK-IFU, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

IMK-IFU, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.
Klaus Butterbach-Bahl heads the division “BioGeoChemical Cycles” at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The focus of his work is on GHG from agricultural and natural systems and on ecosystem nitrogen (N) cycling and environmental loss pathways, thereby applying various measurements as well as modelling approaches. As a joined appointment of IMK-IFU and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) KBB is working on the environmental footprint of pastoral and mixed livestock production systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and options to decrease the GHG intensity of livestock products and environmental N losses.

Theme: Grassland Systems
Presentation: Drivers of greenhouse gas footprints in grassland production systems.

Prof. Jim McAdam OBE

Prof. Jim McAdam OBE

Agri Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Jim McAdam was head of the Grassland and Plant Sciences branch in the Agri Food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland. His primary areas of research were: the ecology and management of upland and southern temperate grasslands; management prescriptions for agri-environment measures; agroforestry systems; the impact of potential climate change on agriculture. He is in an acknowledged authority on the introduction and management of silvopastoral systems. He sits on the Council of the Ulster Wildlife Trust, is Chair of the Agricultural History Society of Ireland and is widely consulted on peatlands, agroforestry and climate change matters. He is on the Editorial Board of Biology and Environment, and was awarded OBE for services to science and agriculture in the Falkland Islands. He is currently Honorary Professor in the School of Biological Sciences, the Queen’s University Belfast.

Theme: Agro-silvo-pastoral Systems
Presentation: The potential of agro-silvo-pastoral systems to address climate resilience and mitigation.

Dr. Jon Hillier

Dr. Jon Hillier

Edinburgh University, Scotland, United Kingdom

Jon Hillier is a Senior Lecturer at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security at Edinburgh University. He is a mathematical modeller with 20 years of modelling biological systems. His work over the last 12 years has focussed on the environmental impacts of agriculture and the development of decision support tools including the Cool Farm Tool (https://coolfarmtool.org/), the CCAFS MOT tool, and HGCA’s Carbon Footprint Calculator. The Cool Farm Tool is now owned and managed by the Cool Farm Alliance comprising many of the world’s largest food and drink brands, and has been used to inform decision making on thousands of farms in over 100 countries

Theme: Decision support tools
Presentation: Decision support tools for environmentally sustainable farming: How do they help?

Dr. Stephane De Cara

Dr. Stephane De Cara

INRA-AgroParisTech, France

Stephane De Cara is a senior research scientist in agricultural and environmental economics with INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. He is the head of the research unit “Economie Publique” (INRA-AgroParisTech). His research focuses on the interactions between agriculture, land use, and climate change. In particular, he develops economic modelling approaches to assess by how much and at what cost greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced in agriculture and other land-based sectors, and analyses the design of agricultural and environmental policies that may contribute to meeting this objective cost-effectively.”

Theme: Socio-economic costing
Presentation: Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture: An economist’s perspective.