30 Years of Plant Biotechnology
A symposium celebrating the achievements of agrobiotechnology


Date - Tuesday 12 November 2013
Location - Handelsbeurs, Kouter, 9000 Gent


The registration fee is € 100. This fee will cover the welcome coffee, lunch and the closing reception.
The registration fee of VIB employees will be covered by VIB.   

Billing address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde

Bank account number: 001-2590778-81
IBAN code: BE36 0012 5907 7881

You can transfer the money, or choose to be invoiced.


On November 12th, 2013, VIB invites you to a scientific symposium with top speakers from the public and private sector. They will reflect on the achievements of agrobiotechnology and share their vision on the role of modern plant sciences for a sustainable agriculture.

During the symposium, VIB aims to highlight the diversity in organizations and companies involved in
plant sciences. The meeting will give you a unique insight in the most innovative plant research projects from corporate and non-profit players.

With Ingo Potrykus, (Golden Rice Project), Robert Fraley and Barbara Mazur (from Monsanto & Dupont), Richard Roberts (Nobel Prize winner 1993), 
Pedro Arcuri (EMBRAPA) and Jiayang Li (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science) the symposium unites some of the most renowned scientists in this field.   


9.00 - 09.30 Registration and welcome coffee

9.30 - 10.00 Martina Newell-McGloughlin
Director, International Biotechnology Program
University of California Davis

10.00 - 10.30 Robert Fraley
Executive Vice President, Monsanto
Member of the Monsanto group of 1983
Laureate World Food Prize 2013

10.30 - 11.00 Barbara Mazur
Vice President, Research Strategy
DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee break

11.30 - 12.00 Graham Brookes
PG Economics

12.00 - 12.30 Johan Cardoen
Managing Director, VIB
Head of VIB’s TechTransfer unit

12.30 - 13.00 Richard Flavell
Chief Scientific Advisor, Ceres

13.00 - 14.15 Lunch

14.15 - 14.30 Presentation of the Special issue of International Journal of Developmental Biology on Plant Transgenesis by Mieke Van Lijsebettens

14.30 - 15.00 Ingo Potrykus
Golden Rice Project

15.00 - 15.30 Pedro Arcuri

15.30 - 16.00 – Pere Puigdomènech
Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics

16.00 - 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30 Richard Roberts
Nobel Prize Medicine in 1993
Research Director, New England Biolabs

17.30 - 18.00 Laudation Marc Van Montagu by Jan Leemans (Former CEO Plant Genetic Systems) 

18.00 - 19.30 Reception