Symposium: Sustainable agriculture for an innovative economy – an opportunity for Brazil and Belgium
In Brazil, biotechnology is rapidly changing the face of the economy. From agriculture and biofuels to green chemistry, the country is leading the way in public-private partnerships in agricultural research and deployment of new products. On the other side of the world, Belgium has built an impressive track record of pioneering fundamental plant science. Belgian plant scientists are generating frontline knowledge that can form the basis of many innovations in sustainable agriculture and industry. At the occasion of the launch of Europalia.Brazil and joint workshop on science cooperation between Belgium and Brazil, organized by FWO and FRS-F.N.R.S. on Wednesday 5th of October 2011, the Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries is organizing a symposium with the aim to promote cooperation between Belgium and Brazil in biotech. Aim is to foster the translation of fundamental plant science research into innovative applications for agriculture, cleaner chemical industry and mitigation of environmental impacts. Representatives from research organizations and companies from both countries will present case studies and opportunities for collaboration in biotech.