Globally people are in search of innovative and sustainable solutions to overcome the long-term challenges of food and energy security, climate protection, and the sustainable management of natural resources. With expected global population to reach 8.3 billion in 2030, excessive exploitation of all resources from rising demand for food and energy are no longer sustainable and would simply worsen the environmental problems and effects of climate change. The modern agriculture is not only to be able to provide more food of higher quality that meets the demands of an increasingly affluent population, but also to optimize resource use, minimize ecosystem degradation, and build sustainable and inclusive agricultural communities. Sustainable agriculture and the bioeconomy therefore offer two possible and complementary solutions for our modern agriculture.
Thailand, as an agricultural based economy and a leading exporter of several agricultural products, has been realizing the challenges of modern agriculture and importance of sustainable solutions. A call for knowledge exchange and collaboration internationally is one of imperative methods to tackle this challenges. Thus, we initiate this conference with the aim to attract up to 1,000 participants domestically and internationally.
Furthermore, The 9th Starch Update 2017 International Conference will be scheduled on 27 – 28 February 2017, at BITEC, Thailand, coincidently with the AGBIO2017. The topics to be covered during the Starch Update 2017 will include: Starch properties /analysis, Starch processing, Starch modification and Starch application. You could find more information and register to the event on: http://www.biotec.or.th/starchupdate2017/
The events will provide a platform where local and international researchers, policy makers and industry leaders can exchange ideas, learn from each other, and work towards shaping a global economy based on the principles of sustainable agriculture and the bioeconomy.
The AGBIO2017 will address the following relevant sub-themes:
- Seed Technology
- Starch Crops and Biobased Products (e.g. cassava, rice, and tuber crop)
- Pollinators and Ecosystems
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Precision Farming
- Organic Farming
- Technology Transfer to Communities & Farmers
On behalf of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand, we are pleased to inform you that NSTDA, in cooperation with the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Plant Breeding and Crop Multiplication Association of Thailand, Fund for Sustainable Education (FUSE), SVITA Foundation, Thai Seed Trade Association, Biotechnology Alliance Association, and Seed Association of Thailand will organize the “International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Bioeconomy 2017” during 27 February – 2 March 2017 at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), Bangkok, Thailand.
On this special occasion, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will graciously preside over the opening ceremony on the first day of the event.
As the largest public research institute on science, technology and innovation in Thailand, NSTDA is expected to be one of the key players to encourage national and regional development towards the knowledge-based society and economy, jointly together with the strong connection with our partner institutes domestically and internationally. The International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Bioeconomy 2017 or AgBio2017 signifies an effort of NSTDA and our competent partners to provide another opportunity supporting the knowledge-based society and economy. Particularly, the aims of this conference is to provide a platform where international researchers, policy makers and industry leaders can exchange ideas, build partnerships, and update on latest innovations and technologies relevant to key topics of the conference.
The conference program consists of special lectures by international renowned speakers, oral and poster presentation, exhibition, and business matching.
On behalf of the event organizer, may we take this opportunity to extend an invitation to all interested persons to participate and make our event a meaningful and memorable.
I look forward to welcoming you to Bangkok.
Prof. Morakot Tanticharoen
National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand