2015 Congress Programme

In addition to presentations on the existing regulatory environment for pesticides in Europe, this year’s Congress will also deliver insight, context and forecasting on the role of pesticides in an increasingly demanding public and political environment.

Day 1 – 6 October 2015
Registration: 7:00 – 8:45am, Conference starts: 9:00am
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome and introduction
Dr. Colin Ruscoe
9.10 – 9.50 Keynote Plenary Presentation
European sustainable, intensive, agriculture and the role of pesticides

Professor Tim Benton
(Leeds University) UK Champion for Global Food Security & Professor of Population Ecology
Stream A:
Review and proposals on 1107/2009
Chair: Lucy Croucher, JSC International Limited
Stream B:
Positive outlook for the assessment of human and environmental health
Chair: Dr. David Esdaile, CiToxLAB
10.00 – 10.30 Northern zone overview
Camilla Thorin
Swedish Chemicals Agency
10.00 – 10.30 Epidemiology of pesticide exposure
Dr. Joanna Tzoulaki
Imperial College, London
10.30 – 11.00 Central zone overview
Dr. Gábor Tőkés
National Food Chain Safety Office (Hungary)
10.30 – 11.00 Future for regulating endocrine disruptors
Laura Fabrizi
European Commission, DG SANTE
Morning break 11.00 – 11.30
11.30 – 12.00 Southern zone overview
Dr. José Luis Alonso Prados
INIA (Spain)
11.30 – 12.00 Progress in replacing animal tests
Dr. Alex Charlton
Syngenta Ltd
12.00 – 12.30 Article 43
Dr. Rebecca Reboul
AGES (Austria)
12.00 – 12.30 Thiamethoxam: higher tier field studies conducted in response to the EU moratorium on winter oilseed rape
Natalie Ruddle
Syngenta Ltd
12.30 – 12.45 Morning speakers Q&A 12.30 – 12.45 Morning speakers Q&A
Lunch 12.45 – 14.00
Chair: Steve Dobson, TSGE Consulting Chair: Steve Norman, RidgewayEco
14.00 – 14.30 Working with Regulation 1107/2009, regulator perspective
Dave Bench
UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD), Health and Safety Executive
14.00 – 14.30 Environmental risk assessment for biopesticides
Adi Cornelese
Ctgb (The Netherlands)
14.30 – 15.00 Minor uses
Vivian Powell
AHDB Horticulture, UK
14.30 – 15.00 Approaches for high statistical power mesocosm studies
Seamus Taylor
15.00 – 15.30 Regulatory activities at ECPA
Euros Jones
European Crop Protection Association (ECPA)
15.00 – 15.30 Aged sorption in the regulatory framework
Dr. Laura Suddaby
TSGE Consulting
Afternoon break 15.30 – 16.00
16.00 – 16.30 Day 1 speakers Q&A
Chair: Steve Dobson
TSGE Consulting
16.00 – 16.30 Key drivers of avian breeding-success in chlorpyrifos-treated citrus (Spain) and apple orchards (UK)
Steve Norman
16.30 – 16.50 All participants to reconvene in main room for plenary
Chair: Dr. Colin Ruscoe, BCPC
16.50 – 17.30 Plenary Presentation, final Q&A and close of day 1
Lessons on public acceptance, the world of GM crop trials in Europe

Dr. Matina Tsalavouta
Rothamsted Research
17.40 – 18.40 Pesticide Regulation: What are we looking for and how do we get there?
Sarah Shore and Hugh Dawick
Interactive workshop from the UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD), Health and Safety Executive
19.30 Congress dinner (The Old Ship Hotel, Brighton)
Sponsored by APC (Agchem Project Consulting Ltd)
Day 2 – 7 October 2015
Registration: 8:00 – 8:45am, Conference starts: 9:00am
9.00 – 9.10 Welcome and introduction to Day 2
Dr. Colin Ruscoe
9.10 – 9.50 Keynote Plenary Presentation
Independence of science

Paul Leonard
Water Framework Directive
Chair: Jim Orson, NIAB
9.50 – 10.20 Water company catchment management – All carrot and no stick
Dr. Jodie Rettino
Severn Trent Water, UK
10.20 – 10.50 The future for pesticides and alternative technologies in competitive, sustainable arable production in the northern zone
Professor Per Kudsk
University of Aarhus, Denmark
Morning Break 10.50 – 11.20
11.20 – 11.50 Improved management of diffuse source pesticide transfer to water, based on field experimentation rather than models
Dr. Benoît Réal
Arvalis Institute, France
11.50 – 12.20 Summary; implications for UK arable farming
Jim Orson
National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)
12.20 – 12.30 Morning Speakers Q&A
Lunch 12.30 – 13.30
Sustainable Use Directive
Chair:  Dr. Martin Richards, Linmark Consulting
13.30 – 14.00 Implementing the SUD: An alternative approach
Rebecca Wells
The Voluntary Initiative
14.00 – 14.30 Linking REACh and CLP with pesticide registration
Dr. Martin Richards
Linmark Consulting
Afternoon break 14.30 – 15.00
General Topics
15.00 – 15.30 Selected legal issues with the EU review and zonal authorisation process
Claudio Mereu
15.30 – 16.00 Everything you ever wanted to know about biostimulants, but were afraid to ask
Kristen Sukalac
Prospero & Partners, on behalf of the European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC)
16.00 – 16.30 Final Q&A with all speakers and close of conference