France/UAlberta Food and Agriculture Research & Innovation Workshop

The French Consulate in Vancouver, the faculty of agricultural, life and environmental sciences of the University of Alberta, the Auvergne Region, the Alberta government, and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions are organizing the France/UAlberta Food and Agriculture Research & Innovation Workshop on November 4th and 5th.

During the state visit of French President Hollande last year, the French and Albertan ministries of Agriculture signed a letter of intent (LOI). As the first step in the implementation of the LOI, the Consulate initiated the organization of this France-Alberta Science and Technology !nitiative (FAST!) and supported the visit of ten French scientist from INRA, institutions from the French Agricultural Ministry, and national private clusters. The head of the Research & Innovation department of the regional council of Auvergne (France) is attending the workshop and will present the funding opportunities the region can offer for innovative food and agriculture projects.

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Visit of the French delegation at the Food Processing Center in Alberta

The workshop aims at strenghtening scientific exchange and industrial collaboration in the field of food and agriculture. The encounter between Canadian and French food-agro experts will lead to major collaborative research initiatives, as well as commercial opportunities, and possible co-funders for bilateral research and innovative projects.

Thanks to all the partners of the workshop:

Visit of the French delegation at the Food Processing Center in Alberta

Agenda of the visit:

Tuesday Nov. 3rd.
Pick up of French Delegation from Airport

Friday Nov. 6th

Wednesday Nov. 4th
Venue: Alumni House
8:30 Welcome and Introduction

  • Larry Kostiuk (Associate Vice President Research),
  • Mathieu Leporini (Consulate General of France in Vancouver)
  • Stan Blade (Dean, Faculty of ALES),
  • Dave Burdek (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy and Environment)
  • Virginie Squizzato (Regional Council Auvergne)
  • Virginia Chavez (Alberta Innovates Biosolutions)
  • Ruurd Zijlstra (Chair, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)

9:30 Coffee / Tea break

10:00 – 16:00 Presentations

  • Lingyun Chen: Cereal Science at the University of Alberta
  • Johan de Coninck: Plant based protein innovation ecosytem in France
  • Etienne Paux: Sequencing the wheat genome: a giant leap for science, a small step for agriculture
  • Habibur Rahman: Canola Breeding-research at the University of Alberta
  • Jacques le Gouis: Joint Research Unit “Genetics Diversity Ecophysiology of Cereals
  • Dean Spaner: Wheat breeding research at the University of Alberta
  • Sebastian Rieder: European Plant Breeding College

Afternoon presentations 13:30-17:00

  • Didier Rémond: Human Research Unit. Nutritional strategies to reduce health risk and preserve mobility of elderly
  • Spencer Proctor: Introduction and Overview of Division of Human Nutrition UofA
  • Adele Gagnon: Overview of Human Nutrition Research Unit and ongoing Clinical Studies
  • Alain Kondjoyan, QUAPA Research Unit: Improving the Quality of meat products
  • Lynn McMullen: Meat Safety and Quality at AFDP
  • Benoit Graulet and Isabelle Cassar-Malek, “Herbivores” research Unit : Researches for sustainable production of ruminants
  • Graham Plastow and Ben Willing: Genomic and microbial strategies to produce resilient and environmentally friendly livestock

18:15 Breakout sessions to discuss scientific, industrial and technical collaboration

Thursday Nov. 5th
Venue: Food Processing and Development Centre, Leduc (morning)
3-18J Ag/For (noon to 17:00)

9 – 12:00 Visit of Leduc Food Processing Centre,

15:00-16:00 Presentation of funding opportunities:

  • Virgine Squizzato, Funding opportunities of the regional council of Auvergne
  • Mathieu Leporini, Consulat général de France à Vancouver
  • Cornelia Kreplin, Alberta Innovates,
  • Virginie Squizzato, Funding opportunities of the regional council of Auvergne
  • Eric Loo, Mitacs
  • Martin Truksa, Alberta Economic Development and Trade

    Plenary discussion of results of breakout sessions

Dernière modification : 05/01/2018

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