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MACSUR Science Conference 2017 (2017-05-22 - 2017-05-24)

The knowledge hub MACSUR aims at improving modelling methodologies and sound case study applications leading to improved assessments of climate change on European agriculture. The conference from 22-24 May in Berlin was a summary of achievements in MACSUR phase 2 and preparations for the potential third phase. People from 21 countries, including S-Korea, USA, Iran, and India attended the meeting to see the 64 oral presentations and 24 posters addressing issues related to assessing and modelling of agriculture and food security under climate change.

MACSUR made significant progress in the linking of models and scientific communities across individual disciplines for contributions to regional and European assessments. As a result of MACSUR activities models could be compared and then improved, crop rotations have been included in modelling, and methods have been refined for upscaling model results. Evaluating and comparing models for assessments at farm-scale and including livestock has been a major step forward for providing the basis for regional and European-scale assessments. At the aggregated European level, adaptation and mitigation, economy and environment, policy and consumer interests meet, so that modelling becomes very complex.

Several important conclusions emerged: Improving animal health and welfare are important adaptation and mitigation strategies; crop, livestock, farm and socio-economic models should be able to respond to adaptation measures and provide links to climate and land use change; linking models across scales, interaction with stakeholders, and cross-sectoral learning are vital for supporting decisions at policy level. With improved modelling of crops and livestock, socio-economic models developed and applied in MACSUR, the Knowledge Hub now provides the links to global and regional economies and links to the internationally agreed shared socioeconomic pathway (SSP) scenarios. The key message from the assessments is that future legislative frameworks for mitigation, adaptation and resource management as well as consumer behaviour are crucial for how well regional and European agriculture can deal with climate change.

Research in MACSUR has been documented in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications including significant strategy papers, several special issues of journals, numerous presentations, and a great number of interactions with policymakers and stakeholders along the agro-food chain.

For the immanent period between phase 2 and a potential phase 3 all MACSUR »Themes« intend to maintain networking activities and contribute to the development of a joint proposal for assessing impacts of climate change on agriculture across regions in Europe.

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Conference schedule (overview)

There will be 64 oral presentations and 24 posters addressing issues related to modelling of agriculture and food security under climate change:

  Monday, 22 May Tuesday, 23 May Wednesday, 24 May

09:00-12:00 Pre-conference meetings

09:00-10:30 Plenaries

CropM overview
LiveM overview
TradeM overview

11:00-12:40 Presentations

(4 parallel sessions)

09:00-10:20 Keynote lecture
Martijn Buijsse 

Case Study summary: Pier Paolo Roggero

10:50-12:30 Presentations
(4 parallel sessions)

lunch time  12:00-13:15 Registration, Poster setup

12:40-13:50 Lunch Break
Lunch meeting 1: IRS group
Lunch meeting 2: EU CGRA

 12:30-13:50 Lunch Break

13:15 Opening: Dr. Hartmut Stalb, German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Chair of the FACCE Governing Board

13:30-14:50 Presentations
Keynote: Frank Ewert

Keynote: Martin Banse and Reimund Rötter — Multi-scale Modelling of Adapting European Farming Systems

15:20-17:30 Presentations
(4 parallel sessions)

13:50-15:30 Theme meetings

CropM LiveM  TradeM 
CropM overview of scientific outcomes and future views (WPs 1-4) Special theme meeting for WP6 "Case studies, stakeholder involvement". Livestock & grassland challenges in MACSUR 3  Economic and trade issues for MACSUR3

16:00 - 17:30 Poster session
(CropM WP leaders meeting)


(Schedule preliminary)

13:50  Keynote: Tania Runge

Plenary: summaries of Theme meetings on Tuesday (10' each)

MACSUR2++ strategy and actions: presentations and discussions

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17:00 End 

icon weblink Schedule of presentations — Delegate package (maps, abstracts, rooms)

Keynote speakers

Prof. Dr. Frank Ewert, Scientific Director of Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research and Chair of Crop Science at University of Bonn

Dr. Tania Runge, former chair of the FACCE JPI Stakeholder Advisory Board

Martijn Buijsse, Development Director of the European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture


Adlershof con.vent (Rudower Chaussee 17, 12489 Berlin)

The closest airport is Berlin Schönefeld (SFX). You need a short-trip (Kurzstrecke, 1.70 €) ticket to Adlershof (S) or a ticket for zones BC (3.00 €) to travel from SFX to Adlershof (Walther-Nernst-Str). Please consult the fare guide. Tickets are sold from automats in the train station.


Significant funding was provided by the Research Council of Norway.



Organising committee:

Martin Banse, Floor Brouwer, Katharina Brüser, Nándor Fodor, Christine Foyer, Richard Kipling, Martin Köchy, Kathryn Nicklin, Daniel Sandars, Nigel Scollan, Franz Sinabell, Kairsty Topp.

Contact: Nándor Fodor, Martin Köchy

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