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08:15 08:55 (40 mins)

Main agenda

Registration

08:55 09:00 (5 mins)

Main agenda

Opening remarks from the chairperson

09:00 09:30 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Agrochemicals and biologicals- how is the marriage working?

  • Agrochemicals and biologicals- how is the marriage working?
  • How we can harmonise R&D and regulation within the agriculture product sector?
  • Movers and shakers: the impact of M&A across industry
  • Regulation : does this hinder innovation and stop new products reaching the market? If regulation is linked to fewer actives reaching the market, what can be done to overcome this? Are there solutions ?
  • R&D needs and advances
  • Agrochemicals V Biologicals: which product pipelines are growing?
  • New markets to explore: what regions are companies investing in?
  • New products: what products have hit the market this year?
  • Future growth and areas of interest
  • Do we all share a common goal of feeding a growing population?
  • Guy Elitzur - CEO, Stockton Group

09:30 10:00 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Keynote Panel Session: Are todays products and innovation in R&D helping to feed a growing population?

  • Agrochemicals and biologicals- how is the marriage working?
  • How we can harmonise R&D and regulation within the agriculture product sector?
  • Movers and shakers: the impact of M&A across industry
  • Regulation : does this hinder innovation and stop new products reaching the market? If regulation is linked to fewer actives reaching the market, what can be done to overcome this? Are there solutions ?
  • R&D needs and advances
  • Agrochemicals V Biologicals: which product pipelines are growing?
  • New markets to explore: what regions are companies investing in?
  • New products: what products have hit the market this year?
  • Future growth and areas of interest
  • Do we all share a common goal of feeding a growing population?
  • Guy Elitzur - CEO, Stockton Group
  • Thomas Mason - Managing Director, Dudutech
  • Roger Tripathi - President - Acadian Plant Health Division , Acadian Seaplants Limited

10:30 11:15 (45 mins)

Main agenda

Morning coffee break

11:15 11:45 (30 mins)

Agrochemical Formulation

Proprietary formulation technologies to reduce A.I. content

  • High salt: 
  • - CeraXel; Na2HPO3 formulation with unique properties
  • - Innovative patented surfactant combination allows broad range of A.I. combinations with high salt
  • · PEM: 
  • - Patented Poly Electrolyte Matrices to increase efficacy of pesticide formulations
  • Thomas Guyomard - Formulation Chemist, Ceradis

11:15 11:45 (30 mins)

Biostimulant R&D

Feedback on biostimulant regulation from the European Commission


  • Exploring current reports and projects on biostimulants
  • Addressing the procedure of registering biostimulants
  • Biostimulant Proposal developments
  • Outcome of consultations and Q&A with industry in order to gain feedback on the current proposal
  • Eric Liégeois - Team Leader, European Commission

11:15 11:45 (30 mins)

Regulation of PPP and Plant Health Products

Feedback on biostimulant regulation from the European Commission


  • Exploring current reports and projects on biostimulants
  • Addressing the procedure of registering biostimulants
  • Biostimulant Proposal developments
  •  Outcome of consultations and Q&A with industry in order to gain feedback on the current proposal
  • Eric Liégeois - Team Leader, European Commission

11:45 12:15 (30 mins)

Agrochemical Formulation

Maximising returns through re-formulation: re-formulation strategies for old molecules

• New formulation technologies applied to off-patent molecules

• Registration strategies for off-patent molecules

• Maximising returns through re-formulations

• Industry case study examples of where older formulations have been improved

• What constitutes a new formulation and what constitutes a minor change?

• Opportunities and strategies for generic companies

  • Miguel Gimeno - President and CTO, Jesmond BioScience

11:45 12:15 (30 mins)

Biostimulant R&D

Q&A with the European Commission

  • Eric Liégeois - Team Leader, European Commission

11:45 12:15 (30 mins)

Regulation of PPP and Plant Health Products

Q&A with the European Commission

  • Eric Liégeois - Team Leader, European Commission

12:15 12:45 (30 mins)

Regulation of PPP and Plant Health Products

The interplay between PPP and Biostimulants

  • Dual use
  • Data protection
  • Impact of EFSA reviews
  • Outstanding legal issues

Claudio Mereu, Joint Managing Partner, Fieldfisher,

  • Claudio Mereu - Joint Managing Partner, Fieldfisher

12:15 12:45 (30 mins)

Biostimulant R&D

The interplay between PPP and Biostimulants

  • Dual use
  • Data protection
  • Impact of EFSA reviews
  • Outstanding legal issues
  • Claudio Mereu - Joint Managing Partner, Fieldfisher

12:15 12:45 (30 mins)

Agrochemical Formulation

Using clay particles to stabilise emulsions: steady-state droplet size

  • Clay particles suspended in water
  • Particle stabilised emulsions
  • Emulsification kinetics
  • Droplet size control


  • Dr Jeroen S van Duijneveldt - Reader in Physical Chemistry , University of Bristol

12:45 14:15 (90 mins)

Main agenda

Networking break

14:15 14:45 (30 mins)

Regulation of PPP and Plant Health Products

Developments on minor uses in the EU

  • EU minor uses: a bit of history
  • EU Minor Uses Coordination Facility
  • Current activities of the Minor Use Coordination Facility
  •  Medium-term focus of the minor use work
  • Benefits for stakeholders
  • Jeroen Meeussen - Coordinator, European Union Minor Uses Coordination Facility

14:15 14:45 (30 mins)

Agrochemical Formulation

Spray drift reduction using additives


  • I will show what gives the drop size distribution in a spray, with a focus on agricultural sprays
  • This leads to a better understanding what parameters govern spray drift in agriculture
  • Then I will consider different additives and their mode of action
  • The conclusion is that the widely used surfactant additives to not reduce spray drift
  • However polymeric additives can be formulated that do very significantly reduce drift.


  • Professor Daniel Bonn - Director of the Institute of Physics, University of Amsterdam

14:15 14:45 (30 mins)

Biostimulant R&D

Assessment of amino acids on Arabidopsis thaliana during drought stress showing results and conclusions in three levels: Phenotypic and efficacy determination, biochemical compound and molecular gene expression analysis

  •  Phenotypic and efficacy determination under drought stress
  •  Biochemical compound in drought stressed plants 
  • Molecular gene expression analysis
  • Professor José Nolasco Bethencourt - Marketing and R&D Director (TradeCorp) University Professor (Polytechnic University of Madrid), Tradecorp International & Polytechnic University of Madrid
  • Thomas Fleming, Queens University

14:45 15:15 (30 mins)

Agrochemical Formulation

Re-shaping spray droplets: Exploring the ‘coffee ring’ phenomena


  • Exploring dry down mechanism of spray droplets
  • Analysing adjuvant effects on droplet deposit formation
  • Showcasing a new test method for quantifying the coffee ring phenomena
  • Evaluating and quantifying uptake data
  • Laura Edwards - Applications Team Leader, Croda

14:45 15:15 (30 mins)

Biostimulant R&D

Assessment of amino acids on Arabidopsis thaliana during drought stress showing results and conclusions in three levels: Phenotypic and efficacy determination, biochemical compound and molecular gene expression analysis continued...

  • Professor José Nolasco Bethencourt - Marketing and R&D Director (TradeCorp) University Professor (Polytechnic University of Madrid), Tradecorp International & Polytechnic University of Madrid
  • Dr Thomas Fleming - Postdoctoral Research Assistant Molecular Biosciences Institute for Global Food Security, Queen's University Belfast

14:45 15:15 (30 mins)

Regulation of PPP and Plant Health Products

Low Risk Substances

In case you might have missed the presentation of Dr Bernd Brielbeck on low risk substances at Crops & Chemicals Europe 2017, click here to get a brief synopsis of his talk on low risk substances.

  • Dr Bernd Brielbeck - Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs, Agrochemicals and Biopesticides, SCC

15:15 15:45 (30 mins)

Regulation of PPP and Plant Health Products

Article 43 Renewal and Comparative Assessment: Implications for Applicants and National Approaches

  • Key aspects and the national specific approaches to the Article 43 re-authorization process
  • Stepwise approach for ‘candidates for substitution’
  • Considerations for the search into alternatives
  • Step 3 and 4: comparison for health and environment
  • National approaches towards the different steps in the comparative assessment

 

  • Daphne de Roode - Regulatory Affairs Manager, Charles River Laboratories

15:15 15:45 (30 mins)

Agrochemical Formulation

The power of biobased solvents – improve safety and performance of your formulations

Corbion has been producing lactic acid through fermentation technology for over 80 years and has developed a full line of lactate based products for food, chemical and pharmaceutical applications. As the world leader in lactate chemistry, Corbion continues to develop process improvements focused on performance, environmental and economic benefits. The lactate esters and lactmide that Corbion produces and commercially supplies under the PURASOLV® trademark have significant benefits as solvents for agricultural chemicals.

The presentation will cover biobased solvents that exhibit high solvency power for a large range of active ingredients that have very low phytotoxicity, are environmentally friendly and easy to use. These solvents show good wetting properties on natural substrates, have low viscosity with low evaporation rates.

 

  • Douglas Porto - Market Application Scientist, Corbion

15:15 15:45 (30 mins)

Biostimulant R&D

Advancing, understanding and investing in the future of crop enhancement


  • Crop enhancement technology is still a relatively new entry to the world of agricultural inputs
  • How to build a reputation of consistent, reliable and trusted performance
  • Establishing effectiveness, innovation, safety and compliance
  • Plant Impact’s R&D approach
  • Dr Steve Adams - Research and Development Director, Plant Impact

15:45 16:15 (30 mins)

Main agenda

Afternoon tea & networking break

16:15 16:45 (30 mins)

Regulation of PPP and Plant Health Products

Efficacy assessment in agriculture

Overview of current regulatory developments in efficacy

Efficacy testing in 3-dimensional crops (news from the EPPO workshop in Vienna 2016)

Efficacy data requirements for re-formulated products

Key factors for efficacy testing of biopesticides and biostimulants

Click here to read a brief synopsis of Dr Weissmann's session

  • Dr Norbert Weissmann - Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs Agrochemicals and Biopesticides- Head of Efficacy group, SCC

16:15 17:30 (75 mins)

Agrochemical Formulation

Learning from other sectors: formulation techniques from other industries

Formulation science and technology is applied across many industries to realise opportunities and address challenges when developing new products and improving old ones. Scientists and technologists working in agrochemical formulation are faced with remarkably similar challenges to those working in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, food/beverage, personal care, detergents/cleaners, coatings/inks etc. In this interactive session we will take a look at developing approaches from other industries and discuss how these might be applied to agrochemicals.

We will cover topics such as:

  • · Stabilisation of the formulation to chemical and physical processes
  • · Controlled delivery and encapsulation of active ingredients
  • · Design and characterisation of formulations
  • · Processing and manufacture of formulations

At the end of this session, participants will have a good overview of novel formulation approaches from a range of industries as well as useful insight into how these might be applied to agrochemical formulation challenges.

  • Dr Jim Bullock - Director, iFormulate Ltd
  • Dr David Calvert - Director, iFormulate Ltd

16:15 16:45 (30 mins)

Biostimulant R&D

Challenges with research, development and formulation of biostimulants

  • Mr Wilson Boardman - Managing Director, Micromix

16:45 17:15 (30 mins)

Biostimulant R&D

Exploring new biostimulant discoveries

  • R&D updates 
  • Challenges and hurdles
  • Latest biostimulant findings 
  • Field trial results 
  • Joanne Canonne - R&D and Regulatory Affair Project Manager , Lallemand Plant Care

17:30 19:30 (120 mins)

Main agenda

Drinks Reception and Live Music from the Beatroot Stompers Jazz Band

  • Beatroot Stompers Jazz Band