Project kick-off meeting

Monday, March 28, 2011

In the charming place of Mousquety, in L’Isle-sur-la-sorgue, France at month 1 of the project (March 28-30 2011), was held the Kick-off meeting of the new european project on Pesticide use and risk reduction with more than 130 participants from ten european countries.

The meeting was organised in order to allow everybody to be introduced with the main ideas leading the project and to leave space to discussions in the different activities: 

  • On March 28, the meeting was opened by the project  coordinator, Françoise Lescourret (INRA), who delivered a welcome speech and an overview of the agenda for the 2 days. Pierre Ricci, coordinator of the European project ENDURE, highlighted in his speach the links between ENDURE (the FP7 NoE funded till 2010 as well as the new structure – European Research Group) and PURE.  Sylvie Colleu welcomed the participants on behalf of the managing board of INRA. The morning session focused on an overview of the project, in particular on IPM and on the knowledge and technology for IPM. The various members of the stakeholder’s advisory board were presented and informed the audience about their expectations. In the afternoon parallel sessions were organized on “New knowledge and technologies” activities.
  • The morning of March 29 had scheduled a plenary session on IPM design and one on Co-innovation of IPM solutions. In the afternoon, parallel sessions on the various farming systems of interest for PURE were organized. This was followed by an overall presentation on key management issues during the executive commitee meeting presentation, which was open to everybody.  The end of the day was dedicated to a discussion with the stakeholder advisory board, as they reported to Françoise Lescourret and Baldissera Giovani their first impressions on the project and the expectations and the needs of the group they represent
  • March 30 was dedicated to the presentation of the dissemination of the project and on the legal issues related to intellectual property rights. A wrap-up session allowed to highlighting the main actions for the next months.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°265865- PURE