On 2020

4th International Conference on Global Food Security "Achieving local and global food security: at what costs?"
7-9 december 2020, Corum - Montpellier

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It will take place as a live-streamed and interactive event 7-9 December 2020, 12:00-18:00 CET, with pre-conference mini-symposia on 4 December 2020, 12:00-18:00 CET.


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Organization of international scientific meetings and events: some references

Agropolis International supports its members and partners in the organization of events (conferences, meetings, exhibitions...), especially when these events are jointly organized by several institutions, whether they are held in Montpellier, France or abroad.

This know-how in events engineering is also recognized and appreciated by national and international institutions willing to organize their conferences in Montpellier (French Ministries, World Bank, CGIAR, FAO...). The organization of high level conferences in Montpellier contributes to the visibility and the international notoriety of the regional agricultural scientific community


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Virtual conference/
JOBIM2020: Journées Ouvertes de Biologie, Informatique et Mathématique - 30 June - 3 July 2020

JOBIM is the annual event that has been bringing together the French bioinformatics community every year since 20 years. This conference is an opportunity to discover the scientific and technical advances of this theme at the crossroads of biology, computer science, mathematics and physics.
700 participants: researchers and students.

More: https://jobim2020.sciencesconf.org

Virtual conference Session 'Alimentation, agriculture et développement durable : faut-il repenser les systèmes alimentaires et pourquoi ?' /Food, agriculture and sustainable development: should we rethink food systems and why?' IHEST / Institute of Higher Studies for Science and Technology, May 18 and 19, 2020
74 participants: leaders and influencers.





4th World Congress on Agroforestry - 20-22 May 2019 - Le Corum Conference Centre, Montpellier, France

Over a thousand experts (decision-makers, students, business leaders, NGOs and farmers) from a hundred countries meeting in Montpellier (*), France, for the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry called for a ‘transformative change’ to tackle the disastrous impacts on our planet of the global food system. Agroforestry, they agreed, was crucial to that effort. The event was organized, for the first time in Europe, by CIRAD and INRA, in partnership with World Agroforestry (ICRAF), Agropolis International and Montpellier University of Excellence. Organized under the high patronage of Mr Emmanuel MACRON, President of the French Republic.

(*)Montpellier, one of France’s oldest cities and home to the country’s first formal research into agroforestry
Montpellier Declaration [24 May 2019]; “Make our planet treed again!”

More information : https://agroforestry2019.cirad.fr/


Evolution 2018 - II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology (ESEB, SSE, SSB, ASN) - August 19-22, 2018, Le Corum, Montpellier

More information : http://evolutionmontpellier2018.org/


Mediterranean Week (Sesame - ARIMNet2 - PRIMA) 10,12 and 13 October 2017, Agropolis International, Montpellier, France

Three international events were organized at Agropolis International:

- 5th SESAME International Seminar: ‘Agriculture, integrated management of resources and climate: What new territorial governance for sustainable development in the Mediterranean and West Africa?’10/10/2017.
This event brought together about twenty speakers and about 150 participants from governmental and territorial, non-governmental and international organizations from eight countries (Algeria, Cameroon, France, Lebanon, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Tunisia).
More about this event (in French): www.agropolis.fr/actualites/2017-sesame-eau-securite-alimentaire-mediterranee.php

- ARIMNet2 Event:ARIMNet2 Mid-term Meeting of the Research Projects funded in the 2015 Joint Call and ARIMNet2 Final Conference,12 and 13/10/2017;
This event brought together about 130 participants.
More about this project: www.arimnet2.net/index.php/home

- Presentation of the PRIMA Initiative's Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area - 2018-2028), 13/10/2017.
This event brought together about 130 participants.
More about this project: www.prima4med.org/

Full programme for the week (in French): www.agropolis.fr/actualites/2017-recherche-agronomique-en-mediterranee-octobre2017.php

Conference - Debate « Rural employment and agricultural models: Issues and experiences shared from Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and Africa », 10th May 2017, European Parliament, Brussels

This event was organised by Agropolis International Association and several member institutions -Bioversity International, CIHEAM/IAM.M, CIRAD, CNRS, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA, Montpellier SupAgro-.

Open to the Euro MPs, European officials of the various DG of the European Commission (Agricultural and Rural Development ; Research & Innovation ; International Cooperation and Development) and to permanent representatives member states.

This conference-debate was hosted by Eric Andrieu, European Deputy for the South-West constituency of France and S&D Coordinator for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament, following his visit to Agropolis International, Montpellier, in May 2015.

Objectives of the event :

  • Show the contribution of the scientific community research actions regarding the global issues related to agriculture for development, food security and fight against malnutrition linked to climate change,

  • Highlight the link between science and rural employment directly related to production as well as indirect and induced employment,

  • Present some achievements of the regional Agropolis scientific community in Montpellier focusing on flagship projects, in partnership with European and South organisations.

More about the Conferencece - Debate « Rural employment and agricultural models: Issues and experiences shared from Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and Africa »


'Identifying Critical and Emerging Issues for Food Security and Nutrition : The contribution of science to the global policy debate', 1st December 2016, Agropolis International – Montpellier (France)

Agropolis International and the UNESCO Chair in World Food Systems have organized a bilingual open seminar of the HLPE;

The seminar gathered 100 participants: institutional stakeholders and from the professional field, the economic world, the research sector and the civil society.


More about the 'Identifying Critical and Emerging Issues for Food Security and Nutrition : The contribution of science to the global policy debate'

ac1sd 2016


International conference on Agri-Chains and Sustainable Development Linking local and global dynamics (AC&SD2016, Montpellier, 12-14 December 2016)

This conference saw 264 participants coming from 41 countries. This event was organized by CIRAD in partnership with AFD, Agropolis Fondation, Agropolis International, Agrinatura, AgroParisTech, the CGIAR and CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), IDS (University of Sussex), INRA, IRD, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, Montpellier SupAgro, the RIMISP (Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural), Wageningen University with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry and the Moringa Fund.

Web site of the international conference ACSD2016

AgMIP 2016

6th AgMIP Global Workshop - June 28-30, 2016 - Le Corum - Montpellier - France

More than 200 attendants took part in this workshop organized by the University of Columbia (New York) with the financial support of the UK aid Department for International Development and the US Department of Agriculture (Agricultural Research Service), and the scientific partnership of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). Agropolis International was in charge of the organizational coordination.

Looking back on the presentations of the 6th Global Workshop of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (28-29 June 2016, Montpellier-France)

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5th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design 'Multi-functional farming systems in a changing world', 7 - 10 September 2015, Montpellier (France)

A world scientific event focusing on the analysis and design of farming systems, the Congress gathered 400 scientists from 40 countries who exchanged about concepts and methodologies to be used for the analysis and design of farming systems facing global issues: water conservation, food safety, climate change, biodiversity, socio-economic development.

The Symposium has been jointly organized by the European Society for Agronomy (ESA) and Agropolis International with the participation and support of the regional scientific community (CIRAD, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro, AgroParisTech, Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen, Montpellier University), and with the financial support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the Languedoc-Roussillon Region, Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, Agropolis Fondation and Advini S.A.


More about theSymposium FSD5/Agro2015 >>



2000 experts coming from 98 countries have attended the ICCB-ECCB 2015 congress: an international scientific meeting to exchange on Conservation Biology, held from 2 to 6 August 2015 in Montpellier (France)

This joint meeting brought together the international community of conservation professionals to address conservation challenges and present new findings, initiatives, methods, tools and opportunities in conservation science and practice.

This event has been organized by the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) in partnership with Agropolis International and FRB (Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité).

More about the Congress ICCB-ECCB 2015 >>

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International congress BFFM 2015 « Biorefinery for food, fuels and materials » - Montpellier (Campus La Gaillarde, Montpellier SupAgro), France, 15-17 June 2015.

Co-organized by Agropolis International, Chaire Unesco « Alimentation du Monde », Cirad, ENSCM, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro and University of Montpellier, this congress has enhanced the excellence of the regional cluster in this field. For 3 days, 147 participants (scientists and companies) from 27 countries all over the world, have discussed over the question of how biorefining can be developed within a framework that will best reconcile the various societal challenges of the 21st century.
Agropolis International has provided logistical and communication support for the organization of this event; it has also been in charge of the relations with partners and the management of fundraising.

More: : http://www.bffm2015-congress.eu/


3rd Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA15)

16-18 March 2015 – Montpellier (France)

Agropolis International has co-organised the 3rd Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture in Montpellier, France, 16-18 March 2015.

This conference has been co-organized with CIRAD, INRA, IRD in close partnership with CGIAR, the University of Wageningen, the University of Davis, FAO and GFAR; it has been financially supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, the region of Languedoc-Roussillon, the Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, LabEx Agro and CeMEB.

More than 700 participants coming from 75 different countries around the world convened at this major event to share their experience and agree on global and specific research agendas. The conference gathered representatives from scientific organizations, national and international governmental organizations, farmers’ associations, industries, NGOs and civil society.

Downloaded the Montpellier Statement >>

More: http://csa2015.cirad.fr/18_mars_2015

3ème conférence scientifique de la Convention des Nations Unies de Lutte contre la Désertification et la Dégradation des terres (CNULD)


At the request of the French Scientific Committee on Desertification (CSFD), Agropolis International coordinated a consortium for the organization of this event in Mexico: 300 attendees took part in the conference.
Agropolis International was in charge of logistics at Cancun congress center and of the publication of post-conference outputs: conclusions, stakeholders outcomes, scientific report.

Outcomes and policy-oriented recommendations from the Conference have been presented during UNCCD COP12, in October 2015.

More : http://3sc.unccd.int/


International encounters family farming & researchInternational Encounters “Family Farming & Research” – 1-3 June 2014, Montpellier (France)

As part of the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) declared by the United Nations for 2014, the research institutions of Montpellier’s hub (Agropolis International) have taken the initiative to organize International Encounters on “Family Farming and Research”.
This event was co-organized with the CGIAR Consortium, the Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR) and the World Rural Forum (WRF) and supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and various national and international organizations. These Encounters and their original programme, aimed at questioning and feeding the research agenda related to family farming issues and the challenges of global change. A short statement synthesizing the works will be submitted shortly to the signature of the institutions involved; this statement will be presented in Rome at the end of October 2014 within the framework of FAO global dialogue.

235 participants from 70 countries, including representatives of farmers, NGO, decision makers from the political and private sectors, and trainers and researchers, gathered in Montpellier on the occasion of these International Encounters.

More information >>www.agropolis.org/news/2014-review-international-encounters-family-farming-research.php

Download the proceedings of International encounters (April 2015)

Download the trilingual version (340 pages, 12 Mo) >>



Download in English (108 pages, 6,37 Mo) >>





Resilience 2014Resilience 2014 Conference took place in Montpellier (France) from 4th to 8th of May 2014.

Agropolis International participated in the Organization and Scientific Committees of this international conference.

The objective of resilience 2014 was to explore and reinforce the multiple links between resilience thinking and development issues, within the academic sphere as well as within development communities. The Conference aimed at creating an arena for exchanges and discussions articulating concepts & practices of adaptation, transformation and development.
The programme included: plenary sessions, poster sessions, activities for students such as an international master class, artistic events for the participants and also events for the general public (conferences, display of books, games...)
The Conference has been organized by the “French node” of the Resilience Alliance network (CIRAD - CNRS - IRSTEA- INRA) and their partners of Agropolis hub in Montpellier.
Before the Conference, several seminars aiming at enriching the debates were held mainly at Agropolis International premises.They dealt with the following issues: : Biodiversity and Resilience of Agroecosystems ; Resilience, Ecological Solidarity and Stewardship ; Which mathematical formalizations of resilience and what for ? ; Resilience of Social and Ecological Systems and Territorial Approaches ; Agroecological transition and resilience ; Coastal vulnerability and resilience to climate change.

About 900 participants including scientists and stakeholders from Northern and Southern countries.

More information >> www.resilience2014.org/



AESOP 2013


5th AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Conference (AESOP: Association of European Schools of Planning)
28 - 29 October 2013, Agropolis International – Montpellier (France)

Agropolis International participated in the Organization and Scientific Committees and in the management of communication issues related to the international conference "Innovations in urban food systems” jointly organized by two research units UMR Innovation and UMR Moisa (joint research units from INRA, CIRAD and Supagro) in connection with the UNESCO Chair on World Food Systems and the research program SURFOOD (Sustainable Urban Food).

Agropolis hub in Montpellier has been involved in the organization of the conference to open up the network to agriculture and to Southern countries. This event showed the growing interest for research on urban food systems and allowed to review the management of urban food supply flows, the access to land property related to urban and peri-urban agriculture and the governance of urban food strategies.

170 participants from 26 countries 170

More information: www1.montpellier.inra.fr/aesop5


ISHPSSB 2013 - International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, July 7-12, 2013, Montpellier, France

Supported by the Region Languedoc-Roussillon, the Ville de Montpellier, the Université Paul Valery Montpellier 3, and (in alphabetic order) Agropolis International, the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle & Evolutive (CNRS, Montpellier) & the Centre Méditerranéen de l’Environnement et de la Biodiversité (LabEx, Montpellier), the Epsylon laboratory, the Institut d’Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (CNRS/Université Paris I Sorbonne), the Institut National de l’Ecologie et de l’Environnement (CNRS), the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, the Institut Universitaire de France, the Sciences, Normes, Décisions research team (Université Paris-Sorbonne), the Sphere laboratory (CNRS, Paris), the Université Montpellier 1, the Université Montpellier 2, and the Université Paris-Sorbonne.

Press release (in french): https://www.agropolis.fr/pdf/actu/2013-communique-de-presse-congres-bisannuel-ishpssb.pdf
See more : http://www.ishpssb2013.org/

Seminar on Water and Food Security in the Mediterranean/SESAME
21 & 22 February 2013, Agropolis International, Montpellier (France)

SESAME brought together, for the first time, 130 high-level experts to discuss all issues related to water and food security in the Mediterranean region. It was organized in the framework of "2013, International Year of Water Cooperation". SESAME illustrated the mutual benefits of an action-oriented platform for ideas and discussion to highlight the challenges and pinpoint solutions.

This seminar was organized as a joint initiative of the French CGAAER and the Moroccan Conseil général du développement agricole (CGDA) in partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD), Agropolis International, Plan Bleu, the Centre International des Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes (CIHEAM), the NGO Echanges Méditerranéens, the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME), the French Water Partnership (FWP), the Conseil général de l’environnement et du développement durable (CGEDD), with financial support from the Région Languedoc-Roussillon and the Agence de l’Eau Rhône-Méditerranée-Corse.


Download the synthesis ‘Water and food security:Avital challenge in the Mediterranean region’ (March 2013) :


More : http://www.agropolis.org/news/2013-sesame-seminar-water-food-security.php

130 high-level experts from all over the Mediterranean region.



Official launching of LABINTEX External Laboratory without walls of INTA (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria – Argentina)

November 29th and 30th 2012 at Agropolis International - Montpellier (France)

Implementation of the first LABINTEX /External Laboratory without walls of INTA, set up along the lines of the Brazilian Embrapa’s Labex-Europe at Agropolis International (Montpellier) is supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB),

The setting up of this LABINTEX aims at reinforcing cooperation between Argentina and the Scientific community in Europe on the following issues: emergent technologies (biotechnology, nanotechnology, ICTs, etc.) ; Agro-food and agro-business technologies; Technologies for environmental conservation and sustainable management ;Organizational innovations (rural development, family agriculture, extension).

In the framework of this partnership, Agropolis International Association is in charge of providing technical, scientific and logistical support for the feasibility of the project.

The Labex-Europe program of Embrapa celebrated its 10 years of presence in Montpellier

Three key dates to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Brazilian "Labex Europe" (Embrapa's external laboratory) at Agropolis International (2002-2012)

Official ceremony in the presence of Embrapa's board and partners in Europe at Agropolis International (Montpellier) (15th October, 2012)

Conference for the general public "Amazonia, the cradle of sustainable agriculture", by Doyle Mc Key, Professor at University of Montpellier 2 - UMR CEFE (Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology) , Member of "Institut Universitaire de France" (16th October, 2012)

Scientific event of the Biological Society of Montpellier organized by Embrapa and Agropolis International. Theme: "France-Brazil 2012: scientific research dedicated to agronomy, biodiversity and health" at Agropolis International (Montpellier) (17th October, 2012)

See presentations, pictures and videos of the participants >>


First International Conference on organic rice farming and production systems - Montpellier - August 2012, 27th-30th

This first International Conference on Organic Rice Farming and Production Systems has been organized by the Innovation Joint Research Unit (CIRAD, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro) and was supported by Agropolis International, Agropolis Fondation, Société Européenne d’Agronomie, Agence Bio, France AgriMer, Centre Français du Riz, Camargue Regional Natural Park and rice growers. This conference was open to researchers and to all stakeholders in the production chain: rice growers, professional organizations and their partners, collection, transformation and commercialisation companies, territorial managers… Teachers and students will also find information relevant to their training.

Conference key figures:120 participants, 17 countries represented, 43 oral communications, 14 posters

See the videos of the participants >>

Conference Folder and communications >>

13th congress of International Society of Ethnobiology Montpellier13th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology Montpellier (France), 20‐25 May 2012

Organization of the congress was coordinated by the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), a research organization devoted to conducting research in, for and with the countries of the South supported by of Agropolis International Cirad, CNRS, EPHE, Montpellier SupAgro and the Universities of Montpellier 1, 2 et 3, trustee institutions of the joint research unit (UMR) “Governance, risk, environment and development” (GRED) and the “Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology” (CEFE). Within the CEFE, organization was mainly carried out by the scientists of the research unit “Biocultural Interactions”.

For more information : http://congress-ise2012.agropolis.fr/ftpheb.agropolis.fr/en/Home.html



G201st G20 Conference on Agriculture Research for Development - "Promoting Scientific Partnerships for Food Security"

12-13 September 2011 - 100 participants

Organized in Montpellier (France) at the initiative of the G20 French Presidency and in the framework of the pillar on Food Security of the action plan for development, the 1st meeting of the G20 development on Agriculture Research for Development was devoted to promoting scientific partnerships for Food Security. The Conference gathered over a hundred participants from the G20 countries, invited countries and seven international bodies: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the World Bank (WB),  the New  Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD Agency), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition took part in the Conference.

Further details >>
Read the article in Agropolis International newsletter n° 11 - October 2011 (pdf file) >>

cgiar fundFund Council and Funders Forum

5-7 April 2011 - 60 participants

The Fund Council, the strategic and financial component of the new CGIAR, held its 4th meeting at Agropolis International, Montpellier, where the CGIAR Consortium has its headquarters. It was immediately followed by the 2nd Funders Forum meeting. Based in Washington, the CGIAR Fund has entrusted the logistical organization of the conferences to Agropolis International's care.


agro2010AGRO 2010 - XI Congress of the European Society for Agronomy

29 August /03 September 2010 - 600 participants

The President of the European Society for Agronomy (ESA), which was also Director of the SYSTEM research unit at Montpellier SupAgro asked for Agropolis International's support to organize jointly with the XI ESA congress, a larger scientific event around agronomy (AGRO2010), thus reflecting the importance of the Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon scientific agricultural community, at the junction of Europe, Mediterranean and tropical countries. This event presented several components held in the Corum and the La Gaillarde campus (scientific sessions, symposia, side events, international classes, public conference, field trips…). This event was the first congress on agronomy of this importance organized in France in the last 20 years. The scientific week Agro2010 was an original organization compared to previous ESA congresses. Agro2010 enhanced the French potential regarding agronomy and the important part that the Montpellier scientific community can play under Agropolis International's banner. In addition to the promotion of regional competences and the development of new cooperations, Agro2010 was the first visit in Montpellier for several world renowned scientists, but also for numerous young scientists from Southern countries.

gcardGCARD - Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development

28 March / 01 April  2010 – 600 participants

The GCARD 2010 conference was the first of a series of global conferences to be held every two years. It was organized by the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and Agropolis  International. The GCARD gathered more than 600 researchers, policy-makers, farmers, donors and members of civil society from all over the world with the aim to develop a new frame for agricultural research in order to reduce hunger and poverty. It was the first time so many key players, from the producer to the funder, met to work on an action plan for agricultural research for development .

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iaaldXIII IAALD2010 - Scientific and Technical Information and Rural Development

26/29 April 2010 – 200 participants

Further to a proposal from Agropolis International Scientific and Technical Information committee, Montpellier was selected to welcome the XIII IAALD world congress (International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists). Agropolis International is a member of this association which is a global network of exchanges of know-how and knowledge for agricultural information specialists, mainly English-speaking ones. The organization of this congress in Montpellier has allowed to develop the IAALD European and French-speaking networks.

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tdwg25th TDWG 2009 Annual Conference (Biodiversity Information Standards)

09/13 November 2009 – 270 participants

Bioversity International asked for Agropolis International support to organize the 2009 annual conference of the TDWG - Biodiversity Information Standards. The TDWG, also known as the Taxonomic Databases Working Group, is a not for profit scientific and educational association whose members develop, adopt and promote standards and guidelines for the recording and exchange of data about organisms. It is associated with important information platforms such as the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and The Encyclopedia of Life. This congress made recommendations on the future of biodiversity information and computer standards. 270 international specialists geared up to identify solutions to the challenges of the online access to information and the scientific knowledge on conservation, identification and use of biodiversity.

Conference website >>




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