27th ANNUAL ICABR CONFERENCE 2023 - Election Results
Institutions and Sustainable Transformation of Bioeconomy Value Chains
The 27th Annual Conference of the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research (ICABR) convened this year in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. This gathering of leading experts and scholars marked a significant milestone in the ongoing discourse surrounding sustainable transitions within the realm of bioeconomy. The conference delved deep into the pivotal role that sustainable transitions play in propelling a new wave of dynamism in institutional development. In the backdrop of this intellectual exchange, the conference coincided with pivotal elections, which will be succinctly summarized in this post.
University of Saskatchewan
Diego M. Macall
University of Saskatchewan
- I want to have a monthly webinar where a student that has been to an ICABR conference presents her/his research, and we upload this to the ICABR YouTube channel.
- I would like to expand the Central American researcher participation in the ICABR by hosting webinars in Spanish, from Central American Researchers that we could also upload to the ICABR Webinar.
Re-elected and new Members
University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany
Regina Birner is Chair of Social and Institutional Change in Agricultural Development at the Hans-Ruthenberg-Institute of the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. Her research focuses on policies, governance and institutions that are essential for global food security and the bioeconomy. She has more than 25 years of empirical research experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She is a member of the Bioeconomy Council of the German Federal Government and the International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy (IACGB), which organizes the Global Bioeconomy Summit. Regina Birner holds a PhD in Socio-Economics of Agricultural Development from the University of Göttingen, Germany.
ICABR plays a unique role in promoting the bioeconomy, because it provides an international forum where scientific evidence on contested issues of the bioeconomy is discussed in an open-minded and constructive atmosphere. ICABR brings together senior researchers, young scientists and stakeholders from different parts of the world who are dedicated to promoting the bioeconomy for sustainable development. It would be a great privilege for me to continue supporting ICABR in this role. I would also be happy to contribute my experience as member of the German Bioeconomy Council and the International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy to ICABR’s Board.
José Maria Ferreira Jardim da Silveira
Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz. – USP
Hans De Steur
Assistant Professor at the Division of Agri-food Marketing & Chain Management, Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University
Prof De Steur is currently assistant professor at the Division of Agri-food Marketing & Chain Management, Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University. In 2011, he successfully finished his PhD on the market potential of transgenic biofortification. His current research focuses on consumer and stakeholder behavior related to innovations and technologies in the agri-food sector, with various research projects devoted to plant biotechnology. He was and is involved in various multidisciplinary research projects in the EU and beyond, reflecting his interest in cross-cutting issues and collaboration. About ~25% of his articles are included in the top-5%, with 2 articles as first author in Nature Biotechnology, and as co-auteur in Nature (Communications/Biotechnology) as some of the many highlights. His scope of research is situated both in Europe and the developing world, and he is currently the main promotor of 7 PhD students and co-promotor of 8 PhD students.
- My group: https://agecon.ugent.be/agri-food-marketing-and-chain-management/
- My publications: https://biblio.ugent.be/person/802000057125
- My website: https://hansdesteur.weebly.com/
- Some of my recent relevant publications:
My objectives for the ICABR
- Strengthen the ties of ICABR with public sector research especially the IARCs including the new OneCGIAR
- Enhance ICABR’s communication and outreach efforts
- Secure ICABR expertise participation and/or contribution to ongoing national/regional training, capacity building, and policy/decision-making processes in low and middle-income countries
- Promote the use of ICABR developed and/or supported papers and publications, data, tools, models, and other materials in LMICs capacity building/strengthening efforts with a focus on communities of practice and expertise
- Continue contributing to enhancing the quality of the conference development and deployment
Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Central Asia (Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan)
Bayer Science Fellow Social and Behavioral Sciences Lead, Regulatory Scientific Affairs
Pasquale Lucio Scandizzo
University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.
Sandra Elizabeth Sharry
PhD in Natural Sciences (National University of La Plata- Argentina)- Full Professor (La Plata University-Rio Negro University, Argentina)
Michigan State University
University of California, Berkeley
David Zilberman is a Professor, holding the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, working on the economics and policy of agriculture, the environment, risk, and innovation. He is past-chair of his department, and past-President of Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). He is the recipient of the 2019 Wolf Prize in Agriculture, and multiple awards.
He’s a member of the US National academy of Science, a Fellow of the AAEA, and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. He is among the Founders of the ICABR, and have consulted to governments and companies.