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Annual World BioProtection Summit and Awards

Connecting the biocontrol industry for successful commercialisation.

DAY 1: Monday 23rd May 2022

06:00

Registration opens and doors open for Exhibitors

08:00

Welcome Coffee and Networking in Exhibition Area

OPENING SESSION (NEC, BIRMINGHAM)

09:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks: Can two days change the trajectory of biocontrol industry?
Dr Minshad Ansari, Founder & Chairman of the World BioProtection Forum; CEO and Founder of Bionema Limited

Session 1:

The Global challenges facing the Biopesticide Industry
Food security, consumer demand, and regulatory issues
Chair: Jennifer Lewis, Executive Director, IBMA

09:30

Natalie-Bennett,

GUEST SPEAKER

Transforming our broken food system
Natalie Bennett, The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle
(Former UK Green Party Leader)

10:00

Amanda-Porter

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Title to be confirmed
Dr Amanda Porter, Senior Science Advisor, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), UK

10:20

Tristan

Progress of Biopesticide Regulatory Reform 
Tristan Jervis, Senior Public Affairs & Communications Consultant, UK

10:35

JA-Bruce

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Innovation in crop protection: challenges and opportunities
Professor Toby JA Bruce PhD FRES, School of Life Sciences, Keel University

10:55

venkatesh_devanur

Current status of Biopesticides in Asia
Dr Venkatesh Devanur, CEO, Agri Life, India

11:10

Kellye Eversole

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Embracing complexity: Phytobiomes and a new vision for agriculture
Kellye Eversole, Executive Director, International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research, USA

11:30

Panel discussion & Questions from the audience

12:00

Lunch B2BMatch (making) & Exhibition
Sponsored by:

Session 2: Innovation – The Solution (Part 1)

Innovative Technologies- Products and Services
Addressing global challenges through innovation and collaboration
(Chair: Dr Minshad Ansari, Bionema Limited)

13:30

Carol Pullen

Biocontrol Fusion
Carol Pullen, Europe General Manager, OroAgri

13:45

andrea

Strategies with Vacciplant/Iodus to optimize crop spraying programs for sustainable control of vine downy mildew and wheat Septoria
Andrea Bergamaschi, Marketing and Development Expert, UPL Ltd, Italy

14:00

Dr Fatma Kaplan

Microgravity Effect on Entomopathogenic Nematodes’ Ability to Find and Kill Insects
Fatma Kaplan, CEO/CSO, Pheronym, USA

14:15

Gaston-Sainas

Innovation Grows on Trees
Gaston Salinas, CEO, Botanical Solution Inc. (BSI)

14:30

Daniel Zommick

50 Years of Sustainable Crop Protection with DiPel Biological Insecticide
Daniel Zommick, Global Technical Development Specialist, Valent Biosciences LLC, USA

14:45

Panel discussion & Questions from the audience

15:15

Coffee Break and
Match making
Sponsored by:

Session 3: Innovation- The Solution (Part II)

Innovative Formulations and Applications
(Chair: Prof Zhibing Zhang, University of Birmingham, UK)

15:30

Professor Zhibing Zhang BEng

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Stabilisation and controlled delivery of biopesticides via microencapsulation
Prof Zhibing Zhang, University of Birmingham

15:45

david-calvert

Advanced formulation technologies and potential application to biologicals
David Calvert, Director, iFormulate, UK

16:00

Anna-Higley
Optimising bioprotection products through innovative formulation design
Anna Higley, Market Applications Specialist – Crop Care, Croda Europe Ltd

16:15

Carsten Riedl
Rene Haensel
Sustainable formulation technologies for microbe based biosolutions Carsten Riedl, European Marketing Manager, and
Rene Haensel, Technical Director Agriculture & Global Senior Expert, Evonik

16:30

Dr. KRK Reddy

Microbiome engineering for suppression of seed and soil borne diseases
Dr KRK Reddy, Founder, Sri Biotech Laboratories, India

16:45

me 7 (2)

Mechanical application of biological control agents
Jasper Hubert, Senior Technical Consultant, Koppert UK

17:00

jenna-ross

Developing Collaborative R&D In Crop Health and Protection
Dr Jenna Ross, International Business Development Manager CHAP, UK

17:15

Panel discussion & Questions from the audience

17:30

Session Close & Depart for Hotels

The World BioProtection Awards

Winners will be announced at a Black-Tie Gala Dinner

When:
Monday 23rd May 2022

Where:
NEC, Birmingham, UK

Dress Code:
Black Tie (Optional)

1900 – Drinks reception
1930 – Dinner and Awards ceremony
Carriages at midnight

Tickets Include:

Drinks reception
3 course seated dinner
Award ceremony and presentations

Sponsored By: Sponsorship Available

DAY 2 : Tuesday 24th May 2022

08:00

Registration and Exhibition Open/Coffee Sponsor By:

Sponsorship available

Session 4: Technology Adoption

Case studies – Cross Sectors
(Chair: Willem Ravensberg, Koppert Biological Systems, The Netherlands)

09:00

Dr. Willem Ravens-berg

Future outlook on microbial bioprotectants in agriculture
Willem Ravensberg, Corporate Sr Regulatory and Governmental Affairs Manager, Koppert Biological Systems, The Netherlands

09:15

Dean-Metcalf
Trichoderma harzianumTd81b, a biological control agent for Botrytis
Dean Metcalf, Managing Director, Metcalf Bio Control, Australia

09:30

richard-glass

Spraybot and the Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle confirmed
Richard Glass, Innovation Sector Lead, CHAP, UK

09:45

Professor David Shapiro-Ilan

Advances in the use of entomopathogens to control orchard pests
Dr David I. Shapiro-Ilan, Research Leader, USDA-ARS, USA

10:00

Helen-Griffiths-4

Driving Research and Innovation
Prof Helen Griffiths, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Swansea University

10:15

Panel discussion & Questions from the audience

Session 5: Regulatory Issues

Working towards realistic and achievable Biopesticide reform
(Chair: Dr. Imme Gerke, IDRG, Germany)

10:30

Imme-Gerke

Global Cooperation in Product Authorization
Dr. Imme Gerke, IDRG, Germany

10:45

Dr Patrick Kabouw

Biopesticides: towards ambitious and fit-for-purpose EU policies
Dr Patrick Kabouw, Global Registration Manager, BASF, Germany

11:00

Nick Mole

Regulatory and public challenges to agriculture and the need for greater uptake of bio-controls
Nick Mole, Policy Officer, Pesticide Action Network, UK

11:15

Mark-Whittaker

Regulatory science: a misnomer
Dr Mark Whittaker, MD, APIS, UK

11:30

Panel discussion & Questions from the audience

12:00

Lunch B2BMatch (making) & Exhibition
Sponsored by:

Session6: Commercialisation

Investment and Acceleration
Collaboration across industry, academia, investors, and public bodies
(Chair by: Ian Cox, Innovation Lead, Agri-Tech Centres)

14.00

IanTracey

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Entrepreneurship and how it relates to innovation 
Ian Tracey, Founder, Anchored In Ltd

14:15

Simon-Elsworth

Unlocking the commercial value of Biologicals through industry partnerships and acquisitions
Simon Elsworth, Head Syngenta Professional Solutions – EAME, Syngenta

14:35

Dr. Owen Jones

Recent advances and investment in the field of Semiochemicals/ Pheromones for insect pest control
Dr Owen Jones, MD & Partner at Lisk & Jones Consultants Ltd, UK

14:50

Anna Gregson

Patenting of Microorganisms: Systems and Concerns
Anna Gregson, Partner, UK & European Patent Attorney, Mathys & Squire LLP

15:00

Panel discussion & Questions from the audience

15:15

Coffee and Networking
Sponsorship available

Session7: InvestorReadyPitch

With a Panel of Entrepreneurs, Investors, Patent Attorneys and Industry experts
(Chair Ian Tracey, Founder, Anchored In Ltd)

15:30

InvestorReady Pitches

Supporting innovators and entrepreneurs in their efforts to raise investment for product development and commercialisation, selected companies are invited to present their case.

Introducing the “WBF Dragons”

IanTracey

Ian Tracey,
Founder, Anchored In
Ltd

iancox

Ian Cox
Innovation Lead, Agri-Tech Centres Innovate UK

pedro-carvalho

Pedro Carvalho,
KTN Manager – AgriFood, Innovate UK

Chris_Danks

Chris Danks
Innovation Lead at Innovate UK

Simon-Elsworth

Simon Elsworth, Head Syngenta Professional Solutions – EAME, Syngenta