Public Plenary Discussion on Food Security and the Future of Plant Breeding

06/09/2018, 16:30 Public Event Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne

Are we able to ensure global food security based on the current status of plant science?

Experts from academia and industry discuss what contribution plant sciences can make to increase the yield to feed a growing world population in spite of climate change, limited global resources and water shortages.

Should molecular genetic techniques, like genome editing be used to reduce hunger in future, although there are many reservations about these technologies. How does the acceptance of modern plant breeding methods in Western countries differ from developing countries? Questions like these will be discussed.

Keynote Speech: Lars Niehaus, University of Cologne


  • Prof. Dieter Birnbacher, Professor for Philosophy (ret.), University Düsseldorf
  • Dr. Frank Röber, CORTEVA Agriscience
  • Prof. Uwe Sonnewald, University Erlangen/Nürnberg
  • Prof. Zerihun Tadele, University of Bern
  • Dr. Sabine Dorlöchter-Sulser, Spokesperson for Rural Development, Division Africa and Middle East, Misereor

Participation is free of charge, to register please follow this <link https: external-link-new-window internal link in current>link.

The lecture takes place in the context of the <link internal-link internal link in current>1st Cologne Conference on Food for Future.