Forum of the Outdoor Laboratories for Agrobiodiversity

in Montpellier April 30, 2015
from 14:00 to 17:30

Institut des Régions chaudes
1101, Avenue Agropolis

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The Outdoor Laboratories method was started in 2013 to establish collaborative research programs, based on priorities defined by peasant farmers engaged in an ecological transition of their ways of farming. The activities are focused on questions formed by the farmers and researchers together in the different areas (Languedoc-Roussillon in France, Kabylia and Mzab in Algeria, and Djougou in Benin) aimed at enhancing agricultural biodiversity.
A forum is organized on April 30 to reflect the results of the collective method and to open the reflection to the entire scientific community.

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The Forum

April 30, 2015 from 14:00 to 17:30

Open to the public

This Forum will share the first methodological results of the process with the scientific community and those who work in agricultural biodiversity. There will be two round table discussions :

†First round table  : Process and results of the Outdoor Laboratories method. The peasant farmers involved in the project will present the key results and their vision of collaborative research.

††Second round table : Democratizing agricultural research: why and how ? Comprised of people from both the research and associative spheres :
♦ Isabelle Goldringer, geneticist INRA Versailles-Grignon : project of paticipative plant breeding of soft wheat varieties  in partnership with the Peasant Seeds Network (France)
♦ Guy Kastler, general delegate of Peasant Seeds Network (France)
♦ Michel Pimbert, director of the Center for Agroecology, water and resilience / Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) (United Kingdom)

This round table will be animated by a mediator and an Outdoor Laboratories researcher who will propose an analysis of the challenges of democratizing research.

Registration : Participation in the Forum is free, but to facilitate the organization and logistics, we thank you to register by mail to :

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The project of the Outdoor Laboratories for Agrobiodiversity is carried by BEDE, UMR Innovation and UMR CEFE, in collaboration with the association “Citizen Sciences Foundation”. It is supported by the “Open Science” programme of the Agropolis Foundation.