Montpellier, 18-19 July 2016. With the support of the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) organised the 1st Mediterranean Forum for PhD Students and Young Researchers at its Institute of Montpellier (IAMM).
The two-day forum entitled “Designing Sustainable Agricultural and Food Production Systems under Global Changes in the Mediterranean”, had the objective of setting the bases of a permanent platform for communication, dialogue and publication for different partners in the field of research and rural development in the Mediterranean countries.
Throughout the event, young researchers and doctoral students had the opportunity to present undertaken recent research and development work on the basis of previously selected abstracts as well as to attend keynote addresses from invited guest speakers and panels of experts debating on topics covered by the seminar.
In particular, the UfM Secretariat participated at the plenary session held on the first day of the Forum aimed at discussing opportunities and difficulties in enhancing young researcher skills in the field of sustainable production and foods in a scenario of climate change. This panel gathered representatives from Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Agreenium-Institut agronomique vétérinaire et forestier de France, the Ministry of Agriculture of Egypt and the Faculty of Agriculture of the Lebanese University.
The 1st Mediterranean Forum for PhD Students and Young Researchers is framed within the UfM labelled regional project Higher Education & Food Security and Rural Development promoted by the CIHEAM with which the UfM Secretariat relies on strong partnership materialised in the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding.
About the CIHEAM
Founded in 1962, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organization working to improve sustainable agriculture and fisheries, ensure food and nutrition security and develop rural and coastal territories. The organization gathers 13 Member States from both shores of the Mediterranean (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey) and works in partnership with several international and regional institutions. CIHEAM is composed of 5 bodies: a Secretariat General in Paris (France) and four Institutes (MAIs) located in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain).