NEED FOR SPECIALIST CAREER/TRAINING IN PLANT PROTECTION ANALYSIS AND DEBATE.

 

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Encounter Inauguration chaired by Mr. Juan F. Juliá, Rector of Valencia Polytechnic University. Accompanied by Mr Manuel Laínez, Director General of Agroalimementary Research, Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr Rafael Manuel Jiménez Díaz, Chair of the Ad Hoc Encounter Commission and Mr Gonzalo Iranzo Pous, Editorial Director of Phytoma-Spain Publishing.

PLANT HEALTH as a science and AGRICULTURE
Plant Health and food supplies; Health is science and technology; Role of institutions in higher education and transfer in Vegetal Health; Regulatory role of the Administration in Plant Health in Spain; Role of Agroindustry (phytosanitary, biological and biotechnological, and production of genetically enhanced varieties) in Agricultural and Forestry Crop Protection.

Plant Health: a critical issue for Spanish farming progress.
Mr Jaime Lamo de Espinosa, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics (UPM), Premio Rey Jaime I Economics Award
Plant Health challenges and prospects in the 21st century: A plant pathologist’s perspective.
Mr Rafael Manuel Jiménez Díaz, Professor of Plant Pathology, Premio Rey Jaime I Award for Environment.  University of Cordoba and CSIC Sustainable Agriculture Institute

 

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Forest Health in new 21st century scenarios.
Mr Juan Alberto Pajares, Professor of Forest Entomology, Senior School of Agricultural Engineering, Institute for Sustainable Forest Management, University of Valladolid-INIA

Current role of the Administration in crop protection in Spain: legislation, organisation, regulation, training. National Action Plan and Sustainable Use Directive.
Mr José Ramón Martínez Cano-Manuel, MAGRAMA

 

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The plant protection industry as solutions provider. Which professional qualification is needed?
Mr Carlos Palomar, Director General of AEPLA, Spanish Plant Protection Association

The biological control industry as solutions provider. Which professional qualification is needed?
Ms Carolina Fernández, Chair of IBMA-España (International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association), Spanish Biocontrol Products Association

Which professionals are needed in the (disease and pest-resistant) varietal research sector?
Mr Ignacio Solís Martel, representing ANOVE, National Plant Breeders’ Association. Director, Agrovegetal

 

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PLANT AND PROFESSIONALISM: assets and stakeholders
Why are professionals needed in all scopes throughout the chain?

SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONALISATION:
EXPERT TRAINING

Introduction to the Table: Mr. Rafael M. Jiménez Díaz

Need for specialist training in Agricultural Entomology for Plant Health professionals.
Mr Ferran Garcia-Marí, former Chair of the Spanish Society of Applied Entomology (SEEA). Polytechnic University of Valencia

Need for specialist training in Plant Pathology for Plant Health professionals.
Ms María Milagros López and Mr Jesús Murillo, President and Vice-President of the Spanish Phytopathology Society(SEF). Valencian Agricultural Research Institute and Public University of Navarra

Need for specialist weed science training in Plant Health professionals.
Mr Jordi Recasens, former Chair of the Spanish Society for Weed Science (SEMh). University of Lleida

Specialised training needs in Agricultural Engineering applied to Plant Health.
Mr Santiago Planas de Martí, Science Director of Food Science and Technology Park, Lleida. Precision Agriculture Research Group, University of Lleida

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PROFESSIONAL IN TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER:
From scientific and technical research to extension

DEBATING TABLE on "Past, present and future of technology transfer". Different transfer models. Training levels".

Introduction and Moderator: Mr Alfonso Lucas Espadas, Plant Health Service Technical Management, Autonomous Community of Murcia

Members
D. Ricardo Alarcón Roldán, Head of Plant Health Service, General Directorate of Agricultural and Livestock Production, Regional Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Government of Andalusia

Mr Vicente Dalmau Sorlí, Head of Valencian Regional Government Plant Health Service

Mr Jordi Giné, Head of Regional Government Plant Health Service of Catalonia

Mr Alfonso Lucas Espadas, Plant Health Service Technical Management, Autonomous Community of Murcia

Mr José María Sopeña Mañas, Director, Plant Health Centre, Plant Health Management Service, Directorate General of Food, Government of Aragón

 

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TECHNICAL PROFESSIONALISATION: PRESCRIPTION

DEBATING TABLE on Prescription in Plant Health

Presentations and Moderators
Difficulty in designing suitable Integrated Pest Management for complicated current farming systems
Mr José del Moral de la Vega, Head of Plant Pathology Department, Agricultural Science Research Centre, Finca La Orden-Valdesequera, Junta de Extremadura.
The “Advisor” in Directive 2009/128/EC: skilled professionals and professional activity. Training, essential pillar of professional activity.
Mr Antonio Vergel Román, National Symposium on Plant Health. Chair, Andalusian Council of Agricultural Engineering Colleges

Members
Role and professionalism of distributors in Plant Health recommendation.
Ms Rosa Mª Robles, Director General of FEDISPROVE, Spanish Federation of Distributors for Plant Protection

Recommendation from outlets for agricultural inputs.
Mr Enrique Flors Roig, Director of COARVAL, Second Grade Supply and Services Cooperative of the Valencian Community

Role and professionalism of ATRIAs/ADVs in Plant Health recommendation.
Ms Sònia Torguet, Chair, ADV Technicians Association of Lleida

Recommendation in the production sector: Professional qualification of technician-prescribers.
Mr Miguel Vela Bermúdez, Quality Department Director, FEPEX

DEBATE


Current TRAINING in Spain and other countries
Does it meet these challenges? Does it respond to the Plant Health professional’s knowledge needs? What measures should be taken?

Introduction to the Table: Mr Ramon Albajes

Crop Protection training in new university degrees in Spain.
Mr Jordi Recasens, Professor of Weed Science at the University of Lleida

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Experience in Interuniversity Master in Integrated Crop Protection (ICP) at Universities of Lleida, Jaume I, Girona and Public of Navarra (Complexity of university training for Plant Health professionals).
Mr Ramon Albajes, ICP Master Course Coordinator, University of Lleida, UdL-IRTA Centre

Plant Medicine (Phytiatry): A university science with educational and professional challenges in modern farming worldwide.
Dr. Eleftherios C. Tjamos, Department of Plant Pathology Lecturer, Agricultural University of Athens

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Plant Health throughout civilisation and historical justification of the current need for Plant Medicine.
Mr José del Moral de la Vega, Head of Plant Pathology Department, Agricultural Science Research Centre, Finca La Orden-Valdesequera, Junta de Extremadura.

The next day. United we stand. Is a Platform grouping all Plant Health professionals possible? Aims and principles to be met.
Mr José María Sopeña Mañas, Director, Plant Health Centre, Plant Health Management Service, Directorate General of Food, Government of Aragón


CONCLUSIONS
Moderator: Ms Mª Milagros López