Researchers from across Europe came together to form new collaborations at the official launch of the Harper Adams Centre for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM), in Brussels on 27 November.
The networking event aimed to develop new working relationships in anticipation of Horizon 2020 – the European Union’s framework programme for research and innovation.
The new centre's is striving to address UK and global issues in agricultural, forestry and horticultural crop protection. Research interests of the centre include entomology, chemical ecology, pest monitoring, application technology, nematology, pesticide science, plant pathology and weed science.
Andrea McIntyre MEP, a member of the European Parliament Agriculture Committee, said: "It is so important that we recognise that we have a vast range of tools available for crop protection. We also need to base what we do on hard scientific evidence, for which Harper Adams is in the lead."
Professor Peter Kettlewell, Harper Adams research coordinator, said: "We decided to host the launch in Brussels to attract those from across Europe, as the city is of particular importance to agriculture in terms of EU policy decision making. Welcoming researchers from a wider field has also enabled delegates to form new collaborations, which we hope will assist with future funding bids ahead of Horizon 2020.
"Harper Adams is delighted to have hosted the event as now, being home to the CIPM, we believe we are positioned to address the issues associated with effective, sustainable crop protection."
The CIPM aims to work with practitioners, policymakers and the research community to undertake research in all areas of crop protection, provide advice and training; provide information to crop protection resources and liaise with other centres and organisations.
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s funding programme for research and innovation for 2014 through 2020. It aims to secure the EU’s global position in research, innovation and technology and is designed to create new growth and jobs in Europe.