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First draft for discussion

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First Preliminary proposal for GCARD Day 3: provisional program for discussion Prepared by the Local Organizing Committee

GCARD DAY 3 Draft of a possible programme for GCARD’s day 3 for discussion.

CONTEXT France (Local Organizing Committee – LOC) is in charge of organizing Day3 of the GCARD under the supervision of the international Working Group and the GCARD Task Force. Starting points: • This world research meeting will happen in one of the largest European centre on research for development; • We were asked to get away from “business as usual”. Day 3 will come after Day 2 dedicated to the main issues and orientations raised during the consultations and before Day 4 aiming at a Global Action Plan for a new, better integrated global system for agricultural research for development. What follows is a series of ideas that we would like to share and discuss. WE NEED YOUR INPUT to make this day, as the other three days of the GCARD, something new, relevant, and exciting. This proposal is organized around seven ideas, presented below. They are linked together by our need and our willingness to open science, in and out, to successfully address the major development challenges. We look forward to your suggestions for improving these ideas and/or for other, new ideas. GCARD DAY 3: Opening science The seven themes proposed here will be dealt with: • in a workshop/debate mode; or • in an exhibition mode. We expect each of the proposed activities to lead to a series of recommendations for the Action Plan that will be discussed on day 4 of GCARD. The common spine between the seven ideas is about partnerships, integration and openness, hence the suggested title “Opening science”. Workshops and debates: 1. Open science 2. Facilitated dialogs between actors and disciplines 3. Dialog with the scientists of the future 4. Sharing a vision 5. A new role for science in emerging economies Exhibitions: 6. Development challenges illustrated in the Mediterranean subregion hosting GCARD 7. Capacity Building in another language

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First Preliminary proposal for GCARD Day 3: provisional program for discussion Prepared by the Local Organizing Committee

Note on the Science Forum: Rather than having a separate session on the outcomes of the Science Forum, we suggest coming back explicitly to it whenever it seems relevant (see below). Several questions addressed in the proposed workshops will be (at least partially) addressed during the regional consultation. Some flexibility must therefore be kept in the preprogramme of each session to be able to insert/accommodate inputs or contributions coming out of these consultations.

WORKSHOPS AND DEBATES 1. Open science for impact The best R4D has to be mobilized. The idea is to give some examples where “cuttingedge science” can have impact. Beyond what is cutting edge in one domain, useful and usable innovations can arise at interfaces between scientific domains/activities (e.g. on agriculture and health), and/or knowledges (scientific and empirical) that insufficiently dialogued so far. Examples of such integrative research would be presented. The discussion may involve stakeholders (private sector, NGOs, CSOs) with currently limited links with the agricultural sector. Some ideas gathered so far: - The potential of innovation at interfaces between domains and beyond food (e.g. agriculture and health, agriculture and chemistry, agriculture and mathematics); one example suggested relates to the horticulture-health interface (European proposal) - Nutrition, adding traits by closely combining crop husbandry enhancement and plant breeding (from plate to field instead of field to plate); - Evolution and domestication, comparative genomics, to develop new, better adapted varieties across plant species (model grass species impacting on other underutilized and understudied grass crops); - Cutting-edge science requires cutting edge technology platforms (as a follow-up on Science Forum discussion - e.g. on genomics platforms)

2. Dialogs between actors and disciplines: participatory approaches Participatory and/or interdisciplinary approaches have been advocated as key for success for decades and yet sustainable success stories are few. What has to be changed or improved to facilitate participatory approaches? Different groups of stakeholders would discuss separately, then together, about limiting factors/constraints that the new global system would have to remove for each group to be able to work more efficiently with the others Some ideas gathered so far: - Follow-up on Science Forum discussion (Bill Clark) on the need for a dual evaluation framework (publications AND outcome mapping) vs. current system that constrains scientists to publishing in (mono) disciplinary journals; - The role of donors to enhance collaborations beyond barriers (incentives); - ‘Lessons learnt’ by group of stakeholders: we need to hear from each group (hence the idea of sub-workshops organized by group of stakeholders), with same questions to address, e.g. which constraints do you have to work with others? How could they be reduced or eliminated? Each sub workshop session could start with short presentations of 2-3 contrasting experiences to initiate the debate; main findings brought to the workshop plenary

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First Preliminary proposal for GCARD Day 3: provisional program for discussion Prepared by the Local Organizing Committee

3. Dialog with the scientists of the future 40 young scientists from around the world will meet the week before GCARD, exchange experiences, and discuss about innovation and the ways to better integrate across disciplines and actors. Are they prepared to address the development challenges of the 21st century and/or what kind of scientists should the global system train to be in better position to do so? What do they want to recommend for the Action Plan of the global agricultural research system? Some ideas gathered so far: - Presentations of the outcome of the work done the week before (ppt, movie, just a talk or a (re)play of summarizing discussion). - These results reviewed critically by experienced professors’ openings followed by discussion; - Panel / round table discussion: “are young scientists new scientists, better prepared to address the challenges” (or do they follow the same path as their predecessors?…) - The role of YPARD discussed

4. Sharing a vision The Alliance of the 15 centres of the CGIAR is currently developing a new Strategy and Research Framework founded on a series of world reports, foresight analyses and consultations. These reports have been produced by different groups of experts, with limited overlap. Do they develop the same vision of our possible futures? On which trends do they agree? On which ones do they diverge? How can all stakeholders make use of these works? Do they agree on the scenario(s) for the future, and on the route(s) to get there? Some ideas gathered so far: - From Assessments (IAASTD, World Development Report) to SRF and the regional consultations; - The landscape of the foresights (Agrimonde, Mediterra 2008, SCAR), of the models (IFPRI, FAO, Millenium Institute) and of some major works (FAO meeting « How to feed the world in 2050 », Rural Struc, Observatoire des Agricultures du Monde etc.): What do they teach us we might have ignored so far? Format for the debate : sub groups (stakeholders and/or specialists, e.g. development stakeholders, scientists from economics and SS, scientists from biophysical disciplines, etc.) debate in parallel then exchange in plenary?

5. A new role for science in emerging economies Some reports suggest three worlds of science (NARS in the South, Research institutes in emerging countries, Advanced research institutes in the North). More and more research centres or universities in emerging economies are delivering at least the same quality and efficiency in research as ARIs do. Shouldn’t they play an important and even a leading role in partnerships for development? What are their “comparative advantages” in the partnership for development? What are their expectations relative to their role in the new global Action Plan? Some ideas gathered so far: - New bilateral South-South collaborations or stronger role within existing partnerships? - Example of Embrapa’s triangulation in the area of advanced biology (from the bilateral South-North LABEX model to South-South-North collaborations with Africa); - Invitation to CAAS, ICAR, IFS and others for inputs (panel format?) - Follow-up on Science Forum discussion on new modalities to mobilizing science

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First Preliminary proposal for GCARD Day 3: provisional program for discussion Prepared by the Local Organizing Committee

EXHIBITIONS 6. Development challenges illustrated in the Mediterranean subregion hosting GCARD Not an institutional exhibition but rather a thematic one. Montpellier is located in the Mediterranean sub-region, which is a hotspot for several world challenges, such as water scarcity and its impact on agriculture, urbanization and loss of diversity in the coastal areas, overfishing, soil erosion and loss of fertility, etc. Some ideas gathered so far: - To build a 400 m2 exhibition on a limited set of challenges illustrated by collaborative research programs around the Mediterranean Sea; - All booths livened up by students from countries around the Med Sea; - Special event each day at lunch time; - Exhibition open to public on day 3, and re-used after GCARD in several locations;

7. Capacity Building in another language GCARD1 is held in a major European training centre, Montpellier, hosting ca. 54,000 students. In all previous meetings of GFAR and the CGIAR, requests from NARS for ‘more on training’ have been permanent. This involves as much ‘conventional’ university training (MS, PhDs) as a wide range of other, diversified, shorter term requests. Some ideas gathered so far: - Invite universities and research and training centres from the South to express their needs; Analysis of the market place: with a panel of 5-8 persons on Day 2 (= the Demand) and another panel of 5-8 providers of training on Day 3 (= the Supply)? - Use the exhibition format (permanent during three days, with “hotspots” on different thematics every day) on ‘Partnerships for Training’; - Exhibition built around examples of partnerships (including partnerships with donors such as EC) - Training – ICTs relationship (including e-learning examples); - Necessity to link training to long term research and to “socio-economic world” ; - Invite universities from Italy and Spain to ‘challenge’ the English-only current international offer: Capacity Building in another language (than English) - Permanent demonstration of an e-learning course

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First Preliminary proposal for GCARD Day 3: provisional program for discussion Prepared by the Local Organizing Committee

Two possible programme schedules (for discussion) Option1 DAY 3 – TUESDAY, MARCH 30 8:15-9:00 9:00-12:00

12:00-14:00

12:00-14:00 14:00-17:00

17:30-19:00 19:30-21:30

OPENING PLENARY (movie) OPENING SCIENCE, dialog between disciplines, stakeholders and knowledges, the example of the Pl@ntNet programme MAKING THE BEST USE OF SCIENCE: PARALLEL WORKSHOPS 1. OPEN SCIENCE 2. INTERFACES & DIALOGS Starter: Starter: Discussants: Stakeholder parallel subworkshops: Debate: Highlights sharing and discussion: 3. DIALOG WITH YOUNG SCIENTISTS Highlights and recommendations from previous week seminar Discussion Lunch (Boxes in session 3, or cafeteria?) TOWARDS A NEW WORLD: PARALLEL WORKSHOPS 4. SHARING A VISION 5. A NEW ROLE FOR EMERGING Starter: ECONOMIES Stakeholder parallel subworkshops Starter: Debate: Discussants: Debate: Summary of workshops by moderators, followed by open discussion and conclusions Concert ‘Med voices’, with Roula Safar, followed by cocktail-diner

Option 2 DAY 3 – TUESDAY, MARCH 30 8:15-9:00 9:00-12:00

12:00-14:00

12:00-14:00 14:00-17:00

17:30-19:00 19:30-21:30

OPENING PLENARY (movie) OPENING SCIENCE, dialog between disciplines, stakeholders and knowledges, the example of the Pl@ntNet programme OPENING SCIENCE: PARALLEL WORKSHOPS, questions raised 1. OPEN SCIENCE 2. INTERFACES & 3. SHARING A 4. A NEW ROLE DIALOGS VISION FOR EMERGING ECONOMIES 5. DIALOG WITH YOUNG SCIENTISTS Highlights and recommendations from previous week seminar Discussion Lunch (Boxes in session 3, or cafeteria?) OPENING SCIENCE: PARALLEL WORKSHOPS, solutions proposed 1. OPEN SCIENCE 2. INTERFACES & 3. SHARING A 4. A NEW ROLE DIALOGS VISION FOR EMERGING ECONOMIES Summary of workshops by moderators, followed by open discussion and conclusions Concert ‘Med voices’, with Roula Safar, followed by cocktail-diner

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GCARD Day 3 pre-program for discussion  

Draft of a program for Day of the Glbal Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), Montpellier, France, March 28-31 2010

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