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Plant Variety Protection Conference

Plant Variety Protection Debates: Connecting Law, Science and Social Science

Conference 14th June 2018, 09:00 - 17:00.

Room 1.07, Oculus Building, The University of Warwick, CV4 7AL.

The World Trade Organisation’s obligation for all members to protect plant varieties as set out in Article 27.3b of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights raises debates about appropriate systems of protection. To unpack these debates, the multidisciplinary conference will explore the process and importance of plant breeding, definition of plant varieties, conditions for protecting new plant varieties, as well as existing systems of protection. The conference will also address the future of intellectual property rights for plant varieties considering global discussions on agroecology, climate change, food security and food sovereignty.

The objectives of the conference are:

  • To provide a platform for law, science and social science researchers to exchange knowledge about plant variety protection
  • To bring together key organisations and stakeholders involved in plant variety protection to discuss recent developments
  • To contribute to discussions on the pending review of the plant variety protection provision in the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Art. 27.3b)

The Conference is open to students, researchers, academics, lawyers, plant breeders, farmers, civil society organisations and international organisations interested in food, agriculture and intellectual property rights.

Draft programme

Abstract Submission

We welcome papers, posters and photographs on topics related to the conference. Please send the abstract: 300 words, form of presentation: paper, poster or photographs, name(s) of presenters, email address, institution/organisation and a note of any special requirements to Titilayo Adebola: before 10 May 2018.

We also welcome participants who do not wish to deliver presentations, but would like to learn more about the topics explored and engage in discussions with speakers.

The conference -including buffet lunch and all-day refreshments- is free, but registration is compulsory. To register, please send your name, email address, institution/organisation and any special dietary requirements to Titilayo Adebola: T dot A dot Adebola at warwick dot ac dot uk

Important Dates

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 10 May 2018

Decision on Selection of Abstract: 18 May 2018

Deadline for Registration: 8 June 2018

Date of Conference: 14 June 2018

Time of Conference: 09:00 - 17:00.

Venue: Room 1.07, Oculus Building, The University of Warwick, CV4 7AL.

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