Conference GMCC-15

We are pleased to announce GMCC-15, the seventh International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains, that will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on November 17-20, 2015.

Organised by Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy

Tue 17 November 2015 until Fri 20 November 2015

Venue NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam

The International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains (GMCC) is a biennial international event focused on coexistence of biotechnology, conventional and organic food in international supply chains and trade. Leading experts from various academic disciplines and industry, regulators, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities in managing different types of foods in global markets. The conference brings together experts from these fields in order to stimulate active multi-faceted discussions on proper market practices and government policies for coexistence.

Every two years, GMCC provides an important stage for active debate on policy, legal, economic and technical solutions that seek to facilitate coexistence in order to ensure that all sectors continue to thrive, to meet the growing global food demand and to satisfy the demands of stakeholders such as industry, governments or different consumer segments. GMCC-15 is dedicated to 'Coexistence in International Trade'.

For questions or information, please send an e-mail to

Speakers Parallel Sessions

Agyeman Yeboah, Osei
Alcock, Keith
Benjamin, Emmanuel
Booker, Helen
Bückmann, Heidrun
Charlebois, Sylvain
Corujo, Maria
Custers, René
Fosua Agyekum, Afia
Galmés, Jeroni
Heiman, Amir
Huffman, Wallace E.
Jones, Philip
Kathage, Jonas
Leister, Amanda M.
Ludlow, Karinne
Maciejczak, Mariusz
McCluskey, Jill J.
McFarlane, Ian
Messéan, Antoine
Miljkovic, Dragan
Nadal, Anna
Nalley, Lanier
Passuello, Francesca
Phillips, Peter
Phillipson, Martin
Quedas, Fátima
Ricroch, Agnes
Rizov, Ivelin
Rodríguez-Cerezo, Emilio
Sachs, Eric
Saito, Yoko
Schaub, Simon
Schiemann, Joachim
Schmitz, Andrew
Shaik, Saleem
Shao, Qianqian
Smyth, Stuart
Thiele, Katja
Tosun, Jale
Trindade, Carlos
Vaasen, Anja
Van Acker, Rene
Venus, Thomas J.
Vives Vallés, Juan Antonio
Wesseler, Justus
Winfree, Jason A.
Zhu, Manhong
Zilberman, David



Click here to download the program


To register for the conference click here.

Early-Bird Conference Rate* (up to 15 September 2015) € 500
Full Conference Rate* (after 15 September 2015) € 600
Student Registration (must be current, full-time student) € 250
Conference dinner (19 November 2015) € 50
Accompanying person** (up to 15 September 2015) € 200
Accompanying person**(after 15 September 2015) € 250
Daily Rate (18 or 19 November 2015) € 250
Daily Rate (20 November 2015) € 150

* Fee coverage
Name badge, conference bag, final program, welcome reception, 2 lunches and coffee breaks.

** Accompanying person fee includes attendance at the welcome reception, 2 lunches and the conference dinner.

Conference Venue


The Conference will take place at the NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam. The hotel is located in the very heart of the city, right on the central Dam square near many major tourist and business attractions. Situated in a historical building that dates back to 1866, the hotel combines a traditional feel with the comfort and style of modern conveniences. Numerous Amsterdam tourist attractions are within easy walking distance of the NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, including the Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum and Heineken Brewery.

The NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky offers a total of 468 stylish guest rooms, including one split-level suite, six luxurious junior suites, and 35 fully equipped apartments. Stop by the fitness center for a workout or relax with a soothing massage after your busy day. If you arrive by car, the hotel has a parking attendant at your service and a secure paid garage. Excellent public transportation connections take you all around Amsterdam, with bus and tram stops right outside the hotel. The central train station is only five minutes away and Schiphol Amsterdam Airport is just a 25 minute taxi or car ride.

The NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky is considered the largest five-star conference hotel in Benelux, offering an impressive assortment of facilities to help make sure your events are successful. Conference facilities include 22 fully equipped and air-conditioned function rooms, which can accommodate groups of any size up to 1500 people.


Hotel reservations can be made until the 25th of September 2015 directly through the link below.

After this date, requested reservations are based upon availability for the best available rate. Reservations can be made by clicking on the hotel you prefer.

NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky (Conference Venue) *****

Standard room: € 235,00

Price per room, per night, excluding breakfast in the hotel restaurant and city tax (5,5% of the room price per night).

NH City Centre Amsterdam ***

Standard room: € 125,00

Price per room, per night, excluding breakfast in the hotel restaurant and city tax (5,5% of the room price per night).

The room price shown via the link includes city tax.

Abstract Submission


The programme and organizing committees invite abstracts for posters, contributed papers, organized sessions and pre- and post-conference workshops for GMCC-15. Submissions may address any aspect of coexistence in international supply chains (economics, law, technical aspects, industry, crop cultivation).
Proposals for posters, papers and organized sessions have to be submitted via the online submission system. All contributed papers will be uploaded to AgEconSearch. A selection of presented papers will be published in a book with Springer Press.

Topics of interest

  • Coexistence at crop, farm, and landscape level
  • Segregation in food and feed supply chains
  • Detection of events
  • Technical solutions to coexistence
  • Testing methods and standards
  • Adventitious and low-level presence and associated policies
  • Regulatory implications of developments in trait discovery and biotechnology techniques
  • Regulation and deregulation of events
  • Socioeconomic impact of coexistence
  • International trade, TTIP, and segregation
  • Legal and ethical aspects of coexistence
  • Industry and private standards for coexistence
  • GM pipeline of new events, crops and target markets
  • Case studies of succesful coexistence

Important dates

The deadline for submission of abstracts for any of the four possible conference contributions (posters, papers, sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops) is April 30, 2015.
Authors of selected paper abstracts will be invited by June 30, 2015, to submit a full paper for oral presentation by September 15, 2015. If you do not receive any news by June 30 please contact the conference secretariat
For papers and posters, at least one author has to be registered and for organized sessions all organizers have to be registered by September 15, 2015 (early bird registration deadline), otherwise the submission cannot be regarded for presentation at the conference.
Abstracts and full versions of posters and papers as well as proposals for organized sessions can be submitted using the online submission system. Proposals for pre- and post-conference workshops can be submitted via email to

General formatting guidelines for submissions

All submissions have to be written in English with capitalized title. Authors of any of the below types of submissions should indicate the area/topic from the above list, the session should be considered for, and also provide three keywords. Each abstract will be subject to peer review.

Formatting guidelines for abstracts of posters and contributed papers

  • The abstract should give a clear idea of the line of reasoning in the paper and the main conclusions made. Abstracts should not include equations, diagrams, footnotes, or parenthetical references, but may include numbers.
  • Maximum of 500 words in total
  • The abstract and all other relevant information is to be filled into the online submission system. Preference for poster only or paper/ poster has to be indicated. The final versions of the contributed papers are to be formatted in the style of the paper template available on the conference website.

Formatting guidelines for proposals for organized sessions

  • Organized sessions are scheduled to take 90 minutes.
  • The proposal should summarize the content of the session. It should include the title, abstract of the session of up to 500 words, the session rationale, titles and abstracts (maximum of 300 words each) of each proposed presentation and names, affiliations and contact information of presenters, discussants and moderators.
  • Organizers are expected to fill in the online submission form. The proposal is to be uploaded in to the online submission system as a single PDF file.

Formatting guidelines for proposals for pre- and post-conference workshops

  • Workshops might deal with any aspect of coexistence. They provide an opportunity to discuss issues in more depth than a traditional session during the conference. Workshops can be scheduled for up to one day and take place either on Monday, Nov 16 (up to full day), or Saturday, Nov 21 (half day until 12:30). Please indicate your preference for the date and the duration the workshop in the proposal.
  • The proposal should summarize the content of the proposal. It should include the title, an abstract of up to 500 words, issues and questions focused on and the workshop’s rationale as well as names, affiliations and contact information of the active participants.
  • The proposal is to be submitted as a single PDF file by email to using the subject 'Proposal for pre- and post-conference workshops GMCC-15'.

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Full Paper Submission

Download here the GMCC-15 contributed paper template.

Please submit your full paper in pdf here.

Poster guidelines: A0 vertical (see here for details)

Local Organizing Committee

Scientific Advisory Committee


Rene van Acker

Dr. Rene Van Acker is Professor and Associate Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph and was previously chair of the department of Plant Agriculture. Prior to his appointments at The University of Guelph, Rene was a professor of weed science and crop management at the University of Manitoba. His research interests include weed biology and ecology, robust cropping systems, multifunctional agriculture and the coexistence of GM and non-GM crops. He conducts field-based research, supervises graduate students and teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed works to-date and another 300+ other contributions. His research work on the coexistence of GM and non-GM crops has led to international collaborations, presentations, and consulting work with governments and organizations in Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Australia, the US and Canada.


Keith Alcock

In the late nineties, Keith was the Director of the Crop Improvement Institute of the Western Australian Department of Agriculture, the major provider of crop varieties in broadacre farming in the state. With GM canola varieties under development, in early 2000 he initiated the formation of a Working Party that brought together the technology providers Monsanto and Bayer, State and Federal Government planners, farmer organisations, grain accumulators/handlers and marketers and the local canola processors to share information and to identify challenges in the path to market for the new technologies. Keith chaired the Working Party and led the discussions that ensured all relevant issues were fully explored. After widespread consultation with interested parties and the commissioning of specific studies, such as separation distances for cross-pollination under local conditions and weediness potential, the Working Party released the comprehensive document ‘Canola Industry Stewardship Protocols for Coexistence of Production Systems and Supply Chains’ in July 2003. Keith was a member of the Scientific Committees at GMCC-05 through to GMCC-13 and presented Plenary Papers on the progress of GM canola introduction in Australia at the Montpellier and Seville GMCC events. He was the Chair of the Scientific Committee of GMCC-09 in Melbourne, Australia which reported on the successful adoption of GM canola into Australian crop rotations.


David S. Bullock

David S. Bullock is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago in 1989. The major focuses of his current research are the economics of agricultural policy and political economy and the economics of agricultural technology, including precision agriculture, biotechnology, and bio-energy. He has published widely in prestigious economics, agricultural economics, and agronomy journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Agronomy Journal. He has been cited numerous times for outstanding teaching of graduate courses. He currently teaches PhD courses in agricultural policy political economy analysis and applied welfare economics.

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Peter W. B. Philips

Dr. Peter W.B. Phillips is Professor of Public Policy in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He undertakes research on governing transformative innovation, including regulation and policy, innovation systems, intellectual property, supply chain management and trade policy. He is co-lead and PI of a $5.4 million Genome Canada project entitled Value Addition through Genomics and GE3LS (VALGEN) which runs 2009-14. He is author or editor of 13 books, 40 journal articles and 50 book chapters. His latest book — Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development — was published in May 2014 by Edward Elgar.


Federico J. Albertazzi Castro

Federico holds a doctorate in Plant Molecular Biology from Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg in Germany. He is Professor of Biology, Genetics, and Plant Biochemistry, and Director of the Molecular and Cellular Research Center at the University of Costa Rica. In the period 2002 – 2004, he was a representative of the National Academy of Sciences in the National Technical Commission for biosecurity. In his research, he focuses on the genetic structure of tropical trees. Federico has been involved in EU-funded research projects and BBVA award research funds in collaboration with CSIC researchers. He was a national coordinator of the Project of the Global Environmental Facility of the United Nations: Biosafety in Centers of Biodiversity—Building Technical Capacity in Latin America for Safe Deployment of Transgenic Crops (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, México, and Peru).


Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes

Dr. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Missouri. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes is the MSMC endowed professor of agribusiness strategy and the director of the Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC) at the University of Missouri. His research and teaching focus on the economics and policy of biotechnology and other agrifood innovations.
Over the past twenty years, Dr. Kalaitzandonakes has authored books and journal articles on the economic and environmental impacts of biotechnology; the impacts of biotechnology on the structure of the global agrifood supply chain and international trade; on biotech entrepreneurship and industrial development; on the consumer response to biotech foods and on the impacts of biotech regulation.
Through an active outreach program, Dr. Kalaitzandonakes advises governments, international organizations, non-profits and Fortune 500 firms on the economics, policies and regulations of agrifood biotechnology. He is the editor of AgBioForum and has been a member of advisory committees and boards for government agencies, startups, venture funds, research centers and other organizations.

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Dr. Augustine Langyintuo

Dr. Augustine Langyintuo is a Senior Agribusiness Specialist with the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice - World Bank Group. Based in the Nairobi, Kenya Regional Office of the World Bank, Augustine leads agribusiness development in East and Southern Africa with global responsibility for seed sector policy reforms. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2013, Augustine was the Head of Policy & Partnerships of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from 2009. Before joining AGRA in 2009, Augustine was an Economist/Socio-Economics Team Leader at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) from 2003. While heading the headed the Socio-Economics Unit of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Ghana between 1994 and 1998, Augustine also lectured Natural Resource Economics, Farm Management and Accounting and Computing and Programming at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Ghana. At CIMMYT and AGRA, he supervised post-graduate students in various universities in Africa and North America.

An Agricultural Trade Economist and an Agribusiness Expert, Augustine has over 100 scholarly publications in peer reviewed journals, conference proceedings and special reports. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and reviews for several international Journals. Affiliated to many professional bodies, Augustine is the current President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) and served on the 2015 Nominations Committee of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). A founding Member and Executive Board Member of the Foundation for Rural Education, Empowerment and Development (FREED), Augustine also serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa (DTMA) Project of CIMMYT and the UNDP Report on Inclusive Business and their Ecosystems in Africa. Augustine received the 2014 APEX Award from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University for excelling in his professional carrier.

Augustine holds a PhD (Agricultural Economics) from Purdue University, USA an MSc Degree (Agricultural Economics) from Reading University, United Kingdom and a BSc (Honors) Degree in Agriculture from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.


Antoine Messean

Dr. Antoine Messean is Research Manager at the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA, France). He coordinates interdisciplinary projects on the impact of innovations in Plant Production and is the coordinator of the European Research Group ENDURE on Integrated Pest Management. His research has a particular focus on modelling impacts of cropping systems on gene flow and environmental impacts as well as on coexistence. Over the last fifteen years, he has been involved in a range of National and EU funded research projects on GMOs such as ECOGEN, SIGMEA, Co-Extra, AMIGA and PRICE.

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Onno Omta

Onno Omta is professor in Business Administration at Wageningen University and Research Centre. In 1978 he graduated in Biology (BSc in Biochemistry, MSc major in tropical horticulture/plant physiology and minor in Microbiology) and defended his PhD thesis on "The management control of biomedical research and pharmaceutical innovation’ in 1995, both at the University of Groningen. In April 2000 he was appointed as Head of the Management Studies Group. He has published numerous articles in leading scientific and professional journals in the field of innovation management and entrepreneurship in chains and networks.


Emilio Rodríguiz-Cerezo

Emilio Rodríguez-Cerezo obtained a degree in Agronomy (1983) and a Ph. D. in Plant Pathology (1988) from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). He started his career as researcher on biotech-based plant resistance to viral diseases and molecular epidemiology of disease outbreaks in crop plants. In 1997, he became active in the interface between biotechnology and regulation after being elected member of the first European Union's Scientific Committee for Plants (the embryo of what later became EFSA) in charge of risk assessment of GMOs. In 2001 he joined the European Commission's (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC), the in-house scientific advisory body of the EC, at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) located in Seville-Spain. Since then he has led a group of researchers providing policy support to policy makers in the fields of new biotechnologies in agriculture, coexistence between GM and non-GM agricultural production, and the social and economic impacts of biotech crops and the characterization of the EU bioeconomy.


Fátima Quedas

Dr. Fátima Quedas is professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at the School of Agriculture of the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém. She earned her PhD in Crop Genetics at University of Bologna, Italy, in 1996. Her research focuses on two main topics: plant genetic resources and coexistence. She has cooperated with the department of the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture in charge of coexistence issues since 1999. She was the first president of CiB (Center of Information on Biotechnology) (2001-2003). She is currently engaged in the KBBE project PRICE - Practical Implementation of Coexistence in Europe.

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Joachim Schieman

Prof. Dr. Joachim Schiemann is director of the JKI Institute for Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology. He has been coordinating several national and EU-funded cluster projects on biosafety and coexistence research. From 2000 to 2003 he was member of the Scientific Committee on Plants of the European Commission, Health & Consumer Protection Directorate-General, and from 2003 to 2009 member of the Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). From 2002 to 2012 he has been member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR), from 2004 to 2008 President of ISBR. Since 2004 Prof. Schiemann has been member of the Steering Council of the European Technology Platform 'Plants for the Future'.


Stuart Smyth

Dr. Stuart Smyth is an assistant professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Smyth has raised over $1.1 million in industry and matching funding and holds the Industry Funded Research Chair in Agri-Food Innovation. His research focuses on innovation and agriculture and the resulting impacts. He was part of a group of academics that received $5.4 million in funding over 5 years in 2009 from Genome Canada to examine the genomic, economic, environmental, ethical, legal and social (GE³LS) issues pertaining to bioproducts and biofuels. Recent publications in 2014 include: co-editor with Peter Phillips (U Sask.) and David Castle (U Victoria) of the Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development, a 51 chapter book published by Edward Elgar and co-editor with Karinne Ludlow (Monash U, Melbourne, Australia) and Jose Falck-Zepeda (IFPRI, USA) of Socio-Economic Considerations in Biotechnology Regulation, published by Springer.

Plenary Speakers


Jayson Lusk

Jayson Lusk is Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. His research primarily focuses on predicting and understanding consumer behavior as it relates to food. He has written on a wide assortment of topics ranging from the economics of animal welfare to consumer preferences for genetically modified food to the impacts of new technologies and policies on livestock and meat markets to analyzing the merits of new survey and experimental approaches for eliciting consumer preferences. He has published more than 140 journal articles and has published editorials in outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,, and In 2007, Lusk co-authored a book on experimental auctions published by Cambridge University Press and co-authored an undergraduate textbook on agricultural marketing and price analysis. In 2011, Lusk released a book co-authored with Bailey Norwood on the economics of farm animal welfare published by Oxford University Press and also co-edited the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy. His most recent book, The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of Your Plate, was published by Crown Forum in 2013.

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David Zilberman

David Zilberman is a Professor and holds the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Zilberman’s areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental policy, marketing, risk management, the economics of innovation, natural resources, water, biotechnology, and biofuels. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, and he has received the AAEA Outstanding Journal Article Award: Choices (2011), AAEA Publication of Enduring Quality Award (2005, 2010), and the UNESCO International Cannes Prize for Water and the Economy (2000). He has published 250 refereed articles in Science, the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, among others, and has edited 16 books. He has served as a Consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. He received his B.A. in Economics and Statistics at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. He served as Department Chair from 1994 to1999 and has served on the Boards of many organizations, including the AAEA and the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, as well as on three National Research Council panels. He is the Co-founder of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium and the International Consortium of Applied Bioeconomy Research. He established the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at Berkeley and the Berkeley Master’s of Development Practice.


Teresa Babuscio

Dr. Teresa Babuscio is Secretary General of COCERAL. She holds a Ph.D. in Food, Agriculture and Environmental Law and an Executive Education diploma from the Melbourne Business School. She joined COCERAL in 2007 and also served the trade association as Policy Advisor in Food and Feed Safety and managed both the Association of the European Maize Millers and the Association of the European Malting Industry.
Before working in the European Association landscape, Dr Babuscio was a University lecturer in Food Law in Rome and in the USA. She worked also in Egypt for local fruit and vegetable exporters as well as served the European Commission, DG SANCO (Legal Unit) as blue book trainee.

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Frans Brom

Frans Brom, Head of Technology Assessment at the Rathenau Institute since 2007, has been appointed by Royal Decree as Secretary/Director of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). He took up his post on 15 August, succeeding Wendy Asbeek Brusse in the role, who was recently appointed Director of the Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs.

In addition to his function at the Rathenau Institute, Brom (b. 1963) also occupies an endowed chair of Ethics of Technology Assessment at Utrecht University. He has previously worked at the universities of Utrecht, Tilburg and Wageningen. He obtained his doctorate in 1997 at Utrecht University with a thesis on the morality of using biotechnology in animals ('Onherstelbaar verbeterd. Biotechnologie bij dieren als een moreel problem').
Photographer: Rogier Fokke

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Javier Castellanos

Javier Castellanos is a microbiologist with degrees from Los Andes University in Colombia, the University of New south Wales, Australia and the University of Wollongong in Australia. He has been in charge of the Central Inter-institutional Laboratory for Detection and Surveillance of GMOs as well as the delegate of the Director General of the National Food and Drug Surveillance Institute – INVIMA, to the National Technical Committee of Biosafety for food and health GMOs, the Committee in charge of the risk assessment and recommendation of authorization of GMOs for food and health. In recent years, he has been directly involved in the development of the LLP policy and regulation of Colombia.

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Jim Everson

Jim Everson became Soy Canada’s first Executive Director in November, 2014. Jim has extensive experience in association management, agriculture policy and government relations. Prior to joining Soy Canada, Jim held the dual positions of Vice President, Government Relations for the Canola Council of Canada and Executive Director of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association. Jim’s responsibilities, over a six and a half year period with the Canola Council, included government relations, trade policy and market access. Leading the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association, Jim was responsible for all aspects of association management and strategy.
Jim serves as the Canada Grains Council’s representative on the International Grain Trade Coalition. He obtained is Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University. He has an extensive background in government relations and advocacy and previously served as a political assistant to members of the federal Cabinet including the Minister of State, Grains and Oilseeds.
Jim was raised on a grain and cattle farm in eastern Ontario. He is married with three children.

Phil Goldberg

Phil Goldberg is partner in Shook Hardy & Bacon, working in the firm's Washington, D.C.-based Public Policy Group. He has more than two decades of experience on liability-related public policy and public affairs issues. Since joining SHB in 2003, he has testified before a number of state legislatures; filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court of the United States, U.S. Courts of Appeal and state courts at every level; and has authored legal scholarship on some of the highest profile liability issues in the last decade. His scholarship has been cited by the Supreme Courts of New Jersey, Rhode Island and Iowa.
Internationally, Phil has worked extensively on biotechnology liability issues as counsel to Croplife International. Along with others, he developed an industry-wide mechanism (called "The Compact") to use international arbitration should a country claim that the release of a living modified organism damaged biodiversity. In doing so, he facilitated multi-national dialogues on 'The Compact' in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia. 'The Compact' also facilitated industry involvement with the United Nation's Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. In 2014, a chapter he co-authored on the Compact was included in Dr. Shibata's book, 'International Liability Regime for Biodiversity Damage.'
In 2011, Phil was admitted to the American Law Institute, which publishes the Restatement of Torts and other important legal treatises and projects. He serves as the Administrative Partner for Shook's Washington, D.C. office and has earned the firm's Mosaic Award for commitment to diversity in the practice of law.

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Karinne Ludlow

Karinne Ludlow is a lawyer and academic at Monash University, Australia. Karinne’s research expertise concerns the relationship between law and innovative science and technologies, particularly biotechnology and nanotechnology. In particular her work focuses on regulatory, common law and statutory concerns confronting innovators and policymakers. Karinne’s PhD thesis addressed legal challenges to the commercialisation of agricultural GM plants and animals. Recent relevant publications include a 2013 report commissioned by the Australian Government on preparing Australian regulatory frameworks for innovation (K Ludlow, D Bowman and MG Bennett (2013) Regulatory Models for Future Developments in Enabling Technologies), edited book on international biotechnology regulation (K Ludlow, SJ Smyth and J Falck-Zepeda, Socio-Economic Considerations in Biotechnology Regulation (2014, Springer Books, New York)) and invited chapters in other books concerning food security as well as international regulation around traditional innovation in agricultural organisms and its’ coexistence with GM crops.

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Alan Matthews

Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.  His major research interests are in agricultural policy and trade analysis, and he has been a keen observer and commentator on EU agricultural policy, notably through his contributions to the blog He has worked as a consultant to the OECD, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Commission, and has been a panel member in a number of WTO dispute settlement cases. He is a past-President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists.


Claudia Parisi

Claudia Parisi is Research Fellow at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) located in Seville-Spain. She obtained a degree in Biotechnology at the University of Bologna (Italy) and her Ph.D. on New Plant Breeding Techniques at the University of Córdoba (Spain). Before joining the JRC, she followed internship programmes in FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), in Rome, and EFSA (European Food Safety Authority), in Parma, Italy, dealing mainly with the topic of risk assessment of food and feed derived from GM (genetically modified) plants. She is currently carrying out research projects on emerging techniques in agriculture, including New Plant Breeding Techniques, the global pipeline of GM crops, nanotechnology in agriculture and the employment of micro-algae in the food and feed sector. Additionally, as member of the Bioeconomy Observatory of the European Commission, she is also participating in projects for the monitoring of the bio-based industry. She has published in JRC reports and articles on international peer-reviewed journals on the topics of New Plant Breeding Techniques, nanotechnology in agriculture and micro-algae for food/feed.

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Jaime Piçarra

Agronomic Engineer, specialized in Economical Agriculture, Jaime Piçarra is the executive secretary of IACA, Portuguese Feed Industry Association. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Industrial Compound Feed Production Committee of FEFAC (European Feed Compounder Industry Association), coordinator of the FEFAC Task Force on CAP Reform and FEFAC representative in Civil Dialogue Groups on Arable Crops of the European Commission and also on International Aspects on Agriculture in DG AGRI (European Commission). He is the coordinator of the working group on Agriculture Policy and External Relations of FIPA (Portuguese Food and Drink Industry Federation) and FIPA delegate at the Competitiveness Committee in FoodDrinkEurope, the European Food and Drink Industry Organization. He is the Chairman of the General Meeting of CIB (Information Center on Biotechnology). He authored several articles on GMO, agricultural markets and Common Agriculture Policy and participant, as moderator or speaker in Conferences in Portugal, and at international level, related to these issues.


Lijuan Qiu

Lijuan Qiu obtained her Ph.D. majored in plant genetics and breeding at Northeast Agricultural University of Harbin, Heilong province, China in 1989. After graduation, she has been doing research on soybean germplasm for gene discovery and utilization at the Institute of Crop Germplasm Resources as well as Crop Sciences. She was Continuing Committee Member of World Soybean Research Conference (1999-2009). Now she is vice chairman of Chinese Soybean Association Committee. Since 1997 Prof. Qiu has been responsible for soybean germplasm collection, evaluation, and enhancement (including GM soybean development). She has established core collections based platform for identifying important traits/genes and developing markers for molecular breeding. By built the pan-genome of wild soybeans, she could look insights into the evolution, diversity and domestication of soybean. So far, she contributes to more than 40 papers published on SCI journals such as Nature Biotech, Proceedings of National Academy Sciences, New Phytologist, BMC Genomics and Plant Molecular Biology etc.


Juliana Ribeiro Alexandre

Juliana Ribeiro Alexandre graduated in Agronomy in 1997 and hold an MSc. in Agronomy from the University of Brasilia. In 2001, she was Technical Assistant at the Executive Secretary of the National Technic Committee on Biosafety (CTNBio). In 2002, she started working as a Federal Inspector for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAPA). Since 2003 she has been working with GMO biosafety regulation. In 2005, the GMO Biosafety Coordination (CBIO) was created within the Secretariat of Animal and Plant Health (SDA). She held the position of Coordinator of GMO Biosafety for a year, from 2014 to 2015. In this capacity, she worked to assure the appropriate scientific basis for policies, regulations and assessment decisions related to agricultural GMO biosafety. Nowadays she is the Coordinator of Information Assessment, within the General-Coordination for Strategic Support at the same Secretariat.


Emilio Rodríguez-Cerezo

Emilio Rodríguez-Cerezo obtained a degree in Agronomy (1983) and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology (1988) from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). He started his career as researcher on biotech-based plant resistance to viral diseases and molecular epidemiology of disease outbreaks in crop plants. In 1997, he became active in the interface between biotechnology and regulation after being elected member of the first European Union's Scientific Committee for Plants (the embryo of what later became EFSA) in charge of risk assessment of GMOs. In 2001 he joined the European Commission's (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC), the in-house scientific advisory body of the EC, at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) located in Seville-Spain. Since then he has led a group of researchers providing policy support to policy makers in the fields of new biotechnologies in agriculture, coexistence between GM and non-GM agricultural production, and the social and economic impacts of biotech crops and the characterization of the EU bioeconomy.

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Klaus-Dieter Schumacher

Dr. Klaus-Dieter Schumacher is an Agricultural Economist and received his doctorate at Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany. From 1985 to 2010 he worked for Toepfer International, Hamburg. As Head of the Economics Department he became one of the leading market and policies analyst for the international grains and oilseeds markets. During his time at Toepfer he has been part of the German Coceral delegation for many years. Next to chairing the Markets and Policy Section, he was Coceral President from 2003 to 2005.
From 2010 until 2014 he led the Economics, Public Affairs and Corporate Communications department at Nordzucker AG, Braunschweig. Since May 2015, Dr. Schumacher heads the Economics and Public Affairs Department at BayWa AG, Munich, Germany, as General Manager Agricultural Markets and Strategy.

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Stuart Smyth

Dr. Stuart Smyth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Industry Research Chair in Agri-Food Innovation. His research focuses on sustainability, agriculture, innovation and food. Dr. Smyth publishes a weekly blog on these topics at Recent publications in 2014 include: co-editor with Peter Phillips (U Sask) and David Castle (U Victoria) of the Handbook on Agriculture, Biotechnology and Development, a 51 chapter book published by Edward Elgar and co-editor with Jose Falck-Zepeda (IFPRI) and Karinne Ludlow (Monash U, Melbourne, Aust.) of Socio-Economic Considerations in Biotechnology Regulation, published by Springer.


Beat Späth

Beat Späth joined EuropaBio, the European association of biotechnology industries, in 2011, and is director for agricultural biotechnology since 2014. Beat is a German and Swiss citizen who studied politics and languages in the UK, France and Belgium. His previous positions were also Brussels-based, as an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament (from 2001), and with the German Retail Federation’s Brussels office (from 2004). As director for agricultural biotechnology, Beat works with a small team and member companies on all aspects plant biotechnology, with a focus on GMO imports into the EU.


Masami Takeuchi

Masami Takeuchi has a PhD in food science and human nutrition. After working in the area of nutrition for 7 years, she has worked on food safety issues since 2001 including the field work in Thailand in 2005. Since February 2006 she has been a food safety officer in the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Following the intensive work in the areas capacity development in many African and Asian countries, she was one of the core members to establish a new food safety emergency prevention programme of FAO (EMPRES Food Safety). Currently her major responsibility is on provision of scientific advice on food safety, conducting various international food safety assessment activities. Her tasks include safety assessment of food/feed derived from new technologies including biotechnology and nanotechnology. She is the manager of the FAO GM Foods Platform ( She also works on development of various overview papers on newly available technologies for food safety in order to provide up-to-date information to assist capacity development of developing countries.
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Ruud Tijssens

Ruud Tijssens is Director Corporate Affairs, Strategic R&D and CSR at Agrifirm Group. Since 2010 Mr Tijssens is working at Agrifirm as director R&D and CSR. From January 2012 his main task was Director Corporate Affairs.
In 2011 he became Chairman of the Taskforce Sustainability of FEFAC, project leader on the transition of sustainable soy in the Netherlands and chairman of a large research consortium (Feed4Foodure) from Dutch Feed Industry, Wageningen University and Research and the Dutch Government (so-called Topsector project).
As of June 2013 Mr. Tijssens is appointed to President of FEFAC. Mr. Tijssens is 51 years old, married and is blessed with a son and a daughter.

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José Falck Zepeda

José Falck Zepeda is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He is also leader of the policy team at the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) and. Before joining IFPRI, José worked with the International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) in The Netherlands, Auburn University, and at Escuela Agrícola Panamericana (Zamorano). He is an agricultural economist with a Ph.D. and M. Sc. from Auburn University with undergraduate degrees in animal science and agronomy from Texas A&M University and Escuela Agrícola Panamericana (Zamorano). José is a Fulbright and a Central American Peace Scholar. He is currently a member of the US National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Committee on GM crops as Chapter Co-Leader, and Member of the ICABR Scientific Board. His areas of specialization include production economics and policy analysis, socio economic assessment of agricultural biotechnologies and other technologies, economics of biosafety regulations and assessments of R&D capacity in developing countries. He has published a number of books, book chapters, and peer reviewed publications. José has made presentations in high level policy forums as wells advised government and public sector institutions in developing countries on areas of interest.
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Marta Zuluaga Zilbermann

Marta started her career in Cargill’s Corporate Affairs Europe, Middle East & Africa in 2005 where she is currently Director of Policy & Government Relations. In this capacity, Marta interacts with a broad range of stakeholders and policy makers in the Brussels circles and represents Cargill in numerous trade associations such as COCERAL – European association representing the trade in cereals, rice, feedstuffs, oilseeds, olive oil, oils and fats and agrosupply, the Agro-food committee of AmCham EU- the association representing European companies of American parentage, and FEDIOL - the European vegetable oil and protein producers where she is the Chair of the Environment Committee. Marta is currently the chair of the EU Food and Feed Chain (FFC) Coalition, which brings together the relevant EU stakeholders in the area of production, trade and use of agricultural products and whose members are directly impacted by EU policies related to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Marta lives in Brussels and prior to joining Cargill, she worked for 6 years as EU policy consultant, advising clients in the agro-food space. She also worked as political advisor to a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels and prior to that spent two years in the regional representation office of the Government of Madrid in Brussels. Marta holds a Law Degree from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE) Madrid and an LLM in European Law from the Institut d'études européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).
Marta is Spanish and in her spare time she likes to sing and play guitar and to travel.


Guidelines for Sponsor Benefits

Sponsorships for the GMCC-15 conference are available at four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each sponsorship level will entitle your company/organization to several benefits.

Platinum Level, 20,000 €

  • Recognition on the conference website and all print and electronic conference materials
  • Recognition at all conference general sessions
  • Opportunity to chair one plenary session
  • Early and final registration list of all conferees
  • Three complimentary conference registrations
  • Profile of your company/organization in the final conference program (up to 150 words)
  • Express registration and conference check-in
  • Recognition on conference signage
  • Opportunity to provide up to three informational and/or promotional items in registration packet

Gold Level, 14000 €

    • Recognition in all print conference materials
    • Recognition at the opening general session
    • Opportunity to chair a parallel session
    • Two complimentary conference registrations
    • Express registration and conference check-in
    • Opportunity to provide two informational and/or promotional item in registration packet

    Silver Level, 8000 €

    • Recognition in all print conference materials
    • Recognition at the opening general session
    • One complimentary conference registration
    • Express registration and conference check-in
    • Opportunity to provide one informational or promotional item in registration packet

    Bronze Level, 3000 €

      • Recognition in all print conference materials
      • Recognition at the opening general session
      • Express registration and conference check-in


      • Formal declaration letter of GMCC-15 sponsorship before 15th December 2014: 20% discount
      • Formal declaration letter of GMCC-15 sponsorship before 15th May 2015: 10% discount

      Formal declarations letters can be e-mailed to

      General Conditions

      The rates exclude Value Added Tax (VAT). In compliance with EU directive the event organizers are obliged to charge VAT on: exhibition space rental, sponsorship, catering, services.

      European directives apply on the date of contract signature. The Conference sponsorship is subject to contract terms and conditions, namely, payment conditions, cancellation policies, etc. Any activities organized by exhibitors and sponsors involving the participation of conference participants are subject to prior approval by the Local Organizing Committee.


      Please register before 19 October 2015 for the tours by clicking here.

      Pre-Conference Tour

      Tuesday 17 November 2015

      Time: 10.00 - 17.00 hours (departure and return at conference venue, hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam).

      Tour program (subject to minor changes):

      • visit to the Amsterdam sea harbor with animal feed logistics with GMO and non-GMO origin;
      • lunch with presentation/discussion on GMO/non-GMO supply chains crossing The Netherlands and how they are handled, checked;
      • Amsterdam canal boat tour for sightseeing and networking

      Price: € 100,- per person (incl. lunch) for a minimum of 20 participants

      Amsterdam Walking Tour

      Friday 20 November 2015

      Time: 15.00 - 17.30 hours (departure and return at conference venue, hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam).

      During this 2½-hour walk around the historic center we will introduce you to over 800 years of Amsterdam’s history, culture and traditions. How did Amsterdam develop from that tiny settlement on the banks of the river Amstel to the unique, multi-faceted and fascinating city of today? How did the Golden Age influence urban development in Amsterdam and how did the world famous Canal Belt come into being? We’ll take you to Dam Square, the Begijnhof and of course the Red Light District.


      • The red light district
      • The Begijnhof
      • The famous Zeedijk
      • Chinatown

      Price: € 20,- per person for a minimum of 11 participants and a maximum of 25 participants

      Volendam, Marken and Windmill Village Zaanse Schans

      Saturday 21 November 2015

      Time: 10.30 hours (departure and return at conference venue, hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam).

      A visit to Amsterdam and the Netherlands would not be complete without having seen the lovely Dutch countryside. During this excursion you will see Zaanse Schans, the picturesque windmill village, with its typical green-timbered houses and warehouses. Here we will visit a working windmill. Other highlights during this excursion include the famous and lively fishing village of Volendam (where we will visit a cheese factory/museum and give you time for lunch at a traditional fish restaurant) and the boat trip* to or from the former island of Marken, where we will visit a local traditional clog maker.


      • Volendam
      • Marken
      • Walk past the special wooden houses
      • Visit a cheese factory
      • Visit a clog maker
      • Boat trip to/from Marken

      Duration: 5.5 hours

      Price: € 45 per person for a minimum of 30 participants and a maximum of 50 participants.

      Refund policy: Only by cancelation of the tour by the organizing committee of GMCC-15.

      Past Conferences

      GMCC 2013Lisbon (Portugal)website
      GMCC 2011Vancouver (Canada) website
      GMCC 2009Melbourne (Australia)
      GMCC 2007Seville (Spain) website
      GMCC 2005Montpellier (France) website
      GMCC 2003Helsingør (Denmark) website

      Travel Conference Venue/Dinner Venue

      Conference Venue

      How to arrive at NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

      For more information:

      Location: NH Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky
      Area: City Center
      Dam 9, 1012 JS, Amsterdam - The Netherlands
      +31 (0) 20 554 9111

      From the airport

      Take a train to Amsterdam Central Station ('Amsterdam Centraal'). Every 7 minutes a train leaves from platform 3. For information on any public transport in the Netherlands see (including inside Amsterdam and any other city, also available as App).

      From Schiphol Airport you can catch a train to Amsterdam Central Station, take a taxi or rent a car.

      From the train station

      By foot: From the main exit of Amsterdam Central Station, walk straight across the Stationsplein square. At the traffic lights, head straight towards Dam Square. You will see the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on the left side of the Dam. This walk takes approximately 10 minutes.

      By tramway: You can take tram line 4, 9, 16, 20, 24 or 25 at the Central Station and exit at the Dam Square stop. You will see the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky on the left side of the Dam.

      By car

      From Zaanstad (A8)/Haarlem

      Follow A10 Oost at the Coenplein intersection.
      Take exit S116 A’dam Noord/Centrum.
      Continue straight ahead through the IJtunnel.
      Keep right on the roundabout.
      Cross the bridge and turn right.
      At the end of this road turn right onto Rokin.
      At Dam square, turn right and drive right to the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

      From Utrecht (A2)

      From the A2 motorway, head towards Centrum.
      Cross the bridge and turn right to Amsteldijk.
      At the end of this road turn left onto Stadhouderskade.
      2nd road turn right (Vijzelgracht).
      At the roundabout, continue straight until you reach Munt square.
      Follow road to the left (Rokin).
      At Dam square, turn right and drive right to the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

      From The Hague/Schiphol (A4)

      Head towards A’dam Zaanstad.
      Follow A10 in the direction of the RAI.
      Follow A10 in the direction of Amersfoort.
      Take the S112 exit, and at the end turn left towards Centre.
      Turn right at the next roundabout.
      After 10 traffic lights turn left towards Centre.
      Cross the bridge and turn right.
      At the end of this road turn right onto Rokin.
      At Dam square, turn right and drive right to the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

      From Amersfoort/Almere (A1)

      At Watergraafsmeer, follow A10 in the direction of Noord/Zaanstad/Purmerend.
      Take the Zeeburgertunnel (tunnel), and then take exit S116 A’dam Noord/Centrum.
      Continue straight ahead through the IJtunnel.
      Keep right on the roundabout.
      Cross the bridge and turn right.
      At the end of this road turn right onto Rokin.
      At Dam square, turn right and drive right to the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

      Dinner Venue

      NH Amsterdam Barbizon Palace:

      More information:

      Area: City Centre

      Prins Hendrikkade, 59-72, 1012AD, Amsterdam

      The Netherlands

      Phone: +31 (0)20 556 4564

      The NH Barbizon Palace is located opposite the Amsterdam Central Station

      Sponsors of the GMCC-15 Conference
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