A unique opportunity to share scientific, technical and regulatory information with the objective to promote knowledge exchange among scientists, companies, farmers, advisors, policy makers and stakeholders, to identify approaches, tools and techniques to meet the future needs of European crop protection. 


FiereCongressi Spa - Parco Lido, Riva del Garda - Italy

Sylvia Blümel

Head of department of Plant Health in orchards, vineyards and special crops - (AGES) Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Austria

Sylvia Blümel

Sylvia Blümel

Curriculum Vitae and research interest in short

Sylvia Blümel (PhD) AGES has 32 years working experience in IPM. She participated in the EU-funded projects CAPER (EU-CA-FAIR5-CT97-3510) and FATEALLCHEM (QLK5-CT-2001-01967), in the FP6/FP7 ERA-NET projects EUPHRESCO I & II, and C-IPM ( and the FP7 Infrastructure Project Q-Collect ( as partner, workpackage or task leader. She is currently chair of the network management group of the Euphresco-network ( Besides she was participating or leading 9 competitive and 20 non- competitive national research projects in the area of plant protection. Her key expertise is in IPM, side-effect testing of pesticides, beneficial organisms and phytosanitary pests. Since 1994 she is university lecturer at the University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources (BOKU), Vienna, Institute of Plant Protection for “Integrated and biological pest control in horticultural crops”. She is i.a. nominated Austrian national expert for the EFSA Scientific Network For Risk Assessment in Plant Health and for the EPPO Working Party on Phytosanitary Regulations ( She has joined IOBC-WPRS in 1986 as member of expert working groups and is treasurer since 2010 (

Presentation title

The importance of networking among stakeholders and cross-sector contamination for sustainable crop protection

ABSTRACT - The successful implementation of sustainable crop production including integrated pest management should consider and bring together the perceptions and contributions of a broad range of different stakeholders, which can be especially achieved by appropriate networking. Although the identified pertinent innovation needs and challenges for crop production, product processing and marketing along the food chain are of primary importance, the significance of training, knowledge exchange and communication for a contemporary cross-sector transfer, which requires innovative multi-actor approaches, is well recognized. Particularly with regard to the Directive 2009/128/EC “Sustainable Use of Pesticides” several initiatives and projects within Europe, mainly granted by the EC (e.g. ENDURE, EIP-AGRI or C-IPM were carried out or are in progress in order to connect in different ways and complexity the multitude stakeholders such as farmers, advisory/extension service and researchers, but also food processors, retailers, consumer protection organisations and NGOs. It should be mentioned that the first concept of a holistic Integrated Crop Production in Europe was developed in the late 1980s by the IOBC. The presentation will introduce and compare different types and levels of networking of some of the existing initiatives and projects.