Lisbon, Portugal
12-13 September


Thursday, 12 September

Time Session details
09:30 - 11:00 Introductory Welcome

Ernesto Morgado, President, Federation of European Rice Millers

Keynote speech: Do we really have anything to fear from robots?
Roberto Cingolani, Scientific Director, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Conference Session I: What in the world is happening…?

Is the World Trading System Falling Apart?
Pierre Sauvé, Senior Trade Specialist, World Bank Group's Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00 Conference Session I: Continued...

Money, Might and Mindset: China's Self-Centred Global Ambition
Jie Yu, Head of China Foresight, LSE IDEAS - the London School of Economics' Foreign Policy Think-Tank

The EU rice market: new uncertainties or new opportunities?
Peter Clubb, Rice Analyst, International Grains Council

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 15:15 Conference Session II: Rice and Climate Challenges - Global and Local

Rice: The environmental crop
Charley Mathews, Jr., Chairman, USA Rice Federation

Genome editing as a tool for addressing global rice challenges
Fabio Fornara, Associate Professor, Department of Biosciences, University of Milan

15:15 - 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 - 16:45 Conference Session II: Continued...

Sustainable rice - challenges and solutions
Richard Burkinshaw, Sustainability Advisor, Cool Farm Alliance

OpenAg: The UPL's new purpose
Paolo Tassani, Country Manager, UPL

19:00 - 20:00 Cocktail Reception

Dress code: smart casual

Sponsored by the USA Rice Federation

Friday, 13 September

Time Session details
09:30 - 11:30 Conference Sessions III: Society and a changing world

Brexit: this year, next year, sometime, never…?
Alex Waugh, Secretary, The Rice Association

Is personalised nutrition the future and how will it change us?
Barbara J Stewart-Knox, Professor of Psychology, University of Bradford

The Future of Leadership
Dean van Leeuwen, Expert on the Future of Work, Researcher and Business Strategist

Closing remarks
Ernesto Morgado, President, FERM

14:00 - 16:00 Lisbon Visit

19:30 - 01:00 Gala Dinner

Dress code: formal

Sponsored by UPL