BIOSUMMIT

International conference
BIOSUMMIT 2016
November 14–15, 2016
Ministry of Agriculture, Prague 
Number of participants: 345

Biosummit is a prestigious international organic agriculture conference where the main Czech and international organic farming experts meet. Biosummit provided a networking platform for its specific target groups - farmers, politicians, businesspeople, and experts. Biosummit aims to stimulate their opinion and experience exchange.  The Conference also aims to provide both the general public and experts with cutting edge information on Organic Farming - directly or through the media.

Are we able to utilize the potential of organic farming in terms of soil and water protection and landscape forming? Can organic farming produce sufficient amount of food? Can organic farming contribute to the solution of the current European agricultural issues? What are the main challenges,  prospects and barriers of organic farming? Are the consumers ready to appreciate the added value of organic farming? These were the issues addressed by top Czech and foreign speakers.

The conference offered views and presentations of experts on organic farming and interesting speakers from the whole Europe: Beate Huber (Deputy Director of FiBL, CH), Jan Plagge (President of Bioland, and Vice-president of IFOAM EU Group, DE), Marco Schlüter (Organic Farming Expert, Former Director of IFOAM EU Group, DE), Merit Mikk (EOFF, EE), Daniel Jurečka (Director of ÚKZÚZ, CZ), Oleksander Yushchenko (Owner of Galeks Agro, Ukraine), Jan Gallas (Head of Department EEA, Ministry of Agriculture of CR, CZ), Andreas Kranzler (Director of FiBL Austria, AT), Bożena Maziarska (Deputy Director of DODR Wroclaw, PL), Urszula Bogusiewicz (Organic Farming Expert, PL), Dominika Jankowska (Organic Farming Expert, PL), Toralf Richter (Department of International Cooperation, FiBL, CH), Zdeněk Perlinger (Chairman of  PRO-BIO Association, CZ), Kateřina Urbánková (Manager of PRO-BIO Association, CZ), Hana Šejnohová (ÚZEI, CZ), Josef Hanibal (Assistant Director of ÚZEI, CZ), Vladimír Kostlivý (ÚZEI, CZ), Tomáš Zídek (Organic Farm Skřeneř, CZ), Dora Drexler (ÖMKi, HU), Thomas Rech (Ministry of Agriculture, AT), Jiří Urban (ÚKZÚZ, CZ), Andrea Hrabalová (ČTPEZ, CZ), Klaus Wiesinger (LfL Bayern, DE), Peer Urbatzka (LfL Bayern, DE), Magdalena Lacko-Bartošová (SPU Nitra, SK), Miloš Pátek (Czech Organic Milk Cooperative, CZ), Radovan Barbořík (Javorník-CZ, Ltd., CZ), Stanislav Šindler (Javorník-CZ, Ltd., CZ), Přemysl Čech (Family farm, CZ) and others.

Participating countries: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic,  Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland,  Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine,

Project guarantors:
Andrea Hrabalová, Jiří Urban

Partners:
MZe, ÚKZÚZ, ČTPEZ, PRO-BIO Association for OF, Bioinstitut, ČTPEZ, IFOAM EU Group, ÖMKI, FiBL, FiBL Austria, LFL Bayern, Dolnośląski Ośrodek Doradztwa Rolniczego we Wrocławiu, Bioland Bayern, Organic Farm Skřeneř, PRO-BIO trading company Ltd., Fresh&Tasty, Organic Farm Olešná

Patronage: 
Marian Jurečka – The Czech Minister of  Agriculture

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International conference 
BIOSUMMIT 2015
September 2–3,  2015
Ministry of Agriculture, National Museum of Agriculture, Prague
Number of participants: 247

Conference topics:             
How does organic farming contribute to protection of soil?
Organic is no Luxury, Organic is a Chance, Organic is Normal…

The main topic of Biosummit 2015 was Soil as the Basis for Human Nutrition with an emphasis on the fact that organic farming provides a practical and sustainable solution to numerous problems relating to soil degradation. The second part of the Conference included a discussion with an “Organic is no Luxury” motto, presenting several successful and practical projects.

The list of appearing speakers included: Martin Ott (President of the Supervisory Board of FIBL), Friedhelm Taube (University Kiel), Klaus Wiesinger (Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft), Bernhard Kromp (Bioforschung Austria), David Kuna (Ministry of Agriculture), Jan Gallas (Ministry of Agriculture), Tereza Musilová (Ministry of Agriculture), Miroslav Florián (UKZUZ), Jiří Urban (UKZUZ), Tomáš Mitáček (Sonnentor Čejkovice ), Josef Sklenář (Biofama Sasov), Karel Matěj (PRO-BIO obchodní společnost s.r.o), Andrea Hrabalová (consultant ČTPEZ), Ludmila Mužikovská (Agrofyto Horní Lideč), Tomáš Zídek (Foundation RSJ), Radomil Hradil (translator and eco gardener), Miloslav Knížek (Bemagro Malonty, a.s.), Jan Valeška (PRO BIO liga), Petr Hanzel (Bezobalu), Pavlína Samsonová (Bioinstitut), Ctirad Hemelík (Biostyl Fair Trade), Jan Zeman (Biopekárna Zemanka) and Otakar Jiránek (Country Life).

Organizers: Felicius o.p.s. and the Czech Technology Platform for Organic Agriculture
Professional Partners: Bioinstitut, ÚKZÚZ (Czech Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture, FiBL, PRO-BIO Association
Patronage: Marian Jurečka – The Czech Minister of  Agriculture

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International conference
BIOSUMMIT 2011
November 15, 2011
The Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic, Prague
Number of participants: 162

The conference served as a platform for exchange of experiences and opinions among key leaders and personalities including politicians, businessmen, agricultural and non-profit organizations. Questions were stated about the quality of organic products, the importance of organic farming for the development of rural areas, and about the role of organic farming in new Common EU Agricultural Policy. As part of the discussion, common myths and errors appearing in media in connection with organic farming were demystified and corrected.

The list of appearing speakers included vice president of The Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic Vlasta Parkanova, Minister of Agriculture of the Czech Republic Petr Bendl, Deputy Minister of Environment Tomas Tesar, Borivoj Sarapatka (Czech Parliamentary subcommittee for The Protection of Nature and Landscape, Carlo Leifert (University of Newcastle), Karin Stein-Bachinger (ZALF Germany), Jiri Urban (UKZUZ,CTPEZ), Jana Hajslova (ICT Prague), Ctirad Hemelik (Felicius company); professional organizations were represented by Zdenek Perlinger (PRO-BIO organic farmers association), Miroslav Toman (Federation of the Food and Drink Industries of the Czech Republic), Martin Fantys (the Agrarian Chamber CR); the invitation accepted also managers of successful organic food production companies – Stefan Hipp on behalf of the producer of child bio-food and Johannes Gutmann on behalf of the producer of bio-products Sonnentor.

Organizers of Biosummit 2011: Czech Parliamentary Subcommittee for the

Protection of Nature and Landscape, Czech Technology Platform for Organic Agriculture, and Felicius Company.

Professional partners of Biosummit: Bio Institute, European Technology Platform for Organic agriculture – TTP Organics, IFOAM Group, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, Agrarian Chamber of the Czech Republic, Federation of the Food and Drink Industries of the Czech Republic, PRO BIO organic farmers association.

Cooperating institutions:  Bioforsk, Bioinstitut CZ, Bio Forschung Austria, FiBL International, ICT Prague, ISOFAR, ZALF Münchenberg DE. 

Partners of the conference: Hipp Group, Sonnentor, ProfiPress, Project “Organic Food for Schools” (Bio-schools).

The event was organized under the auspices of president of Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, Miroslava Nemcova, Minister of Agriculture Petr Bendl, and the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic.

The total of 162 participants from nine countries (CZ, PL, UKR, HU, RU, GB, AT, ALB, GER) were in attendance during Biosummit. Thank to the Center Doradztwa Rolniczego w Brwinowie, a large group of researchers (almost 30 people) arrived from Poland, the tour was supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of Poland. Guest seats at the summit were taken by representatives of professional organizations, research institutes and universities, and also by members of companies, businesses and state administration.