Final conference of the SLO-ACE project was held in Ljubljana on Wednesday, the 4th of July 2018 and had important media coverge. Representatives of the consortium, stakeholders and policy makers as well as international partners and invited speakers from abroad attended the event. The targeted number of participants was outreached.
Guests were welcomed by Director of Agricultural Institute of Ljubljana (KIS), Andrej Simončič, PhD. The event continued with the speech of Tanja Strniša, MSc., state secretary at Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (MAFF) and Peter Volasko, MSc. from Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZŠ). The SLO-ACE project was presented by coordinator Vladimir Meglič, PhD. Special attention was given to partner institutions. French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) was represented by Jean-Francois Hocquette and Aarhus University (AU) by Per Kudsk. The basic research areas (Crop production, Viticulture and Oenology and Meat production) and the purpose of their further development were defined by the pillar leaders from the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Peter Dolničar, PhD, Franc Čuš, PhD and Marjeta Čandek-Potokar, PhD.
The event continued with a round table, moderated by journalist Petra Šubic. In the discussion were included the Director of KIS, Andrej Simončič, PhD, Tanja Strniša, MSc. (MAFF), Peter Volasko, MSc. (MESS), Emil Erjavec, PhD (vice dean at Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana), Tatjana Zagorc, PhD (director Chamber of Agriculture and Food Enterprises CCIS-CAFE) and Branko Ravnik (director Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia).
The conference was concluded by invited foreign lecturers, who presented the operational centers of excellence in the world:
- Jean-Marie Sablayrolles, PhD (INRA, France): UMR Sciences for Enology: Institutional, Organisational and Partnership Aspects;
- Philippe Darriet, PhD (University of Bordeaux, France): Research Unit in Enology INRA-University of Bordeaux. Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences. Positioning and Partnerships;
- Zlatko Šatović, PhD (University of Zagreb & CroP-BioDiv, Croatia): The Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity and Molecular Plant Breeding (CoE CroPBioDiv): Objectives and Activities.
- A guest from Australia, Frank Rowland Dunshea, PhD should also give a lecture via video call: about Government, versity and Industry Co-investment in Agricultural Research – An Australian Perspective, but due to technical problems he faced in Australia that was not possible.