Event by Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster

    Lecture: The Future of Plant Protection

    Protecting our crops from insects and diseases is paramount, if we are to feed the still increasing population of the world, while at the same time saving land for nature and biodiversity to flourish. The pesticides we have used as main tools for crop protection for the past 70 years have many unwanted side-effects for both human and environmental health. We therefore need to use less pesticides, and think crop protection in new ways that jointly have less adverse effects on human and environmental health. Some of the new tools to be used in crop protection have a higher degree of biological foundation, ranging from phages, bacteria or fungal microorganisms protecting plants from diseases or attacking arthropod pests, to more targeted proteins, peptides or double stranded RNAs that interfere specifically with biochemical pathways of specific arthropod pests or diseases. In this talk, Nina will focus on the targeted biological molecules: proteins, peptides and double stranded RNAs and how they work. Which opportunities and challenges that lie ahead developing such approaches, and what the main barriers are for implementation.

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    28 February 2022


    Registration is completely free of charge, but mandatory.

    Please note that this lecture takes place on a Monday.


    3:45 pm Welcome and registration (coffee/tea, water available)
    4:00 pm Welcome w/ Claus Felby, Senior Vice President, Biotech, Novo Nordisk Foundation
    4:10 pm “Biotech innovations: Proteins, peptides, double stranded RNA and their formulations” by Nina Cedergreen, Professor in Environmental Toxicology, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen
    4:50 pm “Realizing the potential of biological technologies” by Roma Gwynn, Biopesticides Strategist, Biorationale, UK
    5:30 pm Networking with a drink and a snack for physical participants
    6:30 pm Thank you for today!
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    What is Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures?

    The Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures is a series of open lectures for all researchers and others interested in bioscience, biotechnology and health. Every 4 weeks, normally on Thursday evenings, you are invited for lectures on themes with a general interest for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers and bioscience researchers in general. Often there will be a cross-disciplinary focus.

    Will it be possible to attend physically and virtually?

    This will be a hybrid lecture with the possibility of attending both virtually and physically. Please note that we have a limited capacity for how many we allow to participate physically, and seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

    Will it be possible to ask questions?

    Yes. We take oral questions from physical audience and written questions from virtual participants.

    I would like to know about upcoming Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures – where can I find information?

    You are very welcome to join the ‘Bioscience Cluster’s Linkedin and/or Facebook group. There you will find information about upcoming lectures, and much more.

    What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

    If you arrive by car, you can park for free in front or at the side of Tuborg Havnevej 19. If that is full, there is 3 hours free parking in the parking to the Waterfront shopping mall at the end of the road. Public transport by train to Hellerup station, and/or bus (1A, 21, 166), nearest by bus stop is Tuborg Boulevard.

    Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Contact Johan Jansen at jja@novo.dk

    How do I cancel my participation?

    Please help us respecting our speakers, as well as keeping track of the numbers and optimize lecture and catering to the audience by cancelling as soon as you know that you exceptionally will not be able to make it. You can either cancel through Conference Manager or send an email to Johan Jansen at jja@novo.dk

    Can I update my registration information?

    Yes, just log in to Conference Manager. Please use this option also in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your registration.

    Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

    No, you do not have to bring your ticket, but registration is mandatory for participation. You will find a tag with your name on it when you arrive.