Please find details below of the preliminary programme, still subject to changes.

Thursday 7th September 2023

Time Session
08:30 – 9:30

Registration of participants at FERM Convention welcome desk

09:00 – 16:30
Social excursion Eremo Santa Caterina – Villa Panza with Lunch at Tana d'Orso restaurant - Villa Panza
Open to registered partners/ spouses only 08:45 Meeting in the hotel lobby with Event Solutions coordinator
09:30 – 9:40

Welcome speech by Riccardo Preve, FERM President
Introduction by Marco Baldoli, FERM Secretary General

9:40 – 11:00

Conference Session I: Sustainability

  • Carbon Markets: an opportunity for the rice industry?
    The Lord Safraz of Kensington, United Kingdom Parliament

  • U.S. Rice: the Climate Smart Crop & Potential Policy Impacts of a 2023 U.S. Farm Bill
    Mark Holt, Riceland Foods
11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Conference Session I (continued): Sustainability

  • Managing European rice cultivation towards a sustainable future
    Prof. Aldo Ferrero, Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Turin

  • Shaping the future of EU agriculture: Early-career researchers at the forefront of the NGT revolution,
    Patricija Gran & Dr. Nikita Sajeev, GeneSprout Initiative
13:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 16:25

Conference Session II: Sector and Market trend/analysis
Panel discussion

  • Post-Brexit Britain: will a country that does not produce a grain of rice maintain a significant rice processing sector?
    Alex Waugh, UK Flour Millers Association

  • Panel discussion:
    • Rice market: an analysis of global and European dynamics and trends
      Filippo Roda, Areté

    • Comments by Jeroen Smits, European Commission

    • Q&A session
16:25 – 16:30

Conclusion of the day by Marco Baldoli, FERM Secretary General

16:30 – 17:00

Networking break


Meeting in the hotel lobby for departure to Gala dinner (Dress code : Formal)

Friday 8th September 2023

Time Session
10:00 – 10:05

Introduction by Marco Baldoli, FERM Secretary General

10:05 – 11:45

Conference Session III: Future trends

  • Media Macro - And Micro Trends to Keep in Focus
    Andrea Malgara, Mediaplus Group

  • China's 2023: An Ongoing Balancing Act between Tough Economic Environment and Geopolitical Tensions
    Dr. Yu Jie, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House
11:45 - 11:55

Closing speech by Riccardo Preve, FERM President

12:30 – 13:00

Transfer by private boat from Grand Hotel Dino to Isola Bella

13:00 – 14:45

Lunch at II Delfino restaurant on Isola Bella Island

15:00 – 16:30

Guided visit of the Palace – free visit of the gardens

16:30 – 17:00

Departure by boat from Isola Bella Island to join the Grand Hotel Dino

19:30 – 22:30

Barbecue party in the gardens of Grand Hotel Dino (Dress code : Casual)

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