5th International Donau Soja Congress 2018 

From 19-20 June, the Donau Soja Association organises the 5th International Donau Soja Congress "The Protein Transition in Progress: Sustainable, Regional and Non-GMO Soya in Europe", in Schwäbisch Hall Germany.

The Congress is dedicated to the challenges and opportunities of an independent and sustainable European protein supply and its economic, ecologic and social implications, as well as the important business opportunities for farmers, processors as well as users of European Non-GMO food and feed.

International experts await the participants with exciting lectures on the European protein transition. In discussions and workshops participants will work on strategies and concrete measures to increase sustainable protein production and the efficient use of plant protein. A fair and ample networking opportunitiy lets you meet peers, customers and suppliers in one place.

Find the programme here.

As speakers are expected:

  • Istvan Nagy, Minister, Ministry of Agriculture Hungary
  • Peter Hauk, Minister, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg (MLR)
  • Michaela Kaniber, Minister, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry Bavaria
  • Antonio Andrioli, author and vice-president of the South Brazilian University Fronteira Sul 
  • Franz Fischler, former EU Commissioner for Agriculture
  • Sibyl Anwander, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment FOEN



Date:     19-20 June 2018
Venue:   Neubausaal / Historisches Zeughaus Schwäbisch Hall,
                 Rosenbühl 14, 74523 Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

networking dinner co-hosted by the German VLOG Association (Industry Association Food without Genetic Engineering), BESH (Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall) and the Austrian platform ARGE Gentechnikfrei (Platform for GMO-free food products) will bring all participants together for an evening of exchange and celebration.

This year’s Congress will also include the 2nd Europe-China Soya Symposium, which will focus on developing a joint China-Europe strategy for a global, sustainable and GMO-free soybean production. Around 300 international participants from Europe and Asia are expected.

The 5th International Donau Soja Congress is organised in cooperation with the State Government of Baden-Württemberg, BESH (Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall), the Verband Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik (VLOG-Industry Association Food without Genetic Engineering) and the European Soybean Associations.



Tuesday, 19 June


10.00 - 12.30

R&D session

Spotlights on technologies for supporting soybean production

  • Using data analytics for improving soybean variety selection and yield prediction: Experiences from a case-study in the American Midwest
    Oskar Marko, Data analyst, BioSense Institute, Novi Sad
  • Outlooks on the use of sensing and NIR technology for soybean production
    Alberto Barbi, NIR Scientist and Deputy Manager, Dinamica Generale
  • Edamame production practices and potassium physiology in China
    Prof. Qiuying Zhang, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Fine-mapping and characteristics of a novel resistance gene conferring resistance to Soybean Mosaic Virus; Dr. Gou Yong, Researcher, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Soya in Animal Nutrition: Which Improvements can be expected? Dr. Marion Girard, Researcher at the pig Nutrition working Group, Agroscope (Swizerland)

14.00 - 17.30

2nd Europe-China Soya Symposium

The 2nd Europe-China Soya Symposium follows on the meeting of 31 July 2017 in Beijing and will assemble again leading European and Chinese soybean scientists. The first part of the meeting will provide insights on selected topics linked to the development of soy, will draw on the bonds already established across both continents and shall contribute to establishing new collaborations.



Opening remarks 

Part 1 – Soybean research and development in Europe and China 

  • The Chinese-European Soybean Improvement Alliance, Dr. Donal Murphy Bokern
  • Soybean production, trade and consumption in China, Prof. Tianfu Han, Chinese Academy of Agriculture Research System (CARS)
  • Soybean Research at the Bavarian State Research Center (LfL), Freising, Deutschland; Dr. Joachim Eder, Deputy Head, Institute for Crop Production and Plant Breeding, Bavarian State Research Center (LfL)
  • Commercialization breeding of soybeans in Kenfeng Seed Group, Dr. Xiping Hu, Beidahuang KenFeng Seed Group


Part 2 – Sustainable soybeans for Europe and China 

In the second part of the meeting, speakers from Brazil, Switzerland and China will address the global soybean supply from their country perspective and will draw on associated sustainability questions.

  • Prof. Antonio Andrioli, Federal University of Fronteira Sul (Brazil)
  • Dr. Sibyl Anwander, Federal Office for the Environment in Switzerland, Head of Division Economics and Innovation
  • Prof. Shuming Wang, Jilin Academy of Agricultural Sciences (China)

Podium discussion


Networking Dinner

Joint Networking Dinner by Invitation of VLOG (Verband für Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik), BESH  (Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall), Donau Soja and ARGE Gentechnikfrei

Official Opening:

  • Matthias Krön, Donau Soja
  • Michaela Kaniber, Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry Bavaria
  • Friedlinde Gurr-Hirsch, Ministry of Rural Affairs, Food and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg
  • Alexander Hissting, VLOG
  • Florian Faber, ARGE Gentechnikfrei


Wednesday, 20 June


08.30 - 10.00
Networking Event

10.00 - 12.30
Political Forum: Towards a European Protein Transition

  • Rudolf Bühler, BESH - Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall
  • Matthias Krön, Donau Soja
  • Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz Fischler, Former EU Commissioner for Agriculture
  • Dr. Istvan Nagy, Ministry of Agriculture Hungary

14.00 - 17.30

Keynote & Panel Discussions:

Part I: Global Challenges – European Answers: Securing Sustainable
Plant Protein for Europe

  • Dr. Antonio Andrioli, Federal University of Fronteira Sul
  • Nicole Polsterer, FERN
  • Christian Krumphuber, Chamber of Agriculture, Upper Austria
  • Dr. Sibyl Anwander, Federal Office for the Environment in Switzerland
  • Dipl.-Ing. Emese Brosz, Fenaco
  • Siegmar Benz, Kraichgau Raiffeisen Zentrum
  • Matthias Krön, Donau Soja

Part II: The Consumer as the Driver of the Sustainable Development of
our Agri-Food Systems. How Are European, Regional, Vegetarian, Organic
and GMO-free Trends Supporting European Protein Production?

  • Jeroen Willemsen
  • Heike Moldenhauer, VLOG
  • Elisabeth Fischer, Austrian Soybean Association

Part III: Reaping the Benefit for All Europeans: the Role of Sustainable
Protein in East-West Integration and Development 

  • Rudolf Bühler, BESH-Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall
  • Dr. Gunter Schall, Austrian Development Agency
  • Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz Fischler, Former EU Commissioner for Agriculture
  • René van der Poel, ADM
  • Alexandru Potor, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Romania

Closing Remarks


Join us at the Congress

Donau Soja Congress Tickets are now available

Regular: € 290,-
for Donau Soja members € 240,-
Students: € 50,- (please contact us for the student discount)

All prices are excluding VAT

Sponsorship Packages

Promote your company by sponsoring our event. Choose between five different sponsorship packages to best meet your business objectives, or get a day special if you're looking for a compact package.



Networking table

Regular: € 950,-
for Donau Soja members: € 750,-

For booking a table presentation please contact events(at)donausoja.org

All prices are excluding VAT


Accommodation and Transport

Venue: Neubausaal / Historisches Zeughaus Schwäbisch Hall,
Rosenbühl 14, 74523 Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

Find a list of hotels in the area here.
Further hotels  close to Schwäbisch Hall:

  • Park Hotel Ilshofen, Ilshofen
  • Gasthof zur Post, Ilshofen
  • Landhotel Rudelsdorf, Wolpertshausen
  • Hotel Goldener Ochsen, Cröffelbach-Wolpertshausen
  • Landhotel, Kirchberg
  • Hotel "Zum Hirsch", Schwäbisch Hall
  • Landhaus Wolf, Schwäbisch Hall Hessental
  • Rebers Pflug, Schwäbisch Hall
  • Steigenhaus, Untermünkheim
  • Landhotel Beck, Kupferzell-Beltersrot
  • Landhotel Krone, Eschental
  • Panoramahotel, Waldenburg


How to get there

Airport Stuttgart(80 km) or Nuremberg (120 km):

By train from Stuttgart or Nuremberg you reach the station Schwäbisch Hall - Hessental. From there, you can take the region train to Schwäbisch Hall station or the city bus (line 1 or 2) to the city centre - (Schwäbisch Hall Holzmarkt)

Schwäbsich Hall - city map

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