5th International Donau Soja Congress 2018 

From 19-20 June, the Donau Soja Association organised 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 was 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.

Find the programme here.

As speakers were present:

  • Zsolt Feldman, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Hungary
  • Friedlinde Gurr-Hirsch, State Secretary, Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg (MLR)
  • Konrad Schmid, 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

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) brought all participants together for an evening of exchange and celebration.

This year’s Congress also included the 2nd Europe-China Soya Symposium, which focused on developing a joint China-Europe strategy for a global, sustainable and GMO-free soybean production.

The 5th International Donau Soja Congress was 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.


Find the presentations of the speakers here:

Tuesday 19 June

Spolights on Research and Technologies for Soybean Production

Using data analytics for improving soybean variety selection and yield prediction:
Experiences from a case-study in the American Midwest
Oskar Marko

Outlook on the use of AI technology in Precision Agriculture
Alberto Barbi

Edamame production practices and potassium physiology in China
Prof. Qiu-ying Zhang

Rapidly mapping genes related to soy-bean seed characters by NGS-based BSA mapping strategy
Dr. Guo Yong

Soya in animal nutrition: which improvements can be expected?
Dr. Marion Girard

2nd Europe-China Soya Symposium

The Chinese-European Soybean Improvement Alliance
Dr. Donal Murphy Bokern

Soybean Production, Trade and Consumption in China
Prof. Tianfu Han

Soybean Research at the Bavarian State Reseach Center
for Agriculture (LfL)
Dr. Joachim Eder

Commercialization breeding of soybeans in Kenfeng Seed Group
Dr. Xiping Hu

Sustainable Protein Production – a global challenge Insights from Switzerland 2004-2018
Dr. Sibyl Anwander

Utilization and Export of Special Soybeans in China
Prof. Shuming Wang

Wednesday 20 June

With an ambitious Protein Strategy towards a European Protein Transition
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz Fischler

Global Soy challenge - Perspectives of a Sustainable Protein Supply
Birgit Wilhelm

Perspectives of non-GM soybean based value chains in Hungary
Zsolt Feldman

Exportierte Produktion für Europa und China: Eine Perspektive von Brasilien
Prof. Dr. Antonio Andrioli

Protein Restoration in Progress
Jeroen Willemsen



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