2nd European Sorghum Congress
Milan Malpensa 7&8 November 2018

Sorghum the safe bet for the future

Sorghum is an asset for the environment, productivity, crop diversification, animal feed, food uses, the European genetic… The European Congress will be the occasion to share knowledge on sorghum and to debate on the main progress axes to put forward in the future.

For Who?
This event is open to a very broad audience: trade organisations and agricultural producers, scientists and technical institutes, collectors and traders, national and European administrations, seed and plant production companies and all stakeholders involved in the sorghum value chain. The Congress will be translated in Italian, French, English and Russian.

Full programme and speakers

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Welcome and Registration

Opening of the congress
Daniel Peyraube President Sorghum ID, France
Why is sorghum the safe bet for the future ?
Objectives of the Congress

Progress since the 1st european sorghum congress
Céline Duroc
Sorghum ID Delegate, France
Charles-Antoine Courtois Sorghum ID Development Officer, France

Global and european economy of sorghum. Visions and prospects.
Yannick Carel
  Research Officer, Economy and production systems – Arvalis
Ralph Ichter – Consultant – EuroConsultants Inc Washington, USA
Li Zhao Yu  Manager of the Beijing office of France Export Céréales, China
Leandro Pierbattisti Chief Economist – Grain Markets, Federation of Country Elevators Associations, Argentina

Global sorghum congress in south africa (april 2018) « Food, Feed and Fuel in a Rapidly Changing World » which conclusions?
Nat Bascom
Assistant Director of the programme « Collaborative research on Sorghum and Millet », Kansas State University, USA

Lunch break with access to exhibition area (posters and stands)


2.00pm to 6.00pm

Workshops (free choice) with presentations by experts, round tables, posters presentations & testimonies.
Download the list of workshops and of speakers

Workshop 1
Selection and genetic progress. Which solutions to face new challenges?
Prof David Jordan, Professor, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia • Dr Steffen Windpassinger, Selection Department, University Justus-Liebig, Germany • Paul Chege, PhD student, Szent István University Hungary • Dr De Milliano Walter, Hoeve Dierkensteen Netherlands • André Schaffasz, University Justus-Liebig , Germany • Dr. Vladimir Kostunov, Institute Donskoy in Rostov, Russia • Dr Alessandra Fracasso, Unicatt Italy, Dr Delphine Luquet, CIRAD, France • Prof Ian Godwin, Professor in plant molecular genetics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia • Quentin Devaud, Breeder, Eurosorgho,  France: Biomasse project for the future

Workshop 2
Agronomy, economy, environment: how can sorghum maximise its opportunities?
Jean-Luc Verdier, Regional engineer, manager of the sorghum chain, Arvalis Vegetal Institute, France • Yaroslav Bardin, Ukrsorgo, Director, Ukraine • Dr Kalin Slanev, Agricultural engineer, Agricultural technical institute of Shumen, Bulgaria • Prof Nick Van Eekeren, Louis Bolk Institute, Bunnik, Netherlands • Loretta Serafin, Specialist of cultivation in dry conditions, Calala, Australia • Marc Varchavsky, Manager of Economic Council, CER, France • Yannick Carel, Research Officer, Economy and production systems – Arvalis • Gautier Maupu, Agritel, Ukraine • Dumitru Manole, Romanian representative • Alessandro Ragazzoni, Bologna University, Italy • Yvon Parayre, France • Mr Bergami, Italy • Mr Mengoli, Italy • Benoît Cassoulet, farm manager, France

Workshop 3
Which structural outlets and new outlets to secure sorghum production in Europe?
Dr Magdalena Buschmann, Manager of the sorghum and sunflower markets, KWS, Germany • Clément Roux, Arterris agricultural cooperative, France •  Mr Anghel (Combavipor, Director, Romania)  •  Mr Spiridon (Zorin SRL, Director, Romania) • Company Coprob  Mr Musini, Italy • Mihaela Habeanu and  Anca Gheorghe, Research service INCDBNA IBNA Balotesti, Romania  • Alexandre Calandro, IDENA, France • Mr Massimiliano Carraro of Martini mills • Mr Fiorentini  • ISOLA BIO company  •  Tiziano Tanzi, OTTODISETTEMBRE company • Monia Caramma, Agricultura Biologica company •  Sophia Alami, Cirad • Frédéric Guedj, Manager sorghum market development Euralis Semences France

7.30pm to 10.30pm
Congress reception at the Sheraton Hotel.

Thursday 8 November

Summary and conclusions of the workshops by the rapporteurs

Drivers of innovation for the future of sorghum. Roundatble
Sorghum ID officers:
Christophe Rouillard, Arnaud Bouxin, Alina Cretu
Researcher: Prof David Jordan

Break (30’)

Climate change

What are the realities, and what are the timeframes?
What are the challenges for agriculture and how can we adapt?
Nathalie De NobletLaboratory of Climate and Environment Sciences ; Mixed Unit of Research CEA-CNRS-UVSQ, University Paris-Saclay ; Co-Coordinator of LabEx BASC (Biodiversity, Agrosystems, Society, Climate) France

Lunch break

What agricultural policy is required to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow?
(Presentations and round table: experts, policymakers and trade leaders)

Conclusions of the congress:  « Sorghum, the safe bet for the future »

End of congress

The “Plus” of the Congress

Poster Area
An exhibition dedicated to sorghum promotion
Business Area
A private area dedicated to business contacts
Trade Area
An area dedicated to brand promotion
You will be able to express your views in the form of posters or flash presentations, on the themes of innovation, genetic improvement and solutions to address the new agricultural challenges.In addition to the highlights of the programme, the congress will help you get in touch with all the sorghum experts of Europe. To facilitate discussion, a business area is envisaged.Are you an economic player in the sorghum sector and do you wish to promote your products or services?
An exhibition area is at your disposal.
To book a stand, apply

Congress registration fee

Prices (incl. taxes) : 200 €

The registration fees include:

>access to plenary sessions and workshops
>access to exhibition area
>congress bag and documents
>lunches and coffee breaks on 7 and 8 November 2018


European organisations

National organisations


Permanent guests