‘Post-Neonic, “What Next? symposium

Tuesday 12 January 2016

neonicotinoids alternatives

After the successful conference held at the Assemblée Nationale on 24th June in Paris, a second ‘Post-Neonics, “What Next? symposium was held in Berlin at the v. Humboldt University on 1st December 2015.

With 135 participants from all over Germany and hosted by the Association of German Scientists (VDW) and the European Network of Scientists (ENNSSER), ten speakers made presentations. The programme was as follows.


'' Welcome" Angelika Hilbeck (Ensser), Hartmut Graszl (VDW)

First Part : Status Quo

Moderators:  Randolf Menzel, Neuro-Biology, Free University Berlin and Christine von Weizsäcker, Biologist, Member of the Executive Board of the Association of German Scientists (VDW)

o    Maarten Bijleveld  ( How criticism of neonicotinoids developed)

     Neuchâtel / Switzerland,  Chairman of the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides

o    Klaus-Werner Wenzel (Actual knowledge of impact of neonicotinoids on bee losses)

     Entomolog. Society ORION Berlin,  Task Force on Systemic Pesticides

o    Saskia Knillmann (Damage caused by neonicotinoids in aquatic systems),

     UFZ-Helmholtz-Centre Environmental Research, Leipzig, Dept. Systemic Ecology

o    Hartmut Kretschmer (Butterflies in the near future only in museums? Danger to

     the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)  because of neonicotinoids),

      Head of the Department for Large Areas Protection and Regional Developments,

     Office for Protection of Environment of the State of Brandenburg, Potsdam

o    Jean-Marc Bonmatin (Unsustainable agriculture with neonicotinoid insecticides:

     large scale impact on biodiversity),  CNRS Orleans (Centre National de la 
     Recherche Scientific, Deputy Chairman of the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides.

o Peter P. Hoppe (Tug-of-War for Objective Risk Assessment)

     Dr. med. vet., Expert on animal experiments and pesticides, Wachenheim
Second Part : Post-Neonicotinoids

Moderators: Angelika Hilbeck, ETH Zürich, Geobotanical Institute, President Europ. Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibilities (ENSSER) and Werner Kratz, FU Berlin, Institut für Biologie, and co-chairman NABU Brandenburg

o    Lorenzo Furlan (New strategy for agriculture without usage of neonicotinoids and

     protection of the growers by a mutual insurance against pitfalls), 
     Veneto Agricultura, Settore Ricerca Agraria Agripolis (Centre for Agricultural 
     Research  in Co-operaton with the University of Padua

o    Martin Herkommer (The flying eye - Identification and Monitoring of Pests

     using multispectral analysis data), Geo-Konzept Ltd. at Adelschlag / Bavaria

o   André Weidauer / (Electron Sterilisation of Crops. Protection of Soil Fauna).

    Fraunhofer-Institut  Dresden

o   Bernadette Oehen (Advantage of Rotating Crops in Pest Control, Impact for

    Productiveness of Soils)
    Research Institute for Biological Agriculture, Frick / Switzerland

      o   Maarten Bijleveld:   Closing remarks

Pictures can be found here

Next year, further conferences are being planned to take place in Toronto, Montreal, Manila, Tokyo and Padua.