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Growing and Protecting crops Differently

[EVENT] 2021 International Conference : Social sciences for pesticide policies

October 20 & 21 - Paris & online

2021 International Conference : Social sciences for pesticide policies
Registrations open on September 20. Full program available. Note that if you choose to participate to all sessions, you need to register to each session otherwise you won't receive the access link.

PPR CPA, "Growing and Protecting crops Differently" french Priority Research Program & FAST, "Facilitate public action to exit from pesticides" research project invite you to their 2-days International Conference "Social sciences for pesticide policies" on October 20 & 21, 2021.

Given the sanitary context, the event will take place both in Paris, Villette 19th (within the limits of available seats, for this case, please contact us: and online with a live streaming session. To facilitate our live sessions, the conference is organized in three sessions (each session lasts about 4 hours):

  • October 20, 9:00am
  • October 20, 2:30pm
  • October 21, 9:00am


Note that: if you choose to participate to all sessions, you need to register to each session otherwise you won't receive the access link.

Description and objectives:

This conference aims to provide an overview of the different methods by which the social sciences can help trigger a large-scale transition to pesticide-free agriculture. We will be particularly interested in research work based on the co-construction with the public authorities of experimental schemes and likely to be implemented later on a larger scale. We will be interested in research work based on models with proven theoretical foundations, used to simulate the effects of instruments with a wider spectrum. Finally, we will discuss participatory approaches that allow the co-construction by stakeholders of a collective representation of socio-ecological systems within a territory or a sector and thus the emergence of bottom-up solutions directly applicable in the real world. This conference will also be the oppotunity to discuss the relevance of alternative options.

Program and guest speakers:

Paul J. Ferraro (Johns Hopkins University, USA), our keynote speaker, will honor this conference attended by our guest speakers from different major institutes:

October 20, morning session (9am)

  • 9:00 - Welcoming participants
  • 9:30 - Florence Jacquet, INRAE Paris, France - “Social sciences in the French National Priority Program ‘Growing and protecting crops differently’”
  • 9:45 - Julie Subervie, INRAE Montpellier, France - “How can social sciences build effective policies to reduce pesticides?”
  • 10:00 - Benoît Grimonprez & Inès Bouchema, University of Poitiers, France - “Exit from pesticides: the paths of the law”
  • 10:40 - Coffee Break
  • 11:00 - Sophie Thoyer, INRAE Montpellier, France - “Enriching the evaluation toolbox with ex ante experimental approaches”
  • 11:40 - Hugh Sharma Waddington, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom - “What should we already know about impacts of farmer field school projects?”
  • 12:20 - Helena Hansson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden - “Obstacles for agroecological transition among farms: what can we learn from a study on business development in Swedish agriculture?”
  • 13:00 - Lunch

October 20, afternoon session (2:30pm)

  • 14:30 - Paul J. Ferrarokeynote speaker, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA - “Designing environmental policies with public decision-makers using social experiments”
  • 15:40 - Alain Carpentier, INRAE Rennes, France - “Why we should seriously consider taxing pesticides”
  • 16:20 - Coffee break
  • 16:40 - Jaap Sok, Wageningen University, Netherlands - “Kicking the habit: what makes and breaks farmers' intentions to reduce pesticide use?”
  • 17:20 - Mourad Hannachi, INRAE Paris, France & Anne Dray, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (with the contribution of Véronique Souchere, INRAE Paris, France & Claude Garcia, ETH Zurich, Switzerland) - “Using serious games to support collective action for pesticide reduction”
  • 18:00 - Closing

October 21, morning session (9:00am)

  • 9:00 - Robert Finger, ETH Zurich, Switzerland - “Farmers’ decisions to reduce pesticide use: insights from Swiss case studies”
  • 9:40 - Francesco Vanni, CREA Roma, Italy - “The role of collective action in the transition towards a pesticide-free agriculture: the case of Vadalso agri-environmental agreement in Marche region (Italy)”
  • 10:20 - Coffee break
  • 11:00 - Adélaïde Fadhuile, University of Grenoble & Alexandre Sauquet, INRAE Montpellier, France - “Using quasi-experimental methods to assess the effectiveness of the French Dephy program in reducing pesticides”
  • 11:40 - Niklas Möhring, Centre for Biological Studies of Chizé - CNRS, France - “Towards pesticide-free agriculture: creating links across actors and disciplines”
  • 12:20 - Bruno Ferreira, General Director for Food, Ministry of agriculture and food, France
  • 12:40 - Christian Huyghe, Scientific Director Agriculture of INRAE, France
  • 13:00 - Closing & lunch

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