Topic Meeting on the Nagoya Protocol



April 19, 2018

Location: Belspo, Avenue Louise 231, Brussels

On Thursday 19 April 2018 LES Benelux organises in cooperation with the Belgian Science Policy Office a full day Topic Meeting on the Nagoya Protocol.

The day will be divided in several presentations and Q&A sessions with speakers from the DG Environment of the European Commission, the Belgian Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment Federal Planning Service, the Belgian Science Policy Office, public research consortium and research based industries (among which F. Hoffmann – La Roche Ltd, European Seed Association and Danone).

The objective of the workshop is to point the legal issues induced by the new framework developed in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Nagoya Protocol. The need for legal certainty to sustain entrepreneurship in biotechnology requires lawyers and life sciences practitioners to collaborate towards solutions. Also the pace of scientific development requires adapted implementation of the intellectual property rights. How such developments can take place without disrupting the chain of innovation and the role of public service, professional federations and industries in this progress will be discussed during the workshop.


The conference is organised in the Belgian Science Policy Office premises, avenue Louise, 231 Brussels, Belgium.


The fee for this meeting will be € 120,00 for members of LES Benelux and € 180,00 for non-members. For LES members 40 years of age or below there is a discount of € 20,00 under the condition of completing your date of birth at the online registration form.  Payment can take place by bank transfer or by credit card. Your registration will be confirmed with an invoice for the registration fee. The fee includes meeting materials, buffet lunch, coffee and tea in the break and drinks after the meeting


Please note that this topic meeting is open for LES members and non-members worldwide. However, from participants it is expected that they have at least an academic background (law, financial or technical).

Educational points

The program contains 5 substantive hours (5 educational points). Please contact the Registration Desk at the day of the meeting for the necessary lists to sign. A certificate of attendance will be send by email after the meeting.


The day will start with registration from 9:00 to 9:30 and ends with a panel discussion until 16:30.

Please find below the preliminary program

 9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction to the European regulation in the international context

TBCDG Environment European Commission

10:30 – 11:00 Nagoya Protocol: looking for a pragmatic approach

Salima Kempenaer – FPS Health, Food Chain Safety & Environment

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:00 Navigating the ABS sea – challenges and solutions for the seed industry

Szonja Csörgõ – European Seed Association

12:00 – 12:30 Implementation Challenges for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Axel Braun – F. Hoffmann – La Roche Ltd

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 –  14:00 The ABS Guidelines of Japan (Title to be confirmed)

Rie Funabiki – National Institute of Technology and Evaluation-NITE Japan

14:00 – 14:30 Legal certainty in a fickle context – Introduction to the panel discussion

Philippe Desmeth, Belgian Science Policy Office

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:30 Panel discussion:

Issues & Legal uncertainties in the context of the Nagoya Protocol

Co-Chairs : Belspo & TBC


Salima Kempenaer
FPS Health, Food Chain Safety & Environment
Szonja Csörgõ
European Seed Association
Axel Braun
F. Hoffmann - La Roche Ltd
Rie Funabiki
National Institute of Technology and Evaluation-NITE Japan
Philippe Desmeth
Belgian Science Policy Office
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Fill in the online registration form for attending.