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Scientific Bulletins of ESCORENA are available at the ESCORENA website.

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Dear Coordinators of ESCORENA Networks,

With pleasure we announce, that the Scientific Bulletins of ESCORENA (European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture) are available at the website of the University of “Aurel Vlaicu”, Arad, Romania ( within Journals.
Thanks to Romanian Government, Prof. Dr. Lizica Mihut – the Rector of the this University and assistant Professor Cecilia Sirghie of this University – the Deputy Coordinator of the European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants, the opportunity to print the Scientific Bulletin of ESCORENA was possible. The financial support derived from the project: POS-CCE 210/2010: Acronim „BASTEURES”: “Bast Plants- Strategic Resources for European Economy”, led by the “Aurel Vlaicu” (see the announcement below).

The Bulletins are now linked to the ESCORENA website for the research utilization. To enjoy the ESCORENA Scientific Bulletins [clik here]

Editor-in-chief Prof. Dr. Ryszard M Kozlowski,
ESCORENA Focal Point Coordinator
at the Institute of Natural Fibres & Medicinal Plants, Poznan, Poland

and Mrs. Maria Mackiewicz-Talarczyk,
ESCORENA Focal Point Secretary
at the Institute of Natural Fibres & Medicinal Plants, Poznan, Poland

Project co-funded by European Union trough the European Regional Development Fund Sectorial Operational Programme
“Increase of Economic Competitiveness”
“Investing for your future”.

Project Beneficiary: Aurel Vlaicu University - Arad, Romania.

The introduction to the announcement about CESTN

The University “Aurel Vlaicu” of Arad, especially Assist. Prof. Dr. Eng. Cecilia Sirghie of the TECHNICAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES RESEARCH-DEVELOPMENT-INNOVATION INSTITUTE of UAV are collaborating intensively with ESCORENA system, recently within BASTEURES project (completed in June 2013) and now within a new project CESTN dealing with creation and providing with high performance equipment the new Research Center in Technical and Natural Sciences (
The work of this center is dedicated and focused mainly on the research on bast fibrous plants and derived industrial products, especially on flax and industrial hemp.

The main objective of the project is development of the existing R&D infrastructure of a new Research Center in Technical and Natural Sciences at ”Aurel Vlaicu” University Arad for approaching more priority domains (Innovative Materials, Products and Processes, Health, Environment, Agriculture, Food Safety and Security). The specific objectives are focused on development of R&D infrastructure, modernization of the existing laboratories, by the creation of new infrastructures, acquisition of new instruments and equipments, and refurbishment of research premises.

More details in the linked announcement:

12th - 14th April 2016
15th International Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM
Orestiada (Greece)

The 15th International Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Subnetwork on Mediterranean Forage Resources will be held from 12th to 14th April, 2016 in Orestiada, Greece. The title of the meeting is "Ecosystem services and socio-economic benefits of Mediterranean grasslands".
The Meeting Proceedings, including the full texts of keynote ectures, theatre presentations and posters accepted by the Scientific Committee will be published in the CIHEAM Journal Options Méditerranéennes.

Further information is available on the website of the conference at
Abstract Submission due: 04 September, 2015.

The Local Secretary: Dr. Paraskevi Sklavou Laboratory of Range Science (236),
Dept. of Forestry and Natural Environment,
AUTH, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece.

27th - 29th April 2015
ICNF2015 - 2nd International Conference on Natural Fibers – From Nature to Market
São Miguel – Azores (Portugal)

This will be a transversal conference on natural fibers, focused on the latest scientific and technical advances in natural fibers, from nature to applications. The conference will bring together various universities, research and technological centers, companies and all those interested in these amazing materials called natural fibers.

The conference topics include:

  • New efficient and cost effective processes for natural fiber extraction and processing;
  • Innovative natural fibers;
  • Functional natural fibers;
  • Natural fiber modification techniques;
  • Advanced fibrous structures based on natural fibers;
  • Nanodimensional natural fibers (nanocellulose);
  • Natural fiber based polymeric composites;
  • Greencomposites;
  • Natural fiber based cimenticious composites;
  • Applications of natural fibers in high end sectors (construction, geotechnical, automobiles, sports, etc.);
  • Modelling and prediction of properties and behavior;
  • Biomimetics;
  • Product development based on natural fibers;
  • Markets for natural fibers.

The online abstract submission is now open till 30th October, at the official ICNF2015 website

24th - 26th June 2014
Forage resources and ecosystem services provided by Mountain and Mediterranean grasslands and rangelands.

Clermont-Ferrand, France

The meeting will concern the sustainable utilisation of forages resources by domestic herbivores in constrained environments (mountainous and/or Mediterranean areas). In such conditions livestock farming systems have to combine production, preservation of high environmental value areas and product quality. The sustainability of animal production relies on their ability to reconcile economic performance based on the added value of high quality animal products and ecological performance based on the implementation of management practices relying on agro-ecological principles and allowing compensatory payments.

This multidisciplinary meeting aims at sharing/contrasting viewpoints, methods and results of specialised scientists working on grassland and rangeland evaluation and utilisation. In a context of climate change and environmental concerns, livestock farming systems in Mediterranean and mountainous areas share issues common to harsh environments, which can be dealt with by using similar theoretical and methodological frameworks. Cultivated or spontaneous vegetation, herbaceous or ligneous species, all forage resources should be considered together, as complementary items contributing to the multiple performance of livestock systems.

The meeting will deal with questions related to forage production, ecosystem services, biodiversity, use of forage resources by livestock, milk, cheese and meat quality. The spatial scales can range from plant-animal to paddock, herd, livestock farming system and landscape. The meeting will comprise three sessions common to the 3 networks and one session during which three workshops will be held.

You will find more detailed information in the attached leaflet and on the website ( of the conference.

We hope to meet you next year in Clermont-Ferrand,
The International Scientific & the Local Organization Committees.

  • More information: JM FAO CIHEAM website
  • More details in the linked announcement: 1st Announcement

16th - 17th June 2014
19th International Conference for Renewable Resources and Plant Biotechnology NAROSSA®2014
Poznan, Poland.

The 19th International Conference for Renewable Resources and Plant Biotechnology NAROSSA®2014 will
take place this time at the Institute of Natural Fibres & Medicinal Plants (INF&MP), Poznan, Poland from 16-17 June 2014.

The scope of topics:
1. Extraction and application of proteins,
2. Remediation of degraded land by cultivation of different plants,
3. Biorefinery processes,
4. Biomaterials - Recent development of bioplastics and biocomposites,
5. FIBRE CROPS as sustainable renewable resources for multiple uses in Europe and China.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 14th March 2014.
For more information see the link to the Call for Paper: Call for Papers or NAROSSA®2014 website: Conference Website

5th -7th June 2013
17th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Mountain Pastures Network "Pastoralism and ecosystem conservation"
Trivero, Italy

The FAO/ESCORENA Network on FAO/CIHEAM NETWORK ON PASTURE AND FORAGE CROPS is planning the 17th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Mountain Pastures Network "Pastoralism and ecosystem conservation’ to be held on 5-7 June 2013 in Trivero – Italy, More information in the website:

Contact person:
The Network Co-ordinator: Dr Alain Peeters, RHEA - Natural Resources, Human Environment and Agronomy, Research Centre, Rue Warichet, 4 Box 202, B-1435 CORBAIS, BELGIUM, Phone: +32-(0) 475 905 914, e-mail :

3rd - 6th October 2012
The 14th Meeting of the FAO-CIHEAM Sub-Network on Mediterranean Pastures and Fodder Crops : "New Approaches for Grassland Research in a Context of Climate and Socio-Economic Changes".
Samsun, Turkey

The Meeting Power Point presentations and Proceedings are available at:

3rd June - 7th June 2012
18th Sunflower International Conference
Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

ASAGIR, the Argentine Sunflower Association begin to organize the event with this approach:
Topics: Science, Technology, Commerce and Markets, Business.

3rd - 5th April 2012
FAO Regional Round Table on Problems of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAP)
Budapest, Hungary

The FAO Regional Office for Europe proposed the creation of the Network on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and inclusion into the family of ESCORENA – European System of Cooperative Research Networks in Agriculture.
The coordinator Professor Bertalan Galambosi, senior scientist at MTT Agrifood Research, Mikkeli, Finland has already started the recruitment into this new organization before the meeting at FAO.

The idea of enlarging the team of ESCORENA by MAP Network has been approved by the ESCORENA Focal Point Coordinator - Prof. Dr. Ryszard M. Kozlowski. The staff of FAO, members of ESCORENA and of the MAP Network are discussing the problems related to sustainability of herbal and medicinal plant cultivation, production, processing, as well as future prospects.

  • More information: Conference Website

Activities of the ESCORENA Nut Network planned for 2011:
Publication of the NUCIS Newsletter, isue 15.
Dra. Mercè Rovira, IRTA-Mas de Bover (Spain) Coordinator of FAO-CIHEAM Nut Network.

Publication of pistachio Inventory on research, germplasm and references.
Prof. Bekir Erol AK, from Harran University (Sanliurfa, Turkey), Coordinator of Pistachio in the Nut Network.

International Meeting on Mediterranean Stone Pine for Agroforestry (to be held in Valladolid, Spain, 17-19 November 2011).
Dr. Sven Mutke, CIFOR-INIA (Madrid, Spain), Coordinator of Stone Pine in the Nut Network.

21 - 26 November 2011.
VI Buffalo Symposium of Americas and V Buffalo Symposium of Europe and Americas.
Havana, Cuba.
The FAO/ESCORENA Network on Buffalo is involved in the organization of  VI Buffalo Symposium of Americas and V Buffalo Symposium of Europe and Americas to be held in Havana, Cuba on 21 -26 November 2011.

More details in the linked announcement: Call for Papers

17 - 19 November 2011.
1st Announcement AGROPINE2011 International Meeting on Mediterranean Stone Pine for Agroforestry
Valladolid, Spain.

The International Meeting on Stone Pine, will be held in Valladolid (Spain), in the frame of the NUT Network of FAO-CIHEAM.
Main emphasis is placed on Mediterranean stone pine, but eventual contributions relating to other pines with edible seeds from other geographic areas are also welcome. All oral sessions will be plenary sessions held in English.

The meeting will be structured by the following general themes:
- Genetic improvement, selection and breeding in Mediterranean stone pine,
- Management of stone pine for cone production in forests and agroforestry,
- Pine nut industry and markets,
- Modelling growth and production.
More information here: Conference Website
More details in the linked announcement: Call for Papers

13 June 2011
Network for Capacity Development in Nutrition in Central and Eastern Europe (NCDNCEE)

The novel video method of promoting the activities of the Thematic Network - realized the Network for Capacity Development in Nutrition in Central and Eastern Europe (NCDNCEE). Have a look at the youtube on the following link: Network promotion

30th - 31st May 2011
17th International Conference for Renewable Resources and Plant Biotechnology NAROSSA®2011
Poznan, Poland.
The 17th International Conference for Renewable Resources and Plant Biotechnology NAROSSA®2011 will take place this time at the Institute of Natural Fibres & Medicinal Plants (INF&MP), Poznan, Poland from 30-31 May 2011.
The conference is held under honorary patronage of the ESCORENA System supervised by FAO.

The scope of topics:
1. Plant breeding for non-food application,
2. Renewable resources: production, processing and applications,
3. Production, characterisation and application of secondary plant metabolites,
4. Biomass and efficient energy generation,
5. Sustainable development in environment, economy and sociology.
For more information see the link to the Call for Paper: Call for Papers or NAROSSA®2011 website: Conference Website
To download the conference programme, please click here: Conference programme

12 - 15 April 2011
Regional Workshop on the "Development of Thematic Knowledge Networks" in the framework of "Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development" (CIARD)
Budapest - Hungary

The workshop will carry on the capacity and network building traditions of similar events of previous years by demonstrating new demands and challenges
in knowledge sharing and seeking most suitable and up-to-date managerial and technological solutions. The workshop brings together thematic network coordinators, content owners and ICT experts in order to discuss state of the art and practice solutions, standards and communication channels of knowledge management. FAO initiatives and ongoing programs with regard to agricultural information management will also be covered. The workshop will introduce the use of open source content management tools and open ended standards.
More information: Conference Website

21st February - 22nd February 2011
6th International Conference of Junior Researchers and Experts
Directions and Innovative Research on Oilcrops Breeding and Production Technology

Krasnodar, Russia

November  29 - December 3 2010.
FIBRATEC 2010 - VI Symposium on Natural Fibers: Full Use and Applications.
Havana, Cuba.
A part of the 15th Scientific Convention on Engineering and Architecture.
More information: conference Website Call for Papers
Conference under patronage of ESCORENA

Future plans of FAO/ESCORENA European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants in 2010 and 2011.
More information: Future Plans

Current Activities of the Nut Network.
More information: Report of Meeting presentation conference Website


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