Roundtable RT1

PM1 was associated with 2 satellites events (TP1 and RT1), Round Table RT1 is briefly described hereafter. RT1 was initially scheduled at FS-USJ in M6. Due to delay in the project, this RT was realised at CBS in association with PM1 (M12).

A world café is an innovative method of conversation that stimulates participants’ creativity and allows them to exchange ideas. First, through a lively, video presentation, participants will be introduced to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a microorganism used in citrus pest management around the Mediterranean region. The different speakers will come from a variety of countries (France, Tunisia, Turkey, Italy) and sectors (academia, industry, NGOs). Then, through role-playing in different round tables chaired by the different speakers, the participants will impersonate representatives of each of the sectors involved (scientists, industrial producers/suppliers, farmers, consumers, policy-makers, etc.). They will then argue with other participants (representing other stakeholders) in order to provide a SWOT analysis of the introduction of Bt into agricultural practices. In a final phase, each round table will present its conclusions to the audience in poster form. Through this role-playing and these interactive exchanges, all the participants will be sensitised to alternatives to chemical pesticides and the challenges linked to the biopesticides.

Our RT1 has considered the central questioning for IPM : “What are the scientific and socio-economic impacts of the project ?”. RT1 has generated a participative science/collective debate and was organised a “World café” event. The rules were: (i) 4 groups (8 to 12 persons), (ii) 1 role par person or group (randomly chosen) as scientists, industrial producers/suppliers, farmers, consumers, policy-makers, (iii) 1 animator/moderator and (iv) each group conducts a SWOT analyse related to IPM. At the end, collective data and results recovery & conclusion was realised. CUBERO Jerome (EU project manager, INSAT) acted as moderator, and FILLAUDEAU Luc (DR INRA, LISBP), ROUIS Souad (PR CBS, Sfax), TOUNSI Slim (PR CBS, Sfax) and KHALLASSY Mireille (USJ, Libenon) as experts and group animators.

Items : Acceptability of Biopesticides by civil society

The main step of Round Table were :

  • Short introduction about IPM-4-Citrus, Citrus Disease Integrated Pest Management: from Research to Market
  • Video : Presentation of Biopesticides, Production & Application
  • Participative “World café”: Acceptability of Biopesticides by civil society (opened discussion)
  • Collective conclusion

Audiences / Participants : academic, industrial and civil society (env. 40 persons)

A global synthesis of the main exchanges and arguments per role has consequently be done (Table). Exchanges were really intense as RT1 lasts 2.5h instead of 1h. The consortium plans to take part in the ESOF 2018 (Toulouse, July 2018) and will therefore try to perfectly match its motto: “Sharing Science: towards new horizons”. If selected, the partners will apply for the ESOF label, granted based on the following criteria: (i) scientific excellence; (ii) link with society and societal impact; (iii) European dimension; (iv) young people’s involvement. Our submitted proposal was selected, and the results from RT1 were used as support.

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