Joint EFSA-EPPO Workshop on ‘Data collection and information sharing in plant health’ : Second announcement and invitation to register

Parma , 1 April 2014


A joint EFSA-EPPO Workshop will be held on 1-3 April 2014 in Parma (Italy) on ‘Data collection and information sharing in plant health’.

Data collection is a fundamental element for evidence-based risk assessment and decision-making in plant health. Much uncertainty in risk assessment is due to a lack of data or unavailability of data.


The main objective of this workshop is to share experience and reflect together on how to collect, store and disseminate information on plant health at national, regional and global levels.
The workshop will include presentations from keynote speakers and participants, as well as poster sessions. There will be sufficient time for discussion.

Workshop themes

The workshop will cover various themes in the following sessions:

  • Advanced methods and strategies for surveillance and data collection
  • Modelling tools to forecast pest distributions, emergence and invasion patterns
  • Data collection and information sharing for PRA
  • Early warning tools in plant health
  • Pest reporting
  • Databases and information exchange systems

Who should attend?

The workshop is addressed to National Plant Protection Organisations (NPPOs), national and international risk assessment bodies, international organisations, research institutes, agriculture extension services, stakeholders (e.g. growers’, manufacturers’ and trade associations), or any other person interested in information aspects of plant health. The workshop will not cover issues related to plant protection products/pesticides/control methods. Only ‘plant quarantine’ data issues will be discussed.

Registration for the conference

The workshop was first announced in November 2013 with a call for pre-registrations with abstracts and posters. Pre-registered participants do not need to register again and will be asked by the EFSA Secretariat to confirm their attendance. Other interested experts are requested to register and to indicate their area(s) of expertise in order to be considered for participation. 

Registrations to this workshop are closed. Screening of registrations is ongoing and all registered participants will be contacted during the week of 17th to 21st February.

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Travel arrangements and accommodation

All participants will be asked to make their own travel arrangements at their own expense as soon as their participation is confirmed by the EFSA Secretariat. Concerning accommodation, EFSA has made a block-booking for the nights of 31 March - 1-2-3 April 2014.  Participants will be requested to make their own reservation when their participation has been confirmed. There is no fee for attending the workshop.

Venue and dates

The workshop will take place at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) seat in Parma, Italy, starting at 14.00 on 1 April 2013 and ending at 13.00 on 3 April 2013.

Further logistical information will be provided in due course to registered participants.


English is the official language of the workshop. No translation will be provided.


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