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2017-05-25 FACCE MACSUR Scientific Conference ended with a strong commitment to continuation

 The knowledge hub MACSUR aims at improving modelling methodologies and sound case study applications leading to improved assessments of climate change on European agriculture. The conference from 22-24 May in Berlin was a summary of achievements in MACSUR phase 2 and preparations for the potential third phase. People from 21 countries, including S-Korea, USA, Iran, and India attended the meeting to see the 64 oral presentations and 24 posters addressing issues related to assessing and modelling of agriculture and food security under climate change.

MACSUR made significant progress in the linking of models and scientific communities across individual disciplines for contributions to regional and European assessments. As a result of MACSUR activities models could be compared and then improved, crop rotations have been included in modelling, and methods have been refined for upscaling model results. Evaluating and comparing models for assessments at farm-scale and including livestock has been a major step forward for providing the basis for regional and European-scale assessments. At the aggregated European level, adaptation and mitigation, economy and environment, policy and consumer interests meet, so that modelling becomes very complex.

Several important conclusions emerged: Improving animal health and welfare are important adaptation and mitigation strategies; crop, livestock, farm and socio-economic models should be able to respond to adaptation measures and provide links to climate and land use change; linking models across scales, interaction with stakeholders, and cross-sectoral learning are vital for supporting decisions at policy level. With improved modelling of crops and livestock, socio-economic models developed and applied in MACSUR, the Knowledge Hub now provides the links to global and regional economies and links to the internationally agreed shared socioeconomic pathway (SSP) scenarios. The key message from the assessments is that future legislative frameworks for mitigation, adaptation and resource management as well as consumer behaviour are crucial for how well regional and European agriculture can deal with climate change.

Research in MACSUR has been documented in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications including significant strategy papers, several special issues of journals, numerous presentations, and a great number of interactions with policymakers and stakeholders along the agro-food chain.

For the immanent period between phase 2 and a potential phase 3 all MACSUR »Themes« intend to maintain networking activities and contribute to the development of a joint proposal for assessing impacts of climate change on agriculture across regions in Europe.

2017-03-22 FACCE MACSUR features prominently at FACCE's valorisation workshop

FACCE JPI logo webFACCE-JPI Valorisation workshop on climate
Press announcement
22 March 2017 at 9:00 CET

Researchers funded through FACCE-JPI join forces to provide recommendations to tackle climate change

The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) tackles the grand societal challenges related to sustainable agricultural development and food security in the face of climate change. Research projects funded by FACCE-JPI join forces to provide innovative solutions and recommendations on a global level for both policy makers and farmers to solve these challenges that cannot be solved solely on the national level.

Research projects funded through FACCE-JPI actions are targeting the needs of everyday farming as well as global policy making in the face of a changing climate. The results accomplished so far in these projects provide information for both animal as well as crop production sectors.

The expectation is that there will be both environmental (reduced GHG emissions) and economic (increased performance and profitability) benefits from the projects.

“For example improved agricultural modelling, advanced by FACCE MACSUR Knowledge Hub, contributes to alerting policymakers, farm advisors and farmers to likely future trends, both threats and opportunities”, says FACCE-JPI Chair Hartmut Stalb.

The 3 year research projects, most of which have been running since 2014, already have provided results. Now they are joining forces to formulate policy and practice recommendations based on their findings.

Common denominators: adaptation, mitigation of GHG emissions

Common key topics for these projects have been adaptation and resilience of European agriculture to climate change, and mitigation and contribution of the agriculture sector to decrease GHG emissions in crop and livestock production to contribute to meeting the 1.5–2°C targets.

Regarding key climate policy-relevant findings, the FACCE-JPI funded projects are pertinent to two major climate related policies: the EU Climate and energy package action and COP21 follow-up, and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the subsequent CAP 2020+.

To formulate the common recommendations, FACCE-JPI is organizing a series of workshops gathering together researchers and stakeholders, which will give rise to policy and practice briefs. The first workshop on climate will take place on 22 March 2017 in Brussels.

“We expect policy makers, farmers and farm advisors, as well as breeding and agri-food companies to be interested in the results created through these projects”, says Hartmut Stalb.

More information:
European officer Heather McKhann, INRA
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www.faccejpi.com


2017-01-27 Open Data Journal for Agricultural Research — successful first year

The Open Data Journal for Agricultural Research started three years ago as a community initiative of MACSUR, AgMIP, Global Yield Gap Atlas and ILSI CIMSANS and serves the goals of the Global Open Data Network of Agriculture and Nutrition. In the first two years it was mostly about making advertisements and getting the technical infrastructure established; the journal really came to live in 2016, when 10 data submissions were done. The Journal now has 4 accepted papers, of which 2 in the last months, and another 8 under review. One of these data sets is a set of input data used for MACSUR exercises, while another is from the MACSUR scaling exercises. With these increases in number of submissions, it is vital to expand the community behind the journal in 2017, in terms of reviewers, editors and of course authors. Dr. David Makowski from INRA has joined the editorial board and an editor from CGIAR is sought to take up a role. Also more and more scientists are involved as reviewers also from beyond the initial modelling communities, which is great news. Finally, of course, more authors are required sending in data sets!

So, if you have a data set, then please share it and submit it. In the wider scope, there is the first evidence of the data sets being used in new research, as it gets picked up by others. Individual data sets get quite a good number of hits, and some have been downloaded and used in new research. Also publishers are picking up on the idea of data journals, and two small publishers have approached the editorial team that they want to take over the data journal, while Elsevier is starting its own data journal. As editorial team we believe that the full control of this process of publishing data sets should stay in the hands of the research community. Finally, and for the long term sustainability of the journal, developments as the European Open Science Cloud are being investigated.


2017-01-25 European Environmental Agency's climate change indicator report with MACSUR contributions

Today, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) releases the latest climate change indicator report "Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe 2016". It contains significant contributions by MACSUR authors and highlights MACSUR case studies. This is one example of how our research reaches stakeholders.


2017-01-09 FACCE SURPLUS Call on small-scale biorefineries is now open

The 2nd call of FACCE SURPLUS, on small-scale biorefineries, has been opened. 
You can use FACCE's partnering tool for finding consortium members. Please check also the list of MACSUR members interested in this call when you start a consortium.

Countries eligible for funding: Belgium - Flanders, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Romania and The Netherlands. Members of other countries may participate with their own funds. The deadline for pre-proposals is 7 March 2017.


2017-01-06 PhD course: Modelling climate effects in the soil-crop system - 2017-08-28 to 2017-09-03

The course is offered through MACSUR partner Aarhus University.Volume of the course is 5 ECTS and the target group is Phd students within agronomy, environmental engineering or biology.Course fee is 500 Euro. Pre-registration for the course is open via this link. Download the course flyer.


2016-12-06 High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition: Call for nominations for 2018/2019

The Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is to be renewed in 2017, for a 2-year term starting at the closure of CFS44 (13 October 2017) and ending at closure of CFS46 (2019). A call for nomination of experts is open from 26 October 2016 to 31 January 2017. For further details see http://www.fao.org/cfs/cfs-hlpe/hlpe-stc-renewal/en/


2016-12-02 MACSUR3 presentation to FACCE Governing Board

MACSUR coordinators Jørgen Olesen and Martin Banse presented an outline of planned MACSUR3 activities to the FACCE Governing Board on 1 December in Berlin. MACSUR3 is intended to answer key questions with help of models and participation of stakeholders: How can adaptation and mitigation be reconciled under climate change?  How can modelling of impacts, mitigation and adaptation be upscaled? This leads to the following topics for MACSUR3:

  • Adaptation and mitigation measures for sustainable food production
    • across-scales
    • with strong stakeholder interaction
  • Pan European assessment integrating regional case studies
  • Emerging threats to/opportunities for production and sustainability
  • Consumer behaviour, new technologies, bio-based and circular economy

MACSUR3 will be open for collaboration beyond the existing consortium in order to integrate all interested parties. Funding will be necessary for core network activities (dissemination, meetings, coordination, collaboration, assessments) and additional research.


2016-11-29 New policy brief: Improved crop modelling for supporting policy design on climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation — CropM in MACSUR

The second MACSUR policy brief, produced by the CropM coordination team, has been published. It focuses on the improvements in crop modelling that now allow conducting a comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts, andidentifying adaptation and mitigation options for Europe at multiple scales. The work also provides the background for further significant contributions to IPCC assessment reports. The policy brief is available from the MACSUR web site and is published as FACCE MACSUR Reports 9: H0.3-D2.

Please have a read, and circulate the document to your networks.


2016-11-24 Free online-course "Food access"

What does it take to provide access to safe and nutritious food every day? In the free online course “Food access”, you’ll explore how key actors at the household, local, national and international levels negotiate and make choices on access to food. This introductory course is taught by expert instructors with decades of experience in university teaching and real life projects about access to food all over the world. This course will be beneficial to students, food and nutrition policy makers, development practitioners.
The course starts on January 12, enrolments is already possible on: http://bit.ly/FSSFAx You can join for free or upgrade to receive an certificate upon completion for $49.


2016-11-18 New MACSUR consortium partner: University of Göttingen, Germany

We are happy to announce that University of Göttingen has joined MACSUR after Reimund Rötter's move from Finland to Germany.


2016-11-15 Pest and Disease Modelling Workshop in Toulouse – October 2016

The MACSUR Pest and Disease modelling workshop, which took place in Toulouse, France on October 26-28, 2016, brought together 21 participants from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain. Participants of the workshop were crop modellers, epidemiologists, entomologists, and plant disease modellers. The group brainstormed on how to model plant disease epidemics (pest dynamics) and their impact on crop growth and yield. Models and approaches which have been developed were reviewed and discussed, in order to identify next steps into modelling activities which could be developed amongst groups. Potential data sets for model calibration and evaluation were presented. Work plans and a questionnaire to explore availability and suitability of data were developed to model the effects of pests and diseases on wheat and grape. The questionnaires were distributed among the participants, and are also available upon request to the following contact persons for potential data providers at: Kurt-Christian Kersebaum: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Laetitia Willocquet: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and Serge Savary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2016-11-08 LiveM 2016: Conference special edition of Advances in Animal Biosciences now online

We are very pleased to announce that the special edition of Advances in Animal Biosciences ‘Proceedings of LiveM 2016: Modelling Grassland-Livestock Systems Under Climate Change’ is now available online (volume 7, issue 3).

Many thanks to Susanne and her team at PIK for hosting the conference, to the Research Council of Norway for funding the event, and to everyone who attended and contributed.


2016-11-07 MACSUR Science Conference 22-24 May 2017, Berlin - Submission of abstracts

We have now opened the registration and submission of abstracts for the MACSUR Science Conference 2017. Submission of abstracts from MACSUR and other projects and from policy, industry and producers are welcome. Topics include:

  • Improvements in modelling processes, interactions, and feedbacks Advances in linking models in order to address impacts across scales or sectors
  • Addressing uncertainty and risk in climate change impact studies Climate change adaptation and mitigation at the farm scale
  • Climate-related changes in environment, pests and diseases on agricultural production
  • Projecting climate change impacts on agriculture in European regions
  • Projecting risks and opportunities for farming and food production in regional case studies
  • Novel impacts from climate change, new approaches for adaptation and mitigation
  • Climate change – implications for strategies in policy and farming

Please submit your abstracts for presentations by 15 January.


2016-11-07 FET Flagship for Climate change impacts along the agro-food chain – Update

On Dec 1-2 the FACCE GB will meet in Berlin and MACSUR coordinators will present an outline of plans for a phase 3 of MACSUR with a request for funding. Phase 3 is suggested to build on the successful cooperation within the network and the experiences of phases 1 and 2. It will address:

  • Adaptation and mitigation measures for a sustainable food production
  • Pan-European assessment integrating regional case studies
  • Emerging threats to and opportunities for production and sustainability
  • Consumer behaviour, new technologies, circular economy

2016-11-04 MACSUR coordination presents plans for phase 3 to FACCE governing board

The MACSUR topic currently ranks among the top three (by number of votes and comments). Comments from industry and producers would keep our topic among the top three. A blog entry by David Leclère calls on the wider agricultural research community to support the proposed FET Flagship by commenting on the proposal with examples of how technology can contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and food security at the same time. The EU review of the Flagship can be supported by comments until 15 November.


2016-10-31 MACSUR meetings in October

October was a busy month for MACSUR members, marking the mid-term of phase 2.

A major event was the TradeM International Workshop (9-12 October) in Norway. The workshop started with an introduction to Arctic ecology and regional development. Four keynote speakers from policy, science and JRC gave a great mixture of high quality input into the workshop. It fuelled the discussions and was well appreciated by the participants. Fifteen very interesting and engaging presentations throughout the workshop showed that CC mitigation is a very important research undertaking, that LULUCF in crop and animal production play an important role, and that the role of agriculture in the CC policy debate is high on the agenda. Presentations of the workshop have been published in FACCE MACSUR Reports, volume 9.

Other meetings ran back-to-back near Oslo to minimize travel: the workshop on cross-cutting activities and the workshop on animal health and climate change. CropM's workshop on scaling took place in Florence and a workshop on pests and disease modelling in Toulouse.


2016-10-24 MACSUR at FACCE Cluster-2 meeting

Heikki Lehtonen (Luke) presented an overview of climate impacts in MACSUR case studies at the FACCE Cluster-2 workshop 19-20 October in Bonn. The workshop provides input to the FACCE governing board about future activities in FACCE cluster 2 "Climate change challenges to farming systems (efficiency and ecosystem services)".


2016-10-24 European survey on agriculture and climate information

The project SECTEUR, which aims to understand the requirements of climate information and impact indicators across a number of sectors: agriculture, forestry, coasts, health, transport, insurance and tourism, has just launched an online multi-lingual survey which aims to understand the use of climate information and impacts across these european sectors. The survey will be open until November 16 and can be accessed here: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=147375952271


2016-10-18 New book, edited by MACSUR members: Farm-level Modelling Techniques, Applications and Policy

Farm-level Modelling Techniques, Applications and Policy. Edited by S Shrestha, A Barnes and B Vosough Ahmadi. CABI. Farm level models have been widely used in agricultural economic studies to understand how farmers and land owners as well as the industry respond to market and policy levers. This book provides an in-depth description of different methodologies and techniques currently used in farm level modelling. Whilst chapters will give an overview of the theoretical grounding behind the models, it will take an applied approach; more specifically using cases from the application of modelling to policy reforms and the subsequent impacts on rural communities and food supply. This book also provide descriptions on using farm level models in much wider field such as aggregation and linking with sectoral models. The purpose of this book is to show the academics, researchers and graduate students interested in agriculture the methods that have been employed to inform decision-makers to improve economic, social and environmental goals or, at the least, highlight the trade-offs required to achieve the goals of multidimensional policy.

2016-10-06GODAN Action: contribute to a global map of agri-food data standards

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition, in which many MACSUR partners are members, calls for contributions completing a map of data standards currently in use.


2016-10-05 IIASA Blog calls on researchers to support FET on Climate change impacts along the agro-food chain

A blog entry by David Leclère calls on the wider agricultural research community to support the proposed FET Flagship by commenting on the proposal with examples of how technology can contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation and food security at the same time.


2016-08-30 New MACSUR web resources

You can now find collections of our science picks (Output), policy briefs (Output), and newsletters (About) on our web site.


2016-08-29 MACSUR MACSUR Hub Newsletter Summer 2016 edition sent to stakeholders

icon weblink See the online version


2016-07-26 MACSUR acts as European hub in Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments (CGRA) of Climate Change Impacts

MACSUR CropM will now serve as the European hub for Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments (CGRA) of Climate Change Impacts. A first summary of projects currently performing climate change impact studies in Europe was gathered by participants of a related session at the 6th AgMIP global workshop (H. Webber and F. Ewert). icon weblink for more information.


2016-06-09 MACSUR Hub Newsletter June 2016 edition sent to stakeholders

  • News from MACSUR
    • LiveM policy brief
    • LiveM position paper
    • 100+ peer-reviewed MACSUR papers
    • Vote for Flagship topic 'climate change impacts along the agro-food chain'
    • MACSUR workshop for policymakers 2016, 24 May, Brussels
    • Adaptation Futures 2016, 10-13 May, Rotterdam
    • MACSUR features as case study in ERA-Learn 2020
    • New MACSUR publications
    • MACSUR events and external events
  • Noteworthy
    • Italian Long-term Agro-ecosystem experiments: Special issue in Eur. J. Agron.
  • News from FACCE JPI
    • Knowledge Network on Sustainable Intensification

See the online version


2016-06-09 EIP Agri is looking for experts: dairy production, agroforestry, dieseases and pests in viticulture

Do you have practical experience or specific knowledge on:

  • Robust and resilient dairy production systems

  • Agroforestry: introducing woody vegetation into specialised crop and livestock systems

  • Diseases and pests in viticulture

Read the call text and apply for the three new Focus Groups

If you have experience with one of these issues and could help find practical solutions, then please apply! Closing date for applications: 11 July 2016 23:59 CET.


2016-06-08 MACSUR features as case study for ERA-Learn 2020

ERA-LEARN 2020 is a support action (CSA) funded by Horizon 2020. ERA-LEARN 2020 involves the main stakeholders engaged in designing and deploying the broad structures and functions for the coordination and cooperation of national and/or regional research programmes. MACSUR (phase 1) has been selected as a case study for the novel project form of a knowledge hub. You can read the report online.


2016-06-07 MACSUR presentation at kickoff of Knowledge Network on the Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture

The kickoff meeting of the Knowledge Network Sustainable Intensification (KNSI) was held on 3 June 2016. The KNSI is one of the FACCE-JPI 2014-2015 Implementation plan actions. André Bannink, co-coordinator of LiveM gave a presentation on MACSUR's experiences with the knowledge hub structure.

Meeting summary.

[updated 2016-06-10]


2016-05-31 LiveM position paper published

The publication of ‘Modeling European ruminant production systems: facing the challenges of climate change’ is a key article for MACSUR. This paper

  • provides an overview of how ruminant systems modeling supports the efforts of stakeholders and policymakers to predict, mitigate and adapt to climate change; 
  • provides ideas for enhancing modeling to fulfil this role.

For the first time, this position paper presents together the range of disciplines and approaches involved in ruminant systems modeling in the context of climate change, from livestock-parasite interactions to grasslands and regional level economics. The paper signposts the need for more detailed reviews of research priorities for modeling climate change impacts and adaptation in specific modeling disciplines.
Please read and share this important publication.


2016-05-17 MACSUR presentations at AdaptationFutures 2016 now online

The AdaptationFutures 2016 conference in Rotterdam was a huge event (over 1600 persons from more than 100 countries) and provided MACSUR a good opportunity for presenting our work on adaptation in agriculture. Presentations, summary and photos of MACSUR's session (2.10) are now online. MACSUR members gave or co-authored presentations also in sessions 2.1, 2.6, 2.9, 8.4 (and maybe more). Several sessions have been captured on video. Please check the conference web site for an update of session results and videos.

The next AdaptationFutures conference will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 2018. The conference alternates with the European Climate Change and Adaptation conference. The next ECCA will be held in Glasgow in 6-9 June 2017, with participation of MACSUR members.

[updated 2016-06-09]


2016-05-10 LiveM policy brief published

Three weeks ago the first MACSUR policy brief was published: ‘From Diversity to Strategy: Livestock research for effective policy in a climate change world’. The brief was produced by the LiveM coordination team and focuses on the lessons learnt from MACSUR about the structure, requirements, purpose and need for successful collaborative networks. Please have a read, and circulate the document to your networks.

A special newsletter was mailed on this occasion.


2016-05-03 MACSUR proposes EU Flagship on CC impacts on foodsecurity

MACSUR has been successful in advancing agricultural systems modelling capacities across several disciplines. In addition, it has brought together these disciplines to perform integrated regional assessments of climate change risks in relation to selected farming systems within Europe.

Achieving food and nutrition security under climate change is a major societal challenge that requires further and more intense scientific and stakeholder collaboration now that the Paris agreement has been reached. Looking ahead beyond 2017, the leadership team of MACSUR decided to propose a European Flagship on the broader topic of food and nutrition security under climate change. European Flagships are major research investments on the scale of 1 bn euro over ten years. So far, our proposed topic is one among several.

In order to take the  topic to the top of the list, please rate it on a scale of one to five stars ☆☆☆☆☆ on the Futurium platform (click on the stars – registration required: step-by-step instructions).


2016-04-15 MACSUR Newsletter sent to stakeholders

The April newsletter has been sent to stakeholders.

Table of contents

  • MACSUR Science Conference 2017
  • LiveM Conference 'Modellling Grassland-Livestock Systems under Climate Change', 15 – 16 June 2016, Potsdam
  • iCROPM2016 — a great success
  • New MACSUR publications
  • Upcoming events
  • News from FACCE JPI

2016-04-29 MACSUR joins Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA)

FACCE MACSUR has joined the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. GACSA was launched on 23 September 2014 at the UN Climate Summit. GACSA is an independent, voluntary alliance of partners, dedicated to addressing the challenges facing food security and agriculture under a changing climate. In particular the alliance has the objective of up scaling the climate smart agriculture approach, a concept which was originally developed by FAO. Nigel Scollan and Reimund Rötter are the main contact persons of MACSUR for GACSA.


2016-02-10 European Food Research Area

DG Agri is preparing a research strategy for 2018–2020 for the areas of food and rural regions. A draft is available from the website of the recent conference “Designing the path: a strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation”.


2016-02-24 EURAC offers 10 MSC scholarships

EURAC (www.eurac.edu) is interested in hosting Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellows (IF), funded under Horizon 2020. If you want to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSC-IF) with EURAC as a host, we offer a great opportunity to prepare your application: the EURAC Marie Skłodowska-Curie Week (9-11 may 2016). http://www.eurac.edu/en/research/Pages/EURAC-MSC-Week.aspx


2016-02-05 iCROPM2016 Symposium with overwhelming number of registrations

image003The symposium organisers were overwhelmed by the rush on the iCROPM2016 (15-17 March 2016, Berlin). With more than 400 registration requests the event was heavily over-subscribed and several interested scientists regrettably had to be refused. The strong interest in the iCROPM2016 Symposium reflects the world-wide significance crop modelling has developed in environmental science and agronomy in recent years.​


2016-01-07 The Paris Agreement challenge for agricultural research: less greenhouse gas emissions and more food

In Paris in December, nearly 200 nations agreed to implement measures to keep the expected climate warming well below 2 degrees. That agreement will come into force in 2020. It is very good news given previous IPCC assessments indicate that impacts on agriculture and food security by global warming greater than 2°C would be severe. The agreement will have clear implications for the research agenda of assessing climate change effects on agriculture. In addition to looking now also more confidently at transformational adaptation to climate change, research now should also break new ground in emphasizing sustainable, and more effective measures to mitigate the release of greenhouse gases from agricultural activities and to store carbon in biomass and soils. FACCE MACSUR, comprising 300 researchers from 18, mostly European countries, has studied climate change risks and their impacts and adaptations at European and regional levels. At regional level there have been so far also some efforts to explore mitigation and adaptation options, integrating aspects of crop production, livestock systems, and socio-economy. Large potentials for mitigation of GHG emissions exist for a number of agricultural activities, e.g. in the livestock sector, the management of soils by tillage, irrigation, and cropping system adjustment, and also in consumption, e.g. with the choice of the proportion of meat preferred by humans. All measures, however, must be carefully and locally/regionally weighed against various tradeoffs with required increase in food production for a growing global population, economic costs, and environmental impact. Some first results of such integrated regional analyses will be presented at the global AdaptationFutures 2016 conference 13-16 May in Rotterdam. Methodological advances will be presented at the iCROPM2016 conference in 15-17 March in Berlin.


2015-12-16 Pre-announcement of a call on sustainable animal production

The ERA-NET COFUND “European Research Area on Sustainable Animal Production Systems - SusAn” elaborates on the recommendation of building the future development of European animal production on the three pillars of sustainability: economy, environment and society. This ERA-NET is planning to launch a call for transnational research proposals in early January 2016. [Further information]


2015-12-16 Upcoming call on monitoring and mitigation of greenhouse gases from agri and silviculture

In March 2016 a call is expected to be launched by the FACCE-JPI ERA-NET COFUND action ERA-GAS, on monitoring and mitigation of greenhouse gases from agri and silvi-culture. The ERA-NET, led by Ireland, has been positively evaluated and is now in EC grant agreement preparation.


2015-09-28  Blog highlights MACSUR publications

A blog by Dr. Jonathan Ingram, Journal of Experimental Botany, highlights JXB's recent special issue 'Breeding plants to cope with future climate change'. Several MACSUR members authored/contributed to papers in the issue.


2015-07-17  Nature news item reports on MACSUR activities

A news article in yesterday's issue of Nature (Nature 523: 396-397, doi:10.1038/523396a) reports on the challenges of getting research results across to farmers. MACSUR is mentioned as one example where stakeholders are actively involved.


2015-07-17  John Porter elected as fellow of European Academy of Science

Professor Dr John R Porter DSc, has been elected as fellow by the European Academy of Sciences. John is Coordinating Lead Author, IPCC AR5 WG2: Food Security and Food Production Systems, and holds a professorship in Climate and Food Security, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Climate and Agriculture, NRI, University of Greenwich, UK. He is also an honorary professor at Lincoln University, New Zealand. John is also leading MACSUR WP C4 Capacity building. Congratulations on this honour!

2015-06-29  COST action EURO-AGRIWAT (ES1106) started

COST Action euro-agriwat was launched. Two MACSUR members, Kurt Christian Kersebaum and Miroslav Trnka, are leaders of WG1, water footprint. 

EURO-AGRIWAT will focus on the assessment of water footprint (WF) and virtual water trade (VWT) of key food and no-food agricultural products, including their uncertainties, as well as scenarios concerning WF and VWT under future climatic conditions. The use of advanced tools and data such as remote sensing, updated climatic databases, climatic projections/scenarios and agrometeorological models represents the base of the activity. The use of such instruments will allow a detailed analysis of interactions between crops, climate and management that will be taken into account in the WF assessment. An important component of the Action will be the preparation and dissemination of recommendations and guidelines for enabling a more efficient water resource management in relation with agricultural activities under climate change and variability. The framework of a COST Action represents the most suitable way for facing the outstanding and multi-faceted problem of sustainable water use, being characterized by a non-competitive and interdisciplinary environment of high scientific level. These features will allow a collaboration between scientists and stakeholders and the development of common strategies to broaden the available research expertise.


2014-10-13  K C Kersebaum receives LR Ahuya Award in Agricultural Systems Modelling

It is our pleasure to announce that the Soil Science Society of America has selected Dr. Dr. Kurt Christian Kersebaum of Leibniz Centre ZALF (Muencheberg, Germany) for this years’ L.R. Ahuya Agricultural Systems Modeling Award based on his outstanding achievements and scientific impact during last seven years in the field of agro-ecosystems modelling. Dr. Kersebaum will official receive the prize on 4 November in the framework of the joint Annual meetings of the American Societies for Agronomy, Soil Science and Crop Science at Long Beach, California.

We would like to thank Christian very much for his untiring efforts to make CropM/MACSUR a success and hereby send him our cordial congratulations!

Reimund P Rötter (on behalf of CropM coordination)

For more info, see the press release (in German)


2014-09-08  MACSUR Special Issue in German Journal of Agricultural Economics

Resulting from a workshop in Haifa, papers on The Economics of European Agriculture under Conditions of Climate Change have been published as a special issue in GJAE.

The Economics of European Agriculture under Conditions of Climate Change 

Guest Editors: Martin Banse, Floor Brouwer, Ruslana Rachel Palatnik and Franz Sinabell

Editorial 

Volume 63 (2014), Number 3: 131-132
Martin Banse, Floor Brouwer, Ruslana Rachel Palatnik and Franz Sinabell


Articles 

Volume 63 (2014), Number 3: 133-142
Vera Eory, Michael MacLeod, Shailesh Shrestha and David Roberts
 
Volume 63 (2014), Number 3: 143-155
Shailesh Shrestha, Thia Hennessy, Mohamed Abdalla, Dermot Forristal and Michael B. Jones
 
Volume 63 (2014), Number 3: 156-176
Martin Schönhart, Hermine Mitter, Erwin Schmid, Georg Heinrich and Andreas Gobiet
 
Volume 63 (2014), Number 3: 177-186
Gabriele Dono, Raffaele Cortignani, Luca Giraldo, Massimiliano Pasqui and Pier Paolo Roggero

2014-08-08  Funding for early career researchers

The Regional Studies Association (RSA) has again earmarked funding to support Early Career research (those within five years after finishing their PhD).

The RSA Early Career Grant Scheme is open to single applicants in their early career (those within five years after finishing their PhD). Applicants must be based within an eligible higher education institution (HEI) and must be a current, early career member of the Regional Studies Association and throughout the duration of the grant.

How does it work?

The RSA Early Career Awards are provided to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research. The value of the award is up to £10,000 (or its equivalent in dollars or Euros depending upon the agreed exchange rate at the time of the award). The award has a maximum time span of 18 months and reporting conditions apply. Only one award will be made to any successful applicant.

Award

There will be four grants each up to £10,000 available in the 2014 round.

Candidates should ensure that their application:

  • Is ambitious in their scope and have a clear international impact;
  • Includes the full research specification within the main application document instead of an attached document;
  • Includes a CV that lists only the top 5 relevant publications to the research proposal;
  • Includes a copy of the PhD certificate showing the date of the award;
  • Excludes the mentor letter;
  • Asks why the RSA should fund the research and how the research fits within the Association’s themes of development.

Submission deadline: 8th September 2014, 10am GMT

More information and the application form


2014-07-04  Several contributions by CropM authors to a a NATURE Climate Change Web Focus.

Two papers by Müller et al., Trnka et al. are part of a NATURE Climate Change Web Focus "A new climate for farming", showing the high quality and relevance of research conducted by MACSUR members


2014-06-13  Call for Abstracts for an upcoming book on ‘Global food security, climate change and agricultural responses; economics in integrated assessment approaches’.

The book will target at integrated assessment approaches addressing global challenges (climate change and food security) with regional and local responses (farmers and policy). Focus is on economics, complemented with input from crop and/or animal sciences. The editors (Floor Brouwer and Franz Sinabell) invite you to submit an abstract for this volume by 30 June 2014. The themes of the book are outlined in the attachment, as well as the planning. The Call for Abstracts is announced through the networks MACSUR and AgMIP, but you should feel free to distribute the Call through your networks as well. [ icon-weblink More details]


2014-06-05  CropM coordinator Frank Ewert new member of FACCE's SAB

Frank Ewert, who is coordinating CropM together with Reimund Rötter, has become new member of FACCE's Scientific Advisory Board. Congratulations, Frank!


2014-06-04 MACSUR2: Proposal submitted to FACCE GB

Today, the Hub coordinators submitted a proposal of activities for MACSUR2 (June 2015 - May 2017) including a report of achievements in years 1 and 2. We have accumulated a great number of workshops, stakeholder interactions and the amazing number of 199 publications and 301 presentations. The Governing Board will decide at a meeting on 25 June whether to recommend to the national funding agencies to fund MACSUR2. Thanks to all who contributed with ideas and reported papers, presentations, stakeholder interactions, workshops, new projects, and other achievements to the proposal and the progress report.


2014-05-15 PLUMES — MACSUR partner MTT is awarded funding for new project

The Academy of Finland will fund PLUMES — Pathways for linking uncertainties in model projections of climate and its effects with 1.4 M€. PLUMES is a joint project by MTT Finland and its two sister institutes SYKE and FMI and will support the activities in MACSUR. Congratulations to Reimund Rötter from MTT Finland for a successful application.


2014-03-24 EURAC has joined MACSUR as partner

FACCE JPI's Knowledge Hub Evaluation Committee and The Project Steering Committee of MACSUR have approved EURAC, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy, as another partner of FACCE MACSUR. EURAC will participate in TradeM work packages 2, 3, and 4. Welcome to MACSUR!


2014-02-12 AgMIP – FACCE MACSUR Memorandum of Understanding signed

AgMIP-MACSURThe global challenge of food security for a growing world population requires the collaboration of scientists. Researchers of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP) and the FACCE JPI knowledge hub FACCE MACSUR (Modelling Climate Change with Agriculture for Food Security) are already cooperating in many activities and jointly planning research projects. To facilitate an intensive future collaboration between the research teams in FACCE MACSUR and in AgMIP a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been developed jointly and signed by representatives of both projects at the FACCE MACSUR International Symposium and Workshop of CropM on ‘Modelling climate change impacts on crop production for food security’ in Oslo.

The symposium in Oslo has highlighted the challenges that remain for crop modelling, the need to integrate these with livestock and economic models, and the strength of the international research communities working on these challenges. Through their independent efforts, AgMIP and FACCE MACSUR have worked to unite these communities. With the MoU, collaboration in these efforts will be enhanced as teams in both projects strengthen their commitment to jointly advance research. The outcome will be improved climate, crop, livestock and economic models and integrated understanding of the agricultural impacts of climate change and variability and adaptation strategies.

"AgMIP is pleased to have this MOU with our MACSUR colleagues," said Cynthia Rosenzweig, who leads AgMIP together with Jim Jones, Jerry Hatfield, and John Antle. “Many at MACSUR have already been strong contributors in AgMIP activities". Martin Banse, who coordinates the FACCE MACSUR along with Richard Tiffin, emphasizes, “this MoU will help communicate and deepen our current collaboration and provide a good example for strengthening collaboration in other regions of the world where researchers of FACCE MACSUR are looking forward to contribute."


2014-01-07 MACSUR partners successful with ten new project applications in a call by FACCE JPI and GRA

Several MACSUR partners were involved in proposals for funding in the Multi-partner Call on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research. The following proposals were accepted: CN-MIP, COMET-Global, EndoGas, Global Network, GreenRice, IdenWays, INCOME, MAGGNET, Models4Pastures, and RumenStability with partners from INRA, University of Aberdeen, University of Florence, University of Milano, University of Sassari, MTT Finland, CSIC Spain, University of Reading, University of Turin, SRUC, Thünen Institute, and IBERS (UK). Proposal abstracts are available on the FACCE JPI web site.


2013-12-20 Herman van Keulen died 9 December 2013image002

With sadness we note that Herman van Keulen passed away on the 9th December. Herman was emeritus Professor in the chairgroup Plant Production Systems and senior researcher in the business unit Agrosystems Research of Plant Research International of Wageningen University and Research centre. Obituary.


2013-12-06 Three new partners joined FACCE MACSUR

Three new partners have been approved and accessed the MACSUR consortium: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) - Ecosystems Services and Management Program, Laxenburg, Austria; Centre for Ecological Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Ecology and Botany, Vácrátót, Hungary; Walloon Agricultural Research Centre (CRA-W), Gembloux, Belgium. A warm welcome!


2013-09-01 AgreenSkills Fellowships

AgreenSkills, is an international, open, incoming-outgoing mobility programme co-funded by the European Commission in the frame of the COFUND-FP7 People Programme. This programme is coordinated by INRA and Agreenium, a consortium comprising the main French agricultural and veterinary research and higher education organisations. AgreenSkills supports inventive, talented and promising young researchers (post doc), from all disciplines and from all over the world, to develop challenging basic or targeted research projects in the fields of agriculture, environment, food and nutrition and animal health. AgreenSkills offers incoming and outgoing fellowships with very attractive conditions in terms of salary (+60 %), optimal research conditions, training, networking opportunities as well as personalized support for career development plan. A comprehensive website is online www.agreenskills.eu providing general information about the programme, details on the eligibility and selection criteria as well as all necessary documents to apply. AgreenSkills programme is implemented through a continuous call for submission with two selection rounds per year. The next selection round is scheduled in Autumn 2013 with deadline for application 15th of November 2013.


 

2013-08-06 Call for Research Proposals on Food Security and Land Use Change

Understanding the dynamic interactions between food security and land use change, a challenge confronting nearly all continents and of paramount interest to policy-making, science and society, requires a global strategic approach and cooperation between national research programmes. To this end, the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE – JPI) together with the Belmont Forum has prepared a Collaborative Research Action (CRA) which was launched on July 16th, 2013. The call brings together Cyprus, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Romania, France, the UK, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, South Africa and the USA. All necessary information on the call procedure (scientific topics, participating countries, steps, calendar, eligibility criteria) will are available in the call announcement and on the FACCE website.


2013-08-06 Pre-announcement BiodivERsA/FACCE-JPI Pan-European call for international research proposals on: “Promoting synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services”

The BiodivERsA ERA-Net and the FACCE-JPI have decided to launch a joint call for research proposals on “Promoting synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services”, planned to be launched in November 2013, with a closing date in mid-February 2014. Scientific teams will be invited to form transnational research consortia with teams from minimum 3 countries participating to the call. The research proposals will be evaluated across criteria of scientific excellence and policy relevance/stakeholder engagement. It is also expected that the European scope of the projects will provide added value to the research carried out. Countries that expressed a preliminary interest are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey (countries with confirmed participation will be known during the summer). Regular updates will be posted to the FACCE JPI web site.


2013-08-06 The FACCE-JPI Secretariat is happy to pre-announce the upcoming ERA-NET Plus call for research proposals on “Climate Smart Agriculture: Adaptation of European Agricultural Systems”, an action under the ERA-NET scheme of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) with an indicative total available budget amounting to 19M Euro. The call is foreseen to open on October 1st, 2013, and close on December 2nd 2013. The pre-announcement may be distributed and advertised as much as possible, since the period between the opening of the call and the deadline for submitting pre-proposals is of two months. All necessary information on the call will be available on the FACCE website.


2013-08-05 At Aarhus University we will be organizing a PhD course on Modeling climate effects on crops and cropping systems. The course will take place on 23-29 September 2013, and it is partly organized under MACSUR. There is still room for more participants. Registration and more information.


2013-08-01 The Crop Science Group at the Institute of Crop Science and Research Conservation (INRES), University of Bonn, offers a Post Doc position with the major task to develop large-scale dynamic simulation models for the production of biomass of maize and cassava in three African countries and to assess the impacts of changes in management and technology at the national scale.


2013-07-08 The FACCE-JPI ERA-NET Plus call proposal on “Climate Smart Agriculture: Adaptation of European agricultural systems”, submitted last February has been evaluated positively by the European Commission. 18 FACCE countries are participating in this call, for a foreseen budget of € 17 million including € 4 million to EC top-up. 

The Scientific and Stakeholder Advisory Boards (SAB and STAB) were consulted on the scientific scope of the call text of the FACCE ERA-NET Plus on Climate Smart Agriculture. Their numerous inputs helped refine the call text, which was presented to the call Steering Committee on July 1st 2013 in Brussels. The call is foreseen to be launched on October 1st 2013.


2013-06-24 An ERA-Net+ call on Climate-smart agriculture: adaptation of agricultural systems in Europe will be launched at the end of 2013. (J-F Soussanna at BBCM meeting in Copenhagen)


 2013-06-21 The journal 'Animal' has produced a supplement with online access to key papers from the forthcoming GGAA (Greenhouse Gases and Animal Agriculture) Conference in Dublin. All very relevant to our project and well worth a read.


2013-05-31 Richard Tiffin, professor at the University of Reading, and co-coordinator of FACCE MACSUR and Greg Barrow, senior spokesman for the United Nations World Food Programme talk about achieving food security when the global population reaches 9 billion on Bloomberg TV.


2013-05-30 Many interesting and excellent papers have been presented at the Impacts World 2013 conference. The papers address issues of scaling, cross-sectoral integration, crop modelling, uncertainty integration, communication with stakeholders that we also deal with in MACSUR and can use to build on. The proceedings are available online. Quite a number of papers are (co-)authored by MACSUR scientists.


2013-04-22 Call for Papers by the German Journal of Agricultural Economics (GJAE) on 'The economics of European agriculture under conditions of climate change'


2013-02-21 The Crop Science Group at the Institute of Crop Science and Research Conservation (INRES), University of Bonn, offers a Post Doc position with the major tasks to improve crop models and to develop methods for the application of these at larger spatial scales to assess the impacts of climate change on food production and to explore adaptation strategies at national and continental scale.


2013-02-14 INRA is inviting applications for a 3-year PhD position in Agronomy, Economics or Statistics at the mixed research unit AGIR (Agrosystems and agricultures, resources management, innovations & ruralities) in partnership with the mixed research unit LERNA (Laboratory of natural resources economics). The position will be opened mid-2013. Application should be sent before March 10th, 2013.


2013-02-05 Open position in animal and farm-scale modelling starting 1 June 2013 at Norwegian University of Life Sciences. This is a position contributing to LiveM.


2013-01-28 FACCE JPI has published a new call "Multi-partner Call on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research". Deadline for LOI is 2013-03-27. The LOI requires a multi-national consortium. MACSUR hosts a partner-match forum.


2013-01-28 AgMIP put the presentations of the Rome conference (Oct. 2012) online. They have also published Rosenzweig et al. (2012) The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP): Protocols and pilot studies. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 170: 166-182.


2012-12-17. The Greenhouse Gases and Animal Agriculture Conference is the most significant meeting place for livestock modellers in 2013. MACSUR members are invited to present their work. Several other projects and networks (GRA) use this conference for short meetings. For details see www.ggaa2013.ie.


2012-12-10. Course: The art of crop modelling. Quantifying crop growth in face of global food security and climate effects through modelling tools. Wageningen, 4-8 March, 20-25 participants, maximum of 30 participants. Course leader: Prof. Martin van Ittersum, Wageningen University (Plant Production Systems group). Registration: http://www.pe-rc.nl/ (choose: Courses and Activities and then PE-RC post Graduate Courses).


2012-12-07. New publication: Handbook of Climate Change and Agroecosystems: Global and Regional Aspects and Implications — Joint Publication with the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America edited by Daniel Hillel & Cynthia Rosenzweig. Authors include partners from MACSUR.


2012-12-05. The report by the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) has been released. GEOGLAM is interacting with political stakeholders (G20) and remote sensing data providers. Its workplan includes a work package ("component") on food security.


2012-12-04. Thünen Institute is offering two positions in MACSUR (ID 12-247 and 12-249) (in German).


2012-11-16. Open position: Chair in Food Security, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Closing date 2012-11-30.


2012-10-22. MACSUR will be presented at the 2nd Science Conference of the UNCCD with an organized session comprising four presentations by MACSUR members.


2012-10-19. Use #MACSUR in your tweets. Check out what others say about MACSUR.


2012-10-18. The kickoff meeting on 15/16 October was well received. Keynote addresses by Tim Benton and Tim Carter highlighted the future impacts on food security. In up to six parallel sessions the participants discussed common approaches, involvement of stakeholders, and selection criteria for pilot studies. 140 people attended.


2012-10-12. The AgMIP 2012 Global Workshop (10-12 Oct. 2012, FAO Headquarters Rome, Italy) brought together over 200 participants from 31 countries around the world. The main goals of this meeting were to review progress and to present results for AgMIP regional and global research programs, to refine AgMIP protocols for model intercomparisons to include uncertainty and scaling and to foster transdisciplinary collaborations amongst the various research teams contributing to AgMIP. It became clear that MACSUR and AgMIP are strongly interrelated and MACSUR members who are also working in AgMIP will contribute to an integrated assessment of food security.


2012-09-28. The contributions to the Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change are now available online.


2012-09-08. How to pronounce MACSUR: like 'make sure'. How to pronounce FACCE: the Italian way 'FAH-cheh'.


2012-08-22. Michael Abberton is leaving his current post at Aberystwyth University and also his function as Theme  co-leader of LiveM at the end of August to take up a new job as Head of Genetic Resources, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria. He will be succeeded by Nigel Scollan, Deputy Leader of Animal and Microbial Sciences Research Division, also at the Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University.


2012-07-11. MACSUR was presented at the FACCE mapping meeting for Core Theme 3 "Assessing and reducing tradeoffs: food production, biodiversity and ecosystems services" in Dublin.

 

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