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9 September 2020

PHAB 2020: Plant Health, Agriculture and Bioscience Conference

Protect plants - protect life

Photo: Ant Rozetsky / Unsplash.

Photo: Ant Rozetsky / Unsplash.

The year of 2020 is UN’s International Year of Plant Health, a perfect opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development. Rising to the global challenge to work on plant health and sustainable agriculture, the PHAB 2020 Conference delves into the topic and explores new technologies and innovations as well as presents good existing practices.

PHAB 2020 aim to foster growth in plant health innovation and sustainability by driving collaborations, business opportunities, investments, and knowledge. It is a unique platform for connecting academics and researchers, business leaders and investors, global policymakers, governmental, foundation, and philanthropic funders.

An emerging hotspot for agri-tech, ecological and environmental focused companies, the Netherlands is a well chosen place to be for the movers and shakers of the plant-health field.

Thematic tracks at PHAB 2020

1. Threats to Plant Health

Plant pests and diseases, invasive species, poor soil health and water scarcity are increasingly having negative effects on plant health and the environment. Global drivers such as climate change, global trade and an increasing world population mean that new approaches to monitoring and managing risk are needed

2. Plant Health Practices

Promoting integrated crop management practices, improving agricultural advisory services and supporting inclusive gender, youth and community-led practices are the cornerstones of sustainable production.

3. Plant Health Innovations

From digital solutions such as remote sensing, big data and Artificial Intelligence to technical innovations through breeding, genetics and biotechnology, plant protection in the 21st century will continue to be defined by its innovations.

4. The Future of Food

Plant health is not in a vacuum. Pesticides can have an impact on human health, trade as well as the environment. As more people need to be fed, food safety, food standards and traceability are becoming increasingly important.

Protect crops – protect life. The offical slogan for the Year of Plant Health 2020 hits the nail on the head. Welcome to register to the conference.


Preparations for the conference are ongoing and will be adapted to the COVID-19 development. Read the COVID-19 updates for the conference.


From 9 September 2020 to 11 September 2020


The Hague, Netherlands

Hosted by

Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International