It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the CAETS 2017 Convocation which will take place in Madrid, on 13-16 November, 2017.
Under the CAETS motto of Engineering a Better World, this year there will be a 2-day conference centered on Engineering and the Bioeconomy. World-leading international experts will present and discuss topics such as future food security, the new genetic engineering, the blue bioeconomy, and new renewable energy models. The CAETS 2017 Conference will take place in Madrid on 14 -15th November, 2017, and aims at presenting the state of the art of Engineering and the Bioeconomy and, at the same time, it will offer ample opportunities for debate and discussion on how innovations will contribute to advancing the Bioeconomy.
The International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) and the Royal Academy of Engineering in Spain (RAI) cordially invite you to attend this Convocation and the Conference, and to contribute your knowledge and experience from the various engineering disciplines to the debates that would take place in CAETS 2017 this coming November.
President of CAETS
President of The Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain
Since 1960, agriculture has suceeded in producing consistenly more calories per capita until now, despite the doubling of world population. Recently, new challenges have arisen regarding the sustanability of the global agrofood systems. This session will aim at addresing the most important issues related to the future of food security.
Civilizations were made possible by the development of new varieties of plants and animals by unconscious genetic engineering: the selection and multiplication of spontaneous mutants and recombinants. The green revolution of the 20th century was based on the knowledge of classical genetics. Progress in biochemistry and molecular genetics has provided new techniques (transgeny, gene editing) for the precise modification of the genomes of plants, animals and microbes. This session will present in perspective the stunning results already achieved and the new avenues opened.
The majority of the world’s surface is water, and only a minority of those water areas is located near coastline. The huge unexploited Marine space as well as its production capacity is acknowledged to be a solution to produce food and other supplies for the world’s increasing population. Fish are much more than just food, and sustainable use of marine resources will be the most profitable approach in the long run. Climate change, urbanisation and rapidly growing demand for food and fresh water make new sustainable solutions a necessity.
Energy transition is ongoing and will be completed to a great extent in the first half of this century. Some renewable sources are the cheapest way of producing electricity in many places in the world and they will become cheaper in the future. Batteries for electric vehicles are today four times cheaper than seven years ago. These facts and the need of a greenhouse gas emissions reduction, will lead to a great change in the global energy model. The new scenario means challenges and opportunities for different countries and economic sectors. The session will be dedicated to this expected energy transition.