The Montpellier Process has established a collaborative and safe working space across leading International Panels that facilitates collective intelligence, strengthening the science-policy and science-society interfaces key to unlocking sustainable, equitable and just development, where food systems are a catalytic transformation lever. Initiated in early 2021 the Montpellier Process will reconvene the involved scientific community in March 2024, inviting a larger and broader coalition of partners.

Day 1 19 MARCH 2024

From Knowledge to intelligence

  • 09:00 Open & Welcome: [Auditorium Pasteur, Corum]
    Philippe Augé, President of the University Montpellier
    Lindiwe Sibanda, Chair of the CGIAR System Board
    Michaël Delafosse, President of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole
    Jalil Benabdillah, Vice-president of Occitanie Region in charge of Economy, Employment, Innovation and Reindustrialization
  • 9:25 Context, ambition and tone setting:
    Pooling Collective Intelligence for Action: the ambition
    The challenge: building a connecting tissue across sectors, across scales and across knowledge systems
    Patrick Caron, Fabrice DeClerck, Amanda Harding
  • 09:45 The Framing: a common starting point and shared ambition [Auditorium Pasteur, Corum]

    Panel 1
    Why knowledge makes a difference but still fails to meet the challenges of the Global South and raise Global South voices: role of science and diverse knowledge systems.
    Moderator: Heide Hackmann Hackmann (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
    Panelists: Ibrahim Assane Mayaki (African Union Special Envoy for Food Systems),
    Elisabeth Claverie de Saint Martin (CIRAD), Sandra Diaz (Conicet, Argentina),

    Panel 2
    Pooling collective intelligence: a disruptive imperative for transition, transformation, change and revolution a mixed panel of leading scientists and policy makers exploring the future looking PCI possibilities.
    Moderator: Gerda Verburg
    Panelists: Denis Naughten (Inter-Parliamentary Union Science and Tech Working Group, Geneva), Mamphela Ramphele (Club de Rome), Stefanos Fotiou (Director, UN Food Systems Coordination Hub)
    , Mercy Orina (University of Nairobi) and Jonathan Vivas Aragon (Michigan State University)

    The assets we have: expert intervention mapping SPI principles for collaboration, existing collaboration, and typologies
    Expert intervention: Preetmoninder Lidder (FAO)

    Orientation: Jim Skea (IPCC) and David Obura (IPBES)
  • 11:15 Break [Foyer PASTEUR, Corum]
  • 11:45 Interactive Fish Bowl
    What is it going to take for collaboration across institutions scales, sectors, actors and knowledge systems to really move the dial on effective science-policy-society interfaces. What have we learnt so far, where can we do better and what does success actually look like?
    Expectations, barriers and enablers for cooperation and collaboration across scales, sectors, actors and knowledge systems… Crossing perspectives from civil society, government, UN bodies, private sector, and others
    Moderator: Cargele Masso (CGIAR)
    Conversation openers: Ajay Jakhar (BKS India), Barbara Burlingame (UN Food systems hub / SAC), Francisco Rosado-May (Universidad Intercultural Maya), Joao Campari (WWF)

Lunch [Space JOFFRE 1, Corum]

  • 14:00 Parallel working session #1
    WHAT is working and not working in local/national spaces key to food systems transformation
    Context, ambition and tone setting:
    Real life Use Case experiences integrating knowledge and action across scales, sectors and knowledge systems. Exploring expectations, barriers and enablers for cooperation and collaboration across scales, sectors, actors and knowledge systems. Topics illustrated by living use cases anchored in local and national action areas, where knowledge communities are collaborating to strengthen real-life impact.
    Topics and related Use Case examples:
    – National food system transformation pathways: Mexico, Vietnam
    – National food system transformation pathways: Cambodia, Switzerland
    – City food systems transformation: São Paulo, Montpellier
    – Socio-ecological landscapes/territories: Occitanie (France),Tunisia (Pacte Project)
    – Trade policy: OECD
    – Consumers/citizens agency and action: Kenya, Costa Rica
  • 15:30 Break [Foyer PASTEUR, Corum]
  • 16:00 Parallel working session #2
    HOW knowledge systems integrate, contribute and participate
    Building on the Use Cases to align on conditions and levers to catalyze the integration and use of knowledge across sectors, scale and knowledge systems, strengthening science-policy-society interfaces.
    Paying attention to ensure coherence across scales; capacity to assess collective cross-scale knowledge for agrifood systems transformation; data, information, and knowledge flows for learning across scales; coordination with Science-Policy Interfaces at all relevant scales.
  • 17:30 Pooling the Day 1 collective intelligence:
    What we’ve heard so far · Day 1 Wrap up and Looking Forward to Day 2

19:00 Gala Reception [Level 4 (Corum)]

Day 2 20 MARCH 2024

Interfaces in action: listening, challenging, committing

  • 8:30 Welcome coffee [ Foyer Pasteur, Corum]
  • 09:00 Open & Welcome
    Patrick Caron & Juan Lucas Restrepo (CGIAR)
    Review of Day 1 and looking forward to Day 2
    Challenge and comment – Gilles Kleitz (AFD)
  • 09:30 World café
    Designing connections and proposing actions for more effective decision making across models, scientific communities, scientists and decision makers, sectors.
    Building on Day 1 conversation outputs

    Table hosts PCI4A Champions: Jim Woodhill (Foresight4Food), Elen Lemaitre-Curri (CIHEAM), Sebastien Treyer (IDDRI), Sylvie Avallone (Institut Agro), Eric Welch (ASU), Raina Plowright (Univ. Cornell)
    Curators: LeeAnne Jackson (OECD), Bill Moseley (Macalester College), Selim Louafi (CIRAD), Renaud dePlaan (IDRC), Hugo Rivera-Mendoza (Expertise France),
    Vanessa McBride (ISC)
  • 11:00 Break
  • 11:30 World café continued
    Taking pooling collective intelligence to action Focus on options, proposals and their implications for pooling collective intelligence for action: key actions harvested from previous working sessions
  • 12:30 Lunch [Space Joffre 1, Corum]
  • 13:45 Pitch & Panels
    Forward looking actions for interrogation and commitment.
    Pitch-style report backs from morning session in two rounds to two consecutive panels of thought and action leaders ready to critique, challenge and construct leading to open-mic contributions.
    Framing by Guillaume Grosso(CGIAR)

    Pitch & Panel #1
    Moderator: Jean-François Soussana (INRAE)
    Carlos Alvarez Pereira (Club of Rome), Cromwell Lukorito (IPCC), Karen Fabbri (European Commission), Patrick Okori (RuForum), Thomas Mettenleiter (OHHLEP), Jean-Luc Chotte (IRD),

    Pitch & Panel #2
    Moderator: Joao Campari (WWF)
    Aggrey Agumya (FARA), Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann (HLPE-FSN), Belinda Reyers (University of Pretoria), Jaime Montoya (ISG – GSDR2023),Juan Lucas Restrepo (CGIAR), Ankitha Manohar (University of Leeds), Rodney Asilla (University of Pretoria)
  • 16:05 Joint message
    Refining the Expert Panels and Science-Policy Interfaces joint message and ambition narrative: towards the 2024-2033 International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development

    Patrick Caron & Fabrice DeClerck
  • 16:35 Wrap up
    by Francois Pierrot (University of Montpellier) & Ismahane Elouafi (CGIAR)