The Theme into context
Agri-food systems in Europe and elsewhere often face conflicting incentives and signals arising from markets and society, and need to make trade-offs. Sustainability advocacy groups are putting societal concerns like animal welfare, food safety, cultural heritage, food sovereignty, carbon footprint on the agenda of policy makers and stakeholders in the food value chain. However, there are many challenges to overcome, especially when more sustainable food systems face conflicting goals and households’ purchasing decisions are mainly price driven
Policy makers, therefore, face increasing challenges in balancing these concerns. The nature of challenges has changed over time with new technologies becoming available, with the ongoing innovation and transition to the biobased economy, with an increasing share of the population living in urban areas, and with many markets becoming global. Some of these changes are subtle as borders between rural and urban areas are gradually disappearing and cities are integrating agricultural activities within their boundaries
The EAAE scientific community is key to providing insights into the economic challenges and opportunities arising from the changing expectations and requirements from markets and society on agriculture. The XV EAAE Congress aims to foster discussion and interaction among scholars with representatives from business, society and policy agencies
The EAAE board has appointed the Programme Committee to organise the scientific programme of the Congress. The Local Organising Committee and the Programme Committee are striving to arrange a very stimulating and innovative Congress programme consisting of organised sessions, organised panels, invited plenary presentations, contributed papers and poster as well as field trips
In particular, policy makers, societal stakeholders and agribusiness representatives shall contribute to the programme through organised panels which have an open format and do not require a scientific paper. Organised panels could be thought of a sort of “round table” discussion, moderated by an “external” figure to the presenting/debating panellists, which may also feature one or two presentations by academics. A formal scientific paper is not required to encourage the participation by NGOs, producer/industry groups representatives or any other stakeholder who may not be accustomed to submitting a formal paper. A 4 people panel, where academia, industry, NGO/stakeholder/societal groups and policy representatives are present and deliver their presentation/speech for 15 minutes each, may be the best format. The remaining 30 minutes could be employed for discussion – solicited by the moderator – or for answering questions from the audience. In order to facilitate stakeholder participation to the organised panels daily participation fees will be foreseen, in case a one day presence is anticipated
Hopefully, the XV EAAE Congress in Parma will provide an interactive platform for researchers and representatives from non-academic institutions.
Call for papers, organised sessions and posters
Contributed papers and posters as well as organised sessions are welcomed from all fields of agricultural, food, environmental and rural economics, and related disciplines
The deadlines for submission are:
Contributed Papers: February 7, 2017 Organised Sessions: March 15, 2017 Organised Panels: March 15, 2017 Contributed Posters: April 1, 2017
Notification of acceptance:
- Contributed Papers: April 14, 2017
- Organised Sessions: April 21, 2017
- Organised Panels: April 21, 2017
- Contributed Posters: April 21, 2017
Final versions of contributed papers and posters due: June 5, 2017
Contributions templates and guidelines for submission are available on the website, in the “Submissions” section
Meanwhile, you can also Stay in Touch with the organisation on the Social Media referenced throughout the website or via the Newsletter
Any help in spreading the word about the Call for Contribution and the Congress Social Media presence will be greatly appreciated!
Contribution Submission and Registration
Contribution submission and registration will be managed through ConfTool Pro, via the Congress website, or – directly – at https://www.conftool.com/eaae2017/
Conference registration (at a later date) will be possible only by participants with a valid EAAE membership. Please note that this condition will be strictly enforced!
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The early opening of a ConfTool Pro account, besides the Congress Social Media and Newsletter, will guarantee you are up to date with any further detail on deadlines and the Congress itself
The flyer containing the Call for Contributions, Deadlines for Submission and other pieces of information related to the XV EAAE Congress is available for you to download and share here:
We look forward to seeing you in Parma in August 2017!