The Commission launched a consultation for the review of the European policy on organic agriculture in 2012-2013. This consultation has also been an opportunity to consult experts, stakeholders and the public on areas where a new action plan might be needed.
The Plan foresees to better inform farmers on rural development and EU farm policy initiatives encouraging organic farming, to strengthen links between EU research and innovation projects and organic production and to encourage the use of organic food, e.g. in schools. Chapter 4.3. specifically focuses on the needs for research and innovation.
The Right Livelihood College (RLC) at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, offers a DAAD-funded PhD research scholarship in Kenya on:
Productivity and Sustainability of Ecological Organic Agriculture Systems.
Qualified applicants should be citizens of a Sub-Saharan Africa country and currently reside there. They should hold an excellent master’s or equivalent degree in agriculture, environmental sciences, ecology, food, geography or related disciplines, and have outstanding proficiency in empirical biophysical and socioeconomic field research methods. Profound knowledge on Ecological Organic Agriculture Systems in a rural Sub-Saharan African context as well as experience in interdisciplinary and international research is an asset. Fluency in English is mandatory.Read more...
The International Summer School of AgroEcology The Summer School is hosted by Ecole Nationale de Formation Agronomique (ENFA) and aims at building a collective and shared vision in order to build AgroEcology as the reference framework in the transition towards more sustainable agriculture and food systems.
The objectives of the summer school are :
- to stimulate scientiﬁc debates on agroecological research issues,
- to develop skills in systemic analyses, cross-disciplinary, and participative approaches,
- to identify innovation pathways in agroecology, and the way to bridge knowledge production and action,
- to build a network of practitioners and researchers from different disciplines able to work together on agroecological projects.
Registration before 15 April
The number of places is limited to 24 - 28 participants.
The main themes, covered in 6 different tracks, will be
1. Transdisciplinary research for organic and low-input agricultures
2. Managing diversity for robustness, resilience and yield stability
3. Diversity for specific adaptation and evolutionary processes
4. Diversity for quality in organic systems “soil to fork”
5. Sustainable food supply systems from diversity
6. Agriculture for a future society: challenging paradigms
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 5th May 2013
Deadline for early registration fee: 30th April 2014 . Read more..
Call for abstracts to the conference The Earth Living Skin: Soil, Life and Climate Change ELS 2014. Deadline: May 11 2014. The conference will take place 22-25 September 2014 in Bari, Italy. Read more and see planned sessions here.
The French Association of Plant Protection (AFPP)
will organise the 5th International Conference on
alternative crop protection methods in Lille -
Palais du Nouveau Siècle, from the 11th to 13th of
-Fertiliser efficiency – focus on horticulture in open field
The objectives of each of the focus groups are to take stock of the state of the art of practice and research, to propose directions for further research and to suggest operational groups or other forms of cooperation to test solutions and disseminate outcomes.
The Focus Groups will begin their work in June-July 2014. Deadline for applying: April 8, 2014 Read more...
The Swedish Ekhaga Foundation now calls for applications for research projects in organic farming. The foundation can grant up to 1.5 million SEK per project, and the application deadline is 31 May 2014. All relevant actors in Europe or affiliated with European partners can apply. Read more about application procedures and criterias here.
The congress takes place in Vigo (Spain) 30-31 July, 2014, and early registration is now open. The Congress is organized as a two-days meeting with four poster sessions and six oral presentations sessions.
Young Scientists can apply for funds from The European Weed Research Society (EWRS) to cover the conference registration fees. Read more...
Senior scientis Lillie Andersen, Aarhus University, dept. of Food Science, Aarslev, tells about the experiences with growing organic raspberries under tunnels. The experiments have shown that it is possible to gain a high yield in organic raspberries, when they are grown in a tunnel. See more.
Applications are invited for a tenure stream position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level in the study of Organic Horticulture. The successful candidate is expected to develop a dynamic, extramurally funded research program and will supervise projects and students in graduate, undergraduate, and technical programs. Deadline March 31, 2014 Read more....
Don't forget EAAP 2014 in Copenhagen – Denmark, deadline for abstracts March 1st, 2014
The 65th Annual Meeting of the EAAP will take place in Copenhagen from 25th to 29th August 2014. A main theme of the meeting will be “Quality in Animal Production” dealing with product quality as well as resource efficiency, sustainability, animal welfare and agro-ecology. Several of the scientific session is of interest for organic livestock, while one is related directly to organic production: Session 11: Organic livestock farming – challenges and future perspective
Deadline for abstracts is March 1st, 2014 – both oral and poster presentation.
The EkoSeedForum-conference is being held 20-22 March 2014 in Poznań, Poland. At the meeting different approaches regarding promotion of organic farming, supply of organic seeds and crop diversity will be presented. There will be an opportunity to meet stakeholders from East and West Europe and see the results of their work. The aim is to build a network. Everybody who feels dedicated to these issues, is invited. See presentations from EkoSeed Forum here.
More than 120 participants attended the 4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS) which was held in Hungary this year. The conference was preceded by the Organic Policy Summit 2013. Read more....
Liquid fertilisers to boost the cultivation of organic fruit and vegetables
Liquid organic fertilisers are to supplement the current practice in organic farming of incorporating manure into the soil before sowing or planting. Scientists from Aarhus University are leading a new research project where part of the solid manure will be replaced by liquid organic fertilisers. The project will design solutions with readily available nutrients in different concentrations and proportions for amore optimal nutrient supply to plants. Read more....
A new research project led by scientists from Aarhus University and with collaboration from several industrial partners aims at developing a stevia product for use as a sweetener in organic food. The project runs from 2013 to 2017. During this period, the parties are intending, among other things, to develop a technique for a bio-friendly extraction of steviol glycoside from the stevia plant and purification of plant leaves, which will use membrane filtration rather than ion exchange. Read more....
New chairperson of the board of ICROFS
A new board with a new chairperson for ICROFS has been appointed by the Danish Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries in relation to the extension of the international mandate of ICROFS for the period of 2013 to 2017.
Professor Mette Wier takes on the role as chairperson.Read more....
- Theme ProGrOV: 3rd Project Training Workshop and Project Meeting, 8-15 September 2013
- Hay production in North Europe
- Improving the phosphorus effeiciency of organic farming systems
- Species competition in mulitspecies grass swards
- Organic farming systems: Driving for change, or digging in the same old dirt?
120 international researchers attended the NJF seminar Organic Farming Systems as a Driver for Change recently held in Denmark. The seminar included more than 75 oral presentations, poster sessions, field trips and lot of lively discussions
NJF organizes this seminar taking place 12-13 November in Denmark. The seminar focuses on integrated pest management in Nordic berry production. The call for papers closes at 12. September, and some of the main topics are: New pests and diseases in Nordic-Baltic berry crops, trade-offs between inhibiting pests and promoting pollinators in berry crops, effects of organic growing systems on pests and diseases in berry crops, biological control in berry crops and weed management. Among others, results and experiences from the CORE Organic II project Softpest Multitrap, that focuses on management of pest insects in organic strawberry and raspberry fields will be presented. Read more...