Tuesday, January 14, 2020

16th Conference International Section

October 9-10, 2020, Athens, GR
Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Bio-economy

The Αim of the Conference
The Hellenic Association of Agricultural Economics (ETAGRO) is pleased to invite contributors across the globe to attend the International Section in Agricultural Economics which is going to be part of the 16th Conference of the Hellenic Agricultural Economics Association, held in the historic and lively city of Athens during October 2020. The main theme of the International Section of the Conference is Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security, and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Bio-economy.

Modern agriculture is both causing and being affected by radical transformations in agri-food systems as well as acute climate change-related risks. Various health issues caused by globalized diets, as well as the persisting problems of hunger and malnutrition, bring food and nutrition security to the forefront of scientific and political discourse. On the other hand, extreme and unpredictable adverse climatic events already affect agriculture, exacerbating the long-standing problems of resource depletion and environmental degradation. Therefore, profound economic, social, and environmental impacts are expected, thus rendering the quest for sustainability even more complicated and demanding.

In this context, Bio-economy can make a decisive contribution in tackling often contradicting issues such as climate change or terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem degradation on one hand and the growing demand for increased production of agricultural products and foodstuffs on the other. Bio-economy is a vast and important sector in the European Union and includes agriculture, silviculture, fishery, foodstuffs, bioenergy, and bio-based products. It has an annual turnover of about EUR 2 trillion and employs nearly 18 million. Moreover, it is a key factor for boosting the development in rural and coastal areas, and it can create 1 million new green jobs by 2030.

The International Section in Agricultural Economics of the 16th Conference of the Hellenic Agricultural Economics Association expects leaders, policymakers, academics, scientists, producers and political bodies to attend and share their work experiences and thoughts in various subjects related to the bio-economy such as sustainable agri-food systems, sustainable food security, climate change mitigation, and new technologies, and others.

Target Audience
All interested scholars or representatives among governmental entities, institutions, industries, NGOs, etc. are invited to contribute with up-to-date approaches on the meeting. The specific objective of this meeting is to become the bridge in terms of communication and collaboration between science and research as well as the bodies and the stakeholders in agriculture, thereby facilitating the transfer of research data and expertise.

The participation in the Conference of young scholars and students with the presentation of relevant research papers is considered significant and strongly recommended and encouraged. A series of parallel sessions will be organized in the International Section of the conference and a well-recognized international scholar will address the participants on a topic related to the theme of the International Section of the Conference.

Scientific Committee:
Alessandro Banterle, Vera Bitsch, Herve Dakpo, Robert Finger, Jarkko Niemi, Fabio Santeramo, Ioannis Skevas, Justus Wesseler, Anthony Rezitis, and Alfons Oude Lansink (chair)

Keynote Speakers: Alfons Oude Lansink and Fabio Santeramo 3

Conference Venue: Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 74, Athens 118 55

Information: Anthony Rezitis (on behalf of the Scientific Committee): arezitis@aua.gr Pavlos Karanikolas (on behalf of the Organizing Committee): pkaranik@aua.gr Ioannis Vardopoulos (Scientific Secretariat): ivardopoulos@hua.gr

Important Dates:
  • April 15, 2020: Submission of extended abstracts 
  • July 15, 2020: Abstract evaluation 
  • October 9-10, 2020: Conference 
  • November 15, 2020: Full paper submission for possible publication in collaborating journals 
Submit extended abstracts or posters by email: submission.etagro@gmail.com

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