Wednesday, October 18, 2023

28th ICABR Conference

Call for Abstract Submissions 

Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability of the Bioeconomy 

In 2021, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released their report Making Better Policies for Food Systems, which documented that since 1960, global food production increased 390%, while the amount of land used to produce food increased by 10% and food systems account for 21-37% of GHG emissions. The OECD went on to say that agriculture is facing the triple challenge of providing adequate, affordable, safe and nutritious food for the growing population, providing livelihoods all along the food value chain and doing so while increasing the sector’s sustainability and contributing to combatting climate change. Meeting these challenges will require innovations that improve crop productivity, as well as contributing to a circular bioeconomy.

With global agriculture tasked with higher sustainable food production, without lowering profitability, policies to incentivize greater investment into productivity increases will be fundamentally important. Additionally, risk appropriate regulations will be needed to encourage the development of efficient food and bioindustry food chains as well as mitigation and adaptation to climate change. To meet these multiple goals, policies governing the development and spread of innovations will be needed to ensure social benefits are maximized from these innovations, while ensuring excessive regulatory burdens do not constrict innovation pipelines and supply chains. Farmers consistently require access to innovative technologies that increase yields and income, reduce inputs and improve soil health while protecting the environment.  

Types of Submissions for the Conference

1. Selected papers

The 2024 ICABR conference is seeking abstracts for papers that address how economic sustainability benefits from innovations enhance productivity. Abstracts addressing the key themes highlighted are invited for submission.

·       Abstracts should be up to 400 words in length and be structured. They must include the following headings:

·       Context – describe the relevance of the subject matter and how it relates to the call for abstracts.

·       Objectives – describe the objective or research focus of the paper.

·       Methods – describe the method(s) utilized in the paper.

·       Results – summarize the key results of the research.

·       Implications – describe why are the findings important.

2. Impact Assessment Case Studies

The adoption of innovations, such as genetically modified crops, gene-edited crops, artificial intelligence, autonomous technologies such as sensors and drones and others, have all impacted adopters, markets and societies. Case studies should assess a discrete technology, within a defined setting, providing for a robust assessment of the resulting impacts. Case study submissions should clearly outline what is being assessed, what the control is, the time frame and data collection method.

3. Panel Proposals and Organized Sessions

Submissions need to identify the focus and objective of the panel or the session, as well as the panelists/speakers. Abstracts of up to 400 words should be submitted. For organized sessions abstracts for the papers to be presented need to be submitted as well.

Presentation Formats

Lightning round presentations will be a key part of the 2024 conference, with many presentations given in this format. All graduate student presentations will be presented in this format and others may be as well. Presenters will be given 5 minutes to present their paper, which will be followed by a lunch hour poster session where presenters are expected to be available to discuss their posters.

Submissions will also be invited for oral presentations of 15-20 minutes in length. Presenters will only be allowed to make one presentation.

Location and Venue

The conference is tentatively scheduled for June 11-14 in Ravello, Italy.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: November 30, 2023

Notice of acceptance: December 20, 2023

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