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The 5th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design

Posted by macharya@seedbu... Published on Thu, 2015-02-19 17:13

Event details

Le Corum conference center, Montpellier, France
Mon, 2015-09-07 (All day)
Thu, 2015-09-10 (All day)


Following the success of FSD4 in China, the European Society for Agronomy has been mandated to organize the next symposium (FSD5) in order to strengthen the interdisciplinary and methodological focus of the FSD initiative on methodologies for the design of productive and sustainable farming systems in a multi-scale and multi-domains approach. This means that FSD, although focused on the design of farming systems, deals with local as well as global issues as targets and constraints (food security, climate change, biodiversity, socio-economic development).

FSD is an informal interdisciplinary scientific community of practice to promote research and capacity building on farming systems design.

FSD5 will focus on “Multi-functional farming systems in a changing world” and will be co-organized by the European Society for Agronomy (ESA) and the Agropolis scientific community. FSD6 (forecasted in 2017 in Africa) will focus on “Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems” and will be organized by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, member of the CGIAR Consortium.

FSD5 will be an opportunity to enlarge the collaboration with major agronomy societies in the world (Europe, USA, Australia, China, South America, Africa…) as well as with scientific societies in other disciplines (IFSA, animal science, economy…) or international institutions (CGIAR…) or initiatives (Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas, AgMip, GFS…) with an interest in farming systems. We also aim at involving research related to policy design, incentives and investment, as well as players in the value/supply chains, to help secure positive change within farming systems.

The symposium should remain focused on methodological aspects of FSD research and their applications in agriculture, innovation and policy design. The targeted audience is maximum 400 participants with a balance between scientific presentations, workshops (with limited presentations and more time for discussion) and stimulation of international collaboration. We will look for partnership with international groups and institutions at an early stage of the preparation of the event, while encouraging also individual participation.

Engaging young scientists in FSD research and disseminating recent advances of FSD research to a broader community (including private sector and development agencies) will be a priority in FSD5. This includes the preparation of the FSD6 to be held in Africa in 2017.

The dissemination of the major scientific contributions to the symposium will be ensured with special issues of major journals (Agricultural Systems, European Journal of Agronomy….) edited before the conference. To limit the number of participants and ensure a high scientific level, the call for abstracts will be launched mid 2014 in order to select oral presentations and papers for special issues. Priority will be given to conceptual and methodological papers, case studies and experiments reports being accepted only if they illustrate/challenge these methods and concepts.



Agropolis International


1000, av. Agropolis - 34394 Montpellier cedex 5 
Contact: Brigitte Cabantous - Tel. +33 (0) - Fax. +33 (0)
Email: fsd5@european-agronomy.org                   

More Info:http://fsd5.european-agronomy.org/