Call for paper abstracts for the International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) symposium July 1-4, 2012 in Aarhus, Denmark.

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Producing and reproducing farming systems: New modes of organisation for sustainable food systems of tomorrow

Call for paper abstracts for The 10th European IFSA Symposium, July 1-4, 2012, in Aarhus, Denmark

The International Farming Systems Association (IFSA) – European Group is a lively network consisting of dedicated researchers and scholars from various fields of research and practices. IFSA is concerned with sustainable development of agriculture from a systemic perspective. Being no formal membership association, all who participate in the biennial symposia are considered part of the IFSA family. The IFSA European Group Steering Committee and the local Organisation Committee are now looking forward to the 10th symposium to be held in Aarhus, Denmark. We welcome you to a fruitful and inspiring meeting dealing with contemporary and emerging questions and challenges to the development of sustainable farming systems.

Organization and program

The symposium will encompass plenary sessions, workshops, excursions and world cafés, as well as animation/visualisation events, conference dinner and receptions. As traditionally the case during IFSA Europe symposia, most time will be dedicated to workshops.

Symposium themes

The theme of the 10th IFSA Symposium is the challenges facing European family farms, as their mode of organisation is under pressure from modernisation and structural development. Challenges include succession, coping with demands for environmentally sustainable practices as well as increasing complexity with regards to interaction between farming systems and the rest of society.

There is a need to explore and focus on what the sustainable farming systems of tomorrow will look like; how they may be produced and reproduced in terms of their ability to reshape themselves and their elements; and how new organisational forms may meet the three challenges outlined above in combination with the general challenges of society to deal with globalisation, climate change, biodiversity loss, and conflicts over land and water. IFSA is the right place and the right context to ask these questions. We welcome many different research approaches and perspectives on farming systems: they are all needed to deepen our understanding of what the challenges and potentials of these emerging contexts are.

At the conference website you can find an elaborated description of the symposium theme.

Call for paper abstracts

We welcome you to submit abstracts for the workshops which have been proposed for the symposium. The list of workshops can be accessed at the conference website. Deadline for submission of paper abstracts is December 15, 2011. Se further details at the list of workshops. For further info and contact details, please visit the conference website at

Further info on IFSA 2012

The Symposium is organised by a Danish-Swedish committee.
The Danish members of the committee are:
Egon Noe, Chris Kjeldsen, Hugo Alrøe, Jytte Christensen and John Hermansen from Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark.
The Swedish members of the committee are
Nadarajah Sriskandarajah and Rebecka Milestad from the Department of Urban and Rural Development at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Please go to our conference website at for further info.

Important dates

We welcome you to submit a paper abstract for the workshops at IFSA 2012. The important dates in relation to IFSA 2012 is:

Deadline for submission of paper abstracts: December 20, 2011
Early bird registration deadline: April 15, 2012

For all other inquiries, please consult for contact info

Call for paper abstracts
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IFSA 2012 Symposium Themes
list of IFSA 2012 workshops

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For further info, please contact:

Egon Noe
Chris Kjeldsen

Department of Agroecology
Aarhus University
P.O. Box 50
DK-8830 Tjele