Call for abstracts (papers and dialogue/open sessions)

We would like to invite you to submit an abstract (see Abstract Template) for one of the Themes at the symposium. Your abstract will be subject to peer review and on acceptance, you will be asked to submit a full paper. The submission deadline for abstracts is 30 September 2017.

We invite prospective participants to submit paper proposals (abstracts) following the attached Template. All proposals must clearly indicate the Theme under which they fall. (Based on the content of the abstracts, the Programme Committee will group related abstracts into sessions.)

Additionally, dialogue/open sessions proposals are welcome. Dialogue/open sessions are differentiated into: a) panel sessions and b) paper sessions.

panel session consists of panelists giving a short statement on a topic, followed by a discussion based on questions from the audience. The panel comprises at least 4 panelists and 1 coordinator/moderator. Panelists do not have to submit an abstract (and/or a paper). However the coordinator/moderator has to submit an abstract describing the topic of the proposed session, and listing the names and affiliations (incl. emails) of the panelists (see Abstract Template). Please also name the Theme into which you feel your panel fits best.

paper session comprises 4 individual presentations, with time for discussion. A coordinator can submit one or several sessions by submitting a title for the session(s) as well as a compilation of the abstracts of the papers to be presented in each session (for each paper: title, authors, affiliation (incl. emails), abstract; see Abstract Template). Please also name the Theme into which you feel your session fits best.

Kindly submit your proposal by email at: by September 30, 2017.

Please submit your full paper (max. 8000 words including tables, figures and literature) by January the 15th2018 following the template.


The IFSA Steering Committee suggests submissions on the following themes:

  1. Learning and knowledge systems, education, extension and advisory services
  2. Agroecology and new farming arrangements
  3. Integrating science, technology, policy and practice
  4. Smart technologies in farming and food systems
  5. Sustainable agrifood systems, value chains and power structures

For further information, please see the Themes web page.

Important dates:

Proposal submission open: June 15, 2017
Deadline of proposal submissions: September 30, 2017
Decision of acceptation/rejection: 31 October, 2017
Deadline of full paper submissions: January 15, 2018
Decision of paper review: 31 March 2018
Deadline of revised paper submission: 15 May, 2018
Early bird registration closes: 23 April 2018 April 15, 2018
Registration closes: June 1, 2018