This new biannual conference will gather academics, scholars, PhD students, graduate students, farmer-researchers and action researchers from around the world to discuss the latest and most pressing issues in biodynamic agriculture, moreover discussing related fields such as agroecology and food and nutrition, dedicating significant attention also to new and alternative researching methods.

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Start: 1 OCT 2018

Applications to: prof. dr hab. Ewa Rembiałkowska

Division of Organic Food

Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences WULS

02-776 Warszawa, Nowoursynowska street 159 c

phone: 00 48 22 59 37 0 38

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www.sggw.pl

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018

Organic production evolves with impetus across the whole world. According to recent data the world organic agricultural land in 2016 was 60 million hectares and organic market size was 89,7 billion US dollars. The continents with the largest organic agricultural areas in the world are Oceania, Europe, Latin America, next Asia and other continents. In Europe the biggest organically cultivated areas are in Spain, Italy and France. It is clear that organic food production and market is very promising. It is an important alternative to the conventional food production using a lot of synthetic substances with the harmful pesticides in the vanguard.


According to the current scientific data it is a clear interest among the European organic stakeholders to employ graduates well prepared in organic food and farming. The most desired specialties are plant production, food quality and plant protection. There is also a necessity for the innovation educational programs and methods, helping the students to achieve such skills as practical expertise, team working and problem solving skills.

The BSc studies OAFP are prepared and constructed according to the expectations of the potential employers within the organic food production. The focus is on the innovative teaching methods activating students and preparing them to the future employment. The studies will offer a good possibilities to develop necessary skills and knowledge in desired specialties. The alumni of OAFP can find jobs in the organic food production, processing, trade, also in different companies connected with education, dissemination   and advisory services.

We want to encourage students from Europe and all other continents to study OAFP at our University. WULS (Warsaw University of Life Sciences) is the biggest and most modern agricultural University in Poland. We have about 25 000 students. WULS is a vibrant University offering not only interesting studies but also many possibilities to bud different talents – sport, music, dancing, scientific passions. The Campus is new and fashionable, also the student houses are renovated and offering good living conditions. Social life at WULS is brisk and intensive – it is very plausible to get many lifelong friends.


Therefore welcome at WULS, dear students!


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This new biannual conference will gather academics, scholars, PhD students, graduate students, farmer-researchers and action researchers from around the world to discuss the latest and most pressing issues in biodynamic agriculture, moreover discussing related fields such as agroecology and food and nutrition, dedicating significant attention also to new and alternative researching methods.

Biodynamic research is done in any agricultural field, in many places of the world using a great diversity of methods and disciplines, getting in touch with many other research areas. Taking an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach, we aim to bring together both academic research and farmer’s expertise to explore and discuss issues in biodynamic food and farming systems. The perspective taken on these issues may be from a classical scientific point of view as well as from an innovative methodical standpoint.

We invite contributions to the following topics:

  1. New scientific methods in academic and on-farm research 
  2. The farm organism and (new) perspectives in agroecology 
  3. Beyond matter: Non-material influences on agriculture – quantum physics & co in agriculture 
  4. Associative economy – an approach to sustainable food systems 
  5. Living soil, soil life, and soil fertility
  6. Research on plants 
  7. Food for live - food quality, nutrition and health
  8. 8. Animal welfare
  9. 9. others

Scientific contributions must follow common rules for the description of survey methods and data assessment. Contributions that do not meet scientific requirements (e.g. farmer observations without statistical data evaluation) can be submitted as ‘Observation papers’.   Proposals may be for oral or poster presentation. The final decision on the presentation form will be taken by the programme committee. Please send your abstract (max 4000 characters) using until April 8th, 2018. All abstracts must be in English language. For more information please visit: http://www.sektion- landwirtschaft.org/veranstaltungen/biodynamic-research-conference/

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Dr. Christopher Brock Forschungskoordinator
Forschungsring e.V.
Brandschneise 5
64295 Darmstadt
Tel. +49 (0)6155 8421 23
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Dear members of ISOFAR,

Thank you very much that you support the actions of our scientist network ISOFAR. This is important to keep scientists informed and networked, particularly in a research area, where many of us feel alone and isolated throughout the world. We have members from 70 countries, and we are recognized and appreciated as the global network for Organic Agricultural Research.

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The BSc studies OAFP are prepared and constructed according to the expectations of the potential employers within the organic food production. The focus is on the innovative teaching methods activating students and preparing them to the future employment. The studies will offer a good possibilities to develop necessary skills and knowledge in desired specialties.

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018

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Dear members of ISOFAR,

Thank you very much that you support the actions of our scientist network ISOFAR. This is important to keep scientists informed and networked, particularly in a research area, where many of us feel alone and isolated throughout the world.

We have members from 70 countries, and we are recognized and appreciated as  the global network for Organic Agricultural Research. We became stronger in the last years (number of members  and their contributions increased significantly  with appreciative actions globally in the communication of organic agricultural research). However, on the other hand,there are too high expectations of capacities we should have had. That is not the case. As you know, all our actions are on volunteer level with minimum budget (or action with specific project grants). What we do is free of charge and we have no staff employed. I tell you this to give you a realistic clue of our work capabilities. And: that makes me proud. To have this global impact not because of a lot of resources, but with limited (no) resources is result of your volunteer work. That is great.

I like to inform you about activities we did already since November 2017, as the new board was elected (GA in Delhi for the term 2017 – 2020) and give you an outline of some ideas and actions of the coming years:

  • We are twelve elected and one co-opted board members and had two board meetings since new board elected. We feel as a strong and well constituted better:composed? Board, covering many disciplines and regions.
  • We have revised the aims and scope of our journal  “Organic Agriculture” (Springer), which is now more focusing in the system-thinking of Organic Agriculture. The journal recently implemented the publication option for “concept notes”, where we like to discuss the needs of development for the Organic Agricultural sector. We are open for the IFOAM Organic 3.0 concept (influencing and stimulating the global food and farming sector towards more sustainability, not being limited to third-party certified product chains), and we are open for ethics and agro-ecology in the scope of the basic ideas and principles of Organic Agriculture. Also, we like to have one special issue a year, as output of special events or with a special topic. (I will inform you in accordance).
  • We have extended and structured the editorial board for the Organic Agriculture journal, and prepare for ISI assessment 2019. This will hopefully give us an impact factor which will also be valid for already published papers.
  • February 2018: Contribution to the Science day at the global leading organic market fair BIOFACH in Nuremberg, Germany. • We have started to plan for the 20th  Organic World Congress 2020 in Rennes, France.
  • Additionally, we have planned following regional events (supporting of cooperative partners and / or own actions):

You see, action is done! your contribution is important and you should feel proud to be part of ISOFAR, the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research.

                                                                                                                                                                      

Regards Prof. Dr. Gerold Rahmann President of ISOFAR