First Agroecology Europe Forum : 25-27 October 2017, Lyon, France

First Agroecology Europe Forum : 25-27 October 2017, Lyon, France

First European Forum on Agroecology organised by the association Agroecology Europe. Open to all kinds of actors, it intends to foster interactions between scientists, practitioners, social movements, civil society and policy makers, by facilitating knowledge sharing and common action.

 

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The association Agroecology Europe was created in 2016 in order to amplify the role of agroecology on the European agenda for sustainable farming and food systems.

It aims at the creation of an inclusive European community of professionals, practitioners, and more generally societal stakeholders interested in agroecology.

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See the Programme

Aim and Scope of the Forum 

The First Agroecology Europe Forum intends to bring together actors from a wide horizon, who want to share their views and knowledge to design the agricultural and food systems of tomorrow. Tackling challenges related to global change, environmental issues, consumer and citizen expectations require new knowledge and progress in agroecology. Therefore, innovation is required to develop integrative approaches which bridge existing gaps, to integrate different forms of knowledge from a broad variety of stakeholders, to create new initiatives, and to formulate policy recommendations for new pathways towards sustainable agricultural and food systems.

The Forum also aims at the creation of an inclusive European community of professionals, practitioners, and more generally societal stakeholders interested in agroecology.

About the Forum

The Agroecology Europe Forum will be very interactive, combining different approaches and types of activities to stimulate discussions. The Forum aims to attract different types of stakeholders from the three main components of agroecology: movement, science, and practice, but also policy makers. The programme will include a World Café, plenary sessions, parallel workshops, and open discussions. Posters will be exhibited during the Forum in an open space in order to facilitate networking among participants.

Sessions

Forum sessions cover general hot topics related to the promotion of Agroecology as the reference model for future sustainable agricultural and food systems in Europe and elsewhere. These topics reflect the ongoing debate around agroecological science, practice and movements. Sessions are handled by a convenor and will include (i) oral presentations, picking up the diversity of approaches to the theme, and (ii) an open general discussion. Regardless of their background, speakers will refrain from the use of jargon (scientific, technical, political) to ensure maximum sharing of ideas among all participants.

Workshops

Forum workshops – suggested by the participants – cover specific cutting-edge topics aiming at the transfer of the spirit of Agroecology into a future action plan for science, practice and movements. Workshops are handled by a convenor (the proposer) and will include in most cases (i) short oral impulses, but always (ii) ample time for open discussion, (iii) wrap-up with drafting of a participatory action plan. Workshop convenors will ensure maximum engagement of all participants in a collective discussion.

More information on the forum : agroecology-europe.org