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The 10th European IFSA Symposium, 1-4 July 2012 in Aarhus, Denmark

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Draft for keynotes speech Terry Marsden

Keynote presentation

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

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.

You can find updated descriptions of the excursions which will be held on the third day of the conference. Check the news page for recent news regarding the symposia.

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. In connection with the conference, a PhD course on systems thinking and practice is offered.

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.

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