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OWC2020 – Call open!

The first call for contribution for the Organic World Congress 2020 is now open: https://owc.ifoam.bio/2020/conference-fora.

The plenary sessions of the Organic World Congress (OWC) 2020 will be accompanied by six individual conference forums.

Each forum has its own objectives and criteria, and below you will find more information on the individual forums. All forums will run from 23 – 25 September 2020.

To contribute in one or more of the above-mentioned forums, participants will need to submit online a contribution via the dedicated platforms provided for each forum. The application period for the submissions of contributions will run from 15 April to 30 September 2019.

You are also invited to apply to host a Workshop (90 min. slot during the conference – with a fee for organisers) or for a Pre-Conference (1 or 2 days before the conference). Congress organizers will select the most promising proposals that best fit with the congress objectives.

Science Forum

From its roots, organic inspires science, and vice-versa.

The scientific roots of organic systems are anchored in the four principals of IFOAM – Organics International: ecology, health, fairness, and care. Scientific skills are needed for the continuous improvement of organic food, systems, and culture.

This Call for Papers invites researchers to share their work in the following five themes, with a special focus on interdisciplinary research:

Theme 1: Ecological approaches to Systems’ Health

Theme 2: Product and Process Quality in Organic Agriculture: Methods and Challenges

Theme 3: Transitioning Towards Organic and Sustainable Food Systems

Theme 4: Innovation in Organic Farming: “Thinking Outside of the Box”

Theme 5: Political and Economical Frameworks as Drivers for a Vibrant Development of the Organic Sector


Submission Process

  • You can submit your paper until 30 September 2019, 23:59 CET
  • All contributions must be submitted via the online platform.
  • You can apply for an oral presentation or for a poster presentation.
  • Papers must be submitted in English.
  • Papers will be selected by the science board members after a scientific review.
  • The notification of acceptance will be sent in February 2020.
  • Selected papers (oral and poster) will be published in the Science Forum Proceedings.
  • For a limited number of papers, which have been judged excellent, authors will be invited, if they agree, to submit a full article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal (special edition of Organic Agriculture).

Criteria for the Selection of Papers:

  • Does the research address organic farming?
  • Does the paper fulfil scientific standards?
  • Does the paper address one of the call themes?
  • The science board will ensure that selected papers represent all together a diversity in terms of regions, gender, ages and topics.


Science Board

  • Prof Dr Gerold Rahmann (ISOFAR, Thuenen-Institute, Germany),
  • Dr Daniel Neuhoff (ISOFAR, University of Bonn, Germany),
  • Prof Dr M.Reza Ardakani (ISOFAR, Azad University, Iran),
  • Dr Jessica Shade (ISOFAR,The Organic Center, USA),
  • Prof Dr Ewa Rembiałkowska (ISOFAR, WULS, Poland)
  • Dr Khalid Azim (ISOFAR, INRA-Agadir, Morocco)
  • Dr Marc Tchamitchian (INRA, France),
  • Dr Véronique Chable (INRA, France)
  • Dr Felix Heckendorn (FiBL, Switzerland / France),
  • Dr Paola Migliorini (Agroecology Europe, Italy),
  • Dr Bram Moeskops (TP Organics, Belgium),
  • Mr Frédéric Rey (ITAB / OWC2020 coordinator, France)