FSD is an informal interdisciplinary scientific community of practiceto promote research and capacity building on farming systems design.
The core is science: “The research focus of the FSD community is the farm system level, the interactions and feedbacks at lower and higher levels of integration and the tools and methods required for understanding and implementing multi-functional farming systems expressing good trade-offs between agricultural production and ecosystems services ”.
Scope of the conference
Any type of agricultural and aquacultural systems can be taken into account (including urban agriculture, greenhouse agriculture), from any part of the world, provided it contributes to the development of the FSD approach or to the demonstration of the effectiveness of a method to design farming systems. Anychallenge for agricultural systems can be addressed (food security, adaptation to climate change, sustainable intensification, bio-based economy, poverty alleviation…) provided they are addressed with an approach relevant to FSD. Any level (between field and territory) can be considered provided there is a consideration of scaling/integration issues at the farm level or a multiscale system’s approach of agricultural systems. This implies that research conducted at field or animal level without integration in a design process at farm or territory level or a multi-scale system’s analysis will not be accepted for FSD5. An exception will be made for field experiments or surveys on farmers practices which contribute to the development of quantitative methods for agricultural systems comparisons and information systems. A large range of disciplines is aimed to be shared during the conference (crop science, animal science, fish science, ecology, economy, geography, sociology, modelling…) provided that they address scientific questions related to farming systems analysis, assessment or design.
In order to favor interactions among participants (on concepts and methods, on international projects…), the policy of FSD is to keep the size of its biennial conferences to a reasonable number of participants (set to 400 for FSD5 in Montpellier), with a priority to scientists who contribute to the development of the FSD science or who are in a process of capacity building in this domain. The call for ideas (300 words abstract) aimed to identify participants who were further asked to submit a 2-page paper to be published in the Agro2015/FSD5 proceedings. Keynotes, oral presentations and sessions chairs are currently selected by the Agro2015/FSD5 Scientific Committee. Some of these authors may also be invited to submit a full paper in the special issues of Agricultural Systems and European Journal of Agronomy to be edited for this conference.
• May 31, 2015: Return to authors on the format of their presentations further to full text submissions (already done for poster presentations)
• June 7, 2015: Deadline for early bird registrations