First Agroecology Europe Forum

Fostering synergies between movements, science and practice

25-27 October 2017, Lyon, France

The Forum is open to all kinds of actors and intends to foster interactions between various stakeholders such as scientists, practitioners, social movements, civil society and policy makers, by facilitating knowledge sharing and common action

Duration and Location
2.5 days (half day on Friday afternoon for farm visits). Location: ISARA, Lyon (France).

Alain Peeters (Secretary Agroecology Europe):
Alexander Wezel (Vice president Agroecology Europe and local organiser):

Aim and Scope of the Forum

The First Agroecology Europe Forum intends to bring together actors from a wide horizon, willing to share their views and knowledge to design the agricultural and food systems of tomorrow. Tackling challenges related to global changes, 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.


The Agroecology Europe Forum will be very interactive, combining different approaches and types of activities for stimulating discussions.

The Forum aims to attract different types of stakeholders from the three main components of agroecology: movement, science, and practice.

The programme will include a World Café, plenary and parallel sessions, panel discussions and workshops. Posters will be exhibited throughout the Forum in an open space aimed to facilitate networking among participants.



Draft programme

 Wednesday 25 October

  • Morning: registration
  • Afternoon: World Café and plenary sessions
  • Evening: Buffet dinner

Thursday 26 October

  • Morning: plenary sessions and General Assembly (non-members are welcome to attend)
  • Afternoon: parallel sessions, workshops, and poster session

Friday 27 October

  • Morning: parallel workshops and closing session
  • Afternoon: excursions to different types of farms and other sites

In the spirit of participatory build-up of the Forum programme, we call for topics for sessions and workshops to take as much as possible topics important to all stakeholders into account. A first list of potential topics, based on preliminary suggestions received, is shown below.

The 2nd circular (to be released end of June) will include a more detailed list of sessions/workshops. Participants will have the opportunity of choosing the parallel session they wish to attend. The final programme will be included in the 3rd circular (to be released in early September).

Please send your proposals to Alexander Wezel ( by 10 June 2017.


Call for Ideas

Please send us a short abstract (max. 1 page, please click here for the form: Agroecology Forum- CallForIdeas) to describe your contribution to the Forum. Contributions can address a diversity of activities and topics, such as:
– Description of an activity in general
– Farm, development project, NGO or private company description
– Statement or opinion
– Description of an innovation
– Proposition for action
– Scientific results
– Ideas for research, education and training
– Others
– These abstract will be instrumental to the build-up of sessions and workshops and for the organisation of the World Café and l of interactive discussion throughout the Forum. The abstracts will be collated in a Book of Abstracts which will be made available at the Forum.

Please send your ideas to the secretariat ( by the 10th of June 2017 (Agroecology Forum- CallForIdeas). The Forum is planned to have many interactive parts with exchange, discussion and networking, and only some oral presentations in certain sessions.

Tentative themes for sessions/workshops

  • Co-evolution of organic agriculture and agroecology
  • Food sovereignty and food security
  • Promoting synergies between movements, practitioners and science
  • Sharing successful practices, initiatives and experiences
  • Transitions to agroecological practices and systems
  • Young agroecologists: trajectories and professionalisation
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Training and Education in Agroecology
  • Policies for Agroecology at local and global scales
  • Current and future challenges for agroecological practices
  • Performance of agroecological systems: indicators and other tools (from field to fork)

2nd circular

To be released end of June. It will include information about the final list of sessions and workshops, registration fees and related deadlines.

Organizing committee:

For Agroecology Europe: Paolo Bàrberi (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, IT), Stéphane Bellon (INRA SAD, FR), Paola Migliorini (University of Gastronomic Science, IFOAM AgriBioMediterraneo, IT), Alain Peeters (RHEA, BE), Alexander Wezel (ISARA, FR, DE), Sabine Zikeli (University of Hohenheim, DE)

From other NGOs: Janneke Bruil (Cultivate! (offspring of ILEIA), NL), Sarah Schneider (Misereor, DE), Oxfam Solidarité (Stéphane Parmentier, BE), Maria Dolores Raigón, Victor Gonzálvez (SEAE, ES), others to be confirmed.

The venue of the Forum

The Forum will be carried out in Lyon, the city of Gastronomy, with its old town centre also recognized under UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The venue of the Forum is located at ISARA-Lyon.

ISARA-Lyon is a French “Grande Ecole” (graduate college) specialized in agricultural, food and environmental science. ISARA is offering a wide range of Bachelor and Master level curricula in agriculture, food science, agribusiness and environmental science. At the crossroads of food, agriculture and environmental issues, ISARA also develops research activities and advisory services, mainly in agroecology and sustainable food systems.

To subscribe: information coming end of June!