The 5th International Symposium for Farming Systems Design (FSD)
FSD is an informal interdisciplinary scientific community of practice to promote research and capacity building on farming systems design.
The core science is: “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.
- Any challenge 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.
Call for abstracts
A 300 word abstract aims to identify participants who will be further asked to submit a 2-page paper to be published in the Agro2015/FSD5 proceedings. Keynotes, oral presentations and workshop chairs will be identified by the Agro2015/FSD5 scientific committee among these 2-page papers. 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. The deadline for submission is 15 December 2014.
The submission of the 2-page paper will be open only from 16 December 2014 for accepted abstracts.