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A joint initiative by agri-food groups of leading European and international universities and business schools providing a discussion platform for the European and international scientific community

Endorsed by international scientific associations in agricultural economics, agribusiness, engineering, and information research:
EAAE (European Association of Agricultural Economists)
IFAMA (International Food and Agribusiness Management Association)
AIEA2 (Assoc. Intern. di Economia Alimentare e Agro-Industriale)
CIGR ( International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering) 
INFITA (Intern. Network for IT in Agric., Food and the Environment)
Scientific program organization of Forum 2018: 
Intern. Center for Food Chain and Network Research, University of Bonn
coordinated by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schiefer and Dr. Jivka Deiters

Workshop activity is from morning to noon and during late afternoons and evenings. Afternoons are free for individual and group meetings for reflection, discussions, networking, and relaxation while skiing, walking, enjoying mountain restaurants or discovering the medieval roots of Innsbruck.

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The production and marketing of food takes place in an interdependent dynamic system, the food system, involving activities of

  • enterprises in chains and networks in agriculture, food processing, and retail and
  • consumers, media, and an institutional environment for policy, marketing, and management support.

Among the actors of the food system and between the food system and the political, economic, technical, socio-cultural, and natural environment, dynamic interactions and interdependencies occur. These dynamics cause a constant challenge for actors in the food system towards the development of strategies that ensure sustainability and competitiveness for themselves and for the food sector as a whole.

Key success factors for meeting this challenge are, among others, innovations and the system’s capability for innovations that aim at sustainable system dynamics

Innovations for the food system regard production, organization (internal processes, logistics, and marketing), technology, and management including the flexibility and speed to adapt to changing conditions and scenarios.

System innovations and dynamics in food chains and networks could focus on such diverse elements as

  • inter-company quality systems and quality standards,
  • inter-organizational information systems (e.g. for chain management or tracking and tracing),
  • risk management, regional or global logistics systems
  • chain governance structures,
  • new business-to-business relationships that are highly responsive to dynamic consumer and market demands, etc.

They require coordination of actors and the acceptance of risk, elements that are themselves up for innovative developments. 

The food system’s dynamic interdependencies need a multidisciplinary view; research is required to cross the boundaries of traditional research lines.

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  • Conference Date

    Feb 05



    Feb 09


  • Oct 13 2017

    Draft paper submission deadline