Dear colleagues,

I would like to share with you some very interesting events and calls just around the corner.

The 3rd International Conference Insects to Feed the World 2020 will take place at the Québec Convention Centre in Canada, from June 2-6 2020. The conference program will be broad with topics including, but not limited to: Insect as food (ethno-entomology), Harvesting and traditional role of eating insects, Sustainable consumption and food security, Perception, marketing and economics, Insect production systems, Processing organic side streams, Optimization, engineering, automatation and security, Genetics, nutrition, physiology, health & ethics of edible insects, Waste management. Abstract submission deadline is March 5, 2020.

The Fourth Global Food Symposium will be held at the University of Göttingen in Germany on April 24th and 25th, 2020. The aim is to discuss new research findings and policy challenges related to the global agri-food system transformation. The two-day event will feature plenary sessions with invited speakers, contributed paper sessions, and posters. Confirmed speakers include Chris Barrett (USA), Jessica Fanzo (USA), Jill Hobbs (Canada), Miet Maertens (Belgium), Catherine Ragasa (USA), Tom Reardon (USA), Lucia Reisch (Denmark), Jo Swinnen (Belgium), Rob Vos (USA), and David Zilberman (USA). We invite submissions for contributed papers and posters from all researchers working on related topics from an economics and/or social science perspective. Topics include supply chain management, linking smallholders to markets, contract farming, food standards and trade, food security and poverty, nutrition transition, and sustainable consumption. All submissions should be in the form of an extended 2- page abstract to be submitted via the GlobalFood website ( The submission deadline is November 15, 2019.   

The Winter School on "Survey Design and Experimental Methods in Applied and Agricultural Economics" will be held in Arizona State University, USA next March 16-20, 2020. The main objective of the winter school is to deliver an organic treatment of theoretical and practical knowledge so as to enable participants to design surveys and employ experimental methods. More specifically, this school serves as an introduction to state-of-the-art methods to address marketing research questions related to preferences, willingness to pay, and choice. Underlying psychographic determinants are also covered. For more information, please contact Carola Grebitus (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Vincenzina Caputo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Finally, two special issue calls:

Dr. Daniela Martini and Prof. Davide Menozzi from the University of Parma will serve as guest editor of the Special Issue "Food Labeling: Analysis, Understanding, and Perception" for the Journal Nutrients. This Special Issue welcomes original research and reviews of literature focusing on: The analysis of the nutrient profile of products with different characteristics reported on the food labels (including but not limited to nutrition and health claims, organic, gluten-free); The nutrient profile underlying FOP nutrition labels and their graphical design in different countries; The consumers’ perception, knowledge and understanding of the information made on food; The impact of information on food labeling (e.g., front-of-pack information, serving size) on consumers’ willingness to pay and food choice; The attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, behavioral, and socioeconomic determinants regarding the use of food labels.

Dr. Ellen Van Loo, Dr. Vincenzina Caputo, and Dr. Claudia Bazzani will serve as Guest Editors to the next Special Issue "Food Quality, Price and Consumer Choices". Researchers are invited to submit articles focusing on quality credence quality labels such as environmental and ethical sustainability labels (e.g., organic, sustainable aquaculture and fisheries, animal welfare, fair trade, carbon footprint, local, food miles), symbols and origin labels (country of origin, Protected Designation of Origin, PDO and Protected Geographical Indication, PGI) and labels related to traditional production (Traditional Specialty Guaranteed, TSG), and nutrition- and health-related claims. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019





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