Dear colleagues,

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


The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics will run a summer school on 26 to 29 July 2020, at St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford, on how ongoing changes in attitudes towards animals should be incorporated into public policy and institutions.Experts from a range of disciplines are invited to present at the summer school. All selected papers will be considered for publication in book form or in the Journal of Animal Ethics. Deadline is January 15, 2020.

The XVI Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists, EAAE will take place in Prague – Czech Republic, from Tuesday, August 25 until Friday, August 28, 2020.  The Local Organising Committee and the Programme Committee are striving to arrange a stimulating and innovative programme consisting of invited plenary presentations, invited panels, organised sessions, organised panels, contributed papers and posters as well as field trips. The Congress aims to stimulate interaction among a broad range of stakeholders of the food chain. In particular, policy makers, societal stakeholders and agribusiness representatives shall contribute to the programme through organised panels which have an open format and do not require a scientific paper. The deadline for Contributed Papers is January 31, 2020

Next 13–15 May 2020 in GARGNANO – Garda Lake, Italy the seminar “THE WIND OF CHANGE OF SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS Sailing economic, governance, and policy perspectives will take place”. The objective of the seminar is to improve the understanding of sustainability standards and their effects on agricultural, food, and bio-based value chains. The seminar focuses on public and private sustainability standards. January 15th, 2020 is the deadline for the submission of extended abstract for oral presentation (max 3 pages). 

The Rotterdam region will host the 30th edition of IFAMA. This prestigious conference will be held from 15-18 June 2020 and will focus entirely on present day and future challenges in the food sector. The full width of the sector will be addressed: from production to processing and from logistics to research. Set at multiple locations in the Rotterdam region, this conference will showcase all aspects of the food sector. 

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 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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