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ISOFAR Newsletter no. 1, 2018

Dear ISOFAR Members and Supporters
Greeting from ISOFAR for beginning of Spring which is the season of positive changes and the natural world goes through a rebirth!

For the year of 2018, we would like to see ISOFAR build on its strengths, including its strong commitment to international research and to encourage even more geographically inclusive collaborations between members. Working closely with ISOFAR and contribution with its symposiums, conferences and workshops can solidify and strengthen its position as a preeminent, and of course with receiving your valuable manuscripts to our scientific journal “Organic Agriculture”. All members have open access to this Springer journal where is a nice place to publish your next peer-reviewed paper!

Recently, a new platform created in our website as “Members Directory” in order to make the possibility for our members to be more visible and the way for buildup scientific networking between all members. 

We are pleased and impressed with receiving good numbers of valuable News for our website since beginning of 2018 which means contribution of science in Organic Agriculture is raising across the world. Scientific attention for developing Organic Agriculture is becoming more and more attractive at academic level which is also a necessity and I hope we could continue strengthening and publishing our Newsletter seasonally and it is clear that it would be happened by your supports and energy.

The ISOFAR website is open for all ISOFAR members and supporters who want to publish news about events, projects, networks, a country report and you are welcome to get in touch by e-mail (mreza.ardakani@gmail.com) to agree about details.

This prolific season is a time of new beginnings; I wish your gardens fill with bright flowers, sweet scents and buzzing bees! As we roll into this colorful time of year, let us not forget to wish our friends and family a season full of blessings and happiness.
 
Sincerely Yours,
Prof. M. Reza Ardakani, Vice president of ISOFAR

NEWS from ISOFAR:

Message from the President 2018

Thank you very much that you support the actions of our scientist network ISOFAR. This is important to keep scientists informed and networked, particularly in a research area, where many of us feel alone and isolated throughout the world. We have members from 70 countries, and we are recognized and appreciated as the global network for Organic Agricultural Research.

Report from Science Day 2018 at BIOFACH

On February 16, 2018, the sixth Science Day took place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.

ISOFAR President stated the biggest challenges and research gaps for organic livestock systems in the Global South

Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International (TIPI) organizes yearly meeting as Science Day at BioFach, Nuremberg, Germany. In 16th February 2018, the Science Day focused on “State of the art and research gaps in organic systems in the Global South”.

Scientific conference on "Evolving agriculture and food - Perspectives in biodynamic research", taking place at Dornach, Switzerland, on Sept. 5th-8th 2018

This new biannual conference will gather academics, scholars, PhD students, graduate students, farmer-researchers and action researchers from around the world to discuss the latest and most pressing issues in biodynamic agriculture, moreover discussing related fields such as agroecology and food and nutrition, dedicating significant attention also to new and alternative researching methods.

SUSplus project - Innovative Education towards Sustainable Food Systems

SUSPLUS project supports cooperation between eight European universities to develop, implement and widely disseminate innovative educational materials and methods in the subject of sustainable food systems.

BSc studies OAFP – Organic Agriculture and Food Production at WULS, Poland

The BSc studies OAFP are prepared and constructed according to the expectations of the potential employers within the organic food production. The focus is on the innovative teaching methods activating students and preparing them to the future employment. The studies will offer a good possibilities to develop necessary skills and knowledge in desired specialties.

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2018

2nd International Workshop on “Organic farming and agro-ecology as a response to global challenges” in Capri Island, Italy

The Research Group on Organic Farming Italy (GRAB-IT) organizes the 2nd International Workshop on “Organic farming and agro-ecology as a response to global challenges” in Capri Island, near Naples, Italy on June 27-29, 2018.

Launching a European Organic Long Term Experiment Network

Organic farming, as stated by IFOAM, relies on a holistic and systemic management of the sustainability of agroecosystems. Functioning of organic cropping systems is based on long-term biological processes. Long-term cropping systems experiments (LTE) are thus of major interest for the further development of organic farming.

The 4th Organic Conference Cameroon

The African Organic Conference (AOC) is an initiative of the African Organic Network (AfrONet). The 4th African Organic Conference (4thAOC) will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from November 5-8, 2018.

Deadline for paper submission is end of March 2018.
Also see how to submit a full paper submission

Find relevant news about upcoming events and conferences on our website ISOFAR.org
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