AGRO 2015 / FSD5


The 5th International Symposium for
Farming Systems Design

“Multi-functional farming systems in a changing world”

Le Corum conference center, Montpellier, France


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One of the specific targets of Agro2015 / FSD5 conference is to widen the interdisciplinary coverage of the FSD community, beyond the original core of agronomists and crop modelers. We particularly welcome contributions from animal science (including fisheries), economy, sociology, geography, ecology, management science, knowledge science, computer science…provided that they contribute to the advancement of science on farming systems analysis, assessment or design.

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 (see TO3 topic).
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.

Applied Topics:

• TO 1: Quantitative analysis and comparison of farming systems structures and functions.
• TO 2: Designing adaptive, productive and/or diversified multi-service farming systems
• TO 3: Methods for scaling up from farm to territorial and global analysis
• TO 4:
Scaling out: design, testing and adaptative management with stakeholders.
• TO 5: Supporting policy decisions with farming system trade-off and scenario analysis.

These topics will not necessarily correspond to a specific session during the conference.

The call for ideas (300 words abstracts) is now closed

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.
The call for ideas (300 words abstract), now closed, aimed 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 sessions chairs are currently selected by the Agro2015/FSD5 Scientific Committee. 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.

If you missed the call for ideas, you can still submit a 2-page paper

Due to numerous requests, and in order to strengthen the FSD community, the organizers remain open to participants/institutions who want to join the FSD5/AGRO2015 conference and have missed the call for ideas. Thus, you still have the chance to submit a 2-page paper before March 15, even if priority will be given to oral presentations issued from the first selection of 300 words abstracts. Anyway, in the format of an FSD conference, discussions will be facilitated as far as possible and authors will have opportunities to present their posters during the sessions.

Important dates

March 29, 2015: Deadline for submission of the 2-page paper
May 11, 2015: Final acceptance of the revised 2-page paper


Updated 02.02.16

Organizing Committee FSD5
/ AGRO2015
Contact: Brigitte Cabantous - Tel. +33 (0) - Fax. +33 (0)