About carrying out on June 17-19, 2015 in Halle (Saale), Germany IAMO Forum 2015 on the theme: «Agriculture and climate change in transition economies»

Agriculture and climate change in transition economies

IAMO Forum 2015

17-19 June 2015 | Halle (Saale), Germany

Climate change threatens to compromise global food security and impact the ecosystem services and biodiversity that underpin future agricultural production. At the same time, agriculture is a main culprit of producing greenhouse gas emissions through land-use change, production-related emissions, and management inefficiencies. Global agriculture therefore has considerable potential to mitigate emissions, but also needs to develop suitable adaptation measures.

The IAMO Forum 2015 will provide a platform for presenting and discussing research that investigates the interrelations of climate change and agriculture, with a focus on the transition countries of Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, and East Asia. We welcome contributions that examine the past, present, and future impacts of climate change on agricultural production, the greenhouse gas emissions associated with agricultural production, and the adaptation of agricultural practices to a changing climate. The conference contributions may emerge from a variety of methodological approaches at various spatial and temporal scales and include equilibrium models, optimization approaches, econometrics, crop growth simulations or integrated assessments. Interdisciplinary contributions are particularly welcome.

The IAMO Forum 2015 is jointly organized by the Department Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas of IAMO and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The third conference day is co-organized with the German Agribusiness Alliance, Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations. The IAMO Forum will be held at IAMO’s conference facilities. Conference language will be English.

Call for extended abstracts

We request the contribution of extended abstracts with up to 1,000 words. The abstracts should address one or more than one conference topic and should include a concise summary of the work's significance, major research questions, data and methods, and findings. The abstracts must truly follow the formatting guidelines and be submitted at www.iamo.de/forum/2015/submission.html by 13 March 2015. Online submission will be open from the beginning of November 2014. All abstracts will go through a peer review. Notification of abstracts selected for an oral presentation will be sent by 2 April 2015. All accepted abstracts will be published on the conference website.

 Call for organized sessions

We welcome proposals for organized sessions that match the theme of IAMO Forum 2015. Events should be limited to 90 minutes. Session proposals should include the title of the proposed session and an abstract of up to 300 words that concisely describes the relevance of the session to the meeting theme and, optionally, a list of potential speakers and topics. Please use the proposed template. Session proposals must be submitted at www.iamo.de/forum/2015/submission.html by 16 January 2015. Notification of acceptance for session proposals will be sent by 30 January 2015.

 Conference Programm

The IAMO Forum 2015 focuses on mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to changing climate conditions in the agricultural sector as well as the potential implications of climate change for ecosystem services with a geographic focus on the transition economies.

The Forum will feature three plenary sessions, six parallel sessions and a moderated panel discussion. Each day of the conference will focus on one main topic.

Day 1: Regional assessments of impacts and options for mitigation and adaptation

Day 1 focuses on how agricultural production is affected by climate change and how agriculture can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Contributions can deal with continental-scale, national, regional or cross-national analyses. The aim of Day 1 is to better understand mitigation opportunities, anticipated possible effects, and to assess the resilience of agricultural production systems under climate change in transition countries. Specific topics may include:

Panel speakers:
Pete Smith (University of Aberdeen)
Maximilian Auffhammer (UC Berkeley)

Day 2: Farm-level and case study insights

Case studies of mitigation and adaptation at the farm and local levels provide crucial insights into the nexus of agriculture and climate change. The aim of Day 2 will be to obtain and synthesize the knowledge from such local insights across the transition countries. Sessions may include:

Panel speakers:
Vladimir Romanenko (Moscow State University)
Jikun Huang (Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

Day 3: Opportunities and challenges of climate-smart agriculture
Climate-smart agriculture aims to sustainably increase agricultural production while at the same time adapting and building resilience to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A plenary session will shed light on opportunities and challenges of climate-smart agriculture from a global perspective and with special focus on transition countries.

Panel speakers:
Leslie Lipper
(Senior Environmental Economist and EPIC Programme Director – Agriculture and Development Economics Division, FAO)
Hermann Lotze-Campen (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, PIK) - solicited

Day 3 will conclude with a moderated plenary discussion. Representatives from German and international agribusiness, science and policy will debate the opportunities of putting climate-smart agriculture into practice and the challenges involved in implementing climate-smart agriculture at the farm level. The session will conclude with suggestions from all participants regarding potential ways forward in the realisation of climate-smart agriculture.

 Dates and Deadlines

16 January 2015

Deadline for organized session proposals

30 January 2015

Notification of accepted session proposals

13 March 2015

Deadline for extended abstracts

2 April 2015

Notification of accepted extended abstracts

18 May 2015

Early bird registration deadline

9 June 2015

Final deadline for online registration

17-19 June 2015

IAMO Forum 2015



For further information please contact:

Dr. Franziska Schaft

Tel.: +49 345 ​2928-229
Fax: +49 ​345 ​2928-399

Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)
Structural Development of Farms and Rural Areas
Theodor-Lieser-Str. 2
06120 Halle (Saale)





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