NJF SEMINAR 495
4th NJF Organic Conference
in Mikkeli, Finland
Welcome dear colleagues and friends,
We cordially invite you to the 4 th NJF Organic Conference "Organics for tomorrow’s food systems" from 19th till 21th of June, 2017, in Mikkeli Finland!
Coference leaflet: njf-leaflet.pdf
The Conference is dedicated to create a platform for exchanging the latest research results and sharing the advanced research methods of the following topics: sustainable organic production, organic food, human health and wellbeing, organics in our societies and organics – the development of tomorrow´s food systems.
Mikkeli Concert and Conference Hall, where the conference will be held. Photo: Mikkeli region tourist information.
Campus of Mikkeli University Consortium.
For the first time the Conference of the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists (NJF) takes place in Mikkeli Finland by the beautiful lakeside of Saimaa. The Conference main organizer – Finnish Organic Research Institute – has the pleasure to welcome you to Mikkeli for this scientifically and culturally rich three day event.
During the Conference we will invite you to take the opportunity to follow the excursions to various destinations nearby Mikkeli, which will be announced later.
NJF is the oldest Nordic organization established in 1918. It is a living, dynamic organisation with 1.500 members in eight countries – Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – all interested in agriculture in a broad perspective and its important role in the society.
The Conference in Finland is coordinated by Finnish Organic Research Institute, which is an expert network operating under the University of Helsinki and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
The Organizing and the Scientific Committee of the Conference wish you all a successful participation in the Conference and a pleasant stay in Mikkeli!
Conference topics: Organics for tomorrow’s food systems
Organic agriculture has been recognized as a driver towards more sustainable agricultural practises and food systems. However, there is a need for progress to meet tomorrow´s agricultural, environmental and societal challenges, to be vital for public health and wellbeing and to have a major impact on global food systems. Research plays a fundamental role for the next step. The aim of the conference is to share and discuss recent research outcomes within organic food and farming and its societal interactions. Dialogue and cooperation between stakeholders are necessary for implementation of research and we welcome participants working in different parts of our food systems.
The conference is organized along four transdisciplinary tracks:
Track 1. Tuning up sustainable organic production
Recent reviews suggest that organic agriculture is beneficial to the environment and promotes e.g. animal welfare in a wide context. However, there are still a number of sustainability challenges concerning organic agricultural and horticultural systems of today and organic farming is criticized for its, in many cases, lower yield performances. In this track we welcome research on all kinds of organic systems that contributes to solutions for more productive and sustainable organic farming.
|Photo: Brita Suokas, Ruralia Institute||Photo: Juho Hämäläinen, Ruralia Institute|
Track 2. Organic food, human health and wellbeing
The knowledge of compositional differences between organic and conventional food is increasing. So far, the studies have focused on contents of essential nutrients, a few bioactive compounds like phenolic compounds, and toxic heavy metals. Less is known of other components like microbiota, hormones, growth factors, cytokines, etc. Health effects have been studied only in short term clinical studies; studies covering whole lifetime or several generations are still missing. This track deals with the link between food and health and wishes to bring light on research results contributing to fill in the knowledge gaps. The track covers also other innovative organic product development.
Transparency, clean ingredients, benefits of careful processing technologies like ferments and the identifying of new sources of proteins are also examples of topics fitting in to this track. Functional foods for target populations is another example.
Track 3. Organics in our societies
For further development of the organic food chain, larger comprehension of its interaction with communities is needed. This requires multidisciplinary and multi-actor approaches in research. Transformation of organic principles shall promote sustainability in the whole food system. This track aims to discuss food politics, economy and governmental programs, including topics about legitimacy of organic in our societies: in decision making process, legislative process and politics within different fields. What is the position of organics in our societies and food systems? How is both environmental sustainability and profitable businesses enhanced?
Track 4. Organics – the next step
Organic food and farming had a successful role to date in sparring the mainstream food systems to become more sustainable. Currently, the population is rapidly growing and the planetary boundaries are in several cases transgressed. Inequity and social unrest set unprecedented, interrelated challenges to the sustainability of food systems today and in the future. A radical change in global food systems is needed to meet the challenges. Is Organics able to make the leap to show the way forward again? This track focuses on research with systems approach, contributing to the development of tomorrow’s food systems.
19-21 June 2017 in Mikkeli, Finland
Conference program and keynote speakers
Registration begins at 13.00 at Mikkeli University Consortium Campus, Lönnrotinkatu 7
15.00-15.30 Opening ceremony, Mikaeli Conference Hall, Mayor of Mikkeli, NJF representative, Chair of the Scientific Committee
15.30-16.30 Organic Agriculture in the 21st Century Keynote speaker, Professor John P. Reganold
16.30-17.30 Tuning up sustainable organic production Keynote speaker, Professor Lotta Rydhmer
17.30-18.00 Break, refreshments
18.00-19.00 Organic food systems: Do they produce healthy diets? Keynote speaker, Professor Carola Strassner
19.00-19.15 Walk back to the University Campus
19.30-23.00 Get-together at the University Campus
08.30-10.00 1st Session: oral, parallel four tracks, University Campus
10.30-11.15 2nd Session: posters, grouped according to tracks, University Campus
11.15-12.00 3rd Session: posters, grouped according to tracks, University Campus
13.00-14.30 4th session: oral, parallel four tracks, University Campus
19.00-23.00 Conference Dinner, Mikaeli Conference Hall
08.30-09.50 5th Session: oral, parallel four tracks, University Campus
09.50-10.30 Walk to the Mikaeli Conference Hall
10.00-10.30 Coffee, Mikaeli Conference Hall
10.30-11.30 Organics - the next step Keynote speaker, Professor Gerold Rahmann
11.30-12.00 Conclusions of the tracks, track leaders
12.00-12.15 Closing of the Conference, Director of FORI, NJF representative
12.15-12.30 Walk back to the University Campus
We have opportunity to arrange rooms for meetings of groups from different fields of organic farming, such as organic apple growers, organic seed producers etc. Please contact members of the scientific committee for more information and reservation of meeting places.
Registration: begins 23rd of January 2017
|Participation fee||Before 30.4.2017||After 30.4.2017|
Fee includes admission to all workshops and exhibitions, lunches, coffee breaks, get-together party and dinner, conference material, proceedings and an excursion.
NJF membership fee: 30€/year
Venue: The conference and dinner ceremonies will be held at the Concert and Conference Hall Mikaeli, Sointukatu 1 and at the premises of Mikkeli University Consortium, Lönnrotinkatu 5 and 7, Mikkeli.
The distance from Helsinki to Mikkeli is about 235 km and travel time is approximately 3 hours by car. You can look for public transportations options on the web sites of Finnish Railways (VR), Onnibus or Matkahuolto.
Call for papers:
The topics of the Conference aim to embrace a wide range of aspects in food systems. Conference topics are:
- Tuning up sustainable organic production
- Organic food, human health and wellbeing
- Organics in our societies
- Organics – the next step
Paper admission: www.orgprints.org
Excursions on 20th of June 14.30-18.00
There will be three separate excursions to organic farms and organic companies located in or nearby the city of Mikkeli. Among them is organic farm Siiriäinen in Hirvensalmi where you can find happy animals. Other destination is Kalliola organic farm in Haukivuori where organic vegetables are cultivated. Third excursion takes you to Juva to TeaHouse of Wehmais which is an old idyllic family mansion at the countryside. There you can enjoy traditional cup of english tea and also buy high quality clothing.
Conference participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own reservations for travel and hotel accommodations.
The organizers of the Conference have made the effort to hold rooms for the Conference participants in three hotels in Mikkeli (listed below). If you choose to stay at these hotels, book the rooms through the hotel websites and indicate the promo code listed for each hotel below.
- Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Mikkeli
- Hotel Cumulus Mikkeli
- Hotel Uusikuu Mikkeli
More information about the hotels and reservations here: Accommodation.pdf
Dr Jaakko Nuutila, Researcher, Natural Resources Institute Finland
+358 29 532 6780, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Carina Tikkanen-Kaukanen, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Chair of the Scientific Commitee
+358 50 318 0283, email@example.com
Communication and practical arrangements of NJF:
Mrs Sirpa Taskinen, Expert, Mikkeli University Consortium, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Ulla Jurvanen, Expert, Mikkeli University Consortium, email@example.com
Mrs Sirpa Piskonen, Communications secretary, Ruralia Institute University of Helsinki, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Tikkanen-Kaukanen Carina, PhD, Adjunct Professor
Secretary: Nuutila Jaakko, PhD
Members: Hakala Kaija, Hakalehto Elias, Kreismane Dzidra, Luik Anne, Lähdesmäki Merja, Mikkola Minna, Peetsmann Elen, Rasmussen Ilse, Skulskis Virgilijus, Tahvonen Raija, Ulvén Karin, Wibe Atle and Wivstad Maria
Organizing committee in Mikkeli:
Chair: Iivonen Sari, PhD, Director of the Finnish Organic Research Institute, email@example.com
Secretary: Nuutila Jaakko, PhD
Members: Huhta Harri, Jurvanen Ulla, Malinen Matti, Piskonen Sirpa, Taskinen Sirpa and Tikkanen-Kaukanen Carina
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONFERENCE WILL BE RELEASED LATER ON THESE WEB PAGES – STAY TUNED!
|Beautiful Lake Saimaa
Photo: Mikkeli region tourist information
|Mikkeli pedestrian zone and Cathedral
Photo: Ulla Jurvanen, Mikkeli University Consortium
|Studentactivities at the market square
Photo: Ulla Jurvanen, Mikkeli University Consortium
Summernight in Mikkeli, Savilahti Brigde
Time and place: June 19-21, 2017, Mikkeli, Finland
Submission of Abstract and Posters deadline:
Abstract submission begins 15th of December 2016 and ends on the 31st of March 2017. Feedback will be given before the 28th April.
Registration to the Conference: https://www.lyyti.in/4th_NJF_Organic_Conference_Organics_for_tomorrows_food_systems_9094