Upcoming Events for Conferences http://njf.nu/seminars/ Nordic workshop on competitive and sustainable animal production http://njf.nu/seminars/uusi-calendar-event/?date=2017-09-27 <p><em><strong>“Fostering the economics and viability of the livestock sector”</strong></em> </p> <p><img class="leftAlone" title="" src="http://njf.nu/assets/Uploads/image.png" alt="image" width="481" height="329"></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Background</strong></p> <p>Livestock sector in the Northern Europe is facing strong challenges to maintain its economic, environmental and ethical sustainability. Climate change, sustainability challenges and globalization of the food supply are examples of factors which can impact the livestock sector worldwide. There is a need to address adaptation options and economic dimensions of these issues.</p> <p>Consumers, policy-makers and stakeholders are increasingly interested in ethical and quality aspects of food. Concerns related to animal welfare, food safety, ecological and environmental burden of livestock and rising antimicrobial resistance have gained attention among stakeholders. One approach to these challenges is to select production and marketing strategies such as direct sales from farms, local food or the use of labelling based on high-quality standards which account for environmental and ethical concerns. However, consumers are a heterogeneous group and different attention is given to these topics across the Nordic countries.</p> <p>From the business perspective, competition is intense and there is much pressure to reduce production costs. These pressures are increased by policies affecting international trade and the competitive advantage of countries with for instance lower environmental or animal welfare standards. Reduced profitability, narrowing wedge between input prices and producer prices of livestock products, and emerging sustainability challenges have put livestock sector in a vulnerable financial position. This all highlights the need for developing novel approaches to enhance productivity and to meet consumers’ and society’s expectations.</p> <p>Studies evaluating economic impacts of improved production and supply chain management, improved risk management in a volatile market, animal health care systems, advances in animal breeding and emerging technologies such as automatic milking systems or automated monitoring of animals in the future production systems are needed to guide decisions. Cost-effectiveness stresses the need to consider future options for the structure of the sector. From the policy perspective, information is needed on the role of information, economic incentives and policies in guiding transformation to sustainability.  Knowledge is needed on which factors are the driving forces behind each development and how to best handle future challenges.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Call for papers and posters</strong></p> <p>The organizing committee invites proposals for oral presentations and posters. Submissions addressing economic, environmental or ethical sustainability of livestock production (from farm to fork) are expected. Papers from all disciplines are welcomed. Contributions in these themes are particularly welcomed:</p> <ul><li><em>Influences of improved management and novel technologies on economic competitiveness of livestock enterprises</em></li> <li><em>Consumer perspectives and willingness to pay for environmentally or ethically more sustainable products</em></li> <li><em>Analysis of policies related to economic, environmental or ethical sustainability of livestock sector</em></li> </ul><p> </p> <p><strong>Abstract submission</strong></p> <p>Please submit a one-page abstract highlighting the research question, materials and methods, the main result and a conclusion of your contribution via an <a title="Abstract submission page" href="https://fi.surveymonkey.com/r/HXTYKQY">on-line form</a>. </p> <p>The deadline for submissions is the 9<sup>th</sup> of August 2017. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their paper within three weeks after the submission, and at the latest by the 14<sup>th</sup> of August 2017.</p> <p>There will be a best paper and poster competition. Accepted abstracts will be compiled in a proceedings book that will be available on-line by the time of workshop.</p> <p>There is a possibility to submit the full paper to be considered for publication by <a title="Agricultural and Food Science" href="https://journal.fi/afs">Agricultural and Food Science</a>.</p> <p><strong>Confirmed keynote speakers</strong></p> <ul><li><a title="Jonathan rushton" href="https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/infection-and-global-health/staff/jonathan-rushton/">Prof. Jonathan Rushton</a>, Professor of Animal Health and Food Systems Economics,  University of Liverpool, UK: “<em>Livestock food systems – how values influence the sustainable balance?</em>” </li> <li><a title="Lynn Frewer" href="http://www.ncl.ac.uk/afrd/staff/profile/lynnfrewer.html#background">Prof. Lynn Frewer</a>, Professor of Food &amp; Society, Newcastle University, UK: “<em>Consumer attitudes to animal welfare in intensive production systems</em>” </li> <li><a title="Pekka Huhtanen" href="http://www.slu.se/en/cv/pekka-huhtanen/">Prof. Pekka Huhtanen</a>, Professor of Animal Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden: “<em>Possibilities to improve the sustainability of dairy production</em>” </li> </ul> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:32:37 +0200 http://njf.nu/seminars/uusi-calendar-event/?date=2017-09-27 Legumes from field to fork – a Nordic-Baltic perspective on production, development and marketing of legumes http://njf.nu/seminars/ny-calendar-event-12/?date=2017-11-28 <p><img width="600" height="433" title="" class="leftAlone" style="width: 239px; height: 163px;" alt="Legume logo" src="http://njf.nu/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage600433-Legume-logo.jpg"></p> <p> <br>It is with great pleasure we announce the NJF conference, Legumes from field to fork – a Nordic-Baltic perspective on production, development and marketing of legumes, to be held in Tartu, Estonia on the 28<sup>th</sup> to 30<sup>th</sup> of November, 2017.</p> <p>The Conference aims to gather experts in the multidisciplinary field of legume research in the Nordic-Baltic region and is dedicated to provide a forum for a discussion on the following topics:</p> <p>* legume production<br>* new food and feed based on legumes<br>* environmental impact of legumes in agriculture and food production<br>* marketing of legumes</p> <p>Participants will have the opportunity to present short talks and posters on their work and discuss their research in a relaxed, multidisciplinary and scientific environment. We also offer key-note lectures by internationally recognized scientists (presented at the conference website) working in areas connected to the conference topics.</p> <p>We especially invite food industry to participate. Many of the scientific participants are involved in applied projects such as EIP or EU-project where it is crucial with deliverables to food and feed industry. It will thus be a good opportunity to connect industry with scientist.</p> <p>We will be delighted to see you in Tartu in November 2017!</p> <p>The NJF conference in Estonia is a part of the EUROLEGUME FP7 project ending in 2017.</p> <p><em>On behalf of the Scientific Committee,</em></p> <p><em>Margit Olle, Estonia   </em><em>Fredrik Fogelberg, Sweden   </em><em>Ingunn Vaagen, Norway</em></p> <p>Please send any questions to <a href="mailto:Fredrik.Fogelberg@ri.se">Fredrik.Fogelberg@ri.se</a>. <br>Swedish participants can telephone 010-516 69 08 and receive oral information in Swedish.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:57:54 +0200 http://njf.nu/seminars/ny-calendar-event-12/?date=2017-11-28