Press and News CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress

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Despite widespread recognition of the urgent need to change the way we grow and consume our food we are far from reaching this goal. Food production remains the single largest driver of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss, including of nutrient-rich varieties of plants and animals. This is not only a conservation issue: it undermines the resilience of our food systems to pests, diseases, and climate change. It affects nutrition. In less than 60 years, diets worldwide have become more similar, dominated by a few staples rich in energy but poor in nutrients essential to human health.

Agrobiodiversity can help address these challenges and drive a positive food system transformation. The Congress will focus on:

  • providing evidence of agrobiodiversity’s role in this transformation and exploring the links between agrobiodiversity loss, malnutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation;
  • showcasing existing solutions and business opportunities to translate science into action and enhance multi-sectoral collaboration on sustainable use and conservation of agrobiodiversity;
  • informing the UN Food Systems Summit and UN Global Biodiversity Framework and other processes related to food system sustainability to advance global environmental protection and nutrition outcomes.

Conference objectives

The three-day program is designed to provide lively discussions and contributions from all sectors that impact agrobiodiversity conservation and use: agriculture, environment, nutrition/health, education, social development, the private sector. Oral presentations, posters and panel discussions will explore innovative research, actions and policies focused on expanding the role of agrobiodiversity in food systems. The Congress will investigate novel markets and unlock agrobiodiversity’s potential for income generation for the most vulnerable. Submissions related to research, policy or practice are invited under the following pillars and sub-themes:

We welcome cross-cutting submissions about agrobiodiversity (e.g. gender and youth; indigenous food systems and related knowledge; science innovation, infrastructure, digital technologies; human health and wellbeing; human rights and equity; green growth/job creation; new partnership models with the private sector).

Congress language: English

Key dates

18 January 2021: Abstract submission is opened

30 June 2021: Abstract submission deadline

1 July – 15 September 2021: Abstract review process

30 September 2021: Notification of acceptance

Abstract selection criteria

Selection criteria used to assess abstracts may include:

  • Relevance of the abstract to the conference’s themes and sub-themes
  • Research merit, innovation, originality, and interest
  • Quality of the abstract, in terms of content and language

Abstract submission guidelines and form

Abstracts should be submitted in English using the Abstract submission form. Please provide:

  • Name, affiliation, and position of main author(s)
  • Short biography of the main author/presenter (no more than 150 words)
  • Abstract title
  • Keywords
  • Abstract (no more than 250 words) summarizing the content of the paper including background, methods/approach, results, and conclusions.
  • There is no limit on the number of abstracts each author can submit.

Abstract acceptance

Email notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent to corresponding authors by 30 September 2021.

Abstracts will be ranked based on the outlined selection criteria, and selected authors will be invited to prepare either an oral or poster presentation for publication on the Congress’ virtual platform.

Authors of the best abstracts may be invited to submit a full paper for publication in national and/or international scientific journals following the Congress.

Therefore, by responding to this call for abstracts, authors confirm that submitted abstract(s) are their own original work, do not infringe third parties’ rights and have not been published or have not been submitted elsewhere for publication. Furthermore, they allow the Congress and its organizers to use their abstracts for publication in the Congress and Congress’ platform.

NOTE: Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to register for the Second International Agrobiodiversity Congress. Proof of registration will be required for the abstracts to be included in the final program and publications.

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Please direct any questions you may have regarding the Congress to:
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For more information about the Congress, click here.

The 2nd International Agrobiodiversity Congress is organized by the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and the Italian Government.