Framework programme

  • Farming ecology
      1. Bio-cultural diversity: a complex attribute of traditional farming
      2. Subsistence traditional farming vs. ecological agriculture
      3. Land sparing vs. land sharing
      4. Farmland’s working treescape vs. planting new woodland
      5. To eat or not to eat animals: this is the ecological question
      6. Wild nature habitats in a farming context (e.g. old-growth islands, peatlands, marshes, brooks)
      7. Expanding wildness or developmental sprawl on abandoned farmland: the only choice?
      8. Does “ecological agriculture” substitute traditional farming?
  • Potential of agroforestry practices in multifunctional landscapes for food security and maintenance of cultural or environmental functions of agriculture.
      1. Opportunities for agroforestry in Europe
      2. Transformation towards resilient agriculture with agroforestry
      3. Education and training on agroforestry in CE Europe - misconceptions and openness to practice
      4. Agroforestry for smallholders in CE Europe - an opportunity for small farms development or utopian socialist vision?
  • Farming in European mountains and foothills: a romantic, unrealistic anachronism?
      1. (Silvo-)pastoralism: preventing the loss of cultural rural landscapes
  • Agricultural landscape and its ecosystem services
      1. Contemporary agricultural (rural) landscape: what does it mean?
      2. Agricultural landscapes: identity and tradition; structural and cultural urbanisation
      3. Preserving/restoring rural landscapes regardless of farming or through farming?
      4. Should traditional agricultural landscapes be valued in the global “carbon currency?”
  • Economics of multifunctional farming: the role of small and semi-subsistence farms
      1. Pros and cons of eco-schemes
      2. Land use conflicts and their impact on farming and farmers
      3. Land distribution inequalities
      4. Subsistence farming from an economic perspective: just a hobby?
      5. Getting agriculture out of the global crisis: patching up top-down policies or restoring farming’s sovereignty and resilience?
      6. Ukrainian post-war agriculture: a threat to European farming or the way out of top-down governance of agriculture?
  • Local farming systems in times of the global crisis
      1. Combating or adapting to climate change? Should local husbandry be conscripted to global climate war?
      2. Supporting nature-friendly farming systems: going vege or eating locally grown food?
      3. Food supply and security: fixing up global solutions or restoring local farming systems?
      4. Agrotourism and other alternative farmland usage: helping or destroying farming?
      5. Global environmentalism vs. ecology of local landscapes and farming: cohesion or conflict?
  • Deagrarianisation – its social, cultural and ecological consequences
      1. Deagrarianisation an irreversible trend?
      2. Excluding peasants
      3. Can one substitute disappearing mutual help and social bonds of the vanishing traditional farming systems?
      4. Farmers’ sense of identity vs. cultural urbanisation
  • The cultural severance from farmland
      1. Traditional ecological knowledge - an elusive legacy or valuable guidelines?
      2. How will Europe’s cultural diversity deal without traditional farming?
  • Farming science and education
      1. Farming in academic curricula - how does it translate to practice?
      2. Farming in general education (schools, media); educational farms
      3. Vocational farming education - identifying gaps
  • Urban interfaces: effects of food policies on agriculture
      1. What is a sustainable food system: efficiency and sufficiency
      2. Urban and peri-urban farming
      3. Community Supported Agriculture - Responding to the needs of society, local food security, or farmers' production security?
      4. Do farmers fit into the culturally urbanised countryside?
  • Being a farmer - a panel discussion of active farmers, answering the audience’s questions
  • Shaping agriculture - a panel discussion of policy makers and activists