18th IFOAM Organiz World Congress
ICC, 13-15 October 2014, İstanbul
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Main Track
Scientific Track
Practitioners' Track





Practitioners' Track will provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences about the practical and strategic as well as socio-cultural aspects of organic food and agriculture. It will bring together more than 70 "practitioners", who share the vision of a worldwide adoption of ecologically, socially and economically sound systems based on the principles of organic agriculture.

The Practitioners' Track will enrich the congress with presentations and discussions about organic methods, strategies, projects and initiatives from around the world. It aims to broaden the horizons of congress participants by providing opportunities to:

  • share information, lessons-learned, achievements and challenges;
  • discuss creative solutions to real-world problems;
  • gain inspiration and knowledge of best practices;
  • explore future collaboration.



The topics will be explored thorough 24 sessions; each session will include 3 presentations and a panel discussion with 3 speakers and one moderator. TR/EN translation will be available for some presentations.



The sessions of the Practitioners' Track will focus on the following three issues:

  • Building organic bridges between traditional systems and the future

    Traditional production methods are under threat due to the demands of mass food production systems. How can we link traditional knowledge to the future?

    Subtopics: Heirloom seeds; Seed-exchange networks; Traditional knowledge and practices; Documentation of traditional knowledge; Traditional recipes and food preservation; Food and energy self-sufficiency; Edible wild plants; Traditional medicine; Traditional farming and landuse (e.g. agro-pastoralism); Local and regional food systems.

  • Building organic bridges between stakeholders

    In order to achieve ecologically and economically viable systems with the least amount of waste possible, stakeholders need to work together in harmony and share a common goal.

    Subtopics: Farmers to Consumers (PGS, box schemes, e-marketing, market places); Rural to urban; Tourist to farmer (farm visits, Agro-eco tourism); Wildlife to farmer; State bodies, investors, companies, NGOs, scientific bodies; Scientists to producers; NGOs specialising in food and the environment; Urban agriculture to communities.

  • Building organic bridges between strategies

    Even when the stakeholders share a common goal there are many different ways to achieve this goal, differing from culture to culture, from geography to geography, etc. Building organic bridges between these systems is about being open to different strategies. Differences in strategies make us stronger as diversity is always more resilient than monoculture.

    Subtopics: Biodiversity conservation; Fair trade; Agro-ecology; Permaculture; Cradle to cradle strategies; Climate change adaptation; Consumer choice; Farming trends; Standards and Labelling; how to build organic institutions; Sustainability and partnership.

Submission guidelines


Oral Presentations


Submissions for oral presentations (max. 2 pages) can be submitted in English or Turkish and should include;

  1. Title (max. 40 characters)
  2. Subtitle (max. 60 characters)
  3. Author's name and background (max. 200 characters)
  4. Summary (max. 400 characters)
  5. Background
  6. Main chapter
  7. Core messages and conclusions
  8. Applications should be a minimum of 4000 characters, including spaces, and a maximum of 9000.

Poster Presentations


Submission for poster presentations (max. 1 page) can be submitted in Turkish and any UN language: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Russian and Spanish. The title and summary, however, must be given in English. Posters must be paid for and printed by the applicant. Any poster deemed to be 'insulting' will be withdrawn by the committee.

Submissions must be made through Organic Eprints:

  1. Register at Organic Eprints.
  2. Select from the list "Submit a paper or a poster to a conference" as Eprint type and only the corresponding track "2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Practitioners' Track" as Research Affiliation and enter other required information.
  3. Deposit your paper.

For more detailed instructions, please click here.

Important dates

  • Opening call: 15 March 2013
  • Submission deadline: 30 September 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 December 2013
  • Final paper submission: 31 January 2014
  • Final decision the committee and information about foreseen session, if oral or poster: 31 March 2014