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Annual Conference

The 98th Annual Conference of The Agricultural Economics Society will be held at The University of Edinburgh, UK, 18th - 20th March 2024.

The Conference features a Keynote Address (speaker TBC) on the food system and how current crises and risks threaten food security and a Plenary Session on the triptych of global agriculture by Prof. Spiro Stefanou (USDA – ERS) and Prof. Bob Chambers (University of Maryland).

The Presidential Address will be given by Deb Roberts (The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom).

Dr Yann de Mey (Wageningen University) will give a masterclass on Analyzing risk in agriculture: An overview of defining, measuring, and characterizing farm-level risk exposure. Keep an eye on the website for further updates on the programme.

This year will also feature two special sessions. The first will be on the Journal of Agricultural Economics: Evolution and Challenges, moderated by Dr Jonathan Brooks (Editor-in-Chief, JAE) and Prof. David Harvey (former Editor-in-Chief). The second special session, moderated by Prof. Klaus Glenk (SRUC) and Dr Laure Kuhfuss (SEGS) will be on Survey based experiments to inform agricultural policy design.

The Agricultural Economics Society explicitly intends to support early-career researchers by awarding a prize for the best presentation by a PhD student in the contributed paper sessions and two best poster prizes for early-career researchers.

Call for Papers:  Each year a diverse set of papers, centred on the discipline of Agricultural Economics, is selected for the conference programme. Sessions cover topics such as agricultural trade and policy, environmental economics and policy, supply chain analysis, food demand and policy, behavioural economics, structural adjustment of agriculture, climate change impacts and mitigation, livestock production and disease, agricultural development, technology adoption, the economics of bioenergy, modelling and analysis techniques.

Submissions are possible in three categories:

Contributed Papers:  Contributed Papers will present theoretical developments in the field of agricultural economics or sound applications of theory for the benefit of decision making in the public or private sector. Contributed Papers will be allocated in thematic session, each paper with a 25 min slot (15 min talk and 10 min discussion). Presentations by PhD students will be embedded in the main Conference programme and specific feedback will be provided for the presenters. The best PhD presenter will be awarded with a prize of £100.

Discussion Papers:  The intention of these sessions is to provide a platform for authors to present work that considers new ideas and approaches, addresses issues relating to the more formative stages of a research project or more generally provides the basis for wider discussion. Each Discussion Paper will be allocated with a 30 min slot (20 min talk and 10 min discussion).

Posters:  Posters are welcome to present research results or research of earlier stage. Two best poster prizes of £250 each will be awarded to two early career researchers. We acknowledge financial support of Wiley for these prizes.

Applications for the Contributed Paper sessions, Discussion Paper sessions and Poster session should all make use of the same template (ca. 500-1000 words), which can be found here (please upload your extended abstract in a pdf format).  

Accepted Contributed Papers (4000-8000 words) and Discussion Papers (4000-8000 words) and Posters will be made available to delegates through the AES website before the Conference. In addition, papers from the Conference are normally archived on the AgEcon Search repository at the University of Minnesota. If you would rather not have your paper included on AgEcon search, please let us know on the submission form.

Workshops:  Workshops are organised by members on current topics in Agricultural Economics and related fields. They might feature a set of talks with an extensive discussion or can have more interactive elements. Past workshops have addressed bio-economic modelling, the Green Revolution, uptake of low-carbon practices by farmers, organic products and consumer choice, Brexit and plant biosecurity.

Please contact the programme secretary if you are interested in organising a workshop. Please note that all workshop participants must register for the time that they are at the Conference. For accepted workshops a small contribution to the expenses of speakers can be requested. The deadline for workshop proposals is 31st October 2023.

Travel bursary for the AES Annual Conference:  The Agricultural Economics Society will support the participation of up to three individuals with a £500 bursary. The bursary can be used for travel and conference fees only. To be eligible the individual has to have a Contributed Paper or a Discussion Paper accepted to the Conference. There are no restrictions regarding nationality, age or academic status  Application to be submitted along with the paper submission. The application must contain a motivation letter explaining how the applicant would benefit from attending the Conference and why they need the bursary and a Curriculum Vitae.  The candidates will be notified on the decision along with the decision on their paper acceptance. Successful candidates will be asked to provide a report on their experiences of the Conference. These reports will be published in the AES Newsletter.

Important Dates and Information:
Deadline for symposium and workshop proposals:  31st October 2023
Deadline for abstract submission:  15th December 2023
Decisions on acceptance of papers:  12th January 2024
Deadline for full paper submission and early bird registration:  16th February 2024
Booking information and costs will follow in due course.
Further details on the conference programme content will be available in December.
Joining Instructions for Delegates 2024 – will follow in due course.
FAQ's – will follow in due course.
For all enquiries, please contact: k-herve.dakpo@inrae.fr

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