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2018, EURAF Conference, Nijmegen 28-31 May 2018


4th European Agroforestry Conference

Agroforestry as sustainable land use 

28-31 May 2018, Nijmegen, The Netherlands


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The European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF) cordially invites you to join the European Agroforestry Conference 2018, to be held in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

‘We all know the agroforestry goal, but how to get there?’ That will be the overall and main question on our 2018-conference. How to realise the transition to an agricultural sector, that uses the economic and environmental benefits that agroforestry offers?

The ambition of the EURAF Conference 2018 is accelerating inspiring transitions towards agroforestry as sustainable land use, including the role that agroforestry has to play in order to fight against climate change.

CAP 2021-2027 will be decisive for the future of agroforestry in Europe. That’s why the board of EURAF gratefully accepted the offer of the City of Nijmegen to host our conference. Nijmegen is relative close to Brussels, making our conference even more attractive to involve European politicians and policymakers. Above that, as ‘European Green Capital 2018’ Nijmegen is the perfect international podium to promote agroforestry. The prestigious title ‘European Green Capital’ is an initiative of the European Commission.

On EURAF-2018, farmers are more than welcome to exchange their experiences and know-how, also regarding the barriers in their transition to agroforestry, that will be considered by the European Thematic Network Project “Agroforestry Innovation Network” AFINET linked to the EIP-AGRI.

We want to conclude our 2018-conference with a firm and clear public statement to inspire and to encourage both farmers and policymakers. During the conference every participant will be invited to contribute to this statement.

Nijmegen is the oldest city of the Netherlands, enriched with a young, relaxed and world-open vibe, with over 40.000 academic students, and beautifully situated on the hilly borders of the river Waal. Because of climate change, close to the centre recently a side-channel has been realised, providing the city with a magnificent island, partly Natura 2000 reserve.

We hope to welcome you on our 4th Agroforestry Conference, in Nijmegen European Green Capital 2018!

Maria Rosa Mosquera Losada

President of the organizing Committee

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Monday 28 May 

8h30-9h30: Registration, coffee, tea

9h30-10h00: Welcome address

Hubert Bruls, Mayor of the City of Nijmegen

Professor Maria Rosa Mosquera-Losada, President of EURAF

10h00-10h30: Reflections on achievements and dreams about tomorrow

By the 2 chairs of the conference: Professor Maria Rosa Mosquera-Losada and professor Rogier Schulte, Farming Systems Ecology, Wageningen University

10h30-11h00: Only ecological intensification can feed the world

Professor Pablo Tittonell, National coordinator of the Natural Resources and Environment Program of INTA, Argentina’s agricultural research organization 

11h00-11h30: Coffee break

11h30-12h00: Developments in agriculture worldwide

Distinguished Professor P.K. Ramachandran Nair, University of Florida, USA; a founding member and former senior staff of ICRAF, the World Agroforestry Centre

12h00-12h30: Current and future Common Agricultural Policy

Tamas Szedlak, European Commission

12h30-13h00: Dutch ambitions on Agroforestry

Bea Schouten, Vice Governor of the Province of Gelderland and Anne-Marie Spierings, member of the Executive Council of the Province of North Brabant 

13h00-14h30:  Lunch                  

14h30-16h30: Parallel presentations and discussions. Main topics (provisionally)

Parallel session 1 "Factors of success and failure in the transition into agroforestry"

Parallel session 2 "Costs and revenues of agroforestry on the scale of the individual farm, a region and  a state; proven practice and theoretical models"

Parallel session 3 "What do farmers and agricultural organisations think of EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014-2020 and how to influence the next phase of CAP?"

Parallel session 4 "Agroforestry as a form of sustainable land use to fight against climate change"

16h30-17h00: Coffee Break

17h00-18h30: Poster session 1

19h00-22h00Conferent banquet


Tuesday 29 May

Field tours start at 8h00, end at 18h00. All tours start and end at Cinemec. After the tours there is a barbecue party, that starts 19h00, location Cimemec. For each tour we can register a maximum of 45 participants. The tours will be allocated on a first registered, first served basis. When registering for the field trip May 29 it is possible to select your preferences by order of choice (1, 2, 3)

1. Agroforestry and food forest in Belgium

This field tour brings us to the north-eastern part of Belgium, the region called Haspengouw. An undulating landscape with fertile loamy soils, a rich history and known for its orchards. We will visit a Dutch farmer developing the largest and oldest food forest in the two countries and a Belgian farmer who is transforming his farm integrating agroforestry. More info here.

2. Agroforestry in and around Amsterdam

Various initiatives integrating agroforestry principles are developing in and around Amsterdam, the most densely populated region of the Netherlands. We will visit an amazing biodynamic fruit garden 2.0, a five ha food-forest recently started by young academics and a newly developed ecological neighbourhood in which trees and food production constitute an integral part of its design. More info here. 

3. Food forests in the urban environment of Nijmegen

The  main destination of this tour is Ketelbroek, the oldest food forest of the Netherlands, where you will admire surprising combinations of trees, shrubs, climbers and herbs. In the afternoon we will visit a number of food forests and other agroforestry projects which are in their childhood years. They resulted from public private partnership between the City of Nijmegen and passionate farmers who seek for innovative forms of agriculture. More info here. 

4. Sustainable land use and social functions

During this tour we will visit farms where food production is combined with social care, education, enjoying landscape and recreation. Farming is seen as more than sustainable land use. It a way of living. More info here. 

5. Successfully Innovating food production while coping with bureaucracy 

On this tour we will visit two farms in the central part of the Netherlands. Two very different farms with different experiences and challenges. Both enterprises have in common that in their development they are frequently facing bureaucratic regulations obstructing their plans. The owners have become experts in searching for solutions often by respecting the intentions of the law/regulation rather than its written words. More info here.

6. Transforming conventional dairy farms into agroforestry farms

In the western part of Brabant, the province renowned for its bio industry, two conventional dairy farms have been transformed into farms in which trees and shrubs play a major role. However, the visitors will be confronted with two completely different scenarios. More info here.


Wednesday 30 May

8h30-10h30: Side events in parallel rooms

Parallel session 1 "Testimonies of farmers from Europe"

Parallel session 2 "Environmental benefits of agroforestry"

Parallel session 3 "Biodiversity and added value"

Parallel session 4 "Tree fodder: food for thoughts?"

Parallel session 5 "Innovations in agroforestry"

Parallel session 6 "Social and economic aspects in developing agroforestry"

Parallel session 7 "Tree-Crop-Animal competition and facilitation"

Parallel session 8 "Agroforestry and multiple products value chain"

Parallel session 9 "Agroforestry policies"

Parallel session 10 "Open Category"

10h30-11h00: Coffee Break

11h00-13h00: Side events in parallel rooms

Main topics see above

13h00-14h30: Lunch

14h30-16h00: Poster session 2, including coffee and tea 

16h00-17h30: Official closing of the conference and EURAF awards ceremony 

Optional : for EURAF members only

17h30-20h30: EURAF General Assembly  

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The EURAF 2018 Conference Programme Committee invites you to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation. You may suggest a parallel session or a poster presentation for your abstract.

Abstracts must be submitted ultimately by 15th February 2018.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed and selected by the EURAF Scientific Committee*. Authors will be informed about the decision of this committee before 15th March 2018. All this will result in: (i) Abstracts to  present in the parallel sessions of the conference on day one and day three and (ii) Abstracts to present as poster presentation in the conference hall.

Abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings that participants will receive upon registration at the start of the conference.

All abstracts related to agroforestry are welcome. Abstracts describing agroforestry initiatives, practices and skills do not necessarily have to meet the criteria applied to scientific abstracts.

We do welcome abstracts on a selected number of main topics that are directly related to the ambition of our conference: accelerating inspiring transitions of conventional farming towards agroforestry as a form of sustainable land use to fight against climate change (see below, main topics).

Also related to our objective is a special parallel session about farmer’s skills and practices, which is scheduled for the morning sessions on day three. Abstracts on this subject are more than welcome. We strongly encourage oral communication by farmers in this session.


Main topics for the parallel sessions on day one

  • Factors of sucess and failure in the transition into agroforestry
  • Costs and revenues of agroforestry on the scale of the individual farm, a region and  a state; proven practice and theoretical models
  • What do farmers and agricultural organisations think of EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) 2014-2020 and how to influence the next phase of CAP
  • Agroforestry as a form of sustainable land use to fight against climate change

Main topics for the parallel sessions on day three

  • Testimonies of farmers from Europe
  • Environmental benefits of agroforestry
  • Biodiversity and added value
  • Tree fodder: food for thoughts?
  • Innovations in agroforestry
  • Social and economic aspects in developing agroforestry
  • Tree-Crop-Animal competition and facilitation
  • Agroforestry and multiple products value chain
  • Agroforestry policies

You have to submit your abstract in English, the language of the conference. However, please contact us if this would limit your contribution. Your abstract has to be written in accordance with our guidelines. 


*Scientific Committee of the Conference

Adolfo Rosati  Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura, Spoleto, Italy
Anastasia Pantera  Technological Educational Institute, Karpenissi, Greece
Andrea Pisanelli  Istituto di Biologia Agroambientale e Forestale, Porano, Italy
Andrea Vityi University of West Hungary, Sopron, Hungary
Bert Reubens Instituut voor Landbouw en Visserijonderzoek, Merelbeke, Belgium
Bohdan Lojka Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Christian Dupraz  Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Montpellier, France
Felix Herzog Agroscope Research Center, Zurich, Switzerland
Gerry Lawson Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
Joana Amaral Paulo  Instituto Superior de Agronomia, University of Lisbon, Portugal
João Palma Instituto Superior de Agronomia, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Jo Smith Organic Research Centre, Newbury, UK
María Pilar González-Hernández University of Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Spain
María Rosa Mosquera-Losada University of Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Spain
Mercedes Rois-Díaz European Forest Institute, Joensuu, Finland
Norbert Lamersdorf Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany
Nuria Ferreiro-Domínguez University of Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Spain
Pierluigi Paris Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Porano, Italy
Robert Borek Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation, Pulawy, Poland
Vania Georgieva Kachova Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
Vasiliy Yukhnovskyi National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine

Victoria Nelissen

Instituut voor Landbouw en Visserijonderzoek, Merelbeke, Belgium

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To register, follow this REGISTRATION link


The HOTEL reservation form is availabe is this link. The password to access the hotel reservation form is Euraf2018 (the password is case-sensitive). This reservation form will be closed as of 12.00 noon on 15th April 2018. Negotiated rates do not apply after this date.           




31st March


31st March 

Conference fees for EURAF members 250 €  300 €
Conference fees for EURAF non-members 300 €  350 €
Conference fees for students  150 €  200 €
Conference fees for farmers  200 €  250 €
Excursion+ Barbecue party (Tuesday May 29)  for accompanying persons  80 €  
Conference Banquet (Monday 28 May) for accompanying persons  70 €  

EURAF annual membership (special conference rate, usual rate for individual members is 30 €). To register as an EURAF member please contact with the EURAF delegates in each country through this link

 20 €  


  • No refund for cancellations after 16th April. Cancellation fees before 16th April are 25%
  • Your EURAF membership will be controlled by EURAF authorities
  • EURAF members having paid their fees in 2016 and/or 2017 are granted the reduced rate
  • Please note that only EURAF members are allowed to participate in the EURAF General Assembly scheduled after the Conference (30 May at 18:00 pm)
  • The registration fees include conference proceedings, the conference backpack, a nametag, access to all conference sessions and receptions, the lunches and coffee breaks on 28 and 30 May, the conference banquet on May 28 and the opportunity to register for housing and the May 29 field tour
  • If you register for the field trip, could you please select the field tours by order of choice (1 to 3). The tours will be allocated on a first come first served basis
  • The lunch is included in the price of the field tour 
  • All tours May 29 will end at Cinemec, around 18h00, followed by a barbecue party starting 19h00

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Our EURAF 2018 conference will take place in the modern Cinemec, with its friendly and open atmosphere.

You can reach Cinemec by bus 300, departing from Nijmegen Central Railway Station. This bus leaves four times every hour. After 13 minutes you reach stop ‘Waalsprinter P+R’. From there it is a five minutes walk to Cinemec.

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The EURAF General Assembly will be convened during the Conference, on May 30, from 17:30 until 20:30. The Assembly will elect the EURAF Officers for the next two years. The Assembly is restricted to EURAF members. EURAF membership can be obtained at registration, or on the premises before the Assembly. The EURAF General Assembly will be available by streaming on the internet, allowing all members to take part (including in the votes) from any place.

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When: Thursday May 31, 09h00-17h30

Where: From Cinemec by bus to Overberg, or Tecklenburg (Germany), or Appelscha

For each tour we can register a maximum of 45 participants. The tours will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can select your preferences by order of choice (1, 2, 3).

1. Two food forests and a large green chicken farm, in Overberg, close to Utrecht

In this excursion we pay a visit to two food forests, varying in size and objectives, and a biological poultry farm integrating trees in its production system. More info here.

2. A search for a sustainable production systems, in Tecklenburg, Germany

The bus will bring us to two young farmers who have fantastic experiences with various types of animals in the woods. Before we arrive in Germany we visit the vast Twickel Estate, a truly delightful rural environment where you will be informed about a number of promising ideas on transition. More info here.

3. Experiences on a walnut-hazelnut farm and rediscovering farming in the wood, near Appelscha (little town in the north of the Netherlands)

We will visit two farms. The first is specialized in walnuts and seeks for diversification.  On the second one you will meet three passionate farmers reinventing farming in forests. More info here. 

Lunch: either as a buffet on one of the farms or at a nearby restaurant

Back in Nijmegen: the bus will take you back to Central Station Nijmegen, arrival at 17h30. The first train to Amsterdam/Schiphol Airport departs at 17h43 and arrives at 19h11. Trains for Amsterdam/Schiphol Airport leaving four times an hour.

Registration fee: 50 € for organisational costs (lunch included).

Please register HERE before 30th April 2018

For any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact mark [at] akkernaarbos [dot] nl

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Workshop: "Hi-sAFE: a biophysical model for alley cropping sytems"

When: 31 May-1 June 2018

Where: Nijmegenay city center (exact location to-be-announced)

Lead by: Kevin Wolz, PhD – Postdoctoral Researcher, French National Institute for Agricultural Research

This 2-day workshop will introduce researchers to the Hi-sAFe model – a biophysical model for alley cropping systems. The workshop will focus on helping researchers understand how they can leverage Hi-sAFe in their research. The workshop will be conducted in English. More info here.

Please register HERE

For any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact wolzkevin [at] gmail [dot] com

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