December 2005 No. 3


Joint Organic Congress

QLIF Congress 2006

QLIF Research News

Organic milk as a high value product

Effects of management practices on the composition of nutritually relevant compounds and sensory quality of crops

Consumer attitudes to food quality and safety

QLIF Training and Exchange Workshop

International QLIF Training and Exchange Workshop

QLIF Communication

Improving communication on organic research

Communicating European research 2005

Organic Eprints expands the number of editors and users

New Technical Manager for QLIF

Open doors at Agroscope Liebefeld-Posieux

Effect of management practise on lettuce quality

Notes & Correspondance

New organic principles

SOAR summer School 2006

Keynotes from seminar on environmentally friendly food production systems

Suggestions for EU regulation

First scientific conference at FQH

Evaluating inputs for organic farming - a new system

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Joint Organic Congress
-   QLIF Congress 2006

The QLIF congress 2006 is held in cooperation with 10 other EU research projects on organic food and farming and the Danish Biennial Congress. This creates a unique opportunity for communincation of QLIF research

Following the well-executed QLIF congress 'Organic Farming, Food Quality and Health' in Newcastle upon Tyne, the upcoming QLIF Congress is held in Odense (Denmark) on May 30-31 2006.

Go to the congress homepage

The precedent congress attracted 750 delegates and more than 250 consumers from the Newcastle area. This success is inspirational for the congress in Odense, that is held in cooperation with 10 other EU research projects in organic food and farming and the Danish Biennial Congress.

Topics and themes

The Joint Organic Congress is organised within four main topics, each consisting of three international and one to two Danish themes. Within the 12 international themes several presentations from the QLIF project will be included. Work on the programme is progressing and the present outline of each of the four main topics can be accessed from the links below (subject to subsequent updates):

Call for papers

Papers from QLIF and other the participating EU projects will be presented at the congress. In addition, contributions from researchers outside these projects are very welcomed. Finally, contributions and views from stakeholders are regarded as most important. sessions mentioned for each theme, a number of workshops will be conducted.

Presentations suggested by individual participants should be offered within one of the congress themes outlined above. Contributions should consist of a short paper on maximally two pages, that should be uploaded to the archive Organic Eprints.

Details of submission, including the call for papers, can be found at the Joint Organic Congress homepage. Deadline for contributions are extended to 1st March 2006.

Guidelines for submission to Organic Eprints

Authors wishing to present papers at the Joint Organic Congress are kindly requested to upload their paper to the open access archive Organic Eprints. Please see the guidelines.

The archive has previously been used for holding papers offered at the ISOFAR conferences and the Scientific Conferences for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The submission procedures have now been simplified in order to make iteasy to upload papers for the congress.

There are several benefits in using Organic Eprints for submission of papers. When the papers have been accepted, they will automatically become available at Organic Eprints as open and searchable online proceedings. The papers will be made available some time before the conference, so that you and other paretcipnats will have the option to see what is presented and prepare for sessions that you are especially interested in.

As described in an accompanying article in this newsletter the number of visitors and users of Organic Eprints are stadily increasing, now representing more than 3.000 visits per day.

Congress proceedings

Manuscripts will be evaluated on the basis of theme-relevance, scientific quality, clarity and suitability for a broad audience. Approved papers will be printed and published in the congress proceedings, which all congress participants will receive at the congress.

The proceedings will be made available at Organic Eprints. Further, the programme committee is negotiating the possibilities for publication of a special issue of a scientific journal with selected papers from the congress.

Large exhibition

The Congress will include a large Congress Exhibition, that will be a supreme opportunity for producers, processors and allied service providers to showcase their products and services to the international organic community.

Parallel with the main congress program, the exhibition will be hosted at the congress centre, providing visitors and delegates with ample opportunity to view displays during session breaks. The Congress Program has been structured to accommodate this.

This year we also hope to organize a marketplace in the exhibition area, where farm shops can present themselves and sell their products.

Also, the exhibition feature a special, life-sized exhibition on machines and solutions developed in grassroots research by and for organic farmers.

Full details on the exhibition including information to potential exhibitors can be found at the Joint Organic Congress homepage.

Social events and study tours

  • In the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersen

The fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen is known all over the world for his wonderful stories such as “The little Mermaid”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Tin Soldier” and many more. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, so when visiting the island Fyn the Museum of Hans Christian Andersen (where the fairytale writer was born) is a “must”.

Therefore, we have arranged a social event on 31st of May (start at 17.00) that includes a guided tour at the Museum of Hans Christian Andersen, a refreshment at a café close to the Museum, a city walk 'In the footsteps of Hans Christian Andersens', and a dinner in cosy assembly rooms close to Odense River. The dinner will consist of mainly ecological food as well as “The Best of Fyn”. Se the further details on the Joint Organic Congress homepage.

  • The Congress study tour

The Study tour includes a guided visit to Research Centre Aarslev which is a public research institution under the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries. Thereafter, we visit an ecological plant-breeder (Christian Andersen), who has many years of experience within organic farming. And finally, there is a guided tour at tour the Ørbæk Bryggeri, which is a brewery producing both really good ecological beer and soft drinks.

The Congress study tour is arranged on Monday the 29th of May 2006 (12.00 - 18.30) and again Thursday the 1st of June 2006 (09.00 - 16.00).

  • Dinner in Odense on Monday the 29th of May

At 19.30 on Monday the 29th of May we have arranged with a very good chef that he serves an ecological dinner for Euro 30,- (beverage is not included in this price).

Satellite meetings

In order to utilize all possibilities for communication between congress participants, the organising committee has reserved the congress centre on the 29th of May and on the 1st of June (the day before and the day after the congress). On these dates it is possible organisations, institutes, projects etc to organize workshops, project meetings etc. Please contact the organisers in order to get receive further information.

In the following public meetings held by in connection with the congress are mentioned with links to a full description on the Joint Organic Congress homepage.