February 2007 No. 5

Coordinators invitation

Improving sustainability
in organic and low input food production systems

3rd scientific QLIF
congress 2007

Progress overview

Congress update on the seven QLIF subprojects

Between tradition and globalisation

9th German Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture

QLIF Annual Meeting and General Assembly

Programme outline

Self-sufficiency in organic farming

Invitation to an open workshop

Workshop on
Organic Eprints

Introduction to the use and perspectives of the Organic Eprints archive

Measuring food quality: concepts, methods and challenges

Report from the 3rd QLIF training and exchange workshop 12-14 February at the Louis Bolk Instituut


Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems

3rd scientifc QLIF congress

The congress 'Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems' takes place March 20 – 23, 2007, and is the 3rd in a series organized as part of the EU funded Integrated Project (IP) Quality Low Input Food (QLIF).

The congress is organized in parallel with the 9th Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture in the German speaking countries, entitled 'Between tradition and globalisation', organized by the University of Hohenheim near Stuttgart, Germany. This conference, as also described in this newsletter, will have sessions held in German and English.

Topics of the QLIF congress

The QLIF congress accomodates more than 60 oral scientific contributions along with about 30 posters covering the main topics of the QLIF project, such as:

  • Consumer expectations and attitudes
  • Food quality and safety
  • Crop production systems
  • Livestock production systems
  • Processing strategies
  • Supply chains
  • Environmental impact
  • Dissemination

The main progress within each of the QLIF subprojects will be presented during the congress and a synthesis and overview is described in a separate article in the present newsletter.

Opening an closing sessions

The 3rd QLIF Congress will share a joint opening session together with the 9th Scientific Conference is scheduled. Here, key note speakers include:

  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Liebig, Rector of the University of Hohenheim
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Jungbluth, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Hohenheim
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Dabbert, University of Hohenheim
  • Peter Hauk, MdL, Ministry of Food and Rural Area, Baden-Württemberg
  • Dr. Alexander Gerber, German Federation for Organic Food Production
  • Dr. Timothy Hall, Director for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food, DG Research, European Commission
  • Prof. Dr. Carlo Leifert, University of Newcastle, UK
  • Wolfgang Reimer, Federal Minsitry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Germany

At the closing session of the QLIF congress the key note speakers will be:

  • Dr. Charles Benbrook of the Organic Centre,
    United States
  • Professor Dr. Hartmut Vogtmann, president of the Federal Agency of Nature Conservation, Bonn, Germany

The detailed programme for the QLIF congress is available at the congress homepage http://www.qlif-congress.org. Here additional information can be found on, e.g., registration, venue and accomodation.

The third QLIF congress is organized by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in cooperation with the University of Hohenheim.

Previous congresses have taken place in the UK (2005; Organic Farming, Food Quality and Human Health) and in Denmark (2006; Joint Organic Congress).