The 12th European IFSA (International Farming Systems Association - Europe Group) Symposium "Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways" will take place at Harper Adams University, Newport, UK, from 12th till 15th of July, 2016.

Understanding farming as systems acknowledges interconnections and dependencies among its many human and non-human dimensions.  As changes in farming systems take place all the time, at levels ranging from individual to farm level, to the environments of farming and from local to global, understanding the nature of these interconnections and dependencies can be challenging. IFSA's 2016 symposium will focus on particular kinds of change – social and technological transformation - and consider not only what is changing in terms of these dimensions and their contexts, but how they relate to each other and how purposeful social and technological transformation of farming systems in different parts of the world are realized and how they could be brought about in the future.

The sub themes for the Symposium are:

Innovation, knowledge and learning processes
Methodology and frameworks of farming systems transformation
Pathways towards sustainable agri-food systems – tensions or synergies?
Emergence and application of new technologies
Enabling governance, policy and institutions“

For more information visit the website of the event. You may register with the Early bird standard registration at http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/events/ifsa-conference/registration.cfm which will end on 15th of April, 2016.