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2nd symposium on participatory research to foster innovation

Participatory research drives community-led innovation, aimed at encouraging widespread adoption of economically viable and ecologically resilient sustainable agricultural practices. Farmer participatory research is a collaborative process of research, education and action. It focuses on the social transformation of farmers by involving them in the design and execution of the research programme that encompasses on-farm trials to test and further improve cultivars, agronomic practices and agricultural technologies. Participatory research evolved mainly to address the difficulties of resource-poor farmers who lack access to formal agricultural research and extension support. Participatory research programs attempt to close the gap between the needs of the beneficiaries and the outcomes of the programmes by recognising the importance of all stakeholders in the generation and dissemination of knowledge. As a result, high adoption rates due to participatory research can be attributed to the increased sense of ownership over the product or process as well as the reassurance that the outcomes are intended to suit the farmer’s needs and preferences. The 2nd Symposium on Participatory Research to foster Innovation in Agriculture symposium will address such important issues.

Invitation to 2nd Symposium 2019

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to attend the “2nd Symposium on Participatory Research to foster Innovation in Agriculture” taking place in Zurich, Switzerland from 28th - 29th August 2019.

This event will be an opportunity to bring together new and experienced researchers, farmers and students working in various disciplines of agriculture, supply chains and industry to share their experience and findings. The 2nd symposium provides a venue for all participatory research enthusiasts to meet, share, and learn about the latest game-changing innovations, cutting-edge technologies, and crucial policies that back participatory research. The symposium will offer participants a dynamic debate with experts, as together we explore a huge range of issues, ideas and opportunities from a multitude of standpoints.  You will walk away informed, challenged, inspired and motivated to do your bit for the future of sustainable agriculture. A holistic, well-planned program and an array of expert speaker drawn from inside and outside agriculture will engage and inspire delegates from the farms, right along the supply chains to the consumers. The symposium will strive to cover a broad spectrum of themes, methodologies, and research approaches including empirical, conceptual, review, and case studies. It will also serve to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in achieving resilience in agricultural systems.

You are invited to be a part of this important event and join us as we take a step towards deliberating the growth drivers of the agriculture industry and charting a path to the future. Taking in to account your interest and rich expertise in this field of work, We look forward to your participation and welcoming you at botanical garden in Zurich.

Further information

Abstract Submission Guidelines for Authors

Format and organization of the text

The poster abstract or the max. 2 pages papers should be submitted in English, in electronic form (in any version of MS-Word).  It can include tables, graphs and B/W pictures (preferably in jpg format). The title must be written in 14 points capital and bold Times New Roman font, then leaving a blank line. The following paragraph should contain the first name and the surname (format: Name SURNAME) of the authors, separating the different authors by semicolons, and on the next lines the affiliations, then leaving a blank line and following the main text. Text formatting will be A4 pages, single spaced written with 2.5 cm margins and 12 points Times New Roman font.

The first time you cite a biological species, include the scientific name written in italics, not underlined, and authority. Once cited the scientific name, in the rest of the text can be used the common name of the species.

The units of the International System of Units should be used.

Deadline for poster and paper submission: 10 August 2019 to amritbir.riar(at) with Subject Participatory Research Symposium Abstract (PRSA)

For poster and paper presentations please provide extended abstract of max. 2 pages with subheadings (Introduction, Material & Methods, Results & Discussion, Acknowledgements, if needed References)

Tables and figures

The title of a table and the accompanying text should be placed on the top of it. Tables should be numbered consecutively and cited in the text. They must be delimited by solid lines and the head and the bottom of the table without vertical lines. Data units should be listed in parentheses in the title of each column. If table footnotes are needed, they should be indicated by numerical superscripts.

Figures should keep title and description in the bottom of them; they must be numbered consecutively and cited in the text.


The bibliographical references, which must be cited in the text, would be adapted to the models that follow:

ARTICLES: Author (s). Year. Title. Journal Nr: initial-final pages.

BOOK CHAPTER: Author (s). Year. Title of chapter. In: Editor (s) Coordinator (s) (Eds / Coords) Book title: initial-final pages. Publisher. Edition. City, country BOOK: Author (s). Year. Book title. Publisher. Edition. City, country.


Day 1

Opening Session

Session A

Session B

Session C

Day 2