EU Agricultural Research and Innovation Conference

May 31, 2023

Brussels, Belgium

This year’s edition will give participants the opportunity to engage with scientists, farmers, rural communities, industry, advisors, policymakers, citizens and NGO representatives. It will provide an overview of European research and innovation activities and their achievements in agriculture, forestry and rural development. Participants will also be invited to share their views on how to shape the future EU agricultural research and innovation agenda. Please check this webpage regularly for upcoming details about the programme and side events.

SHERPA Final Conference

June 1, 2023

Brussels, Belgium

SHERPA Final Conference will take place at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels, Belgium. It will be an opportunity to learn about SHERPA’s main results on rural policies, as well as network with other EU and rural actors.

EU Green Week 2023

June 3, 2023

Brussels, Belgium

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment is launching a call for Partner Events to be organised around Europe and beyond during EU Green Week, from Saturday 3 June to Sunday 11 June 2023. This year, Partner Events should be on the topics of skills for sustainable, resilient and socially fair communities. Their objective should be to raise awareness and contribute to the public debate around this very actual topic. They may target the general public or specific stakeholder groups.

Second Forum of the Mission adaptation to climate change

June 13, 2023

Brussels, Belgium

Local and regional involvement and action are particularly important in this Mission as is the need to combine various funding sources and intervention mechanisms. For these reasons, the Mission’s implementation plan foresees an annual Mission Forum as a major governance element. The annual Forum will be the moment to take stock, identify issues, steer the Mission and define the path ahead.

Details about registration will follow – stay tuned!

International Conference on Alpine Meteorology

June 19, 2023

St. Gallen, Switzerland

The 36th International Conference on Alpine Meteorology (ICAM) will be held on 19-23 June 2023 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The plenary sessions will be held as a hybrid event in St. Gallenon 19-23 June 2023. The fully on-line poster sessions will take place on Tuesday, 27 June 2023.

Papers are invited on all aspects of mountain weather and climate, including but not limited to:

  • Dynamics of dry and moist orographically forced airflow
  • Boundary layer processes over complex terrain
  • Orographic clouds and precipitation
  • Mountain climates and impacts of global warming
  • Meteorological processes affecting air quality, water resources, renewable energy harvesting, ecosystems, urban environment, and infrastructures
  • Numerical weather prediction over complex terrain (incl. data assimilation and predictability studies)
  • Challenges in weather forecasting in mountainous areas
  • Recent and future field campaigns

The past months and years have led us to questioning the nature of what we consider normal and what we consider a crisis. The COVID crisis, the war and its consequences, the climate crisis, they are all changing the way we think about the world and act in it. How do these rapid changes affect rural areas, and the ways rural areas are imagined? Is the rural newly in crisis or should it be considered as having long – or perhaps always – been in crisis, in sometimes under-illuminated ways? Or can we still think of the rural as a place of stability? Which crises pervade the rural and where and when did these crises originate? With regard to the currently most pressing crises, which of the things that were taken for granted about the rural are now being questioned? And, conversely, which new challenges and new paths and futures for the rural have been opened?

Caucasus Mountain Forum

July 4, 2023

Kutaisi, Georgia

The third Caucasus Mountain Forum (CMF) under the theme “Transdisciplinarity for sustainable tourism development: Role of Caucasus scientists” will be devoted to tourism development perspectives and challenges in the region. The event  will offer a combination of plenary sessions open to the public, research sessions, workshops, and poster sessions. 

Every three years the EAAE organises a congress with a general theme in the broad field of agricultural economics. This year, the congress is focused in “Agri-food systems in a changing world: Connecting science and society”.

Agri-food systems have an important role to play in a changing world. The consequences of climate change are increasingly tangible and our planetary boundaries are increasingly at risk of being crossed. As scientists, we need to create and share insights on how to transform agri-food systems into sustainable and resilient systems that increase prosperity in Europe and across the globe. Connecting science and society implies that agricultural economists push the boundaries of science and research to create societal impact.

Summer Field School on Mountain Ecosystems & Resource Management 2023

September 10, 2023

Igman Mountain, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Grassroots Institute is co-organizing the hyrbid Summer Field School on Mountain Ecosystems & Resource Management at Igman Mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10-19 September 2023. This international training programme examines mountain ecosystems in the contexts of sustainable development and natural resource management. The course aims to equip researchers, students, practitioners and young teachers with the necessary approaches, knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of sustainable mountain development globally.

Shaping the future of rural areas

September 27, 2023

Sigüenza, Spain

This High-level Rural Policy Forum is organised by the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission with the Rural Pact Support Office. It offers a bold opportunity to gather key political actors to advance the political agenda for the future of rural areas, prepare a fruitful debate in the Council of the EU, and support Member States to take action to unlock the potential of rural areas in achieving the LTVRA objectives. It will help move forward towards greater complementarities among different policy instruments and strategies. 


  • Enabling high-level policy exchanges between national authorities to contribute to the conclusions of the Council of the EU on the implementation of the LTVRA;
  • Share experiences about how EU policies and funds can best contribute to achieving the rural vision in key policy priority areas for the Spanish presidency of the Council of the EU and explore ways how the Rural Pact can add value;
  • Establish a dialogue to explore with Member States enhanced multi-level governance frameworks and participatory structures to listen to the voices of rural actors and relevant stakeholders and enhance the design of rural policies that enable them to act in the framework of the Rural Pact.

The Forum will gather 200 participants, targeting primarily policy makers and public authorities at EU and national levels from all 27 Member States involved in the management of EU funds, covering notably EU common agricultural and cohesion policies. It will also count with the participation of EU networks and initiatives, regional and local authorities, stakeholder groups, civil society organisations as well as academic institutions working on policy areas covered by the event, while balancing the countries represented at the Forum.