Between October 14-17 the ICOAS 2015 conference was held in Bratislava, Slovakia which, as tradition dictates, started with the Summit for Professional Policy for Organic Production. This included contributions from representatives of the Slovakian Parliament as well as the Council of Europe, emphasizing the importance of research into organic agriculture. The following day the conference began with keynote speeches from Urs Niggli (FiBL) and Marco Schlüter (IFOAM EU). This year more than 40 scientific presentations and 60 posters were presented at the event, all on the theme of ‘Innovation in Organic Production.’ The nearly 100 participants heard many useful new research results and enjoyed access to many new professional contacts in the course of the event.
The colleagues from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture also successfully took part in the conference’s lectures and poster presentations. We are proud of the fact that our colleague Zoltán Dezsény won the prize for best poster in the conference! Zoltán, who completed his doctoral research on no-till agriculture, presented his first year’s results. With his success the institute garnered its second poster prize at an international conference – the first was the Organic World Congress in 2014. Such news make us even more confident that we are on the right road to developing research in Hungarian organic agriculture and it motivates us to continue our work.
The gala dinner that closed the event’s scientific part included a traditional folk dance demonstration. The following day in the course of a professional excursion we visited a company carrying out organic extensive plant production in its fields as well as an organic sunflower oil facility.
The next ICOAS conference will take place in 2017 in another Central-Eastern European location. Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic have all indicated interest in hosting.
You can read more about the ICOAS 2013 conference organized by the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) here.