"Bringing Innovations to Organic Farming"


Scope and Topics

The aim and scope of the conference

Europe faces a moment of transformation. Europe 2020 Strategy puts forward three mutually reinforcing priorities:

- Smart growth: developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation
- Sustainable growth: promoting a more resource efficient, greener and more competitive economy
- Inclusive growth: fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion

Seven flagship initiatives are putting forward to catalyse progress under each priority theme.

One of the initiatives is „Innovation Union“ with the aim to improve framework conditions and access to finance for research and innovation so as to ensure that innovative ideas can be turned into products and services that create growth and jobs.

Europe has many strengths: we can count on the talent and creativity of our people, high quality agricultural sector, our respect for the environment, our cultural diversity, and many others. Investing in research and development as well as innovation, in education and in resource efficient technologies will benefit traditional sectors, rural areas and high skill service economies. We should re-focus RD and innovation policy on new challenges, such as climate change, energy and resource efficiency, health and ageing, environmentally – friendly production methods and land management. To speed up the development of the new technologies needed to meet the identified challenges – implementation of „European Innovation Partnership“should be started.

All scientific activities and their results related to most recent innovations in organic farming and related sciences are welcome for presentation and discussion.

Presentations are invited on the following topics:

  • Innovations in organic crop and animal production
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Food quality, safety and nutrition
  • Socio-economic challenges

Forms of presentation: Oral presentation, poster

Conference language: English




Organic Policy Summit

Wednesday, 14th October 2015

The Organic Policy Summit 2015 will provide a platform for open discussion among policy makers at EU and member state level, organic stakeholders, researchers, parliament members, NGO and all others interested.

The aim of the summit is to link political priorities with organic stakeholders realities for identification of future needs in research, consumer expectations and development of the organic sector.

Organic Policy Summit will take place in Holiday Inn Hotel.

The topic of the Policy Summit: „Organic Farming between Sustainability Policy, Consumer Expectations and Niche Market“.

Organic Policy Summit Programme (PDF)




Scientific and Social Programme

Programme of the conference

Wednesday, 14 October
Organic Policy Summit Holiday Inn Hotel, Congress Hall, Bratislava 12:30 - 16:00
Welcome reception Restaurant, Holiday Inn Hotel (included in conference fee) 19:30
Thursday, 15 October
ICOAS Conference Holiday Inn Hotel, Congress Hall, Bratislava 8:00 - 17:35
Lunch, Dinner Restaurant, Holiday Inn Hotel (included in conference fee) 12:35, 19:00
Friday, 16 October
ICOAS Conference Holiday Inn Hotel, Congress Hall, Bratislava 8:45 - 18:00
Lunch Restaurant, Holiday Inn Hotel (included in conference fee) 12:35
Gala Dinner Holiday Inn Hotel, Congress Hall (optional) 19:00
Saturday, 17 October
Optional Excursion Organic farms: Buslak Oil company, SEMA HS Ltd. 8:30 - 15:00

Scientific Programme (PDF)
Poster Session Programme (PDF)
Organic Policy Summit Programme (PDF)
Excursion Programme (PDF)




Partners and Sponzors

ICOAS is the biggest scholarly event on organic agriculture in Central and Eastern Europe, and thus a meeting point for international research and development stakeholders as well as policy makers.

Exhibiting at ICOAS 2015

Would you like to reach participants of the conference – more than 150 organic agriculture scholars, students, traders, producers and members of the interested public? Our conference exhibition hall is the ideal location for the promotion of your publishing house, company, organization or institution. The exhibition hall is conveniently located in direct proximity of all ICOAS events. It is also right next to the site of the coffee breaks, thus guaranteeing a high level of traffic.

In order to meet the needs of different exhibitors, we are offering a variety of arrangements. In addition, ICOAS is pleased to offer a special discount to those exhibitors who agree to donate to the conference costs as sponsors. For details and the ICOAS Exhibitor and Sponsor Kit please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Sponsoring ICOAS 2015

Sponsors are integral to the success of the conference; your support enables the participation of many scholars, particularly graduate students, who would otherwise not be able to attend. We offer sponsors a variety of ways to participate: contribute to lunch & coffee breaks, receptions, the poster session or a symposium, just to mention a few. Sponsorship categories will entitle you to different excellent promotional opportunities and a high degree of visibility. Anonymous donations are also possible. For detailed information and the ICOAS Exhibitor and Sponsor Kit, please contact the Conference Secretariat.




Fees and Payments

Basic Registration Fee:

Participant: € 280
Student: € 160
Accompanying person: € 70

Additional Fees:

Gala Dinner: € 38
Organic Farm Excursion: € 32

In order to receive the reduced fee, students must submit a letter of support from their academic supervisor, confirming their student status.

The registration fee for participants and students includes the following services:

  • Unlimited access to all sessions and poster area
  • Welcome reception
  • Dinner buffet
  • Coffee, tea and soft drinks during coffee breaks
  • Lunches
  • Printed copy of the final program
  • Short communications on CD
  • Conference bag and badge

The registration fee for accompanying persons includes the following services:

  • Unlimited access to the commercial exhibition
  • Welcome reception
  • Dinner buffet
  • Coffee, tea and soft drinks during coffee breaks
  • Conference badge

Payment:

Registration fee shall be paid by a bank transfer till 31st May 2015!

Bank account holder: Agroinstitut Nitra, state enterprise
Address of the account holder: Akademická 4, 949 01 Nitra, Slovakia
Name of the bank: Štátna pokladnica Bratislava
Address of the bank: Radlinského 32, 810 05 Bratislava 15, Slovakia
IBAN Account number: SK1681800000007000538099
Swift Code: SPSRSKBA

Important:

Please do not forget to indicate VS: 401215 and ICOAS2015 on your remittance. All prices are quoted in Euro and include VAT.

Payment must be remitted in Euro, all bank charges are to be paid by the sender. Refunds will be made after the Congress by bank transfer.

Cancellation policy:

Cancellations must be sent to the Conference Secretariat in writing by the dates specified:

Cancellation received until 15th Aug. 2015: 50 % refund
Cancellation after 15th Aug. 2015: no refund




Deadlines

Dear participants, we encourage you to keep the down mentioned deadlines for paper submissions and registration payments. This will extremely help further conference organization. Thank you!

Deadline for registration: was prolonged to 31st May 2015
Deadline for short communication submission: 31st May 2015
Deadline for short communication notification: 31st May 2015
Deadline for payment: 31st May 2015




Getting to the Conference

Hotel Holiday Inn Bratislava is easily acessible by car and also by public transport. It is situated close to business centers, app. 5 minutes by foot. I tis located only 5 km from historical city center, the closest bus stop is 200 m distance. Hotel is accesible also from Bratislava airport 5 km. Your car you could leave at underground garage or hotel parking place without charge.

Transport Information (PDF)
Bus Timetable Vienna Airport – Bratislava Central Bus Station and back (PDF)

Route planner:

http://www.holidayinn.sk/kontakt/navigacia/index.php?lang=sk&lang=uk




Venue

Hotel Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Bratislava is a member of the international hotel network InterContinental Hotels Group. Holiday Inn was the first hotel chain in the world established by Mr. Kemmons Wilson and opened on August 1, 1952 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Holiday Inn Bratislava, **** congress hotel, is one of the best business hotels in the capital of Slovakia. It is located in a popular business zone, just a 5 minute walk from nearby newly-built business centres.

The hotel offers comfortable and pleasant accommodation in 163 rooms, a majority of which were recently modernized as well as three luxurious suites.

All rooms offer free-of-charge high-speed internet connections. Hotel guests are invited to use fitness centre with modern equipment, a swimming pool, sauna and solarium or to have massage. Another option is to play tennis at private tennis court. The customers may use a parking lots free of charge or use the hotel garage for a fee.

Holiday Inn guarantees to provide you with peaceful sleep, a rich breakfast and a range of advantages for regular guests. Each of the staff members will personally undertake to do their best in satisfying the needs of the hotel customers. Thanks to the friendly service and the fact that you can always count on the quality standards of Holiday Inn, you can feel “at home” no matter where you are in the world.




Accommodation

Accommodation is not arranged by organiser, we suggest you to arrange accommodation by yourself. Our tips for accommodation reservation:

Hotel Holiday Inn Bratislava****

Location: Holiday Inn Bratislava is a member of the international hotel network InterContinental Hotels Group. Holiday Inn Bratislava **** congress hotel, is one of the best business hotels in the capital of Slovakia. It is located in a popular business zone, just a 5 minute walk from nearby newly-built business centres. The hotel offers comfortable and pleasant accommodation in 163 rooms, a majority of which were recently modernized as well as three luxurious suites.

All rooms offer free-of-charge high-speed internet connections. Our hotel guests are invited to use our fitness centre with modern equipment, a swimming pool, our sauna and solarium or to have massage. Customers may use our parking lots free of charge or use the hotel garage for a fee.

Important note: At your reservation, please announce yourself like a participant of the ICOAS conference. The Hotel offers special price for participants of the ICOAS 2015 conference - single/double bed room for 69.00 €/night with breakfast (1.65 € City Tax /person/night).

Address: Bajkalská 25/A, 825 03 Bratislava.
Map and Route planner in the case you will arrive by car available on the hotel website.
Reservation of accommodations: +421 2 482 45 425
E-mail: reservation@holidayinn.sk
Web: www.holidayinn.sk

 

Apollo Hotel ****

Location: Apollo Hotel near Bratislava City Centre is a well known traditional hotel with friendly staff, located in the heart of Bratislava´s business and residential district, near shopping and entertaiment center Eurovea. 20 minutes walk or 5 minute drive by public bus to the Old Town. 7 km to BTS and 45km to VIE Airport, 10 minute walk to the Main Bus Station, 3km to the Main Train Station, KHL Stadium walking distance (1km).

The Apollo hotel Bratislava is easily accessible from all the major roads and transport connections and Bratislava’s newest bridge across the Danube River, the Apollo Bridge, will lead you directly to the hotel. Spacious guarded onsite parking.

Address: Dulovo nám. 1, 821 01 Bratislava
Reservation of accommodations: +421 2 5596 8922
E-mail: hotel@apollohotel.sk
Web: www.apollohotel.sk

Premium**** business hotel Bratislava

Location: Premium**** business hotel Bratislava is a modern city hotel with an excellent location in Bratislava district Ružinov close to Bajkalska street near to city centre. Excellent transport accessibility, air-conditioned rooms, family atmosphere. Restaurant & Lobby bar: Air-conditioned modern restaurant with a wide range of „a la carte“ specialties. Lobby bar with Wi-Fi internet connection and PC corner is NON- STOP open with wide offer of cold and hot drinks. Premium**** business hotel bratislava become the first Feng Shui hotel in Bratislava.

Address: Priekopy 20/A, Bratislava Ružinov
Tel.: +421 2 4949 1055
Cell: +421 948 858 900
E-mail: hotel@hotel-premium.sk
Web: www.hotel-premium.sk/en/







Scientific Committee

Magdaléna Lacko-Bartošová, Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra
Dóra Drexler, Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
Atle Wibe, Bioforsk, Norway
Ewa Rembialkowska, Warsaw University Of Life Sciences, Poland
Paola Migliorini, University of Gastronomic Sciences, Italy
András Jung, Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
Orsolya Papp, Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
Eva Hunyadi Borbélyné, Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
Charles Andrew Francis, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Petr Konvalina, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Milan Šimko, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia




Organizing Committee

Magdaléna Lacko-Bartošová, Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra
Daniel Bíro, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia
Peter Ondrišík, Slovak University of Agruculture in Nitra, Slovakia
Urs Niggli, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland
Dóra Drexler, Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
Ildikó Heim, Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
Adreas Kranzler, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Austria
Štefan Buday, National Agricultural and Food Centre, Slovakia
Mária Debrecéniová, Agroinstitut Nitra, Slovakia




Registration

General Information:

On-line registration is now closed. No new registration for the conference or events are being accepted through the online system. If you have questions about your registration, please contact ICOAS Secretariat at icoas2015@agroinstitut.sk

Registration concerns only to conference participation and it does not include acceptance of conference presentations (oral presentations, poster). In the case you would like to have presentations at the conference you will be informed about its acceptance after approval by the Scientific Committee at the end of April 2015.

Confirmation of Registration:

After we have received your registration form a pro-forma invoice will be issued. You are kindly requested to check the items on the document carefully. If necessary, make changes on the pro-forma invoice and fax it to +421 37 7910 132 or send by e-mail to icoas2015@agroinstitut.sk. The registration confirmation will be sent to you after your payment has been credited to the account of Agroinstitut Nitra. The official tax-invoice will be issued after the congress!

Cancellation policy:

Cancellation requests should be sent to the Conference Secretariat in writing by the dates specified bellow:

Cancellations received until 15th Aug. 2015: will receive a 50% refund
Cancellations after 15th Aug. 2015: no refund will be possible




Registration

Registration forms:

Registration form in MS Word (DOC)
Registration form in PDF

Online Registration:

On-line registration is now closed.




Call for Papers

General Information:

ICOAS 2015 Organizing Committee would like to inform you that articles/short communications cannot be published on CD-ROM as it was previously announced because of essential changes in technical and administrative procedures in the journal Acta fytotechnica et zootechnica regarding evaluation to bibliometric databases. The articles/short communications will be published as on-line version of supplementary issue of scientific journal Acta fytotechnica et zootechnica (Publisher: Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia) untill the end of December 2015.

Short communications published available at web address: www.acta.fapz.uniag.sk/journal/index.php/on_line/issue/view/23

The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 5th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences with special focus on “Bringing Innovations to Organic Farming“. Conference will be held on 14th-17th October 2015 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Conference Themes:

  • Innovations in organic crop and animal production
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Nutrition, food quality and safety
  • Socio-economic challenges

Proposals for Presentations

The Conference Committees do invite proposals for in-person presentations and welcome article submissions for potential publication.

In-person presentations

In-person presentations may be submitted as one of types:

  • Oral presentation (formal oral presentation of work should be limited to 15 minutes)
  • Poster (stands available for posters ISO A0, IMRAD structure, see Template)

Articles should be sent to following e-mail address: icoas2015-paper@agroinstitut.sk.

Downloads:

Poster Template (PPT)




Call for Papers

Articles Submission

Authors who wish to publish their article have to submit a proposal for article (title/topic) in registration form. Acceptance of a proposal for article submission is based on the Scientific Committee (further SC) decision and authors will be informed about it by email. All registered manuscripts will be examined by the SC, and publication decision is based on the SC members report. Articles submitted for publication pass through a rigorous, anonymous peer review process.

Short communications send to following e-mail address: icoas2015-paper@agroinstitut.sk.

Once the final article is received, technical editor will prepare a typeset proof for author's review check. When a proof is available, editor will send an email and at that time author has the opportunity to either accept the proof or request other revisions.

Important Dates

Deadline for short communication submission: 31st May 2015
Deadline for short communication notification: 31st May 2015

Before submitting manuscripts for review and publication consideration, author(s) must have an acceptance letter from the ICOAS Secretary.

Instructions for Authors

Requirements for Short Communication preparing:

  • IMRAD structure,
  • min. 2 pages, max. 3 pages,
  • references max. 10 items.

Accepted papers will be published as a supplementary issue of the scientific journal Acta fytotechnica et zootechnica (publisher: Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia) on CD-ROM. Papers published in the Acta fytotechnica et zootechnica uses conventional format of scientific papers based on IMRAD structure.

Article type: Short Communication. All submissions must follow Author Guidelines (PDF) and should be made in required article template (DOT).

Publishing Statements & Policies

Author(s) Duties:

  • Author declares that the paper is his/her own, original and unpublished work, an author should not publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
  • Author guarantees that the manuscript it has not been copied or plagiarised (in whole or in part); a paper should contain sufficient details and references to permit others to replicate the work; any used information resources (phrases, data, images,…) must be appropriately cited or quoted.
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the manuscript content, and all those who made significant contribution to work should be listed as co-authors.
  • All sources of support (financial and technical) and details thereof should be named in the acknowledgements section. These include grants, honoraria, industrial, academic and editing support.
  • When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to notify promptly the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Reviewer(s) Duties:

  • Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.
  • Privileged information or ideas obtained by reviewers through peer review process must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
  • Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate, review should be conducted objectively and all suggestions and comments should be followed with supporting arguments.

Downloads:

Author Guidelines (PDF)
article template (DOT)




Contact

Mrs. Magdaléna Lacko-Bartošová
Coordinator for Scientific Programme
e-mail: magdalena.lacko-bartosova@uniag.sk

Mrs. Tatiana Kobidová
Mrs. Monika Rízeková
Executive Secretary
Agroinštitút Nitra, štátny podnik
Akademická 4, 949 01 Nitra
Slovakia
tel.: + 421 37 7910 290
fax: + 421 37 7910 132
e-mail 1: icoas2015@agroinstitut.sk
e-mail 2: monika.rizekova@agroinstitut.sk
www.icoas2015.org

Location

In cooperation with/supported by:

European Commision International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) Zväz poľnohospodárskych družstiev a obchodných spoločností SR Agrárna komora Slovenska (AKS) Slovenská poľnohospodárska a potravinárska komora Združenie mladých farmárov na Slovensku Syngenta Zväz ekologického poľnohospodárstva Združenie agropodnikateľov, družstvo, Dvory nad Žitavou Agrokarpaty Plavnica

Media partners:

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