ERDN - European Rural Development Network
Written by Pawel Chmielinski   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014


14th European Rural Development Network Conference Budapest, 2016

Knowledge sharing and innovation in agriculture and rural areas 

The European Union (EU) has introduced new policy instruments such as the EIP-Agri and multi-actor partnerships in an attempt to stimulate innovation in agriculture. In addition, Leader has been replaced by the multi-funded Community-Led Local Development approach. These initiatives are being implemented across the EU despite the great variety of agricultural and rural circumstances, and in particular the continuing differences between post-socialist Member States and other parts of the EU in terms of farm structure, social attitudes and so on. Can programmes that have primarily been developed from a western EU perspective ever be successfully implemented in the eastern EU or is a different approach needed? Although it is still rather early to assess the degree of success in the implementation of the new approaches, the debate on the possible shape of EU innovation policy post-2020 has already started. Thus it is not too soon for researchers and policy makers in eastern central Europe to share their experiences and ideas on how knowledge sharing and innovation can best be encouraged in agriculture and rural areas of the eastern EU, and in the V4 countries in particular, in order to influence the post-2020 agenda.

Provisional dates

Early October 2016, possibly 4/5 October or 11/12 October.

Provisional conference programme

• Monday - evening: Welcome reception;

• Tuesday - morning: Session 1; Coffee break; Session 2; Lunch; - afternoon: Study tour; - evening: Dissemination workshop arranged by an EU FP7 project consortium; Dinner;

• Wednesday - morning: Session 3; Coffee break; Session 4; Lunch; - afternoon: Panel discussion “Towards 2020”; Session 5 (Hungarian presenters). Each day is expected to be opened with a keynote presentation from an internationallyknown person.

The entire conference will be held in English without translation facilities.

Provisional timetable

• 15 March: Formal announcement of conference with draft programme and call for extended abstracts of presentations;

• 15 April: Deadline for submission of extended abstracts;

• 15 May: Notification of acceptance of presentations;

• 15 June: Call for applications for travel grants (if available);

• 30 June: Deadline for applications for travel grants (if available);

• 15 July: Notification of acceptance of travel grants (if available);

• 4/5 or 11/12 October: Conference in Budapest;

• 15 January 2017: Deadline for submission of completed papers;

• 31 January 2017: Notification of whether papers will be considered for publication in Studies in Agricultural Economics; selected papers sent out for peer review;

• 15 April 2017: Publication of thematic issue (volume 119, number 1) of Studies in Agricultural Economics.

Selection of presentations for the conference and publication of papers

Extended abstracts should be at least 750 words in length and should be accompanied by a covering note that justifies the relevance of the topic to that of the conference. Each abstract will be ‘double-blind’ peer reviewed for inclusion in the conference programme probably by one, maybe two, members of the conference Scientific Board. Ca. eight papers to be published in the AKI journal Studies in Agricultural Economics (, which is included in Web of Science, and the remaining papers will be published in Rural Areas and Development conference proceedings.

Session themes

To be finalised upon receipt of the abstracts.


Research Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI), Budapest, Hungary, in partnership with the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics, National Research Institute (IERiGZ-PIB), Warszawa, Poland, and other institutes to be invited

Further details: Dr. Andrew Fieldsend, AKI. Email: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it  




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For info about 2015 Conference visit:

The ERDN thematic issue of Studies in Agricultural Economics, volume 117 number 1, 2015 can now be accessed and downloaded free of charge at

See 2014 ERDN thematic issue of Studies in Agricultural Economics!       Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Andrew F. Fieldsend.   Check Publications for detailed info!

The tenth volume of the series „Rural areas and development” now available online on GoogleBooks!  The volume entitled Knowledge as a factor of rural development consists of 12 chapters proposed and discussed during the X. ERDN conference hosted by Poznań University of Life Sciences in Zielonka, Poland, October 2012.

XII. ERDN Conference RURAL DEVELOPMENT IN EASTERN EU AND NEIGHBOURHOOD COUNTRIES  – PRESENT AND FUTURE took place on 2-4 October 2014 in CHIŞINĂU, REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA. Thank you for the conference Simon and Ion!

XI. ERDN Conference EU transformations under CAP 2007-2013 and rural development perspectives in the future programing period 2014-2020 took place on 3-4 October 2013 in General Berthelot/Hateg, Hunedoara County, Romania. Thank you our dear hosts: Monica and Marius!

Eleventh volume of ERDN Rural areas and development series: Rural  transformations under Common Agricultural Policy 2007-2013 and future development will be available in Publication section.

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