If you want to participate
The congress is targeted at producers, processors and traders/retailers of foods from organic and “low input” production systems, and other stakeholders (consumer organisations, political decision makers, NGOs, media and agricultural supply, and service industries).
The main objectives of the Congress are to:
- Present the outputs of recently completed and ongoing research to consumers, food producers, processors and traders/retailers and other stakeholders
- To initiate critical discussions between researchers and stakeholder groups on a wide range of food supply chain - related issues that are of concern to consumers
- To enable stakeholders in the food supply chains to influence the future research agenda
- To contribute to the development of improved quality and safety focused food production and processing standards
The combined event will offer:
- High profile and respected speakers
- A choice of 19 workshop themes chosen to stimulate the discussion of key topical issues
- 34 further technical seminars to share the latest insights from scientific research and farming experience
- Good organic food throughout, including two Soil Association organicSlow Food lunches, each featuring about 60 organic artisan producers and their products
- A diverse social and cultural programme including an art exhibition, music recital, ceilidh and poetry reading
The Congress will be held at the Newcastle Civic Centre, with some activities at City Hall and at the University of Newcastle. All venues are located in the centre of Newcastle in walking distance from major hotels, the main shopping area and Bigg Market famous nightlife area.
A special conference rate has been negotiated with two hotels in Newcastle (Holiday & Jury's Inn).
Delegates, who book early and share rooms, can secure good hotel bed- and breakfast accommodation for less than £35 per person per night.