November 2004 No. 1


Introducing the QLIF research project

Advancing research collaboration in organic food and farming

Mediating QLIF research

Organic Eprints – an open archive

EcoWiki – a tool for co-operative work

International organic congress

About the congress

If you want to participate

Evidence on higher vitamin levels in organic food will be presented

Research articles

Underlying Principles in Organic and “Low-Input Food” Processing

New tendencies on the organic food market

QLIF Notes

Identifying challenges and possible solutions for organic processing

The result of Open Call for experiments on dairy management

QLIF-training workshop February, 2005

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.