A platform for bold, fresh and leading ideas

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Whilst symposia topics need to be broadly aligned to the area of Global Food Security and the conference theme of Global Challenge, Local Solutions and Connected Pathways, the purpose of the symposia is to present bold, innovative and cutting-edge discussions, ideas and technologies. In this way, the symposia enable leading thinkers to present ideas and innovations which have the potential for high impact, but are in need of strengthening or scaling-up.

A symposium is designed to be a focused session in which speakers present on a common theme. In addition to providing a platform to present innovative ideas, it is also a platform to bring thought leaders together to conceptualise new approaches and outputs – for example book publications, working papers, or potential project partnerships. Interest of this nature has already been expressed by ELSEVIER publications, including Global Food Security and Agricultural Systems, for inclusion in special editions or publications.


Each symposium will run for three hours with a 30-minute break, and may incorporate up to six speakers.

The symposium should consist of a chairperson briefly introducing the topic and introducing the session. This is to be followed by the individual speakers, each with an allotted presentation time of 15 minutes plus 5 minutes to allow audience members to ask questions of presenters and for an exchange of views.

Speakers may be personally invited by the Symposium Chairperson, but can also be selected from the conference keynote speakers and participants. Each keynote speaker may present only one symposium address. It is suggested that applicants select two speakers from the abstract submissions.


The chairperson of the selected symposia will have their conference registration waivered, however, the other speakers will be requested to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Full Conference and single day registrations will be available via the on-line registration portal.

The symposium applicant, chairperson and speakers are to fund their own travel expenses. The venue costs and refreshments will be provided.


The Programme Committee will select the proposals according to its ability to address the broad thematic area of the conference and its alignment with the Symposia Objectives stated above.

Applicants will be advised via email whether their symposium proposal has been accepted. Successful symposium applicants will have access to the abstract call results from which to select their final speakers.

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