Forum objectives

The CIHEAM intends, by launching the First Mediterranean Forum initiative for PhD students and young researchers in Montpellier, to set the bases of a permanent forum for communication, dialogue and publication for different partners in the field of research and rural development in the Mediterranean countries. In this endeavor, the CIHEAM relies on strong partnership with The Union for the Mediterranean through the regional project on Higher Education on Food Security and Rural Development.

Presenting and discussing recent research and development work undertaken by the CIHEAM's own young researchers and doctoral students as well as those from National Higher Education and Research Institutions of the Mediterranean region.

Debating the initiatives to be taken to meet the challenges relating to the design of sustainable agricultural food production systems in the Mediterranean Basin from different perspectives: sustainable agricultural production, preservation of natural resources, logistics, supply chain, food consumption, etc.

The forum will consist of different activities/events:

  • Oral presentations on the basis of selected abstracts,

  • Keynote addresses from invited guest speakers,

  • Plenary sessions to debate the topics covered in the seminar.

A call for papers in the form of a short abstract (2 pages) will be issued from February 24, 2016. Abstracts shall be written in English or French based on the proposed template. The closure date for abstract submission is set for May 15, 2016.

Participants will receive a first answer very quickly after abstract submission to facilitate the administrative procedures to obtain visa. In a second time, before June 30, 2016, the committee may issue two types of decision concerning the retained abstracts: 

  1. Recommendation for a full version to be published in a special issue of peer-reviewed journals, and an oral presentation during the forum,
  2. Publication of the abstract in the Proceeding, with a poster presentation in the forum.

In the frame of the Forum, an international course "Analysis and Design of Sustainable Agricultural Systems: Concepts, Methods and Applications to Mediterranean and Tropical systems" will be organized from 12 to 16 of July, 2016.  Participants in the course will be highly encouraged to attend the forum.

Contact: Hatem Belhouchette (Scientific Administrator, CIHEAM-MAIM):


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