Call for Contributions – International Conference on Biodynamic Research: Growing beyond Resilience (Deadline: 28th February 2021)

The 2nd International Conference on Biodynamic Research will take place at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester (United Kingdom), 30th August to 2nd September 2021.

The theme for the upcoming conference is “Growing beyond Resilience”. Academic and farmer practitioner research into biodynamic and organic agriculture and food systems offers new ways to
understand how we can create a transformative culture that works to address pressing challenges,
such as climate change, biodiversity loss, soil infertility and human ill-health.

Taking an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach, the section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum aims to bring together academic, participatory and practitioner’s research to explore and discuss resilience in biodynamic food and farming systems and how they can grow beyond this concept.

As such, the section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum is inviting you to take a critical look at the concept of resilience – does it help or hinder? What is its power to actively shape the transformative culture needed on farms and in society?


The call for contributions is open for the following topics:

  1. Beyond resilience: what more for our food and farming systems?
  2. The farm or garden as a organism and the evolution of its individuality with the farm – dimensions of nature, knowing, knowledge and the farmer
  3. The Geography, landscape and terroir, and biodiversity research of food systems
  4. Approaches that support a living soil, soil life, and soil fertility and biodiversity
  5. Working with the biodynamic preparations, and cycles of life (e.g. including carbon, lunar and solar cycles)
  6. Advances in crop and plant science
  7. Comparative and interactive studies with agroforestry, permaculture, agroecology, and gardening
  8. Researching formative, subtle and etheric forces, including food quality, nutritional value and vitality
  9. Animal husbandry and welfare
  10. Certification and the socio-economics of farming systems
  11. Talking with nature: collaboration with the other-than-human and public engagement in healthy food systems
  12. New and adapted scientific methods in academic and on-farm research
  13. Others – freestyle

Three main formats will be accepted for the call: oral presentations, poster presentations and workshop contributions.

Scientific contributions should follow common rules for the description of survey methods and data assessment, structure in terms of the background, aims and objectives, description of methods, analysis, discussion and conclusions. Contributions may also be observation papers (e.g. farmer/growers observations without statistical data evaluation) or review papers.


Please send them your abstract (max 2500 characters) using their application form by the deadline of 28th February 2021.

(All abstracts must be in the English language).

The section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum is encouraging contributions from international researchers, students, farmers, processors and others engaged in food systems’ research. Support for travel and accommodation costs for participants from a lower-income country can be granted on a case-by-case basis. 

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