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Workshop: City/Region
Food Systems Sustainability

Call for abstracts

An interactive workshop organized in collaboration with the H2020 FoodE ( project within the framework of the 11th SPPS PhD Student Conference ( The workshop will be a place to discuss about innovation and sustainability of city-region food systems (from where food is produced, to where it is processed and distributed).

The workshop welcomes scientific presentations on all aspects of city food systems, including innovative plant production systems, sustainability assessment, short food chain, urban agriculture, business models and the water-food-energy nexus within cities.

3 minutes to present your research project! And 2 minutes to discuss it with a Jury!

The best presentations will be awarded with a special certificate and a nice conference package. All accepted abstracts will be published in the workshop proceedings. Participants may also be invited to attend free of charge the 1st Winter School on Sustainable City-Region Food Systems that will take place in February 2021 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Abstract submission for the workshop is open and the deadline for submitting has been extended until 31 July 2020.


Dr. Giuseppina Pennisi
Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna
Workshop host

Submission is open to all registered SPPS PhD Student Conference participants.

Please read the guidelines carefully before submitting your abstract!

The workshop abstract is submitted as an e-mail attachment to

In the email, please indicate your

  • Name
  • Title (e.g. Professor, PhD student, PostDoc)
  • Affiliation, including the name of the laboratory
  • E-mail address
  • Preference for giving an oral presentation

Abstract formatting

  • Abstract must be in English
  • The file must be saved as .doc or .docx format
  • Use your name as the filename
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Title: Bold, font size 14
  • Author(s) name(s): Regular, font size 11, presenting author underlined
  • Author(s) affiliation(s): Italic, font size 10
  • E-mail address of presenting author: Regular, font size 11
  • Text body max 350 words: Regular, font size 11
  • References: Regular, font size 10
  • Line spacing: Single
  • You are free to add any figure you wish
  • The abstract must fit on A4 size

Authors will be notified about the delivery of their abstract, its acceptance, and the format for presentation (oral or digital poster) by e-mail. The abstracts and the list of participants will be included in an electronic abstract book (.pdf format), within the series UrbanFarm (ISSN:2612-7660) published by the University of Bologna.

Questions regarding abstract submission should be directed to

Workshop speakers

The workshop will start with presentations by two keynote speakers:

Dr. Bernd Pölling, South-Westphalia University of Applied Sciences (SWUAS)
“How to make smart and sustainable CRFS economically viable?”

Dr. Esther Sanyè-Mengual, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
“The environmental impacts of EU food consumption and innovative urban agriculture experiences”