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XVIIth EAAE Congress

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The XVIIth EAAE Congress, which has just ended in Rennes, welcomed over 1,000 participants and featured 300 oral presentations, 491 poster presentations, 8 plenary presentations and 67 organised sessions.

Held at the Couvent des Jacobins in Rennes from 29 August to 1 September 2023, the XVIIth Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) brought together academics and scientists from around the world, while opening its doors to partners from the political and economic spheres, to discuss issues related to agricultural economics. Entitled "Agri-food systems in a changing world: connecting science and society", the aim of the Congress was to encourage exchanges and debates to help make agri-food systems more sustainable and resilient.

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While 85% of the participants came from European Union member states, led by Germany, France, Italy and Belgium, the Congress also welcomed 33 presenters from the United States, 29 from Switzerland, 18 from the UK and 15 from Japan, as well as 8 speakers from Africa, 5 from South America, 4 from the Middle East and India, 2 from Australia... and many other countries (Canada, China, Albania, Kosovo, Ukraine...)!

In addition to the scientific programme, 10 study tours organised over an afternoon provided to around 300 participants an opportunity to discover Brittany's agricultural and agro-industrial environment through visits to farms and companies in Ille-et-Vilaine, in fields as varied as dairy or beef cattle rearing, pork, poultry, vegetable or seaweed production, cider processing and brewing, organic farming, fishing or biogas production, agricultural cooperation, fertiliser production or animal nutrition. At the same time, 3 guided tours enabled some 300 other participants to discover the city of Rennes and its Parliament.

The congress' social programme introduced participants to Breton culture: popular culture with an evening of initiation to the "palets bretons" game organised in association with David Jeux in the cloister of the Faculty of Economics in Rennes; musical culture with the Cercle Celtique de Pont-Péan getting participants dancing after the gala dinner; and culinary culture with local products featured in meals and coffee breaks throughout the 4 days. Some fifty joggers also responded to the call for a run along the Ille-et-Rance canal, and all participants were also able to enjoy free access to the "Forever Sixties" exhibition, which was privatised for one evening, featuring more than 80 works from the Pinault Collection.

Finally, accompanying persons were not forgotten, and enjoyed a guided tour of Mont Saint-Michel and its abbey, as well as 2 guided tours of the city of Rennes.

See you at the XVIIIth EAAE Congress in Bonn, Germany, in 2025!

Modification date : 11 September 2023 | Publication date : 11 September 2023 | Redactor : SMART