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 22 January 2013 – to 23 January 2013

aston lakeside centre

Theme: producer-led innovation

The Organic Research Centre’s annual Organic Producers’ Conference is the event where organic and other producers interested in ecological approaches to sustainable food production come together with researchers and advisers to share ideas on making agriculture perform better, for businesses and society.

This year, with innovation the buzz word, the idea that technological innovation is only about patentable products such as GM crops and high tech inputs is challenged.

Innovation is also about how we work with ecological knowledge to design self-reliant production systems, less dependent on external inputs and more resilient to shocks when the availability of those inputs is restricted.

There is huge potential in supporting producers to explore their own creative ideas, through a participatory approach to innovation, where researchers and advisers facilitate rather than dominate the process in academic ivory towers funded by large corporations.

This conference will provide the opportunity to hear about and debate new ideas that are already being investigated, as well as to get together with like-minded people to develop new ideas for projects to help food producers to move forward.


Latest bookings update (08/01/13): There is currently no more accommodation available at the conference venue although some rooms may become available later in the week. Please do not book full conference tickets on line, but instead contact Gillian Woodward directly to check availability. Day tickets are still available, and can be booked on-line, but continued availability cannot be guaranteed. Early booking is strongly advised.


Outline conference programme and registration form is now available to download here (PDF 793KB). You can also register and pay online.

The full programme (PDF 241KB) with speakers and presentation titles is now available.