Academic paper abstracts

The IFAMA 2020 conference in Rotterdam, home of the biggest port in Europe, today’s pressing food and agricultural challenges will be addressed drawing upon the triple helix expertise of academics, business and government. Societal, human development challenges and goals mean that companies in agrifood need to transform, impacting their daily operations but also their future strategic outlooks.

The conference will host multiple stakeholders of the Global food system and include academic, business as well as combined (discussion) sessions and panels. Moreover, we expect around 30 international student teams to compete in the renown IFAMA student case competition.

The Program Committee of the 30th IFAMA World Conference, Rotterdam, the Netherlands invites you to submit a full paper, a proposal for an organized session, proposals for teaching cases and applications for the student case competition.

The theme of the conference is “Food for the Future” and to this end, we suggest a number of thematic fields as a guideline to address contemporary challenges in the (triple helix) interplay between academia, government, industry and civil society. We would like to encourage contributors to address one of these thematic fields (see

The conference will host multiple stakeholders of the Global food system and will include academic, business as well as combined sessions. Moreover, we expect around 30 international student teams to compete in the renown IFAMA student case competition.

Please find below guidelines for the submission of full papers and of organized session (for more information on teaching cases and student case competition applications, see

Call for academic paper abstracts

Abstracts should meet the following specifications in order to be considered:

Paper submission deadline
Deadline for the submission of full papers is  13 January 2020.

Paper requirements
Your paper must be uploaded as a MS Office Word (*.doc or *.docx) file. It must provide the following items below in the mentioned order:

Information to help prepare the Title Page

  1. The title of the manuscript.
  2. Correspondence details: The full name, title/position, department, organisation, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone for the lead author and all co-authors.
  3. Abstract. Maximum 250 words.
  4. Keywords: A list of up to 5 keywords must be listed.

Information to help prepare the Blinded Manuscript (without names and affiliations)

  1. The title of the manuscript
  2. Abstract. Maximum 250 words
  3. Main text: The text should be submitted with single-spacing and preferably in a 12 point font size. The text should not exceed 7500 words
  4. Anonymised acknowledgements, a declaration on conflict of interest or information on grants. (optional)
  5. References: References should be single-spaced at the end of the text, and should be based on the Author-Date System of the Chicago Manual of Style (
  6. Appendix (if applicable)
  7. Remove any identifying information, including author names, from file names and ensure document properties are also anonymised

Papers and abstracts should be written in English.

Special tracks

Conference themes
Paper subjects may be within, but are not excluded to, the conference themes.

Notifications and full paper submission
The final decisions for the abstracts will be made by representatives of the International Advisory and Promotion Board. Corresponding authors will be informed of acceptance and full paper instructions by 17 February 2020.

Organized session submission deadline
Deadline for organized session proposals is 13 January 2020, 

Format of organized sessions
The format of your proposed session does not need to be limited to academic or business presentations. We encourage you to suggest interactive and innovative session formats, such as group discussions, world cafes, round tables, etc. Please specify your idea in case you plan an alternative setting by briefly describing it in your session proposal.
The session coordinators should submit the proposal to the program committee at

Important dates
Full paper submission deadline 13 January 2020
Organized sessions and teaching case submission deadline 13 January 2020
Notification to paper and teaching case authors and organized session applicants 17 February 2020
Deadline application student case competition teams 16 March 2020
Deadline late breaking abstract submission (abstract tracks) 16 March 2020
Notification to student case competition teams and late abstract submitters 6 April 2020

Best Paper Competition
Full papers (deadline 13 January 2020) will be double blind reviewed and compete in the IFAMA2020 Best Paper Competition.

IFAMA2020 collaborates with two international journals, IFAMR (International Food and Agribusiness management Review) and IJFSD (International Journal on Food System Dynamics). Full papers may be considered (after review) for inclusion in one of the journals. Other journals than the two mentioned may be added in the next months.

Late papers or abstracts
Papers or abstracts completed after 13 January 2020 will not be included in the paper review processes but will be considered for oral presentation in abstract tracks, if submitted before 16 March 2020.

Guidelines for submitting abstracts
Abstracts must be submitted through this website.

For all contributions related questions please contact

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