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Agroecology: Dreamy buzzword or practical solution for sustainable landscapes and food systems?


14:00 - 17:30


BFH-HAFL, Zollikofen

Since its inception in 2020, we have organised an annual event to bring partners and contributors together to discuss current topics relating to the international development agenda. This year, our annual event focuses on addressing the role of agroecology in the transition to sustainable landscapes and food systems.



There will be keynote presentations, interactive-games workshops, a panel discussion, and staff announcements, followed by an apéro. The event will be held in person and streamed online.

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers are Madeleine Kaufmann, Policy Advisor at the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) and a former student of BFH-HAFL, and Dr Urs Niggli, President of the Institute for Agroecology and the former director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).


Interactive-games workshops will explore challenges, opportunities, and trade-offs of agroecology as an approach to fostering sustainable landscapes and food systems. Attendees will have a choice of workshops with different themes. Participation is only available to those attending in person.

Say goodbye and hello

Celebrations for the retirement of Institute Head Dr Dominique Guenat and Dr Christoph Studer, Professor of Natural Resources Management, are part of the programme. Dr Guenat will also introduce and hand over to his successor as Head of the Institute, Dr Zenebe Uraguchi.


Mingle with guests and colleagues at the apéro from 5.30pm.


The event is free to attend. Registration is now open. For those wishing to join the event online, there will be a livestream broadcasting the presentations. Participation in the interactive-games workshops is only available to those attending in person.