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Annual Conference

The Annual Conference of The Agricultural Economics Society will be held at K U Leuven, Belgium, from Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th of April 2020.

The Conference will feature a Keynote Address, delivered by Professor Louise Fresco (President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University & Research).

The Presidential Address will be given by Professor Janet Dwyer (University of Gloucestershire).

The economics of animal welfare symposium will be chaired by Helena Hansson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) and the workshop on food and health will be chaired by Ellen Van Loo (Wageningen University).

Please click here to view the Conference Flyer.

The Agricultural Economics Society explicitly intends to support early-career researchers:

The participation of PhD students is encouraged; a restricted number of presentations embedded in the main Conference programme will be in the running for the Best PhD Presentation prize of £100 and receive targeted feedback from senior researchers.

Two best poster prizes of £250 each will be awarded to two early career researchers. We acknowledge financial support of Wiley for these prizes.

Up to three travel bursaries (£500) are made available for presenters by the Society.  Early-career researchers are prioritised. For details please click here.  The deadline for the bursary applications is 20th December 2019.

Call for Papers

Each year a diverse set of papers, centred on the discipline of Agricultural Economics, is selected for the conference programme. Sessions cover topics such as agricultural trade and policy, environmental economics and policy, supply chain analysis, food demand and policy, behavioural economics, structural adjustment of agriculture, climate change impacts and mitigation, livestock production and disease, agricultural development, technology adoption, the economics of bioenergy, modelling and analysis techniques.

Submissions are possible in four categories:

Contributed Papers:  Contributed Papers will present theoretical developments in the field of agricultural economics or sound applications of theory for the benefit of decision making in the public or private sector. Contributed Papers will be allocated in thematic session, each paper with a 25 min slot (15 min talk and 10 min discussion).

Discussion Papers:  The intention of these sessions is to provide a platform for authors to present work that considers new ideas and approaches, addresses issues relating to the more formative stages of a research project or more generally provides the basis for wider discussion.  Each Discussion Paper will be allocated with a 30 min slot (20 min talk and 10 min discussion).

Applications for the Contributed Paper sessions and Discussion Papers sessions requires submitting an extended abstract.  Please click here for the template (please upload your extended abstract in a pdf format). PhD students who apply for the Contributed Paper sessions compete for the Best PhD Presentation prize.

Accepted Contributed and Discussion Papers will be made available to delegates through the AES website before the conference. In addition, papers from the conference are normally archived on the AgEcon Search repository at the University of Minnesota. If you would rather not have your paper included on AgEcon search, please let us know on the submission form.

Poster presentations:  Posters are welcome to present research results or research of earlier stage.


Workshops are organised by members on current topics in Agricultural Economics and related fields. They might feature a set of talks with an extensive discussion or can have more interactive elements. Past workshops have addressed bio-economic modelling, uptake of low-carbon practices by farmers, organic products and consumer choice, Brexit and plant biosecurity.

Please contact the programme secretary if you are interested in organising a workshop. Please note that all workshop participants must register for the time that they are at the conference. For accepted workshops a small contribution to the expenses of speakers can be requested. The deadline for workshop proposals is 31st October 2019.

Important Dates and Information

Deadline for workshop proposals:  31st October 2019

Deadline for paper/poster/PhD proposal submission:  20th December 2019

Decisions on acceptance of papers:  17th January 2020

Deadline for full paper submission and early bird registration:  13th March 2020

Booking information and costs

Further details on the conference programme will be available in February.

For details on the venue (MTC1 Maria-Theresia College) please click here

The venue for the Annual Dinner is The Faculty Club and is a traditional historic setting of the Grand Beguinage, the club is situated within walking distance of Leuven’s lively city centre too.

There is no accommodation at the venue, accommodation must be book separately from the conference registration booking, for hotel suggestions please click here.

Joining Instructions for Delegates 2020 – will follow in due course

FAQ's – will follow in due course

For all programme enquiries, please contact: frederic.ang@wur.nl

We look forward to seeing you in Leuven

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