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International Forum on Agroecosystem Living Labs


This first International Forum on Agroecosystem Living Labs marks 5 years since the agroecosystem living lab concept was first presented by Canada to the Ministers of Agriculture of the G20 in 2018. It is now time to take stock of the research, implementations, and practical lessons from their use across the world.  

Embedded within the Adaptation Futures Conference (October 2–6, 2023), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and France’s Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement (INRAE) are co-hosting this first International Forum, which will feature discussion panels and parallel sessions of scientific papers to establish state-of-the-art practices, share lessons learned from case studies and address challenges facing the international agroecosystem living lab community. The Forum will also feature networking events and field tours aiming to generate dialogue among practitioners, provide a platform for sharing innovative ideas, and create an inspiring space for collaboration and action. 

This first Forum will be held from October 4 to 6, 2023, in a hybrid format in order to offer an unforgettable experience, both at the Palais des congrès de Montréal and remotely. 

About the Organizers of the side event 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is proud to present the first edition of the International Forum on Agroecosystem Living Labs as part of the 7th Adaptation Futures conference. While guiding the growth and development of a competitive, innovative and sustainable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector, we believe it is important to share knowledge and innovations at an international level in a common effort to strengthen our resilience to climate change.  

Institut national de recherche pour l'agriculture, l'alimentation et l'environnement (INRAE)

INRAE, the French National Institute for Agricultural, Food and Environmental Research, is the leading public research organization in France specializing in its three scientific fields. It contributes to meeting the challenges facing humanity, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, food and nutritional security, agricultural transition, natural resource preservation, biodiversity restoration, and risk anticipation and management. Through research, innovation and support to public policies, INRAE proposes new orientations to accompany the emergence of sustainable agricultural and food systems. INRAE’s ambition is to provide solutions for life, humans and the earth.

Side Event Organizing Committee

Christian Huyghe

National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France

François Chrétien

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Bradley Noonan

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Caroline Rochon

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Claire Mullen

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Greta Chiu

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Herve Guyomard

National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France

Ines Akué

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Jamie Hewitt

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Joshua Girard

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Kevin Anderson

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Luka Kovacec

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Natalie Boulay

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Oussama Turki

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

René Morissette

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Sarah Breton

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Javier Gracia-Garza

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada (retired)

Aude Ridier

Institut Agro Rennes-Angers, France

Chris McPhee

Agriculture and Agrifood Canada

Eduardo Cittadini

Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria, Argentina

Ionel-Mugurel Jitea

University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Marlen Eve

Agricultural Research Service, USDA, United States of America

Muriel Mambrini

National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France

Side Event Call for Proposals

Diverse stakeholders including academics, governmental researchers, policy makers and practitioners, among others, are invited to submit outlines for papers and posters.

Abstract submission is now closed. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by June 1st, 2023.


Submission Guidelines 


– Submissions must be completed by April 14, 2023 (extended deadline). 

– All abstracts must be submitted through the online form

– Abstracts must be submitted in English. The presentations and posters also must be in English. 

– By default, the submitter is the lead presenter of the abstract. If this is not the case, please indicate this when submitting the abstract. 

– Abstracts must follow the official template in Word format.

– Submissions must be in Arial font, size 11.  

– Submissions may include up to 1 image or table (maximum 10MB). 

– Please only use standard abbreviations or define them in full. 

– Accuracy is the responsibility of the author. Abstracts will be published as submitted. Please ensure that all abstracts are carefully proofread before uploading. 

Side Event Themes 

Diverse living lab stakeholders, including academics, governmental researchers, policy makers, practitioners and First Nations representatives, among others, are invited to submit papers and posters on the following themes: 

Fostering transitions toward sustainable food systems through living labs: for food production, transformation, and consumption 

Empowering participation, strengthening participatory governance in living labs: encouraging inclusion of all relevant partners and identifying best practices to work on shared goals with a prospective vision 

Evaluating success in living labs: natural and social indicators to measure success of living labs, including processes, innovation outcomes, and impacts beyond the living labs 

Promoting innovation through living labs: finding innovative ways to establish productive agroecosystems, capturing the experience of scientists working using an open innovation approach, capitalizing the potential of local knowledge and promoting the dialogue between scientific and empirical knowledge, and exploring with policy makers new ways to enable open innovation systems. 

Preliminary Program of the Side Event 

Am Lunch pm evening
  • Monday, October 2nd
  • Tuesday, October 3rd
  • Wednesday, October 4th
    Plenary session, technical presentations and discussion  
  • Thursday, October 5th
    Technical presentations, discussion, closing remarks
  • Friday, October 6th
    Technical visits to living lab sites

Registration for the IF-ALL 2023 Side Event

Registration is now open! 

AF2023 Registration

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Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, Living Labs Division

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