XVI European Rural Development Network Conference

17-19 September 2018

Cluj-Napoca, Romania


CAP 2020+: experiences and ideas for future rural areas and development


Hosted by University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine.


Key dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 25 June, 2018 (the call is still open in July).
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 June, 2018 (and within days).
  • Conference: 17-19 September, 2018.
  • Policy Brief: November, 2018.
  • Publication of full papers in Rural Areas and Development, 16(2019) and associated journals: Spring-Summer, 2019.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to 16erdn2018@gmail.com 

Conference objectives

The European Rural Development Network (ERDN) integrates various European research institutions, which are involved in analysing the transformation process of rural areas, particularly in Central-Eastern Europe (www.erdn.eu). The main objectives are to advance international knowledge transfer and scientific cooperation in rural development and agriculture, as well as to share and promote scientific experiences and achievements in order to support policy makers and stakeholders. The annual conferences, organised since 2002, are the basis for achieving these objectives.

Efforts in previous Common Agricultural Policy periods have enabled agricultural development but also promoted integrating other sectors of the rural economy and emphasised social and environmental concerns in rural development programmes. The European agricultural policy meets in the complex manner the main challenges, such as competitiveness, innovation in the agri-food sector, the multi-functional and sustainable rural development, food security and food quality, the public concern about the environment and public goods. However, the decreasing share of agriculture in generating GDP, the difficulties in correctly addressing measures for the development of the potential of family farming, as well as the growing challenges ahead of rural development, direct our interest in the future of rural areas in European Union policy after 2020.

The ERDN conference will make opportunity for European researchers to meet and discuss achievements and experiences resulting from the implementation of the agricultural policies in the European countries (with particular focus on CEECs economies, including non-EU states), as well as the challenges and economic, environmental and social dilemmas which are faced by the family farming and rural areas in XXI century. The considerations are expected to be a part of a debate at the EU forum over the scope of regulations bur also financing of rural-related issues in the future CAP.

ERDN community would like to contribute to this discussion with perspective of rural systems and local development.

The conference aims to stimulate methodological, theoretical and empirical contributions which provide better understanding of development paths of rural systems as well as reseach-based evidence for better policy design and implementation in rural areas. Experiences from the RDP 2014-2020 projects or results of the evaluation process, as well of new research on rural development will be welcomed.

While abstracts on past and future CAP and national policies (in EU and non-EU countries) in agriculture and rural areas are welcome, the following topics are likely to be of particular interest:

  • Future CAP budget and its possible implications for rural and regional development (national perspectives);
  • Public policy for rural development in Central Eastern European Countries,
  • Agriculture and health: A future CAP for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Spatial and territorial impacts of innovation;
  • The role of CAP and Cohesion Policy measures in local/regional development,
  • Local development, job creation and entrepreneurship in rural areas;
  • Experiences and future ideas for LEADER approach in EU member states;
  • The effects of human capital and innovation on rural development;
  • Trends of rural poverty and social exclusion, effects of migration in rural areas;
  • National/regional specialisation strategies;
  • Transformations of family farming and local food systems,
  • Subsidy programmes and other methods of financing farm diversification and entrepreneurship;
  • Increasing added value in the food supply chain via food initiatives, short value chains, organic food, role of regional brands/products;
  • Opportunities for the development of small, family, semi-subsistence farms;
  • The role of social farms in agriculture;
  • Ways of supporting new entrants and young farmers in agriculture;
  • The role of agri-environmental measures of RDPs in rural landscapes;
  • The agricultural knowledge and innovation system (AKIS);
  • New challenges for agricultural extension services;
  • Social innovation in rural areas;
  • Knowledge-based modern farming;
  • Public-private partnerships in agriculture and rural areas.
  • Sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas including biodiversity, ecosystem services and climate change mitigation.

Submission of abstracts

Abstracts should be at least 200 words in length and should be sent to: 16erdn2018@gmail.com. Each abstract will be ‘double-blind’ peer reviewed for inclusion in the conference programme by members of the conference Scientific Board.


All speakers will have an oral presentation of up to 15 minutes which can be accompanied by slides in PowerPoint® format. The conference will be held in English without translation facilities, also a special French-language session as well as poster session will be organised.

Further details

There is no conference fee but participants are expected to pay their own hotel accommodation costs. List of hotels will be provided soon. Budget option (i.e. modern dormitory rooms, EUR40 per room, single or double use, incl. breakfast) will be also available. Details of the conference venue and agenda will be published soon.

Each conference paper will be ‘double-blind’ peer reviewed for inclusion in the ERDN Rural Areas and Development yearbook as well as associated journals.

The conference presentations, papers and discussion will lead to ERDN Policy Brief with recommendations for future CAP and especially to Pillar II of rural policy.

Each presenter will be asked to end her/his presentation with one (more general) recommendation for development of rural areas post 2020, that should be evidence-based conclusion of own, present and past research.  CEECs’ perspective is highly welcomed. During the conference we will discuss all of them, agree and prepare a policy brief.

You are welcomed to include such a propositions in abstract (as an additional paragraph, with references to the research). 

Scientific committee

  • Professor dr. Cristina Bianca Pocol (USAMV Cluj Napoca) – Chair
  • Dr Paweł Chmieliński (ERDN, IERiGZ-PIB Warszawa) –  Co-Chair
  • Professor Warzyniec Czubak (PULS Poznań) – Vice-Chair
  • Dr. Biró Szabocs (AKI Budapest);
  • Dr Vladimir Szekely (Slovak Academy of Sciences)
  • Dr Marek Wigier (IERiGZ-PIB Warszawa)
  • Professor Andrzej Kowalski (IERiGŻ-PIB Warszawa)
  • Professor Walenty Poczta (PULS Poznań)
  • Professor Francesco Contò (University of Foggia)
  • Professor Mariantonietta Fiore (University of Foggia)
  • Professor Piermichele La Sala (University of Foggia)
  • Professor dr. Cornel Cătoi (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Professor dr. Dan Vodnar (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Professor dr. Ioana Pop (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Professor dr. Roxana Vidican (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Professor dr. Liviu Bogdan (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Professor dr. Dan Dezmirean (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Professor dr. Sanda Andrei (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Professor dr. Mirela Cordea (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Professor dr. Marian Mihaiu (USAMV Cluj Napoca)

Organising committee

  • Professor dr. Cristina Bianca Pocol (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Dr. Paweł Chmieliński (ERDN, IERiGZ-PIB);
  • Professor Warzyniec Czubak (PULS)
  • Associate Professor dr. Leon Muntean (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Lecturer dr. Adriana Morea (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Lecturer dr. Tudor Sălăgean (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Lecturer dr. Anamaria Vâtcă (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Assistant dr. Lucian Cuibus (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • PhD Student Peter Šedík (SUA in Nitra)
  • PR Officer Bianca Vlaicu (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • PR Officer Adina Oșan (USAMV Cluj Napoca)
  • Master student Alexandra Vintilă (USAMV Cluj Napoca)

Host Organiser

University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca,
Calea Mănăştur 3-5, 400372, Cluj-Napoca (MAP)
Tel: +40-264-596.384 Fax: +40-264-593.792

For the general info about the University, please follow the link:   http://www.youblisher.com/p/1885686-USAMV-Presentation-Brochure/Main

Main Contact Person: Professor Cristina Bianca POCOL, PhD, Rural Economy, Department of Animal Production and Food Safety, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, cristina.pocol@usamvcluj.ro.

ERDN Contact:
dr Paweł Chmieliński, Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute, Warsaw, PL
Professor Warzyniec Czubak, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poznań, PL

Conference site: http://erdn.eu/16erdn2018/

Conference email address: 16erdn2018@gmail.com