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2016 EURAF Conference, Montpellier 23-25 May 2016

3rd European Agroforestry Conference

23-25 May 2016, Montpellier, France

Celebrating 20 years of Agroforestry research in Europe.

Book of Abstracts

Book of Abstracts (19MB) (download stats)


All the slideshows of the oral presentations are available by cliking on the titles of the presentations in the workshop programme below

All the plenary sessions talks videos are available by clicking on the titles of the presentations in the workshop programme below


Programme | Call for abstracts | REGISTRATION and conference fees | Venue |  Call for the EURAF General Assembly | Organisers and sponsors


Some pictures taken during the 3rd European Agroforestry Conference


Welcome Address

EURAF and INRA, the French National Institute of Agronomical Research are very pleased to welcome you in Montpellier for the Third European Agroforestry Conference.

Montpellier is the core center in France for Agroforestry Research and demonstration. Both temperate zone and tropical zone agroforestry are targeted by Montpellier researchers. Montpellier is also the home of RAP, the most comprehensive agroforestry experiment in France, with 20 years of uninterrupted monitoring. You will have the opportunity to visit this outstanding site during the Conference (check the RAP leaflet here).

Burning issues such as resilience to climate change or the assessment of ecosystems services of Agroforestry will be in the main light. Check the program for the wide range of topics that will be discussed, from the last research findings to the practical enforcement of new agroforestry regulations at national and European scales.

New fields of research will also be thoroughly discussed, such as the selection of shade tolerant crops, the use of models to perform virtual agroforestry experiments, the labelling of agroforestry products or the revival of age-old practices such as tree pollarding. And many more. 

Farmers are welcome, with a session that will be focused on expertise sharing between European agroforesters.

May in Montpellier is a very pleasant time, and we can only suggest you to extend your stay and visit some of the treasures that the area around Montpellier can offer you. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.

We expect you!

Christian Dupraz

President of the organizing Committee  |  Past Founding President of EURAF (2011-2014)


The EURAF Best Poster Awards!


The EURAF Jury best poster prize was awarded to Cathy Bouffartigue for her poster entitled "Adapting successional agroforestry systems to an European Context with collaborative methods"

The Public best poster prize was awarded (by secret ballot) to Esther Guillot for her poster entitled "Spatial soil fertility gradient in a mature agroforestry system under a Mediterranean climate"

The winners got their registration fees reimbursed as well as a 100 € grant 

Congratulation to Cathy and Esther for the excellent job!



Download thePlenary Sessions Programme, the Book of Abstracts (19MB)

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Monday 23 May 

9h00-10h00: Registration

10h00-13h00: Opening session

10h00: Welcome addresses 

10h30: Rosa Mosquera and Gerry Lawson - EURAF achievements during the last two years

11h00Andy Gordon - Current Issues in Canadian Agroforestry (video of the presentation) and Michael Jacobson - Agroforestry in North America - Examples From Across the Region (video of the presentation)

11h30: Emmanuel Petel (video of the presentation) and Gaétan Dubois (video of the presentation) - Agroforestry : Opportunities for European Agriculture – Research-Innovation & Common Agricultural Policy 

12h00Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister of Agriculture - The French National Plan for Agroforestry (in French with English subtitles)

12h30Mark Shepard - From permaculture to Agroforestry, the ecological systems design approach (video of the presentation)

13h00-14h30: Lunch

14h30-16h30: Side events in parallel rooms 

Parallel session 1 "Development of agroforestry: farmer's perceptions, barriers and incentives" (Room: Amphi Lamour)

Parallel session 2 "Environmental benefits of agroforestry" (Room: Amphi 206)

Parallel session 3 "Innovations in agroforestry" (Room: Amphi 2)

Parallel session 4 "Productivity and economic performances of agroforestry" (Room: Salle A)

16h30-17h00: Coffee Break

17h00-18h30: Poster session 1

"Development of agroforestry: farmer's perceptions, barriers and incentives" 

"Environmental benefits of agroforestry"

"Innovations in agroforestry" 

"Productivity and economic performances of agroforestry"  

"Farmers testimony across Europe"

"Tree-crop competition and facilitation"

"Agroforestry and climate change"

"Agroforestry products: quantity, quality and diversity"

"How to assess the performance of agroforestry systems?" 


19:00-22:00: Gala dinner


Tuesday 24 May

Field tour from 8am to 6pm. All tours end at the Restinclières Estate for a barbecue party from 6 pm to 9 pm. Several tours on offer on a first registered, first served basis

1. Full day at the Restinclières experimental farm (silvoarable and vineyard agroforestry, agroforestry and climate change) 100 participants max in two groups. More info here

2. Vegetable gardening agroforestry and silvopastoral systems (Vézénobres, Cévennes mountains area) 50 participants max. More info here

3. Farm scale agroforestry (Silvoarable and silvopastoral farms west of Montpellier) 50 participants max. More info here


Wednesday 25 May

8h30-11h00Side events in parallel rooms

Parallel session 1 "Farmers testimony across Europe" (simultaneous translation available French-English) (Room: Amphi Lamour)

Parallel session 2 "Tree-crop competition and facilitation" (Room: Amphi 206)

Parallel session 3 "Agroforestry and climate change" (Room: Amphi 2)

Parallel session 4 "Agroforestry products: quantity, quality and diversity" (Room: Salle A)

11h00-13h00: Poster session 2 

13h00-14h30: Lunch

14h30-16h30: Side events in parallel rooms:

Parallel session 1 "How to assess the performance of agroforestry systems?" (Room: Amphi Lamour)

Parallel session 2 "Updates on agroforestry policies across Europe" (Room: Amphi 206)


Parallel session 3 "Silvopastoralism" (Room: Amphi 2)

Parallel session 4 "Agroforestry modelling" (Room: Salle A)

16h30-17h00:  Coffee Break

17h00-17h30Official closing of the conference (Patrick Worms) (video of the presentation). EURAF Awards Ceremony

Optional : for EURAF members only

18h00-21h00: EURAF General Assembly  


Download the Conference Programme, the Plenary Sessions Programme and the Detailed Programme of the Scientific Sessions

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Call for abstracts

The deadline for submitting abstracts is over

The call for abstract (oral communication and poster presentation) is now open. The deadline for abstract submission is the 15th of February 2016. Authors will be informed about the selection of their abstract before March 15. All papers related to agroforestry are welcome, with a focus on temperate agroforestry. Papers dealing with tropical agroforestry may be accepted if they are relevant to some of the scheduled sessions. Authors may suggest a session for their abstract. Papers describing agroforestry initiatives, practices and skills are welcome, even if they don't meet the usual scientific rules, but should be written in English. They will be considered for the Plenary session 2 : Farmers testimony across Europe.

A special session about farmers skills and practices is scheduled on May 25 morning, and targeted abstracts are welcome. Oral communications by farmers are strongly encouraged. The language for abstracts should be english, but contact us if this is limiting your contribution.

The abstract submission o over. We keep the the guidelines for submission just for reference.

If you are part of the Reviewing Scientific Commitee follow this link

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Scientific Committee of the Conference:

Joana Amaral Paulo

Instituto Superior de Agronomia, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Robert Borek

Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation, Pulawy, Poland

Paul Burgess

Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK

Christian Dupraz

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Montpellier, France

Nuria Ferreiro Domínguez

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Dirk Freese

Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, Germany

Pilar González-Hernández

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Marie Gosme

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Montpellier, France

Tibor Hartel

Sapientia Hungarian University, Miercurea-Ciuc, Hungary

Norbert Lamersdorf

Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany

Bohdan Lojka

Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences, Prague, Czech Republic

Delphine Mézière

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Montpellier, France

Gerardo Moreno

University of Extremadura, Plasencia, Spain

Rosa Mosquera

Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

João Palma

Instituto Superior de Agronomia, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Anastasia Pantera

Technological Educational Institute, Karpenissi, Greece

Piero Paris

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Porano, Italy

Andrea Pisanelli

Istituto di Biologia Agroambientale e Forestale, Porano, Italy

Tobias Plieninger

University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bert Reubens

Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek, Merelbeke, Belgium

Adolfo Rosati

Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura, Spoleto, Italy

Jo Smith

Organic Research Centre, Newbury, UK

Andrea Vityi

University of West Hungary, Sopron, Hungary

Gerry Lawson

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Mercedes Rois

European Forest Institute
























Registration and conference fees 

To register, follow this REGISTRATION link to the Alphavisa site.

Early bird fee extended until 11th March

  Before March 1st After March 1st
Conference fees for EURAF members 250 € 300 €
Conference fees for EURAF non-members 300 € 350 €
Conference fees for students 150 € 200 €
Conference fees for farmers 200 € 250 €
Field trip and Evening programme May 24 (also open to accompanying persons) 80 €  
Gala dinner for accompanying persons 70 €  
Late bird additional charge (after March 1 2016) 50 €  
EURAF annual membership (special Congress rate, usual rate for individual members is 30 €) 20 €  

Notes :

  • No refund for cancellations after May 1. Cancellation fees before May 1 are 50 %
  • Your EURAF membership will be controlled by EURAF authorities.
  • EURAF members having paid their fees in 2015 and/or 2016 are granted the reduced rate
  • Please note that only EURAF members are allowed to participate in the EURAF General Assembly scheduled after the Conference (May 25 at 17:00)
  • Please confirm that you will be participating in the banquet on May 23 8pm  included in the registration package :
  • The registration fees include conference proceedings, the conference backpack, a nametag, access to all conference sessions and receptions, the lunches and coffee breaks on 23 and 25 May, the conference banquet on May 23 and the opportunity to register for housing and the 24 May field tour
  • If you register for the field trip, could you please select the field tours by order of choice (1 to 3). The tours will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
  • The lunch is included in the price of the field tour
  • All tours end at the Restinclières castle for a barbecue party from 6 pm to 9 pm


  1. Full day at the Restinclières experimental farm (silvoarable and vineyard agroforestry, agroforestry and climate change) 100 participants max in two groups
  2. Vegetable gardening agroforestry and silvopastoral systems (Vézénobres, Cévennes mountains) 50 participants max
  3. Farm scale agroforestry (Silvoarable : Domaine de Perdiguier; silvopastoral : Domaine de Pomy) 50 participants max

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The conference will take place at the INRA-SUP'AGRO campus in the center of Montpellier (close to the famous "Arceaux"  aquaduct). The Philippe Lamour amphitheater (380 seats) will be used for plenary sessions.

More info here


Call for the EURAF General Assembly

The EURAF General Assembly will be convened after the Conference, on May 25, from 17:30 until 20:30. The Assembly will elect the EURAF Officers for the next two years. The Assembly is restricted to EURAF members. EURAF membership can be obtained at registration, or on the premises before the Assembly. The EURAF General Assembly will be available by streaming on the internet, allowing all members to take part (including in the votes) from any place.

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One day post-tour : "Visit Agroforestry pilot farms in SW France"

On May 26th the French Agroforestry Association AFAF will organise an optional field tour in the southwestern part of the country. Here are some more information about the provisional programme of the day and the logistics.

When: Thursday May 26th, 9:30 through 17:00

Where: In the Toulouse area, 250 km west from Montpellier with direct train connections

What: You will get the chance to visit some of France's most innovative commercial agroforestry farms and meet the farmers! This event will be taking place in the action area of the multi-partner Agr'eau Programme managed by AFAF and co-funded by the local Water Agency. 

Agr'eau is a farmer-centred, networking initiative aiming at developing a resource-efficient, eco-friendly, climate-smart agriculture across the Adour-Garonne water catchment (south-west of France). It takes an integrated landscape approach to water and soil management, by complementing local agroforestry know-how with no-till, cover crop farming practices.

On  the programme: 
- An arable farm 
- A mixed crop-livestock farm 
- A former silk production site with nearly 200-year old pollards converted into a sylvopastoral system 
- A poultry farm

How:We will meet at 9:15 at Toulouse train station. The best option would be to travel from Montpellier the night before (the latest train leaving Montpellier for Toulouse is at 21:30). 

Alternatively, you can travel in the morning from Montpellier, although you will have to get up a bit early in such case as trains take approx. 2h50 to connect the two cities. But it is doable if you really need/want to, as there is a train reaching Toulouse at 9:04 that leaves Montpellier around 6:15... 
Travelling by car is also possible if you have your own (or a rented one) or if you find someone to give you a lift :-). (see registration link hereafter for this particular point)

From train station to the field: a coach will be organised.

Lunch: it will be organised as well, either as a buffet on one of the farms or at a nearby restaurant. In any case, we will make sure you can eat agroforestry food from the local producers! Including red ham from a traditional breed of black pig (the French pata negra! :-)

Returning from the field: the bus will take you back to the train station at 17:30. From there, you will have access to all types of public transports. If you are planning to fly right in the evening you will be able to reach the airport in just 30 min. Or you can have a nice end of the day visiting the city...  

Registration fee: €50 for organisational costs (lunch included).

Please register HERE before May 1st (spaces are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis, don't wait too long!).

More detailed information on the programme and other organisational aspects will be provided the week before the event.

Looking forward to having you here!

The French Agroforestry Association.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact fabien [dot] balaguer [at] agroforesterie [dot] fr 

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Organisers and sponsors


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