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ORFC 2022

Call for Ideas and Proposals

To put some certainty in your life, it’s that time again to submit your ideas and proposals for the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2022! 

We are planning an in-person event in the Oxford Town Hall and other nearby venues on the 5th – 7th of January. To accommodate our new “normal”, next year’s conference will be slower and more reflective. Sessions will last 90 minutes and will give delegates more opportunity to delve deeper into each topic. We will also be a little more spread out with the addition of a great new venue near the Town Hall, which will help to make the conference safer too.

Alongside the in-person conference, we will also be running an online programme, which will offer live feeds to many of the talks in Oxford, as well as a few extras for our virtual audience only. (You need some compensation for missing out on the face-to-face fun!) While we will be joined by some international speakers, this year’s programme will be focussed on the UK. We will also be offering delegates the opportunity to attend 3–4 half-day discussions on specific topics the day before the conference starts, on 5th January.

As always, we will be looking to you and our partners to suggest what you’d like to see in the programme. What are the issues that you’re dealing with? What practitioners or radical ideas are inspiring you? What do you want to find out more about? We are always open to ideas as much as proposals for sessions, so do let us know. For this reason, we don’t ever suggest a conference theme, but we welcome proposals that offer new (and old!) techniques for best practice in agroecological farming, discussions around trade and food and farming policy, broader debates on food sovereignty, our relationship with the biosphere, and deep dives into justice issues relating to land, climate and equity. We’re always looking for ways to liven up the conference, so please let us know if you have any visual, musical or performance-based offerings.

More detail about what we expect from session organisers and how to shape your proposal is included in the submission form. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 27th August.  Please get in touch if we can help answer any questions on francesca@orfc.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you all again in January – it’s been a long time!

Submit your idea or proposal here