The Herrenhausen Conference on May 6-8, 2019 will focus on food production in cities and elaborate why urban agriculture should be part of a sustainable urban planning in the future.
Given the global challenges of urbanization and limited resources, Urban Agriculture has become an important tool for a sustainable planning of cities since the Millennium. However, it is mostly unknown, that Urban Agriculture already has its history. This is where the Herrenhausen Conference on Urban Agricultural Heritage starts from. It aims at providing a first global survey of projects and initiatives dealing with traditional forms of food production in cities and shall lead to a better understanding and academic awareness of the issue. Experts from science, international organizations, and civil society will approach the Conference's theme from different angles. Reasons will be identified why valuable agricultural heritage must not be neglected or even destroyed. Based on this, the Conference organizers look forward to elaborating new perspectives for research and management in the field of urban agriculture.
«Urban Agricultural Heritage and the Shaping of Future Cities» is part of the Herrenhausen Conference Series initiated by the Volkswagen Foundation.
«Urban Agricultural Heritage and the Shaping of Future Cities»
May 6-8, 2019
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
A detailed program can be found on the following website: https://volkswagenstiftung.de/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungskalender/urban-agricultural-heritage-and-the-shaping-of-future-cities
Session 1: Connecting Urban Agriculture and Cultural Heritage — Framing the Issues
Session 2: Reporting from the Frontier — Two Cases
Session 3: The Fed City
Session 4: Genes and Memes, Spaces and Flows — Approaches to Urban Agricultures Future
Session 5: Shaping the Future
Session 6: Defining the Agenda for the Future of Urban Agricultural Heritage
There are travel grants for interested early stage researchers available. Application deadline is August 31st, 2018. Please find more information on the above mentioned website.
There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the registration link on the website mentioned above. The conference language is English.
Venue and public transport
The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at «Herrenhäuser Gärten».
Accommodation for participants
Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. As Hannover is a city that hosts many fairs, we recommend booking a hotel as soon as you register. We have pre-booked rooms at the InterCity Hotel Hanover and the Grand Palace Hotel Hanover. Please find more information on the above mentioned website.
With its Herrenhausen Conferences the Volkswagen Foundation provides international experts as well as junior researchers with a platform for an intense interdisciplinary dialogue on exciting new areas of research and innovative methodological approaches. The main focus of the conferences does lie on the current challenges faced by each research area rather than on further in-depth discussions and analyses of individual well-established topics. We are interested in unanswered questions and unsolved problems — and in the respective research field's relevance for society.
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