Bioacademy – European summer conference on organic farming
The main organiser of the European conference on organic farming is the PRO-BIO union. Other partners participating in the preparation and professional cooperation are, above all, BIO Austria, FIBL Switzerland, Bioinstitut o.p.s. and Palacky University Olomouc. The event takes place under the auspices of, and with the financial contribution of, the Czech Ministry of Agriculture, the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the Slovak Ministry of Agriculture.
The Bioacademy is aimed at interested persons from both the professional and lay public in the Czech Republic and abroad, those interested in organic farming, organic consumers and people interested in a healthy lifestyle and nature. The Bioacademy regularly takes place in Lednice, in the picturesque surroundings of the Lednicko–Valtické estate.
This year is the Year of Biodiversity and the 10th anniversary of Bioacademy. Bioacademy 2010 is primarily a MEETING point. This year we have introduced a new form at - the red line, featuring were interactive workshops in order to transfer the outputs to practice in the following hot topics " Agricultural policy and organic farming in the EU after 2013 - is it just about money?" and "Credibility and Fraud Prevention in Organic Farming".
9th EUROPEAN SUMMER ACADEMY ON ORGANIC FARMING
"Organic Farming - A Response to Economic and Environmental Challenges"
The 9th year of the European Summer Academy on Organic Farming – Boiacademy 2009 was held on 24th - 25th June in the premises of the Horticultural Faculty of MZLU (Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry) in Lednice na Morave, CZ. This year the event was attended by 200 people from 21 countries interested in the theme. This prestigious forum, which has gradually become one of the most significant conferences on organic farming within Central and Eastern Europe, responded to contemporary topics as indicated by the title “Organic Farming – A Response to Economic and Environmental Challenges”. Bioacademy comprised of a Conference for Practitioners and a Scientific Conference. The two-day session was followed by a traditional series of excursions for participants to organic farms within South Moravia, Austria and Slovakia.
Once again Bioacademy provided an opportunity for experts, politicians, farmers and traders not only to exchange information and experience but also to collectively seek answers to contemporary challenges and needs within organic food production and in its environmental context and benefits.
2nd Scientific Conference Bioacademy 2009 within the framework of the 9th European Summer Academy on Organic Farming
“New Developments in Science and Research on Organic Farming” was the main topic of Bioacademy 2008. The starting point of discussion was the shift in the perception of organic farming from the position of marginal sector to that of potential leader in sustainable development farming as well as the causes of low organic food production. The inherent danger in the coexistence of organic farming and GMO was highlighted.
Bioacademy 2008 included the 1st Scientific Conference. Many European research institutes presented new outcomes of their research projects.