The III AgUrb will feature an intense 5-day-long schedule, which includes international panels, symposia, the presentation of scientific papers in thematic working groups, experience reports, field trips and cultural activities. The central theme of the Conference is “Healthy food, socio-biodiversity and sustainable agri-food systems: innovations from consumption to production”. The table below illustrates how the schedule is been built.

General Layout of the Program







September 17th

September 18th

September 19th

 September 20th

September 21st

Morning 8h30

Opening Ceremony

Panel 1 – The contribution of agriculture and food to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Panel 2 –

The  multiple dimensions of food consumption: diets, politics and governance

Panel 3 –

Creating sustainable food systems in face of Climate change

Field trips

Panel 4 –

Food security and sovereignty: challenges to nurture the world


Lunch Break

 Lunch Break
Afternoon 1h30


(4 Simultaneously)


 (4 Simultaneously)


(4 Simultaneously)


(4 Simultaneously)

3h30 Break  Break

21 Working Groups / 5 Experience Reports Groups

(Simultaneous sessions)

21 Working Groups / 5 Experience Reports Groups

(Simultaneous sessions)

21 Working Groups / 5 Experience Reports Groups

(Simultaneous sessions)

21 Working Groups / 5 Experience Reports Groups

(Simultaneous sessions)


Cultural Activities

Cultural Activities

Cultural Activities






The panels will be the main spaces in the III AgUrb; international references will be invited to present their perspectives about topics of great current relevance. We expect to count on the participation of internationally acknowledged scholars, high-ranking representatives from governments and international institutions, international social-movement leaders, among others guests. The panels will take place in the Hall of Acts at the University in the morning shift (simultaneous translation will be provided).





Symposia will involve thematic activities aimed at hosting a wide range of discussions about agriculture and food. They will be prepared by the Organizing Committee of the III AgUrb and by partner organizations from the agrifood field. We expect to have four simultaneous Symposia in the early afternoon in auditoriums with approximately 250 seats.





Similar to the first two previous AgUrb, the thematic Working Groups will focus on gathering and sharing knowledge produced by researchers and students. The thematic Working Groups (WGs) are activities where papers will be presented and discussed concerning the state of the art of knowledge about sustainable agrifood systems, healthy food, socio-biodiversity, and innovations in both consumption and production. The aim of the working groups is to create conditions for researchers, activists, policymakers, public and private actors to discuss and share research results, as well as to set the theoretical, empirical and methodological basis for matters that must be further explored. We will have 21 WGs tackling various themes.


Access full list of Work Groups



Scientific Papers


Scholars, researchers, students and professionals interested in proposing scientific papers can submit their proposals following the guidelines presented in this call. The selection of papers will be conducted by the WG conveners in a blind peer review process and will consider the quality of the papers, the consistency with the WG and the limit of articles to be presented in each group. The WG conveners are sovereign about whether or not they accept the papers.




Experience reports aim to enable organized civil society groups to share their experiences and trajectories. The reports can be technical or popular, and do not need to be presented in a theoretical-methodological framework, but will follow a more simplified format. For the experience reports will also be opened a Call proposing 5 Generating Axes which the experiences should comply with. Soon we will pen the Call for Experience Reports, however, those interested can already prepare their submissions considering the following guidelines.

  • They call wil welcome reports authored by farmers, members of organized civil society, social movements, traditional communities (indigenous, afro descendants communities, fishermen, family farmers), nongovernmental organizations, networks, cooperatives, associations, extension projects , among others;
  • The content of the articles shall comply with the thematic proposition of the 6 (six) Generating Axes. The Generating Axes are:
  1. Management of Agroecosystems and sustainable production practices;
  2. Articulating connections between production and consumption;
  3. Traditional communities and socio-biodiversity foods;
  4. Strengthening food and nutrition security;
  5. Innovative initiatives for sustainable cities;
  6. Rural extension: production and sustainable food practices to improve quality of life and income generation.
  • Each person may submit (2) articles as author or co-author.
  • The articles may be written in Portuguese, Spanish or English and have at most 4 (four) authors.
  • Submission will happen by sending an abstract of the work, having between 1500 and 3000 characters. The content should include in a synthetic form:
  1. Title;
  2. Contextualization (where did the experience happen?; how is this region ?; how and when did the experience begun?; who are the actors involved?);
  3. Development (how did the experience happen, which communities or people were involved, for how long?);
  4. Results (what were the main results obtained from this experience?);
  5. Challenges and learning outcomes (what were the main difficulties and challenges encountered?; how did they overcome them?; what were the lessons learned from that experience?).


  • The approved papers can only be presented during the Conference if the payment of the registration is made and the authors send the expanded summary (up to 10 pages) until July 31st, 2018.
  • Submissions must be made only through this platform.
  •  The articles shall be selected in a blind-peer evaluation process, conducted by the managers of each Generating Axes. The selection process shall take into consideration the quality of the work, the relevance for the theme the limit of studies to be presented per Axe.




The Field Trips will focus on September 20th and will be a moment where participants will be invited to meet  in situ  experience of good practices in agriculture and food. The activities will last for one day (approximately 8 hours), including meal times. In total, there will be 8 itineraries for different locations within 1h30 distance of Porto Alegre.
Participation in field trips is optional and will incur specific costs, which must be paid for a part of the event registration. Those who wish to participate must pre-register and make payment on the first day of the event to secure their vacancy. Soon we will anounce the itineraries and the pre-register form.




Cultural activities aim to address the themes of the Conference through different forms of artistic expression, complementing other activities.