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172nd European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) Seminar

May 28 2019
May 29 2019

NEWS: Alison Burrell Award for the best paper presented at the 172nd EAAE Seminar 

Agricultural policy for the environment or environmental policy for agriculture?

Find out at the 172nd European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) Seminar.

Enhancing the environmental and climate ambition of the EU farming sector is one centrepiece of the latest European Commission's proposal for the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The theme of the seminar are the policy and research implications of these heightened environmental and climate ambitions.

The Commission department for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) are supporting the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) in the organisation of this seminar.

Call for papers (Online abstract submissions open - Deadline 31 January 2019)


Objectives include:

  • Discuss the economics-policy nexus of agriculture and the environment in the context of the CAP post-2020.
  • Promote discussions on current and future aspects of the CAP.
  • Enhance the understanding of opportunities and limits of CAP environmental and climate ambition.
  • Analyse the policy design and impact of agri-environmental and climate-friendly practices.
  • Provide a platform to foster direct discussions between academia and policymakers.
  • Identify areas of policy action and further research needs.


/jrc/en/file/document/176114Provisional programme 

The programme aims at maximising exchange between policymakers and academics.

Plenary speakers include researchers and also policymakers.

Call for papers

Participants (EU and non-EU participants) are invited to contribute scientific papers.


Authors need to first submit an extended abstract of maximum 2 pages (1000 words) in English by 31 January 2019.

The abstract should indicate the:

  • Question addressed,
  • Concepts and theories to which one refers,
  • Methodology used,
  • Results obtained, and
  • Policy relevance and implications.

The Scientific Committee will notify authors of accepted abstracts by 22 February 2019.


Authors have to submit their final paper by 1 May 2019.

Expected topics to be covered by the papers include:

  • Trade-offs and synergies between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of a policy geared towards sustainability.
  • Performance-based versus output-based payments.
  • Compulsory versus voluntary agri-environmental schemes.
  • Data, tools and models to measure environmental and economic performance at the farm, regional, national and global levels.
  • Contribution of particular CAP measures to preserve or enhance environmental benefits.
  • Farmers' behaviour and participation in agri-environmental schemes.
  • Environmentally and climate-friendly technologies and practices: opportunities and constraints.
  • Environmental standards and indicators: rationale, measurement and evaluation.
  • Identification, quantification and valuation of the demand for and supply of agri-environmental services.
  • Policy measures for climate change mitigation and adaptation in agriculture.
  • Impact of structural change on the environment and rural areas.
  • International trade and agri-environmental performance.
  • Impacts beyond the European agricultural sector.
  • Institutional and legal implications.
  • Lessons learned from previous CAP reforms and other international experiences.

Please use our template for the title page of your paper (MS word .docx).

Papers presented at the seminar will be uploaded into the AgEcon Search repository.

A special issue of EuroChoices with selected seminar papers adapted to a wide readership (both technical and non-technical) is under discussion.

Alison Burrell Award

Dr. Alison Margaret Burrell passed away in October 2018.

Due to her intensive policy related scientific work and close involvement with the EAAE and the JRC, the Organizing and Scientific Committees have decided to grant the "Alison Burrell Award" to the best paper presented at the 177nd EAAE Seminar. 

The award will be granted according to the following criteria, motivated by Alison's extraordinary writing skills and capacity as an author to communicate policy relevant research:  

  • Policy relevance of the research.
  • Scientific merit.
  • Clarity and structure of the paper.

The winner will be announced at the closing session of the 172nd EAAE seminar in Brussels.


Please use our partner's conference management system to submit your contribution: Conftool


  • Submission of abstracts: 31 January 2019
  • Notifications of acceptance: 22 February 2019
  • Final submission of full papers: 01 May 2019


Registration opens on 22 February 2019 on the EAAE website.

Participation fees for the seminar:

  • Early bird: €150 (€85 for PhD students) until 21 March 2019
Regular: €190 (€110 for PhD students) from 22 March 2019

A maximum of 120 participants can be accepted on a first come first served base.


Organising Committee

The Organising Committee's primary responsibilities are all on-site arrangements and logistics before, during and after the seminar.

Scientific Committee

The role of the Scientific Committee is to finalise the scientific program schedule, review and select oral abstract presentations.


The European Commission communicated that the CAP post 2020 will enhance its European added value by reflecting a higher level of environmental and climate ambition.

The policy is set to shift the emphasis from compliance and rules towards results and performance.

In this sense, the interplay of economic, environmental and social dimensions needs to be revisited as the key theoretical basis for support to agriculture.

The agricultural policy context also requires reflection on the role of direct payments as an environmental policy tool, and the delivery systems for environmental services and protection.

The question is then if and how support should be granted to farmers as providers of public goods.

Against this background, the political debate can benefit from further applied scientific insight on policy design, implementation mode and its environmental and socio-economic impacts.

Important dates

  • 31 January 2019: Submission deadline for abstracts
  • 22 February 2019: Notifications of acceptance & registration opens
  • 21 March 2019: Early-bird registration deadline
  • 01 May 2019: Deadline for submission of full papers
  • 15 May 2019: Late riser registration deadline


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