22 June 2018 from 15:00 to 17:00

IDEAS meeting: Nature-inclusive farming as a complex socio-ecological system

The IDEAS meeting gathers people interested in certain topics of Complex Systems Science to develop new research ideas or solutions, which may lead to joint proposals/projects/papers. Everyone is welcome but please register before Wednesday 20 June.

Background information

Nature-inclusive agriculture is agriculture that makes better use of ecological processes for food production, but also tries to minimize its impact on the environment, amongst others by working local and minimizing external inputs by closing loops on the farm as much as possible. This requires a much more integrative and diverse way of food production than is currently utilized in conventional agriculture.

In 2018, we started a project to map and monitor social, economic, agronomic and ecological aspects of a number of nature inclusive farms in the Netherlands. The ambition of this project is to develop a long-term research program to gather data and create tools to support the large-scale development of nature inclusive farming in the Netherlands. Since a nature inclusive farm can be considered as a complex (socio-ecological) system, a complex system model could be one of those tools.

In this IDEAS session, we would like to explore the possibility of developing such a model, and to discuss what data are needed to parameterize it, because we are about to start the data collection for the first project stage. Finally, we want to explore funding opportunities for both the model development, data collection and the long-term research program.

About the experts in the field

Dr. Jerry van Dijk, researcher from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, and Geert van der Veer, initiator of the Herenboeren nature-inclusive farming concept.


15:00-15:30 Coffee/tea with cakes
15:30-15:35 Introduction to the speakers (Dr. Brian Dermody, associate member of the CCSS)
15:35-16:00 Introduction to the challenges/problems in nature-inclusive farming as a complex socio-ecological system
16:00-16:10 Additional information (funding possibilities) and/or questions
16:10-16:40 Group discussions (developing ideas or solutions)
16:40-17:00 Feedback
17:00-18:00 Nibbles and drinks with CCSS members (22 June is CCSS Monthly Junior Member Day)

Venue: Room 4.16, Minnaert Building

Please register before Wednesday 20 June

Start date and time
22 June 2018 15:00
End date and time
22 June 2018 17:00