Organics Europe Youth Event 2022
Organic and You(th): Together for sustainable food systems
Organics Europe Youth Event in a nutshell
The Organic Europe’s Youth Event (OEYE), taking place on 31 August-1 September in Frick, Switzerland, is an event for youth interested and active in organic. It will provide a platform to discuss and learn about the potential and challenges of organic production and its role as a sustainable food system.
The youth event will bring together youth with diverse backgrounds: from farmers to retailers and processors, from activists to politicians. The event will foster cross-fertilisation between different disciplines and generate innovative ideas for the future of organic production.
Participants to the OEYE will grow their professional network, marking the starting point of a permanent network for European organic youth.
Organic and you(th)
Organic food and farming are part of the solution against global societal and environmental issues. Its positive effects on our climate, the environment, biodiversity, and animal welfare demand for enhanced knowledge and an organic movement that can shape and empower the future of the organic community.
Are you a young professional, farmer, activist, student, entrepreneur or simply interested in organic food systems? This event is for you! Together, we will discover how the organic movement can inspire change through a wide range of perspectives – from science, business, politics, arts, and practical experiences by young entrepreneurs and activists. We will discuss issues and topics related to sustainable food systems and develop ideas to improve and promote organic food systems.
Want to know more? Watch the first Organics Europe Youth Event teaser, get inspired by young professionals from Argentina, Switzerland and Italy sharing their view and ideas about the organic movement.
What to expect?
You will be inspired through workshops, discussions, speeches, several networking activities & dedicated excursions in Frick, at the heart of Switzerland.
More information about the programme, registrations & scholarship opportunities can be found below.
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DAY 0 – 30 August
DAY 1 – 31 August
DAY 2 – 1 September
When attending the Organics Europe Youth Event, you have the option to participate in an additional overnight excursion. Tickets for the excursion can be bought through the common registration portal.
Each excursion is centred around one challenge to reach a sustainable food system. They showcase different approaches by presenting initiatives, innovative farms and other value chain actors which are taking action today. Through the excursion, you will gain practical insights of potential solution approaches and get to know the Swiss food system. The excursions start after the closing ceremony of the on-site event in Frick and include an organized overnight stay.
The excursions will be carried out in parallel, therefore participants can choose one option. Excursion costs cover transportation, visits, accommodation, and food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the excursion.
Below you will find the four excursions you can choose from.
Excursion 1 | The role of organic agriculture in combating climate change
This excursion investigates how the organic sector can adapt and help to mitigate climate change. What are levers of organic agriculture to reduce climate change impacts? Which concrete measures can be implemented on a farm, by a processor or by a trader? And how can the organic sector contribute to more resilient food systems under a changing climate?
Excursion 2 | Alternative trade relations and fair production
This excursion is centered around the question of how to reach more fairness within food production. The excursion sheds light on alternative supply chains and trade relations, as well as on fair working conditions for those people producing our food. This regards not only the economic and health conditions of farmers and food workers, but also the recognition of their work and the value of food.
Excursion 3 | Chances and challenges of agroforestry systems
This excursion investigates the diverse environmental and ecological advantages of agroforestry systems. By looking at innovative models of agroforestry in Switzerland, participants will receive an insight into agroforestry practices, the motives of farmers to implement such a system and learn also about its challenges. Moreover, the excursion sheds light on processing opportunities of agroforestry products and discusses the potential of tree crops in general.
Excursion 4 |Taste the Waste: Reducing food waste and creating circular food systems
On average, a third of our food is lost or wasted between farm to fork. Reducing food waste and creating a circular food system is key in reducing the environmental impact of our food system. This excursion provides a deeper insight into the flaws of our current food system regarding the creation of food waste and looks at circular economy solutions. During the excursion, participants visit sites where food waste or by-products are generated and explore innovative solutions that reduce or reuse such products.
Registrations for the Organics Europe Youth Event are now open!
Ticket prices are:
- Standard fee – Youth (under 40 years old): 100 CHF
- Standard fee – over 40 years old: 150 CHF
- Reduced fee – Student, unemployed, trainee, other budget constraints (under 40 years old): 65 CHF
- Excursion ticket: 100 CHF
The Organics Europe Youth Event 2022 takes place in Frick Switzerland. The event is hosted at the Research Institute of FiBL Switzerland.
The event is a 15-minute walk away from the train station in Frick. Frick can be reached both from Zürich and Basel by train. To check the train times and to buy tickets, you can visit www.sbb.ch. Tickets can also be bought at the station at the ticket machines.
We created a list of recommendations for where you can book your accommodation. They are situated in Basel, an hour train ride away from the even location in Frick. If you pre-book a room in a hotel in Basel, you can use the public transport right after your arrival. You only need the confirmation of your hotel. In the hotel you get a pass (Basel card) for all public transport in the city.
The Organics Europe Youth Event offers scholarships which provide financial support meant to support travel & accommodation costs for European participants that meet financial struggles to join the event (e.g., students, young professionals, unemployed & other). To apply for a scholarship, you should: be a resident of a European Country & be under 40 years old. Only applicants that submit all information in the application form will be considered.
In the application form you are asked to submit the following:
- Basic info: name, surname, age, contacts, location, current occupation, educational background
- A short video of no more than 120 seconds summarizing why you would like to attend the event and relevance of your occupation.
- Whether you are willing to be involved in some aspects of the organisation (team leader, rapporteur etc).
- An estimate of the support needed (travel, accommodation costs).
You can now apply for the Organics Europe Youth Event scholarship. The deadline for application is 19 June 2022.
In the form, select “I need financial support,” to open the additional questions for a scholarship application. When asked to select a ticket, please select the scholarship option.
Note that by submitting the application form you are not yet guaranteed financial support for your travel. Since there is only a limited number of scholarships available, not all applications can be granted a scholarship. OEYE organisers will contact all applicants by email to inform them about the application status.
This event is co-financed by the LIFE programme of the European Union, under the under the under the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). The sole responsibility for this event lies with IFOAM Organics Europe. The CINEA is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.