Youth for organic: – Building Resilient Food Futures

This is what Organics Europe Youth Event is all about

The second edition of Organic Europe Youth Event (OEYE) will be held on 8-9 July 2024, in Bari, Italy with an optional excursion on the 10 July. IFOAM Organics Europe’s two-day event is an incredible opportunity for the youth who are enthusiastic about sustainable agriculture and foods systems and all that it entails. The 2024 edition of the event will be organised in the picturesque Bari, hosted by CIHEAM Bari. The OEYE welcomes young individuals passionate about organic and sustainable agriculture, providing a platform for the next generation in the sector.

Are you curious about some of the hot topics like access to land & local food policies, how to contribute to the governing of organisations and digitalizating farming? The event will bring together a diverse group of professionals, including farmers, students, researchers, certifiers, processors, activists, and politicians amongst others. The OEYE is open to all interested actors who would like to broaden their networks with like-minded individuals across Europe, exchange innovative ideas on transitioning towards a more sustainable food system, and delve into the potential of organic food and farming practices. 

Photo credits: Andreas Basler (FiBL) and Madelaine Rüger (FiBL) & other organisers.

Organic and you(th)

An inspiring event that aims to empower the future of the organic community and inspire change through a wide range of perspectives. Together, we will discover the positive effects of organic food and farming on our climate, environment, biodiversity, and animal welfare. Let’s discuss issues and topics related to land access, bio-districts and rural vitality, come develop ideas to improve and promote organic food systems. Be a part of the organic movement and shape the future towards a better tomorrow.

What to expect?

An unforgettable experience that will inspire you. The event will allow European youth active in organics to gain meaningful insights into sustainable practices across various segments of the food supply chain. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in panel discussions, group work, educational lectures and informative parallel sessions about current hot topics in the organic field. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to expand your horizons and connect with like-minded individuals. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to enjoy local food in Bari. 

Registration

We have fantastic news for all those interested in joining the event: entry to the 2024 edition is free of charge for all participants! What’s more, the post-event excursion is also complimentary!

To take advantage of all these benefits and join the participants, simply follow these steps:

  • send an email to [email protected] with the subject line ”I want to join OEYE 2024” and include your full name, job title, organisation and the country of your residence in your email,
  • we will ask you to answer 3 questions regarding your motivation for attending the event, 
  • upon selection, you will receive the registration form to complete, and you will be all set for an enriching event of educational and social experiences.

Please keep in mind that organisers may not be able to accept all registration requests due to limited capacity. The relevance of the applicant’s motivation will be considered in the selection process. While the event is free of charge, you will be responsible for covering your transportation and accommodation costs.

Programme

We’ll be covering hot topics, such as, sustainable public food procurement, local food policies, digitalizing farming and bio-districts, that will leave you feeling empowered and motivated to make a difference. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to expand your knowledge and become an agent of positive change. Consult the latest draft programme below (programme is subject to change).

DAY 1 – 8 JULY
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Registration & snack
  • 14:00 – 14:45 Welcome remarks
  • 14:45 – 15:45 Panel talk: Who is who in sustainable food systems? agroecology, organic, biodynamic and regenerative – together for sustainable farming
  • 15:45 – 16:15 Break
  • 16:15 – 17:30 Learning lectures: Series of lectures, knowledge-based informative sessions with an educative purpose.
  • Round 1: Unlocking opportunities: Access to land & Sustaining Communities: The potential of Biodistricts in nurturing rural vitality 
  • Round 2: Gender in agriculture: Empowering women, nurturing food system changes & Growing Forward: Farming in the digital age
  • 17:30 – 17:45 Closing remarks
  • 17:45 – 19:00 Free time
  • 19:00 Evening programme & dinner
  • 22:00 End
DAY 2 – 9 JULY
  • 08:30 – 09:30 Enter day the day relaxed – yoga/meditation session
  • 09:30 – 10:00 Opening speech:  The role of organic in fair and healthy food systems  
  • 10:00 – 10:15 Intro to parallel sessions
  • 10:15 – 11:30 Parallel sessions A A.1 Organic content creators: practical ways to make organic attractive with an organic content creator A.2 Open Innovation: how it can support young people in innovating their organic businesses at both process and product levels A.3 Leadership masterclass (more information soon)
  • 11:30 – 11:45 Break
  • 11:45 – 13:00 Parallel sessions B B.1 Local Food Policies at Med and European level: exponents of the Italian Local Food Policies Network B.2 Living Labs: as enabling ecosystems and strong support for innovation in both rural and urban areas B.3 How can young people play a role in Sustainable Public Procurement? B.4. Session TBC (more information soon)
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Panel talk: Growing green: Insights from organic entrepreneurs
  • 15:30 – 16:15 Keynote: Food as a Source of Social Sustainability and Community
  • 16:15 – 16:45 Closing remarks
  • 16:45 End (ending time subject to change)
DAY 3 – 10 JULY – Excursions

Individuals attending the Organics Europe Youth Event have the option to partake in an additional excursion on 10 July. Each excursion will showcase inspiring sustainable practices of organic food production. Event attendees can choose to join one of the two field trips:

  1. Visit of an organic pasta factory named Andriani SpA located in Gravina di PugliaOrganic pasta factory
  2. Visit of an organic olive oil mill named Azienda Agricola Biologica Cuonzo located in Palombaio

The field visits will be executed in English language. The field visits are scheduled to return to Bari by 15:00. Accommodation is not included in the optional excursion.

Travel to CIHEAM Bari

The event is hosted by CIHEAM Bari’s institute which is a 20-minute ride away from the centre of Bari where the train and bus station are located. More information will be shared with registered participants on the pre-scheduled shuttles offered by the organisers between the city of Bari and the event’s venue. For transport tickets within Italy, you can check ItaliaRail – Italy Train Ticket and Rail Pass Experts or Viaggi in autobus low-cost in Italia ed Europa | FlixBus

The event venue’s address: CIHEAM BARI Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari Via Ceglie 9 70010 Valenzano (BA)

Accommodation in Bari

For accommodation in Bari we suggest you these options:

  • CIHEAM BARI campus: students’ single rooms 12,00€ night/room plus 3,50€ breakfast (private bathroom within the room)
  • Hotel Federiciano: 64,00€ night/room breakfast included (only with special discount to OEYE participants) 

The exact booking details will be described in the registration form.

Scholarship

The Organics Europe Youth Event offers scholarships which provide financial support for travel & accommodation costs of participants with financial obstacles to join the event (e.g., students, young professionals, unemployed & others).

To apply for a scholarship, the subsequent criteria you should meet:

  • Be a resident of a European country
  • Be under 40 years old, in accordance with Article 4(6) to the Regulation (EU) 2021/2115 on CAP Strategic Plans, defining the criteria to qualify as a “young farmer” at the EU level.

To apply as a scholarship participant, follow the registration procedure explained above. In the application form, you will be asked to submit the following:

  • Basic info: name, surname, age, contact information, location, current occupation, educational background;
  • A short video of no more than 120 seconds summarizing why you would like to attend the event and the relevance of your occupation;
  • Whether you are willing to be involved in some aspects of the organization (team leader, rapporteur etc);
  • An estimate of the support needed (travel cost to and from Bari);
  • Only applicants that submit all information in the application form will be considered.
  • Deadline for Scholarship Application is 24 April 2024

The scholarship is established in Anna Tuzzato’s honour. She was IFOAM Organics Europe’s Communications Coordinator and dear colleague. Anna was a talented young professional, committed to making the world a better place. While working at IFOAM Organics Europe, she poured much of her dedication and enthusiasm into the first edition of Organics Europe’s Youth Event. By setting up this scholarship IFOAM Organics Europe wants to ensure that her legacy lives on and continues to blossom.

Take a look at the previous OEYE

Do you want to know how the first Organic Europe Youth Event 2022 looked like? Here are some of the key take-aways from the first edition of the Organics Europe Youth Event, get inspired for the approaching edition and take a look at what we have learned at the previous event in Frick, Switzerland: OEYE Participants have the chance to grow their professional network, creating a platform where the European organic youth meet. Want to see more insights? Take a look at our photo gallery and relive the unforgettable moments of the Organics Europe Youth Event 2022. Have a look at our Facebook photo album!

Join the online conversation!

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Have questions or inquiries? Contact us at [email protected]

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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.

 
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