It’s that time of the year again!
About one year ago, I published several posts covering the planning and execution of our program’s student-organized sustainability conference “The Agroecology Day” – a recurring annual event in the past 6-7 years at SLU Alnarp. In a few weeks time, it’s the new students turn to do this, and I’m psyched about what they’ve got in store.
The coolest thing about this event is that it’s organized by people who often haven’t really done any organizing before, but still perform admirably year in and year out, and what they make of it is entirely up to them! The first Agroecology Day was a half-day event with a few speakers and workshops. The events held in the past few years have had a much wider scope, and even evolved to become full day events with speakers from all over the world. Last year, I was very keen on inviting several thinkers from across the globe, expanding the venue (using larger rooms) and inviting more people. But time was sparse, and finding sufficient funding to do such a thing was easier said than done. But with the increased interest in food systems and sustainability, pushed on by millennials, I think we’ll be seeing more of these events, and these events having an easier time to getting funding in the future.
This year, the new crew decided to start the event a little bit later than usual: commencing at 11:15 and ending with a dinner 19:30 in the evening. It’s a brave move, but a fresh breeze too; experimenting with a new approach (afternoon talks + evening dinner) instead of copying the program from previous years. It also makes sense for many students at SLU, who most often are schedule-free on wednesdays after 13:00, so more people could potentially attend because of this. But people from other universities who have school til 12:00 could perhaps also attend, at least in the afternoon and evening.
Regardless, I’m looking forward to it a lot!
If you want to know more about the event, you can read more about it, and/or contact its organizers on facebook:
Hope to see you there!