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Intercropping for Sustainability

at The University of Reading, UK
19 - 20 January 2021

(BASIS Point will be applied for)

The Deadline for Call for Paper is 07th September 2020

We are committed to running this conference on the 19th - 20th January 2021.  Due to uncertainty about COVID-19, associated regulations and travel guidance, we are flexible about the format of the event (meet in person, virtually or hybrid).  We will make a decision about the final format as soon as we can. We shall provide updates but please also keep checking the website and sign up for AAB email updates.’


Increasing diversity within agricultural systems by intercropping offers a realistic and practical opportunity to enhance and stabilise crop yields and produce food, feed and fuel with fewer inputs. As environmental conditions become more variable, diversifying cropping systems can also reduce production risks. The Horizon 2020-funded projects DIVERSify and ReMIX, alongside other projects, are conducting research trials as well as working with farmers and other agricultural stakeholders across Europe and internationally to design, test and provide practical solutions for multi-species intercropping. It is timely to bring together the intercropping community to showcase the latest findings on intercropping research from the lab and the field and encourage debate on uptake and best practice. DIVERSify and ReMIX are working with other Horizon 2020-funded projects in the Crop Diversification Cluster to transfer project findings to scientists, farmers, advisers, industry and policy makers (see for information about other joint events). The Congress will cover topics that range from basic research to practical application of intercrops.

Potential sessions include:

  • Species combinations, crop varieties and sowing arrangements that optimise agronomic efficiency
  • New approaches to investigate the mechanisms that underpin the benefits of crop species mixtures
  • Environmental benefits of intercropping (e.g. for soil, water, biodiversity) and delivery of ecosystem services
  • Crop diversity for resilience under a changing climate Nutrient and weed/pest/disease management with intercropping
  • Intercropping as part of a sustainable farming system, including agroforestry
  • Timings of management operations and mechanical innovations
  • Novel practical tools, including modelling and decision-aids, for scientists, agronomists, farmers and breeders for optimising multi-species cropping

The Congress aims to attract scientists and agricultural stakeholders from diverse farming systems and regions to obtain feedback on research findings and industry-relevant tools, discuss intercropping uptake and practical application, and guide future developments in intercropping research. The meeting will include scientific sessions, workshops and panel debates co-organised with agricultural stakeholders to discuss the practical adoption of intercropping, applying research findings, and new and emerging tools and kit.

Invited speakers include:

  • Dr Caroline Drummond MBE (Linking Environment and Farming, UK) will chair a science farmer forum/Q&A on intercropping practices
  • Prof. Maria Finckh  (University of Kassel, Germany)
  • Prof. Bernhard Schmid  (University Of Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Prof. John Vandermeer  (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, USA)

Committee Members

  • Ali Karley                            James Hutton Institute, UK
  • Maria Carlota Vaz Patto    Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier, Portugal
  • Charlotte Bickler  Organic Research Centre, UK
  • Adrian Newton  James Hutton Institute, UK
  • Christoph Scherber  University of Münster
  • Inger Bertelsen  Landbrug & Fødevarer SEGES, Denmark
  • Christine Watson  Scotlands Rural College, UK
  • Jean-Noel Aubertot Institut national de la recherche agronomique, France
  • Beatrix Keillor James Hutton Institute, UK



Accepted papers/posters will be published in the Aspects of Applied Biology series and available as part of the conference pack. Primary authors of accepted papers will be notified by session organisers by 07 September 2020 and sent instructions for the papers (6–8 pages for platform and 2–6 pages for poster presentations).

Offers Submission

Offers in the form of a short summary/abstract should be submitted by the 7th September 2020

You can submit your offer using the attached form or online at our website:

Click on CONFERENCE in the menu bar of the website then select Submit an Abstract from the dropdown menu. Simply, you can click on the "Upload An Abstract" button shown above & below and it will do the job for you. All you need to do then is to complete the form with your personal details, email address, select the conference title you would like to submit your abstract for, indicate whether your offer is for a platform presentation or a poster, upload your file and finally click on submit abstract and Job done! Alternatively, you can send your abstract to Dr John Andrews at the AAB Office:

Should you have any further queries regarding abstracts/papers submission, or poster and platform presentaions, please contact Dr John Andrews as above.

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Please click on the button below to view/download the "Call for Papers Information"


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