North American Agroforestry Conference 2017

Blacksburg, Virginia
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Abstract submissions are now closed.

Please see below for submission instructions.

Abstract Submission Themes

New Markets, New Products, New Values
Opportunities for selling and adding value to agroforestry products, services and experiences

Economic Insights and Financial Tools
Developments in agroforestry enterprise science and financial decision support

Advances in Technology Applications
Innovative advances and applications of agroforestry technologies and data analytics

Production Science
State-of-the-art agroforestry management techniques and field-based production

Environmental Benefits
Role and uses of agroforestry in protecting ecosystems and restoring environmental health

Adoption, Adaptation, Permanence
Needs and actions of new and continuing agroforestry producers

Education and Engagement
Agroforestry engagement and learning from rural to urban settings and schools to universities

Community, Culture, Communication
Agroforestry outreach, partnerships, and networks across people and land uses

Policy in Practice

Advances in agroforestry policy and novel institutional efforts throughout North America

Abstract Submission Guidelines

The Conference Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to submit abstracts for presentations at the 15th North American Agroforestry Conference to be held 27-29 June 2017 on Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, Virginia USA.

Options for Submission

  • Oral or Poster Presentations
  • Panel or Special Topic Sessions
  • Information Blitz Presentations
  • Plenary Roundtable Discussions

Timeline for Submissions
Abstract Submission Opens
September 1, 2016
Abstract Submission Closes
December 9, 2016
Acceptance Notifications Sent 
February 15, 2017

Submission Option Details

Oral or Poster Presentations
Submit abstracts for traditional Oral or Poster Presentation, selecting a conference theme which will guide the committee in organizing presentations into appropriate sessions. Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes to allow for 3 speakers per session. Posters will be organized by theme, displayed during the conference, and authors will be available to answer questions during a dedicated poster session.

Panel or Special Topic Sessions
Submit a proposal to organize a session. Sessions will be 1 hour in length, and can be organized as:

Panel Discussions - These can be practitioner-based, scientist-based or a combination of expertise. If you propose to organize a session, you will be expected to identify and secure participants for the panel. Panel participants will be required to submit abstracts for their presentation.

Special Topics - Do you have a topic of particular interest on which you would like to organize a sessions not otherwise addressed in these themes? So far, we have people interested in organizing special sessions on policy and Temperate Agroforestry in Mexico.

**(NEW!) Conference organizers are seeking input and participation in novel presentations and sessions to foster greater interaction among conference attendees. There are two options for contributing to the organization of these options.**

Information Blitz Session
The Information Blitz session aims to ‘enlighten the audience, and do so rapidly’. The conference schedule includes time for selected participants to present at a ‘information blitz’ during a plenary session of all conference attendees. These are short 5 minute presentations with the support of PowerPoint slides [maximum of 20 slides] that advance automatically every 15 seconds. A total of 8 blitz submissions will be selected for presentation during the plenary session on the first day.

Plenary Roundtable Dicussions
The Conference schedule has an hour-long roundtable session to discuss ‘hot’ topics. Facilitated discussions will follow world café approach where participants have time to delve into a variety of important issues affecting agroforestry by moving from table to table. Selected roundtable discussion topics will be led by the person who submitted the recommended topic.

Confirmation email and questions After submitting an abstract, you will receive an automatic system-generated confirmation email. If you DO NOT receive a confirmation email, if you have a question about the abstract submission system, or you need to cancel your submission for any reason, please contact

Criteria for Selection
All abstracts will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the organizing committee. Selection criteria includes high quality science or application, topical significance, and relevance to conference themes. Incomplete abstracts of those that do not adhere to the guidelines will be rejected.

Click here for a Summary of Abstract Requirements

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and welcoming you to Blacksburg in June 2017!


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