7-8 October 2021, Athens, GR


Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Bio-economy

ETAGRO2021 Conference goes virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions.

We would like to thank you very much for your high interest for the International Section in Agricultural Economics of the 16th Conference of the Hellenic Association of Agricultural Economists.

The ETAGRO2021 agenda is available here.


The Hellenic Association of Agricultural Economists – ETAGRO is pleased to invite contributors across the globe to attend the International Section in Agricultural Economics which is going to be part of the Hellenic Association of Agricultural Economists – ETAGRO 16th Conference, held in the historic and lively city of Athens, 8-7 th October 2021. The main topic of the International Section is Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security, and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Bio-economy. Modern agriculture is both causing and being affected by radical transformations in agri-food systems as well as acute climate change-related risks. Various health issues caused by globalized diets, as well as the persisting problems of hunger and malnutrition, bring food and nutrition security to the forefront of scientific and political discourse. On the other hand, extreme and unpredictable adverse climatic events already affect agriculture, exacerbating the long-standing problems of resource depletion and environmental degradation. Therefore, profound economic, social, and environmental impacts are expected, thus rendering the quest for sustainability even more complicated and demanding. In this context, Bio-economy can make a decisive contribution in tackling often contradicting issues such as climate change or terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem degradation on one hand and the growing demand for increased production of agricultural products and foodstuffs on the other. Bio-economy is a vast and important sector in the European Union and includes agriculture, silviculture, fishery, foodstuffs, bioenergy and bio-based products. It has an annual turnover of about EUR 2 trillion and employs nearly 18 million. Moreover, it is a key factor for boosting the development in rural and coastal areas, and it can create 1 million new green jobs by 2030. The International Section in Agricultural Economics of the 16th Conference of the Hellenic Association of Agricultural Economists – ETAGRO expects leaders, policymakers, academics, scientists, producers and political bodies to attend and share their work experiences and thoughts in various subjects related to the bio-economy such as sustainable agri-food systems, sustainable food security, climate change mitigation, and new technologies, and others.

The specific objective of this meeting is to become the bridge in terms of communication and collaboration between science and research as well as the bodies and the stakeholders in agriculture, thereby facilitating the transfer of research data and expertise. All interested scholars or representatives among governmental entities, institutions, industries, NGOs, etc. are invited to contribute with up-to-date approaches on the meeting. Young scholars and highly motivated students are strongly encouraged to participate, presenting their most recent theoretical and empirical research. A series of parallel sessions will be organized in the International Section and a well-recognized international scholar will address a topic related to the main conference theme.

Call for papers

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of maximum 1200 words in English, (excluding references, including figures and tables), as MS Word file. The abstracts and or posters can be submitted electronically by email: submission.etagro@gmail.com no later than  10th July 2021. Abstracts will be accepted based on quality, originality and relevance to the conference topics. Authors of accepted abstracts are also invited to submit full research papers of high quality, originality and relevance to the conference topics. We look forward to receiving your paper and we hope to see you actively taking part in the International Section in Agricultural Economics of the 16th Conference of the Hellenic Association of Agricultural Economists – ETAGRO.

Paper Submissions

After the end of the review process of the abstracts, the authors of the papers accepted for oral and poster presentation are asked to submit a full paper for possible publication in special issues of international journals. Please send the full paper by email to submission.etagro@gmail.com until *to be announced* at the latest.

Important Dates

10 JULY 2021 FINAL deadline for abstract submission
*to be announced” Notification of abstract acceptance
7-8 October 2021 ETAGRO2020 Conference
*to be announced” Deadline for submission of full papers

Publication Opportunities

The best ETAGRO 2020 full research papers will be published after peer review in

• a Special Issue of the AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SECURITY (Springer Nature, CiteScore 1.52)

• a Special Issue of the BIO-BASED AND APPLIED ECONOMICS (Firenze University Press, CiteScore 1.14)


• a Special Issue of the AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS REVIEW (Hellenic Association of Agricultural Economists – ETAGRO, CiteScore 0.26)

In addition, selected high quality papers will be considered for publication after review in the JOURNAL OF AGRIBUSINESS IN DEVELOPING AND EMERGING ECONOMIES (Emerald, CiteScore 1.30)

More Journals and Special Issues will be announced in due course.

All accepted extended abstracts will be published as the 16th ETAGRO Conference Proceedings (hard-copy format).

Welcome to Athens

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. Landmarks of the modern era, dating back to the establishment of Athens as the capital of the independent Greek state in 1834, include the Hellenic Parliament (19th century) and the Athens Trilogy, consisting of the National Library of Greece, the Athens University and the Academy of Athens. Athens was the host city of the first modern-day Olympic Games in 1896, and 108 years later it welcomed home the 2004 Summer Olympics. Athens is home to the National Archeological Museum, featuring the world’s largest collection of ancient Greek antiquities, as well as the new Acropolis Museum.

Contact Information


Scientific Secretariat, Spyridon Karytsas


Conference Place Address

75 Iera Odos, 118 55, Athens, Attica, Greece

Agricultural University of Athens