12.7.16 | Global societal challenges, such as achieving food security for all, preventing and overcoming violent conflict and maintaining biodiversity, necessarily require strong interdisciplinary research collaboration. New ideas and fresh approaches by emerging researchers are required to understand such challenges and to help to overcome them.

To address these exciting research questions and to help overcome structural barriers within academia, the four Leibniz institutes ATB, IGZ, ZALF and ZMT have established the Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS). In 2016, LEADS will have the priority theme “From Food Production to Food Security,” which will be followed by further annual LEADS focusing on crises and on biodiversity.

The main aim of LEADS is to give ample opportunities for early stage researchers to discuss their works with junior and senior researchers focusing on the field of environment and development. New research collaborations can be explored. Submissions from researchers based in the Global South are especially encouraged.

The deadline for submitting papers is September 15. For submission rule please see www.igzev.de/leads2016

LEADS has been initiated by the following institutes: Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB), Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT).

As partners in the Leibniz Research Alliance „Food and Nutrition" the four LEADS initiators have been doing joint reasearch on topics related to food production and food security. In collaboration with the European Food Safety Authority they discussed questions of healthy and safe nutrition of city populations in the future. The discussion with representatives from politics, science and society took place in January 2016 in the framework of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), which was part of the international Berlin Agricultural Minister Summit.

Leibniz Environment & Development Symposium (LEADS)
„From Food Production to Food Security“
When: December 5- 7, 2016
Where: Leibniz-Gemeinschaft Geschäftsstelle, Chausseestraße 111, Berlin
More info: www.igzev.de/leads2016