Forum objectives

The Mediterranean Forum - MEDFORUM - is a bi-annual meeting point launched by CIHEAM in 2016 for PhD students and young researchers from the Mediterranean area.

For 2021, MEDFORUM is jointly organized by CIHEAM and ICARDA with the support of Agropolis Foundation. MEDFORUM 2021 is a special edition conference which will take part under the 7th Farming System Design (FSD) Symposium on 21-24 March 2021 in Tunisia : : postponed to 2022

The objectives of the forum are in line with those set by the FSD under the general theme of climate change and with focus on "Designing Climate Smart Agricultural Systems for a Sustainable Transition in the Agri-food Systems of the Dry Areas".

The MEDFORUM 2021 aims to foster communication, dialogue and co-publications between various institutions conducting scientific research in the field of rural development in Mediterranean countries with focus on dry and arid regions.

Financial Support:

Around 20 to 25 student participants applying from Mediterranean countries will be selected for additional financial support in their participation in the forum. Covered fees will include registration and/or accommodation. 

Please review the forum topics and submission guidelines for your applications.

Selection of participants will take place with no discrimination on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, disability, marital status or any other relevant factor. Applications will be treated as first come first serve basis. The final selection will be based solely on the quality of applications as well as innovation and creativity of the suggested onstage presentations. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for all interested students and young scholars.

Working Language: English

You can participate if you are:

  • Enrolled in PhD studies;
  • A young researcher of a Higher Education or Research Institute in the Euro-Mediterranean region;
  • Conducting research on the challenges of Mediterranean agriculture, specifically dry and arid regions.

Deadline for submission: 24 August 2020 [closed]


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