The University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) with the European Research Group SYAL and the RedSial Americana invite you to propose papers for the 9th World Conference on Localised Agri-Food Systems (SYAL). The conference will be organized by the Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies (CETRAD) of the University of Trás-os-Montes and alto Douro and held in Vila Real, Portugal, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of November 2022 (
The news challenges faced by the global food production system, with the need to protect the environment and promote sustainable development, are an opportunity for alternative and localised agri-food systems. The potential contribution of localised agri-food systems to rural development by activating local resources, promoting economic development, social cohesion and counter-acting the demographic impact of agricultural modernization, has also increased their political relevance. Research has addressed various aspects of the relationship between SYAL and food quality such as geographical indications, as well as territorial, organizational and cultural issues, but there are still many unanswered questions and theoretical gaps to fill. We welcome all topics related to localised agri-food systems, including production approaches, consumers’ behavior, food heritage strategies, alternative and sustainable food systems, food innovation, the role of institutions and local organizations, markets, gastronomy, health and nutrition challenges, and the relationship with territorial development.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Submission of Abstrat

30 June

Notification of acceptance

15 July

Submission of final version of short paper

14 October

Open for registration

1 June

Final data for registration

10 November

Local Organizing committee

University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD)

Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies (CETRAD)

International Organizing committee

SYAL Europe

SYAL America


Papper must address one of the following topics

Food production and consumption: trends, public policies and social movements;

Territorial governance, actors networking and food heritage strategies;

Environment, agro-ecology, and the challenge of sustainable food systems;

Innovation, markets changes and gastronomy facing health and nutrition challenges;

Members of Scientific committee

François Casabianca, INRAE, France
Giovanni Belletti, University of Florence, Italy
Dominique Barjolle, Swiss Institute of Organic Farming, Switzerland
Javier Sanz Cañada, CSIC, Spain
Claire Cerdan, CIRAD, France
Paulina Rytkonen, Södertörn University
Artur Cristovão, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Aurelie Carimentrand (CIRAD)
Carmen Lozano Cabedo (UNED, Spain)
Francesca Galli, University of Pisa

Alberto Moreira Baptista, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Ana Marta-Costa, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Luís Tibério, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Carlos Fonseca, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal

Gonzalo Rodríguez Borray (Agrosavia, Colombia)
Angelica Espinoza Ortega (UAEM, Mexico)
Irene Velarde (Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina)
Gerardo Torres Salcido (UNAM, Mexico)

Registration Fees

Before 15th Oct
After 15th Oct







Arriving by air to Porto Airport (Distance to Vila Real: approx. 100 km)

We generally advise our guests and visitors to travel by air to Porto Airport.

From the Airport to the city center take the metro to “Campo 24 de Agosto” station (about 30 minutes), and then the “Rede Expressos” bus line from Porto to Vila Real (about 10 euros, 1h.15). The way to bus station is well indicated in the metro station.

Alternatively, you can take a taxi to the Porto “Rede Expressos” bus station (about 20 euros, 20 minutes) or rent a car to go directly to Vila Real. A taxi to Vila Real will cost 100-120 euros.

Arriving to the bus station in Vila Real, if the hotel is in the center, you can walk (maximum 15 minutes), or alternatively take a taxi.


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This work is supported by national funds, through the FCT – Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology under the project UIDB/04011/2020.



Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies (CETRAD) of the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD)

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5000-801 Vila Real,
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