Call for Abstracts/Presentations

Deadline November 15, 2019

The scientific committee for the 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium invites you to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral or poster presentation. The symposium will be held June 4-6, 2020 in Kansas City, MO. For more information about the schedule, see the schedule-at-a-glance.

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Abstract Submission Deadline

Submit an abstract no later than 5:00 pm CST November 15, 2019. Abstracts must be submitted online via this website. Do not email your file to the organizers as it will not be included in the review and scheduling process.


The theme for the symposium, Nourishing Cities in a Changing Climate, will address the topic areas listed below.

Oral and poster presentations addressing research, education, and extension and/or community development programs within the field of Urban Food Systems are encouraged to submit. Urban food systems includes a broad array of topics related to urban agriculture and the interaction of urban populations and the food system. Specific examples of topic areas include:

  • Climate Change
  • Nutrition and human health of urban communities
  • Urban food production systems
  • Challenges of growing in urban areas
  • Training for urban farmers
  • Urban food distribution systems
  • Urban planning and development
  • Community and economic development
  • Connecting urban consumers with agriculture
  • Food security in cities
  • Food system policy and advocacy

Presenter Registration

All presenters must register and pay for the UFSS conference by March 20, 2020 or their abstract will be withdrawn.

Notification of Presentation Status and Format

Submitters will be notified by February 3, 2020 of their acceptance to the symposium program and their designated presentation format.

Abstract Preparation and Submission Instructions

  • English is the symposium official language; all abstracts are to be submitted in English. The organizers reserve the right to edit all abstracts for English usage.
  • Abstracts must be original work and all author(s) approve submitting the work for presentation.
  • Only submit abstracts for work that is complete.
  • The abstract must be submitted by the presenting author.
  • Submissions are limited to one oral presentation per presenting author.
  • Abstracts are limited to 400 words, single spaced. Text only and no graphs or figures.
  • Keep titles as concise as possible. Type title in upper and lower case, standard title format.

To submit an abstract, complete the online submission form located here.  Presentation guidelines are available here. For more information about submitting abstracts, contact

Accepted abstract authors will be invited to submit a proceedings article after the conclusion of the conference.

Selection Process

Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee after the submission deadline based on relevancy to the Urban Food Systems Symposium in addition to quality. All abstracts are subject to the same rules for acceptability, regardless of presentation method. We expect to let authors know if their abstracts have been accepted by February 3, 2020.

Manuscript Submission

All oral presenters, including invited and keynote speakers, will be required to submit a manuscript for publication in the Symposium Proceedings. If this is not agreed to by the author(s), the work can be presented as a poster.  All accepted poster presentations are eligible for publication in the proceedings if a suitable manuscript is prepared and submitted on time to the Editorial Board. Manuscripts must be submitted by the conclusion of the symposium.



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