UFSS Call for Abstracts


The scientific committee for the 2018 Urban Food Systems Symposium invites you to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral or poster presentation. The symposium will be held August 8-11 The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis, MN.

Abstract Submission Deadline

Submit an abstract no later than Midnight CST January 8, 2018. 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 emerging discipline of Urban Food Systems includes a diverse group of topic areas, including urban agricultural production, food security, and community engagement. The theme for the symposium, Developing urban food systems for sustainable and resilient communities, 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 an abstract. 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:

  • 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
  • Nutrition and human health of urban communities
  • Food security in cities
  • Food system policy and advocacy

Notification of Presentation Status and Format

Submitters will be notified by April 1, 2018 of their acceptance to the symposium program and their designated presentation format.

Presenter Registration

All presenters must register and pay for the UFSS symposium by April 27, 2018 or their abstract will be withdrawn.

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.
  • Abstracts are limited to 400 words (or approximately 3500 characters), 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 abstracts@UFSS2018.org.

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 April 1, 2018.

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.




The Commons Hotel
615 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414



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