1st Circular – Call for papers

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Buckwheat in Europe: History, Culture, Gastronomy and Nutrition

10th – 12th December 2015
National Museum of Natural History, Luxembourg

The purpose of the European Regional IBRA conference is to share ideas, problems and solutions on various aspects of both common buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) and tartary buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum). We are pleased to invite authors to submit their papers and posters or addressing issues in the following fields:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Culture
  • Nutrition
  • Medicine
  • Gastronomy
  • Marketing
  • Presentation of books and products

We warmly welcome your participation and look forward to seeing you in Luxembourg.

Preliminary programme

The scientific programme will consist of plenary lectures and poster sessions. Participants may present more than one oral or poster presentation.

We expect to organize the presentations around three axes:

  1. Overview topics
  2. Archaeology, history and culture
  3. Nutrition, medicine, gastronomy and marketing

Preliminary schedule

Thursday December 10th 2015, 14:00 Conference opening and session
Friday December 11th 2015 Conference sessions
Saturday December 12th 2015, 13:00 Conference closing, departure

Conference venue

Musée national d’histoire naturelle
(National Museum of Natural History)
25, rue Münster
L-2160 Luxembourg

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The presentations and all the documents related to the conference will be in English.

Call for talks and posters

It will be possible to present both talks (15 + 5 min discussion) and posters. All presentations will be in plenary.

If too many oral contributions are submitted, preference will be given to those that fit best into the scope of the conference, whereas the remaining ones may be asked to be presented as posters.

Call for abstracts

Please submit abstracts of your presentations, both talks and posters (max. 3000 characters incl. blanks) electronically via the Abstract submission form at www.fagopyrum.eu.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is September 15th 2015.


Each participant has to book him-/herself an accommodation. Hotels can be found for example at http://www.booking.com. Luxembourg-city has a very nice youth hostel within walk distance from the venue (http://youthhostels.lu ).

Early booking is recommended as Luxembourg will hold the presidency of the Council of the EU from July to December 2015.


Reduced fees will apply to students of all Member States of the European Union. Please provide a current education certificate / certificate of registration at the university.

The total conference fee will depend on the time of payment:

Early registration and payment
until September 15th 2015
Late registration and payment
from September 16th 2015
Full price 75 € 100 €
Reduced fee 50 € 75 €

This fee includes admittance to conference sessions, conference documents including abstract volume, reception on Dec. 10th, lunch on Dec. 11th and coffee/tea breaks.


For registration please use the → registration form on the conference homepage (www.fagopyrum.eu). Please note that the conference capacity is limited to 60 participants. Deadline for registration is October 30th, 2015.


Before you pay, register first and wait for a reply of the conference secretariat. You will be informed if conference places are still available. After this confirmation, you should pay the conference fee within two weeks. Please pay the conference fee in Euro and free of charge by bank transfer to the following bank account:

Account holder : Société des naturalistes luxembourgeois ASBL
Bank : POST Group Luxembourg
IBAN Account number : LU88 1111 0221 0990 0000

Please use the conference abbreviation (euro-ibra 2015) and your name and country as the payment identification (e.g. “euro-ibra 2015 firstname lastname country”, in two lines if too long).

Deadline for early payment is September 15th, 2015.


The Luxembourg monetary unit is the Euro (EUR, €).


Cancellations have to be sent by E-mail or in writing to the conference secretariat address. If your written cancellation is received by E-mail or post before September 15th 2015 your payment will be refunded (minus bank costs of the transfer). No refunds can be made for cancellations after this date.

Information about the organizing institutions

Conference organizing committee

  • Dipl.-Ing. Christian Zewen, head of unit, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Dr Christian Ries, curator of the Department of Ecology at the National Museum of Natural History, president of the Luxembourg Naturalist Society.
  • Prof. Dr Ivan Kreft, chairman of IBRA

Final circular

The final circular with detailed travel and programme information will be distributed in September October 2015. It will also be presented on the conference homepage.

Practical information

For practical information, e.g. registration, transport, accommodation etc., please contact the Conference Secretariat:

Mr. Christian ZEWEN
euro-ibra 2015 coordination
c/o Ministère de l’agriculture, de la viticulture et de la protection des consommateurs – Unité de contrôle
3, route d’Arlon
L-8009 Strassen
Phone: (+352) 2478-3570
Fax: (+352) 45 02 47

Conference homepage