The Next IFMA Congress



The Congress to follow Edinburgh will be held in Tasmania, Australia 

Venue – Launceston,

Date – 3rd-8th March, 2019


Government Minister’s Press Release (PDF) (26/04/2017):

IFMA22 Minister Press Release


Past Congress 


 21st IFMA Congress – 2nd to 7th July, 2017

City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

“Future Farming Systems”

 Website address:


**Registration closes on Fri. 16th June**

(See below for details)

The 21st IFMA Congress is being organised by:

The Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM)

 in conjunction with

 Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) 

Congress Patron:

HRH The Princess Royal






The main congress venue will be:

The John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh


A full traditional IFMA Congress with all the usual activities is planned. And as always a warm welcome awaits all who attend.

You can get all the information from the IFMA21 website which will be updated regularly, so please check for developments regularly.  IFMA Members and Newsletter subscribers will also receive information via the IFMA21 Newsletters as well as the IFMA Newsletters. You can download the Newsletters by click on them in the adjacent column ->.

Send an email to Richard Cooksley requesting to be added to the mailing list if you are not already a subscriber or you can complete the enquiry form under “Contact Us” on the IFMA21 Website.

As for all IFMA Congresses the week’s activities will include:

Welcome Reception
On the Sunday evening following registration.

Plenary Speaker Program
A varied program of topics and speakers on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday of the congress.   The draft Agenda and Itinerary for the whole Congress is available on the IFMA21 congress website this includes the dates for the Pre and Post Congress tours.

Contributed Papers
Over 100 papers and posters are expected to be submitted for the congress.  Coming from around the world these will be in both academic ‘Peer Review’ and practical ‘Case Study’ (non-peer review) forms, as well as Posters.
Following the congress these papers will be published on this website under Congresses > Congress Proceedings.

Day Tours – Field Trips
Farm and other visits are organised for the Tuesday and Thursday of the congress – with a wide range of options – 8 in all. Full details are available on the website. The congress venue is well placed for making visits to a wide range of contrasting agricultural enterprises.

Accompanying Persons’ Program
As usual accompanying persons (APs) are also being looked after with a special program of visits on the Monday and Wednesday and are invited to participate in the Field Trips (own choice) on the Tuesday and Thursday, as well as joining in the full Social Program.

Social Programme
In addition to the Welcome Reception on Sunday, it is proposed to have events with entertainment on the Monday and Thursday evenings, and a formal banquet on Wednesday evening, which will be included in the full delegate and AP programmes.  Tuesday will be a “free evening” and delegates will be able to choose their own activity.

Pre Congress Tour and Post Congress Tours
Have been arranged by the organisers – with the Pre Tour travelling through England from London to Edinburgh and the Post Tour taking place in the Highlands of Scotland.  Both tours last for one week and will include both agricultural and heritage visits.  See the website for the detailed  information for each tour.

Registration – is now open!

You can book online for the congress.   The Early Bird period ends on 31st April after which the Full Rate takes over. Online booking for the congress is highly preferred but requires payment by credit card – alternatively you can use bank or wire transfer by requesting a registration form and the transfer bank details.  Download and use the form in the brochure.

Accommodation – Book your accommodation early!
The details and costs of all the recommended University accommodation close to the congress venue, as well as city hotels, are available on the congress website. 

Entry Visas for UK and Travel
Much information and links to the relevant United Kingdom Immigration website will be available on the IFMA21 website travel information page.  Those needing entry Visas to the United Kingdom are advised to start researching the process early!  If you need a “Letter of Invitation” for visa purposes you should email Richard Cooksley at  and request one.

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IFMA21 Congress Draft Plenary Programme and Speaker Bios (PDF) (11/04/2017)

IFMA21 Draft Plenary Programme & Speaker Biographical Notes.


IFMA21 Congress Overview Brochure (PDF) (10/02/2017)

IFMA21 Congress Overview Brochure


IFMA21 Congress Newsletters (PDF):

No 1  Newsletter January 2016

No 2 Newsletter May 2016

No 3 Newsletter September 2016


IFMA21 Congress Presentation to the IFMA20 Congress Delegates (PDF)

IFMA21 Presentation to IFMA20 Delegates


Delegates must be Members of IFMA to attend the congress.

This can be done by joining or renewing your membership whilst registering for the congress – a 2 year between congresses membership,
You can join online by visiting the Membership Section of this website.