See below a list of up-coming events scheduled by TAA or by our partner organisations:

If members wish to add an event relevant to the TAA, please send the details (in the format given below) to the Webmanager, we will then upload the information.

Event Title Date Time Subject Details Venue Details Contact Details
Annual Aid & Development Africa Summit
27 February 2017 08.00

Join the 3rd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit on 27-28 February 2018, uniting humanitarian and development leaders, decision makers and advisors committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the region. The 2018 agenda will focus on innovations and technology to improve humanitarian aid operations, financial inclusion, health & WASH and community resilience in Africa. Participants will gain first hand insights from development banks, donors and government agencies into their financing priorities and funding guidelines as well as benefit from networking opportunities. Read more ....

Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

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Click here to register. Please contactTim Swinfen-Green if any other queries. .

 
International Conference & Expo on Agriculture & Veterinary Sciences: Research & Technology
23 October 2017 10.00

The ‘Agriconference 2017’, 23-25 October 2017, will be the best amalgamation of eminent researchers, students and delegates from both academia and industry where you can collaborate to have interactive access to emerging technology and approaches globally. Our focus is to have International scientific panel discussion on agriculture, to bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter, with robust agriculture demands with attractive opportunities leading to competitive advantages.

The conference will be around: plant protection, organic agriculture and natural resources management Sustainable Agriculture, High productivity, Agriculture Technology and agro-economy, animal husbandry, Veterinary Research, agriculture biotechnology, agro-chemistry. This is your best opportunity to influence the principal participants from the agricultural community. Read more ….  [Kindly posted by Benny Dembitzer, TAA member/GrassrootsAfrica and invited speaker].

Prof. Jayshankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), Hyderabad, India

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Conservation Agriculture: Gateway Training for Sustainable Intensification of Smallholder Systems
23 October 2017 10.00

Conservation Agriculture (CA) practices are increasingly accepted across the globe are being harbingers for sustainable intensification of smallholder production systems. CYMMYT-India is running this course Oct 23 to Nov 06 2017. This course links the advances and multidisciplinary approach for sustainable intensification of maize and wheat based system, restoration of natural resource degradation and climate resilient production systems with vast expertise of CIMMYT researcher and partners across Asia, Africa and Americas. Keeping in view the high response, the course has become a regular flagship activity wherein selected young men and women researchers from NARS as well as international organizations and NGOs across Asia involved. [Organized by CIMMYT and BISA, under the aegis of CGIAR Research Programs on WHEAT, CCAFS, MAIZE and in close collaboration with Indian NARS (ICAR, PAU etc)].

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CIMMYT- BISA, Ludhiana, Karnal, India

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Course Coordinator Dr. M.L. Jat, 
Principal Scientist CIMMYT Ph:+91-9999108787 e-mail: m.jat@cgiar.org Course fee is US$4200 per participant (inclusive of course, accommodation, food & local transport).

 
Curry Club Talk: Highlights from 50 years of large-scale farming in Africa and Iran
26 October 2017 11.00 The London and South East Branch of TAA welcomes you to their Curry Club Talk and Lunch. TAA member Frank Bibby will present a talk on "Highlights from 50 years oflarge-scale farming in Africa and Iran”. Details to follow. Meet at 11 am for coffee before the talk.

Frank started his tropical farming career as a government fieldofficer in Tanzania. Then initiated and managed large commercial farms in both the public and private sectors in Tanzania, Iran, Ethiopia, Zambia, Nigeria,Kenya and Uganda, over a period of50years. His career covered a range of crops, from cotton to coffee, over widely diverse conditions, and with significant impact on local employment, infrastructure and regional economies.

Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, UK

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The charge is £15 per head to include coffee, curry lunch and use of the meeting venue and facilities. Book your place with Terry Wiles.

 
Conference: Total Food 2017 – exploitation of agri-food chain wastes
31 October 2017 09.00

This conference will be the 5th in a series of international conferences which focus on the sustainable exploitation of agri-food co-products and related biomass, thereby helping to minimise waste. Under the auspices of the Royal Society of Chemistry (Food Group), this three day event provides an open forum to highlight recent developments and to facilitate knowledge transfer between representatives of the agri-food industries, scientific research community, legal experts on food related legislation and waste management, and consumer organisations. Themes explored ranged from the adding of value to co-products through to the recovery of energy from waste streams. Total Food 2017 is organised by staff from the Biorefinery Centre at the Institute of Food Research.

John Innes Conference Centre, Institute of Food Research, Norwich Research Park, Norwich
NR4 7UA
UK


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Click here to register. Contact address for more information totalfood@ifr.ac.uk 
IFAD: enabling rural communities to step up towards the SDGs. APPG
31 October 2017 17.30

The APPG ‘Food & Agriculture for Development’ will be hosting a talk by
Gilbert Houngbo, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
and former Prime Minister of Togo. This will be followed by Q&As. 
Lord Cameron of Dillington as Chair. Time: 17:30 - 19:00. TAA is a ‘Supporter’ of the APPG. For more information email Caspar van Vark vanvarkc@parliament.uk.

Gilbert F. Houngbo became the sixth President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on 1 April 2017. Born and raised in rural Togo, Houngbo has spent more than 30 years working to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. He previously served as Deputy Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) where he led field operations in more than 100 countries. From 2008-2012, he was Prime Minister of the Republic of Togo. He has also held numerous leadership positions at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 


House of Commons, Committee Room 12, Westminster, London. Allow time for security checks

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‘Strong Harvest’ Moringa Peer Educator Training Seminars, Tanzania
03 November 2017 09.00

ECHO East Africa (TAA institutional member) is offering two training sessions: 3-4th November in English Language, 6-7th November in Kiswahili language.

Have you heard great things about Moringa, but don’t quite know what it is, how to use it, or how you might incorporate it into your family or community? Or, maybe you already know about Moringa, but need resources to teach others. We can help! Strong Harvest is returning to Tanzania to provide two 2-day Moringa Peer Educator training seminars.

Many Tanzanian families lack a secure source of nutritious food, do not have access to clean water and have few streams of family income. The moringa tree provides an easily-implemented, family-level solution that addresses all three of these issues. Our 2-day training seminar will cover the key topics. Read more ……

ECHO East Africa Impact Center, Arusha, Tanzania

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Email Strong Harvest Executive Director, Rick Kemmer,  and include the following information: Name; Address; Organizati􏰀on; Which payment method you’ll be using, or register and pay on-line.

 
"Community-Driven Development" Capacity-building Training
06 November 2017 10.00

Bala Vikasa, a professional, innovative, secular and non-profit Community Development organization which works in 5 states of South India, is organizing a four week Capacity Building Program with Field Exposure. This will extend from 6th to 29th November.

Bala Vikasa’s core methodologies and sustainable practices, being implemented at Bala Vikasa, leaves enormous community-owned sustainable results and is evolving as "Sustainable Community Development Model” in India. Bala Vikasa designs training programmes as training modules. Development professionals, bureaucrats, community leaders, activists and development students across the globe have participated these trainings,

Bala Vikasa People Development Training Centre (PDTC), Kazipet, Warangal 506 004, Telangana, India

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Programme fees INR 50,000 (scholarships available for eligible candidates), food and shared accommodation included. Send your Application Form by 15 October. For more information contact Ms Sunitha Reddy (+91 98 498 44868):

 
Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2017: Today’s Knowledge Meets Tomorrow’s Technology
07 November 2017 09.30

Agri-Tech East’s annual REAP conference will be held on 7 November, focusing on emerging agri-tech to secure a profitable and sustainable future. The keynote address will be on "The No-till Revolution", by Maria ‘Pilu’ Giraudo, a ‘no-till’ farmer who coordinates policies at the Argentina Ministry of Agroindustry, with response by Dr David Lawrence, former head of R&D at Syngenta. Other participants include representatives from Marks & Spencer, DEFRA and John Deere, as well as Andrew Blenkiron, Estate Director at Euston Estate, who says: "We need to go back to how my grandfather farmed, but using modern science". There will also be a technology exhibition, providing an exciting backdrop for networking.

The conference is part of Agri-Tech Week (6-10th November 2017), which showcases agri-tech innovations across the East of England. Find out more about the full Agri-Tech Week programme at http://bit.ly/ATW-2017.

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ, UK

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Reserve your ticket on the REAP Conference websiteUK growers or farmers, or students in full-time education in agriculture, are eligible to apply for a special rate sponsored by Anglia Farmers: find out more on the tickets page.

 
Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture, Reading
08 November 2017 18.00 The annual Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture is co-hosted by the TAA and Reading University This 12th lecture will be delivered by Dr. Margaret Najjingo Mangheni,  Associate Professor of Agricultural Extension Education at Makerere University, Uganda. The theme will be "Climate Smart tropical agriculture: integrating women, youth, and the digital revolution”. The event will be Chaired by Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, TAA President. The programme will commence at 17.30, with a networking meeting, followed by a welcome at 18.30 by Professor Julian Park, Head of School. The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture by Margaret Mangheni will commence at 18.40.  The evening will conclude with a wine and finger buffet, 19:40 – 21:00. Members, spouses and friends are welcome. Click here for the detailed programme. 
Tour of the University’s Cocoa Unit and Crop Environment Labs. This separate, pre-lecture tour is kindly being arranged by Paul Hadley for TAA members and friends, commencing with lunch at 13.30 at the Agriculture Building, concluding with tea and networking at 17.30 with lecture attendees and members of the Student Engagement group.
Reading University, John Madejski LectureTheatre, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, Reading

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Reserve your place for the lecture with Mollie Smith (tel: 0118 378 4549). For the Cocoa Unit visit, please book via Terry Wiles   
TAA Visit to Reading University Cocoa Research and International Cocoa Quarantine Centre
08 November 2017 13.00

The visit will take place in the afternoon before the Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture. Itinerary: 13.00: Lunch in Senior Common Room; 14.00: Presentations on Cocoa Research at University of Reading: Dr. Tony Lass, Dr Andrew Daymond, Dr Fiona Lahive, Dr Chris Turnbull, Professor Paul Hadley, with Q and A guided by Tony Lass; 15.00: Departure by mini-bus for visit to International Cocoa Quarantine Centre* at Hall Farm and then to controlled environment facilities and cocoa climate change greenhouse on Whiteknights Campus; 17.30: Interactions with APD Staff and students.

* Important note: due to risk of the introduction of pests and disease to the international cocoa quarantine centre, anyone who has been on a cocoa farm in the previous two weeks should not enter the quarantine facility

[Followed at 18.30 by Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture by Dr Margaret Mangheni, Associate Professor of Agricultural Extension Education at Makerere University, Uganda, on "Climate Smart tropical agriculture: integrating women, youth, and the digital revolution", followed by wine and finger buffet, 21.00: Close and departure].

Reading University, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, Reading RG6 6AR, UK

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Reserve your place for the Cocoa Unit visit with Terry Wiles

 
Farm to tap? Resilient cities and rural livelihoods in a water stressed world
10 November 2017 10.30

Welcome to the Integrated Urban Water Management lecture by Institute of Civil Engineers, 10:30 - 17:30. An exploration of how water stress and severe drought have placed cities under pressure, threatening the engines of growth and strategic national interests. The presentations start by framing the water resource allocation challenges facing cities, competing with agriculture for scarce water supplies, to enhance resilience to climate shocks. Organised by Irrigation Water Forum and British Hydrological Society. 

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Institution of Civil Engineers, 1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA, UK

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Register here to attend.

 
ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016
14 November 2017 07.00 This year marks the 24th Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference held in Fort Myers, FL! We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year’s conference from Nov 14 to 17th. The event brings together some of the world’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives. Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. The event offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference.

Conference accommodation and meeting rooms for morning and evening sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Afternoon workshops and demonstrations will be held at the 50-acre ECHO farm in North Fort Myers, which has one of the largest collections of tropical fruits and vegetables in the United States. Read moreon the website.


Crown Plaza Hotel, 13051 Bell Tower Dr, Fort Myers, Fl, USA

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Register on line by 6th Nov. Contact is Renee Gill.

 
8th Annual Conference of the AESOP "Sustainable Food Planning group
14 November 2017 08.00

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR – member of TAA) is hosting the conference 14-15 November 2017 (with a free pre-conference event on the 13th November). The theme is re-imagining sustainable food planning, building resourcefulness: food movements, insurgent planning and heterodox economics,

Fees include attendance at all sessions and workshops; all coffee breaks, snacks and lunches (14th & 15th) and Social event with food, music and refreshments (evening of 14th); attendance at pre-conference "meet the authors" book launch evening event (13th); attendance at PhD students and professionals pre-conference event (morning & afternoon 13th, places limited); Printed and electronic conference programme and book of abstract; download of Conference proceedings. For more details, please see website: 

Square One or the Technocentre. Coventry University, Puma Road, Coventry, CV1 2TT, UK

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International Cooperation & Development Forum in Armenia
20 November 2017 08.00

The event aims at creating a unique occasion and platform, to meet and discuss, for financial institutions, government representatives, consultancy firms, sectorial organizations, NGOs, academic institutions and all the other main stakeholders interested in the development sphere.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Yerevan City Centre, Yerevan, Armenia.

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To join us pleas register hereFor more information contact events@developmentaid.org

 
ICERAP 2017 – International Conference on Ecosystem Resilience and Agricultural Productivity
22 November 2017 09.00

The conference, co-sponsored by NORAD, will be from 22nd to 24th November. A significant proportion of livelihoods in tropical regions particularly in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) are heavily ecosystem-dependent. Equally, the development strategies of the regional economies are premised on harnessing ecosystem and environmental resources to sustain the economic growth and increasing food, fibre and energy demands for the populations. Whilst the national economies show rapid growth, there is increasing concern on declining ecosystem health, and agricultural productivity given the rapidly increasing population. This conference aims to cultivate the emerging knowledge crucial for solving the complex and interconnected issues of ecosystem resilience, increasing agricultural productivity and sustaining livelihoods under climate change.

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Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda,

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4th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA)
30 November 2017 10.00

The conference will take place from 28th to 30th November 2017. The theme will be Catalysing local innovations and actions to accelerate scaling up of CSA, and will have the following objectives:

1. Highlight emerging science and innovations on the Climate-Agriculture nexus, focusing on agricultural landscapes and food systems

2. Showcase experiences and lessons in science-policy interactions fostering accelerated up-take of CSA

3. Examine circumstance-specific conditions for success for CSA within Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & the Paris Climate Agreement

4. Networking and opening or consolidation opportunities for collaboration and alliances on CSA.

5. Stimulate dialogue between scientists and practitioners (policy makers, business, civil society, farmers, etc.).

Johannesburg, South Africa

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For early registration and for information on submitting Abstract visit website :or email organisersSubmission of Abstracts closes: 30 August 2017 Deadline for early bird registration: 20 August 2017.

 
Conference on Soil Quality for Food Security and Healthy Life
12 December 2017 10.00

The 13th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS) December 12-15. Good soil quality is required for food security and healthy life of world population. The Conference aims to provide advanced scientific information on the researches in soil quality and capacity for crop production. The conference will provide a better understanding of the attributes of soil quality and the way of improving soil and associated environmental quality for sustainable food security and healthy life of East, Southeast Asia as well as world population. Abstract submission deadline: 13 October 2017. 
Read more (website is currently still being developed).

NongNoochTropical Garden, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand

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Email the organisers for advanced details on how to register, until the website is fully active. .

 
Conference on Soil Quality for Food Security and Healthy Life
12 December 2017 10.00

The 13th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS) December 12-15. Good soil quality is required for food security and healthy life of world population. The Conference aims to provide advanced scientific information on the researches in soil quality and capacity for crop production. The conference will provide a better understanding of the attributes of soil quality and the way of improving soil and associated environmental quality for sustainable food security and healthy life of East, Southeast Asia as well as world population. Abstract submission deadline: 13 October 2017. 
Read more (website is currently still being developed).

http://www.esafs2017.com

NongNoochTropical Garden, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand

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Email the organisers for advanced details on how to register, until the website is fully active. .

 
TAA AGM, Honours Awards & Presentations, Annual Reunion
13 December 2017 17.00 The TAA's Annual General Meeting, award of Honours and presentations by awardees will be followed by our Annual Reunion social evening. The cash bar will be open. Details will be posted in due course.   Royal Over-seas League,Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR, United Kingdom

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There will be a charge to cover room hire and a fork supper.  
Lendwithcare Annual Lender Reception
14 December 2017 18.30

Lendwithcare invites TAA members for the reception from 18.30 – 21.00 (TAAhas regularly supported Lendwithcare). The lender events are a great opportunity to meet other lenders in your area, learn more about how Lendwithcare works in some of the poorest communities around the world and gain a better understanding of how your loans make a difference to the entrepreneurs you support. And, of course, get the chance to meet the Lendwithcare team and ask us any questions.

It has been a few years since the annual reception was held in London, and the lender community is now bigger than ever! So to ensure as many of you as possible can attend, this year Lendwithcare has decided to book a larger venue than normal. This does mean that we will be suggesting attendees make a voluntary donation, which you will be able to do once you have RSVP'd. £15 would enable us to cover the cost of the night.

The theme of the evening will be the Impact of Lendwithcare's work. There will be speakers from the Lendwithcare team, CARE and Lendwithcare's partners.

Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International
25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA, UK

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For more details and to register, click here. You can contact the Lendwithcare team for more information 

 
TAA South-West meeting & AGM
04 January 2018 10.00

TAA SW annual meeting, presentations and lunch, details to be advised. Please keep the dat open.

Exeter Golf & Country Club Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE

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Bookings via SW Secretary Ray Bartlett:   
Training: Using Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice
22 January 2018 09.00

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) announces their five-day course (22-26 Jan 2018) on Participatory Action Research (PAR). This will provide participants with the conceptual and practical tools to design and carry out PAR. They will learn about a range of methods and develop their ideas into a detailed plan that they will be able to put into action on returning to their organisation. Click here for more details.

Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9RE, UK.

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Contact R Douglass for more information, register on the website...

 
Vertical Sustainable Growing Systems: Controlled Environment Agriculture
23 February 2018 11.30

TAA East Anglia has been invited by Jason Hawkins-Row ofAponic Co Ltd,
 to visit their controlled environment trials at the NIAB centre at Hasse Fen, Soham, Cambridgeshire. They have developed a commercial vertical soil-less growing system that uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture, runs on rain water and solar power, does not emit harmful run-off into the environment and massively reduces the need for fossil fuels in food production. We shall be able to see their systems for producing vegetables and to discuss their applicability to tropical agriculture and small-scale peri-urban agriculture.As the trials are indoors, we shall not be limited by weather. More information on the trials can be viewed on-line. This visit follows-on from the talk on controlled environment agriculture by Ralph van Kaufman at the TAA Curry Club earlier in June 2017.

We plan to meet at a local pub for lunch around 11.30, before viewing the trials. The nearest station is Ely: if the need arises, we shall arrange transport from Ely Station to Soham. Please make a note in your diaries.

NIAB Field Trials, Hasse Rd, Soham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5UW, UK

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To reserve a place, please contact the East Anglia Convenor

 
3rd ECHO Pastoralist Symposium, Kenya
06 March 2018 09.00

ECHO East Africa is an institutional member of TAA. They welcome you to join their third pastoralism symposium, scheduled for 6th-8th March 2018. More details will be available later.

Sportsman's Arms Hotel, Nanyuki, Kenya

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Contact Erwin Kinsey to register.

 
TAA SW Seminar on Environmental Theme
22 March 2018 10.00 Details to follow, please reserve the date. Bridgewater College, Cannington Campus Contact Tim Roberts, TAA Southwest Organiser  
TAA seminar: Improving rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses
09 May 2018 13.30

The TAA East Anglia Branch Annual Seminar will focus on reducing crop losses, especially in E Africa. The event is being co-hosted by Cambridge University’s Global Food Security initiative and CamPlantsHub. There will be two presentations, with time for Q&A discussions.

  • Dr Philip Taylor will speak on the work of CABI’s Plantwise programme and how it supports smallholder farmers. The aim of Plantwise is to increase food security and improve rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses.
  • Luke Braidwood (Plant Sciences PhD researcher) will talk on maize lethal necrosis, a viral condition which has been spreading around East Africa over the last 5-10 years. He has been characterising the East African outbreak and developing GM maize lines which should hopefully be resistant (the mechanism is amiRNAs).

We hope to arrange a tour of the David Attenborough Building, home to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) and many important NGOs in the conservation field.

Seminar Room (1.25a), David Attenborough Building, off Pembroke St, Cambridge, UK

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Please register with Eventbrite, more information from East Anglia Convenor.

 
1st International Conference on Water Security
17 June 2018 10,00

This conference, 17-20 June 2018, will allow academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight the key issues and directions from a scientific perspective, including data needs, and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, and what the knowledge gaps are. The conference provides a forum for in-person meetings to complement the journal Water Security, which focuses on review and synthesis articles covering the field. Oral, poster and workshop abstracts are invited on the conference topics and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.

Hyatt Regency Toronto, Toronto, Canada

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Earlyregistration by 23 March 2018.

 
21st World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS)
12 August 2018 10.00 The theme will be "Soils to feed and fuel the world. The WCSS is the main event of the International Union of Soil Science. It takes place every four years and is open to all members of the IUSS and other participants. For further information on congress website  RioCentro Exhibition and Convention Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 12-17 August 2018

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Contact Flavio Camargo, Vice President Congress.