Events

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
Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum
18 January 2017 09.00

Welcome to the Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum , 18-20th January. This is a new initiative designed to accelerate collaboration for the development of game-changing innovations addressing global food and nutrition security challenges. High-level industry experts will come together at Rothamsted Research in January 2017 to work collaboratively on cutting-edge solutions to issues spanning the entire agricultural ecosystem, from pre-farm gate to consumers’ plates. Discover and debate the latest thinking and best practice in Open Innovation; Help define and shape the future of Open Innovation in Agri-Tech; Identify collaborative opportunities that will be key to your organisation; network with decision makers in industry, academia and government.

Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden AL5 2JQ, UK. 18th to 20th Jan 2017

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Register today to join the event http://roif.co.uk/registration/. Special rates for students.  
Food from Nowhere: CAWR Seminar Series
19 January 2017 12.30

The Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience (CAWR) invites you to a one-hour seminar. Chris Maughan will speak on the subject "Food from Nowhere: food, fuel and the fantastical in the Corporate Food Regime". https://

Coventry Campus – ECG01, Engineering and Computing Building, 3 Gulson Road, Coventry, CV1 2JH, UK

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If you would like to attend, please email.

 
Students Networking Evening with NGOs, Cambridge
24 January 2017 19.00

The Centre for Global Equality, an institutional member of TAA, is running another "Students meet NGOs” networking evening, 19.00-21.00. Members of Tropical Agriculture Association are welcome to come along and have an opportunity to discuss any volunteering/ internships/ work placement positions.

CGE, 72 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RR, United Kingdom

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Please contact Fran Baker if you would like to join.

16.12.16

 
CCF Annual Symposium
26 January 2017 09.30

The Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) invites you to their Annual Symposium, please mark in your diaries. The all day Symposium features presentations by CCF member organisations on their activities and discussions on topical international conservation issues. Details of the programme to be added in due course, check the CCF websiteAs always, one of the main purposes of the day is to facilitate general networking and informal discussion. There will be ample opportunity for this during coffee/tea at registration, at lunch, and other refreshment breaks and at the wine reception at the end of the day. TAA is a member organisation of the CCF. 

 

David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QY, UK

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Bookings will be available via the CCF website and symposium fees of £45 will be payable on-line (covers  tea & coffee/ snacks/ lunch/ wine reception) . More information will be available from Josie Chambers (CCF).  
Seminar on Land Policy, Family Farms, Food Production and Livelihoods in Mali
31 January 2017 12:30 The Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience (CAWR) invites you to hear Laurence Roudart speak on allocating land to family farmers or to other investors: what are the opportunity costs? The case of the Office du Niger area, Mali, 12:30-13:30

What are the opportunity costs of NOT allocating land and irrigation water to family farmers in the Office du Niger area, Mali? Based on the concept of farming system, a thorough field survey, combining quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and processing, was carried out in 2011 with 380 family farm managers. Models were elaborated from the numerical data. Results indicate that family farmers could invest in land under the following conditions: have an animal-drawn equipment at least, engage in at least one dry-season crop, get relatively high yields and have access to irrigated areas larger than in 2010. To meet these conditions, proactive policies, pertaining to land, irrigation, credit and inputs are needed. Alloting new irrigated land to family farmers could lead to the creation of dozens of thousands of farm jobs and livelihoods, or to additional hundreds of thousands tons of rice, depending on policy scenarios. Thus, the opportunity costs of allocating land and irrigation water to investors other than farming families are particularly high.
George Elliot Building GE338, Coventry University CV1 5FB, UK

Book a FREE seminar place please contact CAWR on CAWROffice@coventry.ac.uk

 

 
Next steps for UK agricultural technologies - investment, research and priorities for Agri-Tech Strategy
07 February 2017 09.00

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar. Presenters to include Helena Busby, Head of Agri-tech, Innovation and Resource Efficiency, Food and Farming Strategy and Innovation, DEFRA; Tina Barsby, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute of Agricultural Botany; Prof Paul Berryman, Agri-tech Specialist, Agri-Tech Organisation, Department for International Trade; Andy Cureton, Head of Business and Innovation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; David Flanders, Chief Executive Officer, Agrimetrics and Calum Murray, Programme Lead, AgriFood, Innovate UK. Follow us @WFNFEvents. See our Live Agenda. Delegates receive copies of the full seminar transcripts.

Central London, UK (to be advised)

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To book places, please use online booking form. Concessions available for charitable organisations.

 
Next steps for UK agricultural technologies - investment, research and priorities for Agri-Tech Strategy
07 February 2017 09.00

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar. Presenters to include Helena Busby, Head of Agri-tech, Innovation and Resource Efficiency, Food and Farming Strategy and Innovation, DEFRA; Tina Barsby, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute of Agricultural Botany; Prof Paul Berryman, Agri-tech Specialist, Agri-Tech Organisation, Department for International Trade; Andy Cureton, Head of Business and Innovation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; David Flanders, Chief Executive Officer, Agrimetrics and Calum Murray, Programme Lead, AgriFood, Innovate UK. Follow us @WFNFEvents. See our Live Agenda. Delegates receive copies of the full seminar transcripts.

Central London, UK (to be advised)

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To book places, please use online booking form. Concessions available for charitable organisations.

 
Constructing Alternatives to the Neoliberal Food System: What Do We Think We’re Doing?
09 February 2017 11.45

This CAWR seminar will be given by Molly D. Anderson, 11:45-12:45. Activists, philanthropists, non-governmental and governmental organizations and corporations around the world are trying to fix our broken food system so that it delivers better food security, equity, a cleaner environment, health and community well-being. Many times, broad goals are shared among these actors; but strategies and tactics are wildly discrepant. What are the assumptions about how change happens that undergird this work? What conditions must be in place for different theories of change, particularly those held by NGOs and social movements, to operate? In this talk, I will suggest alternative theories of change implicit or explicit in the work of NGOs and social movements, and examine how/whether they are supported by recent trends in food systems.

CAWR- Ryton Gardens, Coventry University, CV8 3LG, UK

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Book a FREE seminar place please contact CAWR on CAWROffice@coventry.ac.uk  (Transport Available)

 
Nutritious and Delicious: innovations for value-added crops
22 February 2017 13.30

From better berries to NiPPy broccoli and more digestible wheat, this event will explore the potential for improving fruit, vegetables and cereals. Success stories range from those that are already hitting the supermarket shelves through to those further from market. Hear about the programmes underway to improve the nutritional value of foods along with new developments in our understanding of the link between food and health. You’ll learn about projects from East Malling Research, Elsoms, Institute of Food Research, John Innes Centre, and NIAB along with advanced hydroponics from Saturn Bioponics. For more information, click here.

Norwich Research Park, Centrum, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UG, UK

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Book a place and register on-line. 

 
Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture: ‘Interdisciplinary Food Systems Training to address Global Food Challenges’
07 March 2017 18.00

The 34th TAA Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr John Ingram,Food Systems Programme Leader of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. His topic will be on Interdisciplinary Food Systems Training to address Global Food Challenges. John Ingram leads IFSTAL, a learning community and interactive resource designed to improve post-graduate level knowledge and understanding of the food system. The event will be co-hosted by the Cambridge University Strategic Research Initiative on Global Food Security. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception and networking opportunities.

Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR, UK (close to railway station)

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Please book your place by clicking here. There is no charge for attendance but we will welcome charitable donations to our Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF).

 
Fisheries & Water Resources Management Seminar (TAA SW Branch)
16 March 2017 10.00

The TAA SW Branch invites you to this seminar, as part of their Spring Meeting. The full programme will follow shortly.

Bridgwater College, Cannington Centre, Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2LS, UK

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Please email the organisers to reserve your place.

 
The Sustainability Summit 2017
23 March 2017 09.00

What does COP21 and the push for greater environmental sustainability mean for business? The 2 day Sustainability Summit will bring together key thinkers, policymakers and business leaders, who will deliver strategies, ideas and solutions to decision makers, helping them to turn challenges into new opportunities and prepare for the future. Bringing together leading critical thinkers, policymakers and business leaders, the Sustainability Summit will offer strategies, ideas and solutions to decision makers, helping them to turn challenges into new opportunities and prepare for the future. Download a brochure. 

St Pancras Renaissance, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AR, UK

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Tickets and further information from Georgia Grant, Customer Services  
TAA Seminar: Transfer of Crop Research Knowledge to Small Farmers, with emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa
16 May 2017 13.30

The annual TAA East Anglia seminar will be held in collaboration with NIAB International (Cambridge), the University of Cambridge Global Food Security (GFS) initiative and CambPlants Hub. Two main papers are envisaged: (i) Tinashe Chiurugwi of NIAB  International will  present a paper on 'Supporting smallholders in improving wheat cultivation', drawing on outcomes of NIAB's KALRO ago-transfer project in Kenya. (ii) Peter Emmrich of  the John Innes Centre, Norwich, will describe his current research on grass pea, aimed at developing it as a drought-tolerant crop for Ethiopia. Click here  more details.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available and there will be an opportunity to visit the research glasshouses on the adjacent NIAB Innovation Farm, especially wheat and ornamental plant breeding. Click here for Guided Bus Service details.

Cambridge: Sophi Taylor Centre, NIAB Innovation Farm, Villa Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9NZ). Parking plentiful; Guided Bus service from railway station/city centre (car shuttle service will meet at ‘Histon & Impington’ stop).

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Details to be added. We request donations of at least £5.00 per person to cover the costs of the venue and refreshments. Reserve your place via Eventbrite. For more information, contact Keith Virgo  
The State of the World's Plants II
25 May 2017 09.30

Kew, a TAA Institutional member, invites you to the second 2-day annual symposium with key themes including: Threats toplant health; Climate change; Useful plants; Invasive plants; Protected areas; Extinction risk. Join us to take stock of the world’s plant diversity, research and trends, including impacts on agriculture. More details to follow.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, TW9 3DS, UK: 25 – 26 May 2017

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Fees will cover attendance, lunch and refreshments on both days and a drinks reception View website or email for more information nearer the time.

 
European Climate Change Adaptation Conference: Our climate ready future
06 June 2017 09.00 Our vision is that this conference will inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. We will bring together the people who will deliver action on the ground – from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with researchers and policymakers. Set in the cultural city of Glasgow, at the heart of a city-region that is putting climate adaptation and climate justice at the core of decision-making, ECCA 2017 offers a unique opportunity to visit many innovative local adaptation projects and share experience of how climate adaptation can work in practice. Sectoral themes: urban, energy & infrastructure; agriculture & forestry; water security & flooding; biodiversity, ecosystem services & nature-based solutions; health & wellbeing. Call for abstracts deadline 30 Sept 2016. SECC, Glasgow, UK

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1st World Conference on Soil & Water Conservation under Global Change
12 June 2017 08.00

Welcome to the CONSOWA conference on sustainable life on earth through soil and water conservation, June 12th to 16th 2017, sponsored by European Geosciences Union and the International Union of Soil Science. Read more ….

Discussion session 1:
 Analysis and recommendations to change present limitations for the study and research of soil and water degradation processes and in the application of prevention and remediation practices. Discussion session 2:
 Analysis and setting the challenges and required achievements in the next decade, to prevent and counteract the previewed effects of global changes on soil and water degradation processes and effects on food and water supply for the increasing world population and the environmental degradation and natural disasters

Optional pre-conference field visits available.

Centre de Cultures i Cooperació Transfonterera (Center of Cultures and Transboundary Cooperation), 67 Jaume II St, in the Campus de Cappont of the University of Lleida, Spain.

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AquaConSoil 2017: 14th International Conference on Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment & Water Resources
26 June 2017 09.00

Topics to be covered at this 5-day conference will range from (i) assessment and monitoring of soil, water and sediment quality; (ii) risk assessment; (iii) advances in remediation technologies; (iv) strategies and policies for pollution management and remediation; (v) reuse and upgrading of land, water and sediment in the circular economy and (vi) sustainable use & spatial planning of the subsurface. Deadline for abstract submission: Tuesday, 15 November 2016.

The AquaConSoil program will offer Thematic Lecture Sessions, Poster Sessions, Special Sessions, Exhibition, Technical Tours, Courses, and a Matchmaking event. It will provide great opportunities for scientists, companies and policy makers to extend and enforce their network, start new cooperation activities and be informed of and inspired by the latest developments in the field of sustainable use and management of soil, sediment and (ground)water resources. Read more ......

Lyon Convention Centre, 50 Quai Charles de Gaulle, 69463 Lyon cedex 06, Lyon, France June 26–30, 2017.

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21st IFMA Congress 'Future Farming Systems'
02 July 2017 15.00

IFMA (International Farm Management Association) hold a week-long International Congress every other year which is organised, wherever possible, by the member organisation that covers Farm Management of the host country and a partner educational establishment. The IFMA Congress allows ideas, experiences, best practice and knowledge covering farm management and agricultural education/training to be exchanged through presentations, visits and demonstrations.

Programme: 2nd July - Registration and Welcome Event; 3rd July - Plenary Sessions, Workshops and Evening reception; 4th July - Field Trips; 5th July - Plenary Sessions, Workshops and Formal Dinner; 6th July - Field Trips, BBQ and Croquet Competition; 7th July - Plenary Sessions. Post Congress agricultural tour of the Highlands of Scotland, 8th to 14th July 2017.

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Enquiries from Richard and advanced registration form or contact Richard 

 
European Conference on Precision Agriculture
16 July 2017 09.00 This conference will be from 16th to 20th July 2017. This 11th conference in the series will continue with the successful format of previous conferences, building in strong industry sessions and participation. The theme of ‘Innovating through Research’ will enable all involved in Precision Agriculture to participate. Oral and poster presentations will be welcomed from authors on any precision agriculture topic though particularly welcome in the list of topics shown in the Programme section. All prospective authors and presenters should viewthe ‘Key Dates’ section to ensure they can meet the deadlines. A Study trip on Thursday 20th July will be inconjunction with the James Hutton Institute (JHI – a TAA Institutional Member)and its core site near Dundee. Read more …..  John McIntyre Conference Centre, within the Pollock Halls Centre, Edinburgh EH16 5AY, UK

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Registration for ECPA 2017 is not yet open but you can pre-register on line, more details will follow. If you have any queries, please email:info@ecpa2017.comforprogramme and scientific enquiries and admin@ecpa2017.com for registration, payment and similar queries.  
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.