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
Sensing in the Air – UAVs, Fixed Wing and Satellite Remote Sensing
01 December 2015 09.30

Imaging technology is enabling more information to be extracted for aerial photography and this is prompting a re-evaluation of remote sensing from the air. This SIG will look at the various technologies that are becoming available,how the information can be used on the farm and the legislation that you need to be aware of. As well as hearing about the new technologies, we’ll also be looking at business models (to buy, or not to buy your own drone, for example?) and service business opportunities within the industry, as well as the potential trade-offs between resolution, cost, and ability to respond on the ground to detailed information coming from the air. Finally we’ll also be looking at the legal side of handling unmanned aerial vehicles for those would-be pilots.

Speakers Toby Waine, Cranfield University, Max Bruhner, Mavrx, James Foster-Clarke, Skyview Robotics, Steven Parsons, Seventy Two Technologies, Peter Lee, Taylor Vinters, Dr Dan MacLean, The Sainsbury Laboratory. Panel and break-out sessions, networking. Read more… 

Centrum, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7UG. 09.30 to 13.00.

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Price £35 for members of Agri-Tech East, and £50 for non-members. Registration:please click here.

The Centre for Global Equality's Christmas Party
02 December 2015 18.30

Members of TAA are cordially invited to the CGE’s Christmas Party. It will be a great opportunity to get in some last minute networking before the end of the year and to meet our new Student Society Committee.Mulled wine and some festive nibbles will be supplied!

The Garden Room at Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge; 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Please let us know whether you can make it by registering for your free space, here.

Annam National Food & Agro-biodiversity Festival & Seminar on Food, Health & Agro-Biodiversity: Changing Paradigms
03 December 2015 10.00 Food is the essence of our great cultural heritage and areflection of the great diversity of life in our planet. InIndia food is revered as God and eating together ensuredfamily and community bondages.However, on everypart of the world, communities are awakening to the devastatingeffects of corporate driven foods and farming systems. This National Seminar focuses on the changing paradigms in food and agro-biodiversity and the impacts on health, ecological, social, economic and environmental scenarios. Further, a wide array of multi-disciplinary subjects including innovations in promoting locally produced food materials and processing technologies, health benefits of indigenous foods, agro biodiversity and nutritional security, food as medicine, traditional knowledge on food, etc could be discussed in this platform. The deliberations in this seminar would provide necessary inputs to the food and health policies at national and regional levels. For more details please click here. Papers are invited, with abstract submitted by 15th October 2015. Marine Drive, Kochi, Kerala, India. 3rd to 7th December, 2015

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Register with the Organising Secretary. CISSA, TC 15/603, USRA-153, Udarasiromani Road, Vellayambalam, Sasthamangalam PO, Thiruvananthapuram-695010, Kerala, India.

TAA Curry Club Talk: 'Not Just Wood'
10 December 2015 11.30

NOTE DATE CHANGE TO 10th DEC. The December talk will be presented by TAA member Mikael Grut, an experienced international forest economist. The talk "Not Just Wood” will be about forestry today, including its interfaces with agriculture and animal husbandry and a consideration of climate change. More details to be announced later. Meet at 11.00 for registration and coffee. The talk will begin at 11.30, followed by curry lunch with a chance to relax and chat. The charge is £14.00 per head, which is an inclusive figure to cover the room and facilities, coffee & biscuits and lunch. If you do not wish to stay for lunch a contribution of £5 per head towards expenses would be much appreciated.

Strand Continental Hotel India Club, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA.

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Book your place through Terry Wiles  
Bledisloe Memorial Lecture 2015 - Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG
11 December 2015 10.30 You are invited to the annual Bledisloe Memorial Lecture. The Speaker will be Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG, the 2015 World Food Prize Laureate; Founder and Chairman of BRAC. The citation for the 2015 World Food Prize reads ‘…. for his unparalleled achievement in building a unique, integrated development organisation that many hail as the most effective anti-poverty organisation in the world ‘. BRAC (formerly known as the Bangladesh Rural Development Advancement Committee) has grown into the world’s largest non-governmental organisation (NGO), which has reportedly ‘…. helped raise 150 million people out of poverty‘.It now reportedly employs 110, 000 people and operates in 11 countries worldwide. The title of Sir Fazles Bledisloe Lecture is ‘Empowering the Poor in the Fight against Hunger’. The Bledisloe will start with registration and coffee at 10.30 in the Boutflour Hall. The Lecture itself will commence at 11.00. Buffet Lunch will be at 12.30. Close at 15.00. Royal Agricultural University (RAU), Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK. Lecture Theatre 205

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Please let Karen know if you would like to attend and join the lunch. Phone 01285 652 531

Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016
06 January 2016 08.00

The two-day Conference will offera mix of practical farm-scale advice, showcasenew techniques and discuss the global context in which farming takes place, including the economy and the policies that affect farming. ORFC delegates will hear from the many people across the UK and beyond who are showing that new models of farming work. There will be inspiration from those just starting out as farmers and a chance to hear from those who have been farming for some time.Watch this space for the programme.

Oxford Tower Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BX, UK; 6th & 7th Jan 2016

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Tickets on sale now! Tea and coffee included. Dinner on night of the 6th of January(check the various ticket optionsif you want to take part in that too).

CCF Annual Symposium
07 January 2016 09.30 The Annual Symposium, which aims to share the work of Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) member organisations, is planned for Jan 7th but the programme is still under  preparation. Mark in your diaries. Click for more detailsFor all ideas and offers of help, especially contributions to the presentations, please email Roger Mitchell, Chair, CCF.  David Attenborough Building (Cambridge Conservation Initiative), Zoology Department, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK. 09.30 - 17.30

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Still under preparation. Contact Keith Virgo for latest news.  
TAA South-West Branch meeting & AGM
07 January 2016 10.00 The SW Branch is holding its annual meeting, with presentations and lunch, on Thursday January 7th
2016. Details will follow. Please make a note in your diary.
Exeter Golf and Country Club, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 7AE Tel: 01392 874139

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Reservations via the SW Coordinator Tim Roberts   
Enabling smallholder agribusiness development in sub-Saharan Africa; APPG
12 January 2016 16.00

The latest report from the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development shows beyond doubt that smallholders have enormous potential to be profitable commercial entrepreneurs and to trade their way out of rural poverty and food insecurity.Following a short address from Jeremy Lefroy MP, Chair of the APPG, panelists from the UN World Food Programme, SAB Miller, the Department for International Development, and the Small Foundation will discuss the report findings and their consequences for the implementation of DFID’s new Conceptual Framework on Agriculture.

 As DFID’s new framework states, agriculture is an important sector for many developing countries, both to drive economic development but also to support poverty reduction and boost food and nutrition security. However, despite the importance of the sector and scale of the statistics, smallholders currently receive very little support. This panel will examine how DFID’s new Conceptual Framework on Agriculture will support agribusinesses to thrive and consider how public and private stakeholders can enable smallholders to fulfill their economic and developmental potential.

Houses of Parliament: 4.00 – 6.00pm

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Secure your place, RSVP to Naomi Hirst 

The role of science in food and agriculture - novel foods, sustainable intensification and challenges for policy.
27 January 2016 09.00

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar will be chaired by Baroness Parminter, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on the Environment, and Mark Spencer MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture. Speakers will include: Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;Dr Penny Bramwell, Director of Science, Evidence and Research, Food Standards Agency; Barbara Gallani, Food and Drink Federation; Professor Michael Winter, University of Exeter; Professor Peter Gregory, Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP); Dr Helen Ferrier, National Farmers Union; Sir Roland Jackson, Sciencewise; Dr Julian Little, Bayer CropScience;Peter Melchett, The Soil Association and Paul Wilkinson,National Skill Academy for Food and Drink Manufacturing. Click to download the latest version of the Agenda.

Venue: Central London (to be advised: see Agenda website)

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To attend, use the Online booking form. Fees payable in advance by credit card on 01344 864796, £210 (£80 concessionary), include transcripts of proceedings and refreshments. Contact Michael Ryan for queries. 

International Farmers' Dialogue: Conference 2016 - Modifying Environment into Predictable Harvests (Maharashtra, India)
05 February 2016 10.00

Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (Agricultural University) and
Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Agricultural Foundation (PDAF) invite your participation at this five day international conference. Each days events will include technical sessions and field visits to diversified farms, small agro-industry, organic farms, university farms and on-site dialogues. The main themes will be: Quality agriculture and infrastructure development; diversified farming and alternatives in sustainable development; women-centred agro-industrial development; livelihood security and effective risk assessment; modifying environment – a collective venture. More information will be published on the website

Main campus of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth (Agricultural University),
Krishinagar, Akola, Maharashtra State 444104, India. 5th to 9th February.

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Contested Agronomy Conference
23 February 2016 10.00 "Contested Agronomy: Cases, Dynamics & Implications" is a conference about the battlefields in agricultural research, past and present. The Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, invites abstracts (from individuals), proposals for panels (up to four people + chair), and expressions of interest in attending from non-presenters. The deadline is 11 May 2015. It would be good to have a TAA member on a panel
Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK, BN1 9RE; 23 25 February 2016

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To apply to attend, visit Contested Agronomy 2016. Fee: £150 (a limited number of grants are available for participants based in developing countries).

Learning, action research and outreach for inclusive development course, Wageningen
29 February 2016 09.00

ICRA (International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture) strengthens innovative capacity by providing training and coaching to individuals and teams from different backgrounds. This course is for professionals in tertiary agricultural education to prepare as competent graduates ready for the job market. In addition, you are requested to do action research that contributes to innovation for food security, and provide services for rural communities that support inclusive development. Are you ready to make your courses more interactive and interdisciplinary? How do competency-based learning approaches affect the way you design your courses? How do you determine what services to provide to surrounding communities? To what extend is your research relevant and useful to farmers and agribusiness? This course helps you find the answers to these questions. It is challenging and hands-on with a range of activities such as trainer-assisted group sessions, role play, case studies and excursions to Dutch universities. Read more ...

Wageningen University, P.O. Box 9101, 6700 HB Wageningen, the Netherlands; 29th Feb to 18th March

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On-line application form (by 16th October 2015). Tuition fee: 3 990 Euro (some scholarships available).

40th Annual Conference of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria 2016
14 March 2016 10.00

The urgent need for Nigeria to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and food security for the country’s 178.5 million people in the face of climate change, environmental degradation and declining soil fertility is a challenge that the Soil Scientists in the country are committed to solving. Conference theme: "Promoting use of Nigeria’s Soil Resources for Sustainable Ecosystem Services, Climate-Smart Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security”.

University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria, March 14-18, 2016

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Conference registration fee: $75 USD. Contact 
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Royal Society of Biology, UK Plant Science Conference
11 April 2016 10.00 Please save the dates in your diaries for this two-day conference, the national plant science event of the year! TAA is an organisational member of Royal Society of Biology and Ian Martin is our representative on the Advisory Panel of the RSB's specialist group UKPSF. More details will follow soon. John Innes Centre in Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK. 11th and 12th April 2016.

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Registration will open later tin 2015 
Seminar on Innovations in Agri-Tech, TAA E Anglia
05 May 2016 14.00

The seminar is being organised by the TAA East Anglia Branch, theCentre for Global Equality (CGE), CambPlants Hub and the University of Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative in Global Food Security (GFSI).The theme will be "Agri-Tech – innovative agricultural technical developments to increase sustainable crop production, through data-driven precision agriculture and genetic plant protection techniques, with emphasis on cropping in East Africa and the ultimate relevance of the techniques to small farmers”.

The speakers will be: (i) Dr Stephanie Race,CropPerformance Ltd, Cambridge on ‘Sustainable Perennial Crop Production in the Tropics:understanding yield variation under a changing climate’. This will cover innovative approaches to satellite remote sensing data acquisition, crop modelling and analytics to inform practices that increase yield and quality, with a focus on tea production in Kenya, (ii) Prof Sir David Baulcombe, Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge, on ‘Biotechnology to control disease in African crops’.He will describe how molecular biology and genomics has revolutionised understanding of disease resistance in plants and led to the development of new strategies for robust strategies for crop protection. The examples given involve wheat, maize and rice but they could be extended to other crops. There will be a Panel Discussion, including the speakers and invited panellists for participants’ questions and discussion. The seminar will commence at 14.00 and conclude at 18.00.

The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR. 14.00 to 18.00 [note changed venue]

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To reserve a place at the seminar, please click on Eventbrite link to reserve your place. Free entry but we suggest a donation of £5.00 per head to the TAA's Tropical Agriculture Award Fund. ContactKeith Virgo for more details.

10th International Symposium on Agriculture and the Environment (AgroEnviron 2016)
23 May 2016 10.00

The 10th International Symposium on Agriculture and the Environment  will be held May 23-27, 2016. Our environment continues to evolve, as factors such as global climate change and atmospheric warming alter local weather and growing conditions for agricultural crops. To some extent increasing carbon dioxide levels and higher temperatures may enhance plant growth, but other factors such as more variable and extreme precipitation events, flooding, drought, and excessively high temperatures may act to diminish crop production. This symposium seeks to provide a forum for scientists to present new research on environmental studies, agricultural research, processes of soil erosion by wind and water, conservation policies, and innovative practices to preserve and protect the soil, water, and air resources while at the same time providing for a sustainable agriculture. Abstract submission by January 15, 2016. 

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

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Registration details, lodging, and costs will be available later in 2015 on the website.

International Conference on Conservation Agriculture and Sustainable Land Use
31 May 2016 10.00

The Geographical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is organising the conference: 31 May to 2 June 2016.  The conference aims to share knowledge of conservation agriculture (CA) internationally and across different scientific fields. Main topics:

Soil science and geomorphology in CA Systems; Agro-ecological research in CA Systems; Yields and economy; Climate change and CA Systems; CA Systems and carbon cycle; Sustainability assessment of land use and cover change

The conference will include two days of plenary sessions with keynote speeches and a one-day field trip. Detailed programme will be available later. The application of CA Systems is spreading worldwide. New results in the field of scientific and practical applications are accumulating continuously and therefore it seems to be important to present and discuss about the new achievements. To support this intention the Geographical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is organising the International Conference on CA and Sustainable Land Use. More details …… 

Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest, Hungary

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Linking research to inclusive development for food security, course, Wageningen
06 June 2016 09.00

ICRA (International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture) strengthens innovative capacity by providing training and coaching to individuals and teams from different backgrounds. This course is for researchers to make their work relevant for the inclusive development of involved communities, if it is to have any value. Agricultural professionals, farmers and their organizations may lack up to date information on how to most effectively improve food security. The course is challenging, varied and hands-on, including trainer-assisted group sessions, role-play, and field visits to research and development projects in the Netherlands. Training is tailored to participants� needs and builds on their experiences, ensuring that the relevance can be applied most effectively in other situations. Class sizes are kept small, between 12 and 20 participants, to maximize trainer:trainee ratios and to enhance trainee interactions and opportunities for exchange. Course brochure.  Read more 

Wageningen, P.O. Box 9101, 6700 HB Wageningen, the Netherlands; 6th to 24th June

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On-line application form (by 1st April 2016).Tuition fee: 3 990 Euro (some scholarships available).

International Conference ‘New Horizons in Plant Science’
09 June 2016 10.00

You are invited to participate in this conference to be held during June 9-11 2016. The Plant Physiology conference 2016 aims in gathering renowned scientists, professors and research professionals across the globe under a single roof, where they discuss the research, achievements and advancements in this field. This conference will lay a platform for the interaction between experts around the world and aims to accelerate scientific discoveries and major milestones in the field of Plant Physiology. The theme of the conference is "Novel Innovation, Plant derived therapeutic agents and GM crop in plant science”. For more details of this conference please have a glance on web page.

Dallas, USA. 9th to 11th June 2016

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WASWAC World Conference III: new challenges and strategies of soil and water conservation
22 August 2016 10.00

Invitation by WASWAC to join the conference and to submit papers. The theme will be on new challenges and strategies of soil and water conservation in the changing world and sustainable management of soil and water resources. Selected papers could be published in International Soil and Water Conservation Research (ISWCR), Bulletin of Forestry, or other journals.

Perceived wisdom in the approach to evaluation, use and management of land resources is changing rapidly and dramatically. Past emphasis on land development focused on maximizing production and return from land use investment and planned against a background belief that suitable lands for expansion could always be found somewhere, is forced to give way to a more cautious approach - one that recognizes the finite extent of fertile land and the seemingly insatiable demands of a growing human population. Conference topics will include: New challenges to soil and water resources in condition of climate change; Land degradation processes and mechanism; Soil and water conservation strategies to adapt and mitigate climate change; Soil and water conservation measures benefits assessment; Sustainable watershed management; Social and economic aspects and policies related to soil and water conservation; Innovations and implemented global/regional/national projects in land conservation; Education in soil and water conservation.
Belgrade, Serbia. 22nd to 26th August 2016

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Registration €300 (€200 WASWAC members, €100 students). More details from the website or contact Conference Secretariat:
 Katarina Lazarevic

EcoSummit 2016 - Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change
29 August 2016 10.00

EcoSummit 2016 will centre on the ecology of terrestrial ecosystems and all habitats that are integrated within those ecosystems, including river networks, wetlands and coastlines. Focus will be placed on fragile ecosystems that are more likely to suffer the consequences of climate change and anthropogenic pressure. However, in the current context of an increasing world population, changes in social habit (increasing world consumerism) and climate change, it is evident that agriculture is being intensified but with a growing awareness of the need to preserve and use sustainably world resources. Therefore, we will also address how terrestrial restoration can be carried out when the massive demand for food results in fragile ecosystems, forests and marginal lands being turned over to agriculture. Abstract Submission deadline: 29 January 2016 

Le Corum, Montpellier, France. 29 August - 1 September 2016

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Register on line (early bird discounts before 8/4/16).

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.