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
Agricultural Challenges in the Horn of Africa, TAA SW seminar
07 May 2015 10.00 The Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust (BOAT), which is supported by the TAA, is holding their annual Bicton seminar on 7th May, with the theme "Agricultural challenges in the Horn of Africa". The seminar will be held during the residence of visiting students from Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Kenya attending the Institutional Management & Business Planning (International) course at Bicton College, under the auspices of BOAT, which will give an added opportunity for exchange of interest.

Programme:

10.00: Tea/coffee and Registration; Introduction by the Chairman

10.45: Introduction of the 2015 BOAT delegates and short presentations by David Wendover, BOAT Chairman and BOAT delegates.

11.15: Overview & Challenges of the Horn of Africa region, by Prof John Wibberley.

12.00: Dry lands agriculture with focus on pastoral /agro pastoral systems: Challenges and Opportunities, by Tesfaldet Okubayes Programme Officer - Pastoral & Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa - PENHA)

12.45: Discussion on morning papers

13.00: Lunch available in the refectory

14.00: The effect of poor land management on food security in the Somali areas of the Horn of Africa - the case of Yeheb- Cordeauxia edulis, by Dr Muna Ismail - Initiatives of Change, London).

14.45: Irrigation in Southern Somalia, by Chris Finney ex HTS and Mott MacDonald.

15.15: Working in Somalia - a white mans perspective, by Dominic Taylor-Hunt, Concern Worldwide

15.45: Summary and discussion on the seminar programme.

16.00: Depart


Bicton College, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7BH. 10.00 to 16.00 on 7th May 2015.

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Please register in advance with David Wendover  (01363 772993). Seminar cost £15.00 (to include coffee), students free (with coffee contribution). Lunch may be purchased in the College Refectory.

 

 
Seminar on Global Food Security to 2050
14 May 2015 14.00 The seminar is being organised by TAA East Anglia and the Humanitarian Centre, in collaboration with CambPlant,  Cambridge Conservation Forum and the University's Global Food Security strategic Initiative. The theme will be of 'Assuring food security to 2050, including implications for climate change and biodiversity loss'. Two presentations will be made: (a) Dr Bojana Bazjelj (Cambridge University Engineering Dept) on managing the demand side and (b) Prof Amir Kassam (TAA member, University of Reading & UN Food & Agriculture Organisation - FAO) and Dr Gottleib Basch (University of Evora, Portugal) on ensuring sustainable agriculture from the supply side. Click here for the programme and abstracts. Hughes Hall, Pavilion Room, Wollaston Road, Cambridge CB1 2EW

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TAA East Anglia Group & Humanitarian Centre. To reserve a place at the seminar, click here. There will be no charge but we suggest £5.00 per head donations to cover tea, coffee & snacks, with balance to the TAA's Tropical Agriculture Award Fund. Please contact Keith Virgo for any more details.  
Spring school on mapping and assessment of soils, ISRIC
18 May 2015 10.00 ISRIC - World Soil Information will organise a Spring School on digital soil mapping, soil assessment and classification for soil and environmental scientists, students, soil experts and professionals in natural resources management. This spring school is a contribution to the Global Soil Partnership implementation. It will consist of two five-day courses that are run in parallel. Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands, 18 to 22 May 2015

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Conference on Ecotourism in Protected Areas
19 May 2015 10.00

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in partnership with its government partners in Myanmar the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and the Ministry for Environmental Conservation and Forestry, is pleased to announce that registration for the Conference on "Ecotourism in Protected Areas is now open. The conference will be held in the capital of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw, between 19 and 21 May 2015. This is Myanmars first international event focused on ecotourism. The objectives of the conference are as follows: (i) share and build new knowledge of ecotourism policy and practice to progress ecotourism in protected areas, (ii) bring forward realistic solutions to advance ecotourism management practice in a platform for peer learning, (iii) develop global partnerships and regional (local) networks for bringing positive change and sustainability in the ecotourism sector

International, regional and local experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing ecotourism in protected areas. The event will include a high-level ecotourism policy dialogue for policy makers facilitated by ICIMOD. In addition, the Government of Myanmar will officially launch its National Ecotourism Policy and Management Strategy at the conference. The focus of conference sessions is on successful planning and management approaches for ecotourism in and around protected areas that strengthen livelihoods, enhance conservation, and contribute to adaptation. (Endorsed by PATA and UNWTO)

Kempinski Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

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Registration is now open, visit the conference website. Application deadline 1 May 2015. Registration fees include three nights at the Kempinski Hotel, Nay Pyi Taw, all meals, and access to all conference events. For further information, contact us  and on Facebook www.facebook.com/icimod

 
18th ISCO Conference: Achieving Sustainability Through Conservation In a Changing World
31 May 2015 09.00

The 18thInternational Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO) Conferencewill be held in El Paso, Texas, USA from May 31 June 5, 2015. You may find details for all facets of this exciting conference and submit your abstracts at our conference website 0 0 1 72 417 Consultancy 3 1 488 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE We are anticipating a stimulating time of exchange and new ideas as we meet in old El Paso. Also, our Wednesday technical tour promises to broaden our horizons as we tour conservation research and projects in southern New Mexico from the desert rangeland to the mountain forests. Time is running out! Please submit your abstracts and register today and reserve your room at the conference hotel for just $99.00 per night USD by using the promotional code ISCO in the reservation form.

Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport
, 1770 Airway Blvd, 
El Paso, TX 79925
TEL: (915) 772-3333.

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Register online. http://ia.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=73273.If you need an invitation letter for your visa application please contact Scott at ISCO.

 
ISCO 2015 conference
31 May 2015 15.00

The 18th ISCO conference theme is "Achieving sustainability through conservation in a changing world. Topics to include: Soil conservation for mitigation and adaptation to a changing climate: sustainable solutions; Impacts of soil erosion and conservation on soil health and organic carbon sequestration; Conservation agriculture; Basic soil erosion (processes, mechanisms, modeling); 
Socio-economic dimensions of soil conservation; Sustainable intensification of food production; Soil degradation (salinization, sodification, desertification);
 Soil conservation in non-agricultural settings (urban and forestry).

It will include a mid-week technical tour of soil and water conservation research projects at the USDA Jornada Experimental Range and to the coolness of the Sacramento Mountains to look at post-fire soil stabilization projects.

Deadlines: 15/11/2014, early registration opens;16/02/2015, abstract submission deadline;15/03/ 2015, early registration closes;
01/05/2015, last day to register.

El Paso, Texas, USA; May 31st to June 5th 2015

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Contact and information available from Scott Van Pelt or via the website

 
Conservation Agriculture in the UK: farm walk Lincolnshire (TAA Land Husbandry)
06 June 2015 10.00

The TAA Land Husbandry Group invites you to join a Farm Walk with Tony and Ruth Reynolds, to see at first hand their no-till farming system that, since 2003, has meant no mechanical movement of soil to grow crops, with organic mulch cover and crop rotation

10:00 Gather at Thurlby Grange; Tea/Coffee

11:00 Presentation by Tony Reynolds

12:30 Buffet lunch

13:30 Farm tour, followed by tea and questions, 16:00 departure.

Thurlby Grange Farms, Thurlby, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 0EA. 2 km south of Bourne on the A15. The farm drive is directly to the East side of the A15. The nearest train station is Peterborough.

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If you wish to participate please contact Amir Kassam. There will be room for up to 30 visitors. [If you get lost on the day, please call Tony on his Mobile 07740 824028].

 

 
10th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture and University Met Dept visit, Reading
08 June 2015 16.00 The TAA Hugh Bunting memorial lecture, will commence with an Introduction by Professor Julian Park, Head of School.  The lecture will be presented by Trevor Nicholls, CEO of the Commonwealth Agriculture Bureau International (CABI), under the title: "Going the extra mile:  helping smallholder farmers obtain the knowledge they need to lose less and grow more"Trevor has been Chief Executive Officer of CABI since 2005. Under his leadership, CABI has defined its mission as the strengthening of global capacity to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. The organisation has developed a strategic focus on providing knowledge to enable poor rural farmers in the developing world to grow more, raise quality and increase income. Trevor is also a non-executive director of three biotech companies. His career has covered experience of building international businesses in the genomics and life science industries, serving major pharmaceutical, biotech and academic clients. He has broad experience of initiating change and restructuring organisations, Trevor holds a BA and D.Phil in Biochemistry from the University of York and Diploma qualifications in Marketing (CIM) and Company Directorship (IoD). 
This year, the HBML will be preceded by a visit to the nearby University Dept of Meteorology, commencing at 16.00. Meet at the Ag Building. There will be tea before the start of the lecture. We hope members and friends will be able to join this 'double-bill'.
There will be a buffet and wine reception, starting at 20.00, for which a £10.00 donation per head will be appreciated.  
John Madejski LectureTheatre, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, University of Reading RG6 6AH, UK

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RSVP to: Mrs Linda McCarthy  tel: 0118 378 4549).

 
Planning for Climate Change Conference
25 June 2015 0900 Following on from the success of our Inaugural conference in December 2014, the Planning for Climate Change Conference Team is organizing a follow-up. Details can be found at the Conference website. The key focus will be to debate and discuss the key issues that face Communities when it comes to adapting to climate change and addressing the problems and opportunities that Climate Change brings. We plan to have up to 10 speakers plus up to 100 delegates. The University of London, UK

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To register as a delegate, or a speaker please email here.

 
Summer Symposium, Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF)
25 June 2015 09.30

The CCF's annual all-day Summer Symposium will be held at the Judge Business School on Thursday 25th June 2015. Full details will be provided nearer the time.

Judge Business School, Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 1AG, UK

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Registration details will follow. For general advice contact the TAA East Anglia Convenor

 
TAA Southwest Summer Outing, Isle of Purbeck area
29 June 2015 10.00

The summer outing is from 29 June to 1 July.

Monday 29th June. 10.00 am: talk by National Trust, Purbeck. Covers Banks Estate with Farms, Heath land, Foreshore, ancient monuments etc. Meet at Purbeck HQ, National Trust, Carrendan Hill, Swanage 12.00 noon lunch at The Orchard, Holme Nursery, West Holme, Wareham. Set menu to be paid lump sum.. 2.00 pm talk by Simon Goldsack about the Farm and Nursery.  2.30 pm:  Farm Visit Priory Farm East Stoke, Wareham, raising Cattle on water meadow. 4.30 pm drop in on Will Bond, land owner.  Woodchip Hot Water supply offered to adjacent tenants and wind farm development. After Dinner Talk by Trev Haysom, Purbeck Stone Industry and Heritage..

Tuesday 30th June. 8.45 am Dorset Charcuterie. 10.00 am: Visit Vitacress Salads Ltd, water cress beds at Manor Farm, Southbrook, Bere Regis BH20 7LR. 12.30 Lunch at Silent Woman Inn. Pay for your own. 2.00 pm: Visit Trigon Estate, family owned since 1880. Had practiced Dorset Chalk Stream Meadow Irrigation up to 1960s. How estate has been developed since then. 4.00 pm Visit Trigon Fish Farm. After Dinner Talk by Giles Sturdy, on Agriculture UK and Tanzania.

Wednesday 1st July 2015. 10.00 am: Visit Godlingston Manor Farm, Swanage. Was dairy now raising beef cattle, grazing for horses. Has farm-based wind turbine 65 kW. 12.00 Lunch at Square & Compass ,Worth Matravers, or Scott Arms, Kingston.Pay for your own. 2.00 pm Visit Trev Haysom, Stone Quarry display (Museum). Those who need to, free to leave or 3.30 pm: Visit Durlston Country Park. World Heritage Jurassic Coast, arranging with Ranger for an introductory talk. 4.00 pm walk around the coast to Anvil Point Light House and back to cars. See cliff-dwelling birds. 5.00 pm Leave for home.

Springfield Country Hotel, Leisure Club & Spa, Grange Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5AL. A few hundred metres off the Wareham Bypass at Stoborough, in ample grounds surrounded by farmland and woodland. Tel 01929 552177, special rates have been negotiated for TAA for nights 29 and 30 June. Book asap. If anyone fails to get a room, we can most likely find a Farm B&B.

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More info from George Talyor-Hunt gltaylorhunt@talktalk.net  
The World Congress on Integrated Crops-Livestock-Forestry (WCCLF) Systems
12 July 2015 14.00

Embrapa is pleased to invite you to participate on the World Congress on Integrated Crop-Livestock-Forest Systems (WCCLF) and the 3rd International Symposium on Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems (ICLS3) to be held in Brasilia, Brazil on July 12-17, 2015. Agriculture is facing an unprecedented challenge. By 2050, food needs for a growing population will demand a production expansion by 60%, and the global demand for livestock products will increase by 70%, compared to what it was in year 2000. This expansion must be mostly through sustainable production intensification, since the conversion of natural ecosystems into agriculture has large negative impacts on biodiversity, carbon storage and hydrological cycle. More details on conference website 

The Ulysses Guimares Convention Center, Brasilia, Brazil, 12-17 July 2015

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Registration can be made at the website 

 
Meeting the challenges of food security: innovation, sustainability and international collaboration.
14 July 2015 09.00

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar, with Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit, Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security, European Commission; Lindsay Harris, Deputy Director, Food Security & Food Standards, Food Policy Unit, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and Professor Tim Wheeler, Department for International Development; Gregory Barrow, UN World Food Programme; Kirsty Lewis, Met Office; Dr Yuelai Lu, Secretariat of UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network and University of East Anglia; Dr Philip Newton, Food and Environment Research Agency; Nick von Westenholz, Crop Protection Agency and Peter Melchett, The Soil Association. To be chaired by: Lord Deben, Chair, Committee on Climate Change and Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agro Ecology. The focus will be key policy priorities for food security, innovation and sustainability both internationally and in the UK. Full details and agenda on the Website

Houses of Parliament, Central London, UK

To book places, please use the online booking form. Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. Full rate is £210 per person, concessionary rates for NGOs and unfunded persons.

 
International Soil Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security
17 August 2015 0900 The Land Development Department, a long-standing government agency of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand that successfully runs a well known "Volunteer Soil-Doctor Program and promotes sustainable soil management for food security and the well-being of farmers, cordially invites scientists from developing and developed countries and academia, as well as practitioners, policy makers, and interested persons to participate in the "International Conference on Sustainable Uses of Soil in Harmony with Food Security. This conference is part of the activities to celebrate the International Year of Soils (IYS), it aims to welcome contributions (oral presentations and posters) from delegates to exchange views and experiences about sustainable uses of soils in order to secure the food production for our societies. Abstract submission deadline: 15 February. For more information, click here Regent Cha Am Beach Resort Phetchaburi, Thailand. August 17-20, 2015

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Curry Club lunchtime talk Machine Harvesting of Tea (TAA L&SEB)
27 August 2015 11.30

The 6th Curry Club talk will be presented by Nigel Melican of Tea Craft and TAA member, on "Machine Harvesting of Tea: curse or cure.The event will commence with coffee from 11.30, followed by the presentation and discussion, with curry lunch scheduled for 13.30.

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

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Price for the day, including excellent coffees and lunch is £14. Book your place with Terry Wiles southeast_convenor@taa.org.uk

 
The 5th World Sustainability Forum: Transitioning toward Sustainability
07 September 2015 10,00

The year 2015 is important for all of us. We are taking stock of the accomplishments based on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were adopted in the year 2000. The results of these efforts are immensely positive. However, not all goals have been achieved and some regions have benefitted less. The period marked by the MDGs will end in December 2015. As part of the post-2015 development agenda, the international community is working intensely on a new set of goals, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in the second half of September 2015.

Conference Themes The 5th World Sustainability Forumaims to be a platform for researchers to present and engage with others on issues relating to sustainability in three thematic areas: (i) Science, Technology, and Energy, (ii) Consumption, Lifestyles, Mobility, and Cities, (iii) Economics, Business, and Management. We seek to contribute to policy-relevant, change-oriented, and trans-disciplinary research and collaboration from science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences across these three thematic areas and sustainability dimensions.

Basel, Switzerland; 79 September 2015

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Registration information can be found on Sciforum.netIf you have questions or need assistance, please email the Conference Secretariat. Registration fees are listed on Sciforum.net

 
Soil functions and climate change- do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties? Sustain
23 September 2015 10.00

Welcome to the international congress about soil functions and climate change, which needs our utmost attention, because thermal and hydraulic impacts on coupled hydraulic, chemical and biological processes under various land-use systems will alter soil properties enormously in the future.

The key role of soil structure, its functions and its expected changes under various climatic conditions must be analyzed in more detail in order to define the boundary conditions for reliable predictions in a changing environment and/or for a more precise definition of prediction model input parameters which must be available for a reliable analysis of soil and environmental properties and functions. This first congress -SUSTAIN- will deal with such interactions and necessary topics in soil physics, chemistry, biology and coupled processes which will become essential for a more reliable prediction of future soil processes and functions. IUSS Conference on the International Year of Soils and the 350thAnniversary of Christian Albrechts University.

Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany, 23-25.Sept 2015

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2nd International Global Food Security Conference, NY
11 October 2015 10.00 The conference aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative research methods arising from research in any of a wide range of disciplines. Join us in this exciting opportunity to ensure that the best science is garnered to support the emergence of the Sustainable Development Goals. Deadline for abstracts 8th May 2015, click here. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.11-14 October 2015

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Curry Club lunchtime talk Artemisia annua against malaria (TAA L&SEB)
29 October 2015 11.30

The Curry Club talk will be presented by Antony Ellman, TAA member, on "Artemesia annua against malaria: a smallholder remedy that works!. The event will commence with coffee from 11.30, followed by the presentation and discussion, with curry lunch scheduled for 13.30.

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

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Price for the day, including excellent coffees and lunch is £14. Book your place with Terry Wiles southeast_convenor@taa.org.uk

 
African Celebration Meeting of the International Year of Soil
23 November 2015 10.00

28th Bi-annual Conference of the Soil Science Society of East Africa (SSSEA) & African Celebration Meeting of the International Year of Soil

Theme: Soils and Land Use for Climate Smart Agriculture. Deadline for abstract submission: 30 July, 2015; full papers in electronic version to be submitted by 30thOctober 2015.
Morogoro, Tanzania, November 23-27, 2015 For further information contact the Organizing Committee SSSEA at murnyambilila@yahoo.com 
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).


 
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.