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
Precision Land Management for Livestock Farmers
17 February 2016 18.30 This evening meeting (18:30 - 20:00 pm) will look at techniques for better resource management on livestock farms, including an introduction to controlled traffic farming, measuring and monitoring grass growth, looking at novel ways of assessing yield potentials and measuring factors that affect production and impact the natural environment as well as an update on measuring nitrogen on grass farms with an N sensor to ensure more accurate application. More details

18.30 - Registration and light supper on arrival

19.00 - Introduction to Precision Land Management Techniques, Davina Fullingham, Nuffield Scholar

19.30 - An ‘N Sensor’ for Grass, Ian Matts, YARA

20.00 - Controlled Traffic Farming - is it a possibility for livestock farms? Andrew Manfield, Manterra

20.30 - Discussion and close

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, York, England YO19 5UF

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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).

Pipettes & Ploughs: taking the lab to the field. Rothamsted
23 February 2016 16.00 Liz Bowles, Head of Farming for the Soil Association will be discussing results from two trials which are taking place in the east of England as part of the Innovative Farmers initiative. Innovative Farmers is the second phase of the Duchy Future Farming Programme and is being coordinated by the Soil Association with LEAF, IfA and ORC. The programme is creating a network of farmers involved in on-farm testing. Two of the projects in the east of England are ‘Cultural Methods to Control Blackgrass’ based on Shimpling Park Farm in Suffolk, and ‘England Compost Teas Group’ which includes Whitehall Farm in Cambridgeshire and is looking at how compost teas can boost microbial action in the soil. In this Pollinator we’ll be hearing from scientists and farmers about the benefits offield labs. Liz will be sharing the latest findings from the two trials. Local farmer Ian Pigott will also be talking about his long running trial and his close links with Rothamsted Research, and in turn, Jon West, a plant pathologist from Rothamsted’s Plant Biology and Crop Science department, will be emphasising the critical need for researchers to "walk the talk” in the field and to see the impact of the real world. Read more about this Pollinator here. Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ. 16.00 to 19.00

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To register your place, please click here.You will be taken to the Cambridge Network website to book this event. You will need to login in order to benefit from your Agri-Tech East member rate.  
Curry Club Talks: The First 20 years of GM crops – what’s not to like?
25 February 2016 11.00 To be presented by Jonathan Shoham at this London & South East Branch Curry Club Talk. GM crops were commercially introduced into world agriculture from the mid 1990s. In countries where they have been allowed, such are the farmer benefits that there has been very rapid uptake, despite continuous and on-going opposition from sections of the public and NGOs. However, there are signs that the demand for existing traits is slowing. Whether or not strong growth of this technology will resume depends on many factors including the ability of the supply pipeline to offer new traits and the willingness of markets, that have hitherto remained closed, to open up. Meet at 11.00 for registration and coffee. The talk will be followed by curry lunch (£14.00 per head) with a chance to relax and chat. The Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA.

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Book your place with Terry Wiles. The £14.00 charge includes coffee, lunch and the venue hire.

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).

Seminar: Soil quality of pasture and crop rotation systems in South Africa
01 March 2016 12.00

The speaker will be Pieter Swanepoel. He started his research career in the government sector on Outeniqua Research Farm near George, South Africa. His initial research focused on the effects of soil organic matter on Rhizobium and symbiotic nitrogen fixation. Subsequently, an interdisciplinary project on soil quality of dairy-pastures in South Africa was started under his leadership, involving aspects of soil science, pasture agronomy, animal science, micro-biology and extension services. In 2015, he joined Stellenbosch University and now conducts research on cropping systems (including conservation agriculture systems with rotations of small grains, canola (oilseed rape), lupins, and pasture legumes), as well as research on pasture for dairy, sheep, beef and game. 

CAWR Ryton 1 & 2, Wolston Lane, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, Warwickshire CV8 3LG, UK. 12.00 to 14.00.

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ECHO East Africa Symposium II: Best Practices in Pastoralist Areas
01 March 2016 10.00

A few places are left for this symposium, 1st to 3rd March 2016. ECHO is a corporate member of TAA, so please join if you can.

Sportsman’s Arms Hotel, Nanyuki, Kenya

Contact Erwin Kinsey to register.

International Conference on Managing Ravines for Food and Livelihood Security
07 March 2016 10.00

This GRC conference focuses on ravine land conservation: bio-diversity and climate change management. It is an excellent opportunity for the global scientific community to present ideas, share experiences, technological advances and experimental results on the thematic areas of the conference:

• Ravine Lands: Current status, challenges and perspectives.

• Natural resource conservation and soil health management .

• Ravine eco-systems and their management for livelihood.

• Biodiversity conservation and management.

• Climate change and ravines management.

• Ravine lands- Social and Policy Issues.

Full details are given on the website ( The date of paper submission has been extended up to January 31, 2016.

Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India. 7th to 10th March 2016

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TAA Northern England Seminar: 'Land degradation'
09 March 2016 13.00

The TAA Northern England Branch and Newcastle University Soil Science Society invite you to a joint meeting to discuss Land degradation. This is the reduction in the capacity of land to provide ecosystem goods and services and to assure it functions over a period of time. Land degradation affects large areas and many people in dryland regions. Changes in land use through ploughing, heavy grazing and deforestation all leave the soil highly vulnerable to wind erosion particularly during severe droughts. Heavy grazing around water points or during long droughts prevents or delays the regrowth of vegetation or favours only unpalatable shrubs. FAO and ISRIC estimate that globally land degradation costs up to US$ 50 billion annually, apart from hidden costs of extra fertilizer use, and loss of biodiversity and unique landscapes. ISRIC has estimated that approximately 25% of global land is degraded. The problem equally affects cropland, rangeland, broadleaved forest and coniferous forests. However, in proportion to the global extent of each land use category, cropland is over-represented. The consequences of land degradation are reduced land productivity, socio-economic problems (uncertainty in food security, migration etc), limited development and damage to ecosystems. Degraded land is costly to reclaim and, if severely degraded, may no longer provide ecosystem functions and services, with a loss in the goods and potential environmental, social, economic and non-material benefits.

Details of the meeting are still being planned. We envisage a panel of three or four speakers. We expect to start with a buffet lunch at 13.00 with the business meeting 14.00 to 17.00.

Agriculture Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, United Kingdom.

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Register your interest with John Gowing, Branch Convenor.  
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 
for more details and conference programme

Agriculture production by the mining communities, Zambia Branch
18 March 2016 09.00

The TAA Zambia/ Southern Africa Branch invites you to presentations on the farming challenges of agriculture production by the mining communities in the Copperbelt by the Copperbelt Minister, and on the negative effects of agriculture programmes by mining companies aimed at relief, by Chris Kapembwe, TAA branch organiser.

St joseph Guest house at Ndola Catholic diocese, along Broadway

More details and RSVP to Chris Kapembwa, Branch Organiser Tel: + 26 (0) 977 536825.

Tropical Agriculture Development Workshop: Agroforestry/Perennial Cropping
06 April 2016 09.00 With drought, torrential rain and other weather extremes challenging agricultural productivity worldwide, the need for resilient smallholder farming systems is greater than ever. Biodiverse agroforestry systems, largely composed of perennial crops, offer the resilience needed to maintain global food security. This three-day course will feature staff-led presentations to introduce key agroforestry concepts, inspections of ECHO’s various agroforestry and perennial cropping installations and practicums providing hands-on establishment of new food forest plantings and the maintenance of productive plots. The course will also include significant involvement by Eric Toensmeier, award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. Course participants will also be eligible for a 50% discount on an ECHO special event (A Day with Eric Toensmeier) scheduled for Saturday, April 9, 2016. ECHO Global Farm, 17391 Durrance Road North Fort Myers, Florida 33917 USA; 6th to 8th April.

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The 3-day course costs $450.00, including lodging and food. ECHO cannot accommodate any dietary restrictions. Please register online. Contact is Renee Gill .

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 
Food Security Seminar, Zambia Branch
22 April 2016 09.00

The TAA Zambia/ Southern Africa Branch invites you to a Food security Seminar, with presentation by the IITA representative on Cassava production as a food security remedy in the region.

St joseph Guest house at Ndola Catholic diocese, along Broadway, Ndola, Zambia

More details and RSVP to Chris Kapembwa, Branch Organiser  Tel: +26 (0) 977 536825

Curry Club Talks: Conservation Agriculture (CA) for the Smallholder Farmer – myth or magic?
28 April 2016 11.00

Prof Amir Kassam will be the guest speaker at the London & South East Branch Curry Club Talks. Conservation Agriculture (CA) for small farmers is relatively new. In spite of the huge potential benefits to numerous small-scale farmers, it is not part of mainstream thinking or research.Many of the benefits of CA simply cannot be harnessed with conventional tillage agriculture, which has left a worldwide swath of soil and environmental degradation in its wake. Being a different paradigm, CA seems like a myth to the uninformed but is magic to those who practice it. Meet at 11.00 for registration and coffee. The talk will be followed by curry lunch (£14.00 per head) with a chance to relax and chat.

The Strand Continental Hotel, 143 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA.

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Book your place early with Terry Wiles. The £14.00 charge includes coffee, lunch and the venue hire.

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. Contact Keith Virgo for more details.

Crop Diversification Seminar, TAA Zambia Branch
20 May 2016 09.00

Crop Diversification, presentation by the national crops officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, on effective crop diversification.

St joseph Guest house at Ndola Catholic diocese, along Broadway, Ndola, Zambia

More details and RSVP to Chris Kapembwa, Branch Organiser +26 (0) 977 536825

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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Asia-Pacific Sustainable Development Goals Conference and Expo
05 June 2016 09.00

The event combines an exciting two-day (June 5th & 6th) Conference Program for experts and practitioners in the development sector plus an Expo of development sector service providers’ booths and demonstrations. A two-day Program has been organised that focuses on introducing, explaining and discussing the seventeen new SDGs. For more information please visit The Asia Pacific SDG Conference & Expo website

EastinMakkasan Hotel in Central Bangkok

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Please email  Lesley about presenting in the Conference Program and to register please email 

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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HTS Reunion - 1953 to 2013
18 June 2016 12.00

Former employees of Hunting Technical Services (HTS) and HTSPE are invited are invited to a reunion to celebrate 60 years of HTS, from its foundation in 1953 to its merger with DAI in 2013, which saw the final disappearance of the much loved initials H, T and S  All those who contributed to this important history are invited to join us for lunch at the East India Club on Saturday 18th June 2016. There will be a reception beforehand to give everyone a chance to meet old friends.

Please circulate to any ex-HTS/ HTSPE colleagues whom you may know.

The East India Club
16 St James's Square,
London SW1Y 4LH, UK

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RSVP James Morton by 30 March 2016.

CCF Summer Symposium 2016:
24 June 2016 10.00

CCF's ever-popular Summer Symposium series continues with an event co-organised with the "Global Food Security Initiative of the University of Cambridge". The day will explore solutions to the challenge of securing future food supply for an increasing global population whilst conserving ecosystems and biodiversity and adapting to a changing climate. Whether in global governance or multi-functional landscapes, how do we deal with the trade-offs? How do we capitalise on the synergies?

Conservation Campus, David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QZ United Kingdom

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Registration details to be advised. Visit website for current information.  
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).

Tropical Agriculture Development Workshop: Introduction to small-scale livestock production in the Tropics
20 September 2016 09.00

Integrating animals into the small farm offers many opportunities for enhancing food production, ecosystem stability and socio-economic resilience. Livestock and poultry are considered extremely important components of sustainable smallholder farming systems, providing a range of valuable resources to farmers throughout the tropics in the form of food, income, manure and other services. This Small-Scale Livestock Production TAD will expose participants to the foundational principles of animal production in a tropical, small-scale farming context. Over three days, special attention will be given to the production of ruminants (cattle and goats), pigs, rabbits and poultry. Discussions and activities will include feeding systems, animal health and slaughter techniques.SeeEcho website for more details. 

ECHO Global Farm,17391 Durrance Road North Fort Myers, Florida 33917 USA. 20th to 22nd September

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The 3-day course costs $450.00, including dormitory lodging and food. ECHO cannot accommodate any dietary restrictions. Please register online.  Contact is Renee Gill 

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.