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
International Dairy Summer School: Liverpool Vet School.
24 July 2016 09.00

The University of Liverpool’s veterinary school is once again hosting its very popular two week International Dairy Summer School for dairy entrepreneurs, early career researchers, managers and dairy farmers to equip them with advanced dairy farming knowledge and skills. The course is taking place on 24thJuly. The aims of the course are to train participants to come away with improved knowledge and ideas to implement on their farms at home to improve their dairy operations and therefore increase profitability of their farms. The training course covers modules in breeding strategies, improving nutrition and health of transition cows, young stock management, increasing efficiency and improving productivity. The course also covers how to improve milk quality for improving protein and fat contents required to process various dairy products. As a part of the course visits will be made to top performing UK dairy farms. The important element of sustainable dairy farming approaches will be demonstrated by spending time on the university dairy farm. The program also includes a visit to the world class Cheese and Dairy Show at Nantwich.

The University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Neston, CH64 7TE, UK. 24th July to 6th August 2016

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To register please download and complete the booking form and send it to cpdvets@liverpool.ac.ukwith your payment (deadline 10th June 2016). Contact Gill Beckett for more details +44 (0) 151 794 6016.

 
Discussion: Farming as a business
29 July 2016 09.00

The TAA Zambia/ Southern Africa Branch invites you to a discussion facilitated by an officer of the Zambia Cooperative Federation Technical.

St joseph Guest House, Catholic Diocese, along Broadway, Ndola, Zambia

Please contact Chris Kapembwe to reserve your place.

 
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

 
International Training and Study Tour on Technology Advances in Agricultural Production, Water and Nutrient Management
22 August 2016 09.00

IFDC invite you to improve your knowledge and understanding of recent technological advances in the areas of biotechnology, sensor-based irrigation, information management, precision agriculture and remote-sensing technologies. Become familiar with the farm-level impacts of each of these advances on water and nutrient management under changing climatic conditions. Get an opportunity to observe and discuss with other participants from many countries and backgrounds the practicality and economics of integrating these innovations into the mainstream of major crops. Be exposed to trends and challenges in the agricultural global market and see how farmers, agribusinesses and policymakers are adjusting to them by using state-of-the-art information and technology available for today’s agriculture production.

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Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee and Washington, D.C. USA. August 22 – September 2, 2016

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Register on-lne. Contact: training@ifdc.org


 
Conference: Agricultural Sciences and Food Technology for Sustainable Productivity and Nutritional Security
25 August 2016 10.00 International Conference. Agricultural productivity, nutritional security and environmental sustainability require urgent and utmost scientific intervention at regional, national and international levels. This conference aims to provide a forum for scientific deliberations and research collaborations on agricultural sciences and food technologies in order to achieve the most alarming millennium goals of increasing agricultural productivity, while ensuring nutritional security and environmental sustainability. Read more

University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. August 25-27, 2016.

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Registration and abstract submission is now open.This conference is for limited participants only on a first come, first served basis. Contact Prof. Dr. K.M. Harinikumar  
Curry Club Talk: Technical Realities of GM Crops
25 August 2016 11.00 Dr John Pidgeon will talk on technical realities of GM crops, as a follow-up to Jonathan Shoham’s economist's talk earlier in the year. 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.
NOTE: Date is 25th August, not 29th as erroneously shown previously.
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.

 

 
TAA Zambia Branch: AGM
26 August 2016 09.00

The TAA Zambia Branch invites you to their AGM, evaluation of the branch progress and the appointment of accountants.

St joseph Guest House, Catholic Diocese, along Broadway, Ndola, Zambia

Please contact Chris Kapembwe to reserve your place.

 
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 

 
13th Eurasian Grassland Conference
20 September 2016 09.00

Management and Conservation of Semi-natural grasslands: from theory to practice. This is the 13thannual meeting of the Eurasian Dry Grassland Group (EDGG), which aims to promote exchange and collaboration between those interested in all aspects of grassland research and conservation across Eurasia. The conference is intended to bring together latest research, and to link this to practical management and policy contributing to the sustainability of semi-natural grasslands.The conference will include the following sessions: (i) Semi-natural grasslands and environmental policy and socio-economy; (ii) Landscape scale processes and historical evolution of semi-natural grasslands; (iii) Ecology and biodiversity of semi-natural grasslands; (iv) Management, conservation and restoration of semi-natural grasslands. There will be two optional pre-conference workshops andtwo field trips in local biodiversity hotspots. It is co-organized by EDGG, ADEPT Fundatia and the Babes-Bolyai University and supported by IAVS and European Forum for Nature Conservation and Pastoralism.

Sighisoara, Romania, 20-24 September 2016

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Please visit the web page for further information and registration.

 
Seminar: Women in Agriculture
23 September 2016 09.00 The TAA Zambia/ Southern Africa Branch invites you to a presentation by the Ministry of Gender St joseph Guest House, Catholic Diocese, along Broadway, Ndola, Zambia

Please contact Chris Kapembwe to reserve your place.

 
TAA SW Branch and Royal Agriculture University Conference
13 October 2016 10.00 The TAA SW Branch invites you to a full day conference at the RAU. The programme is under preparation. Details to follow.

Royal Agricultural University (RAU), Stroud Road, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK

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There will be a conference fee to cover lunch at RAU Refectory, morning & afternoon tea/coffee and contribution to speakers’ travel expenses. Please reserve a place with John Wibberley  
Sustainable Development of Soil and Water Resources in Nile Basin Countries
17 October 2016 10.00 Conference topics: Soil resources in Nile basin countries and optimum management to overcome the encountered problems; Cooperation between Nile basin countries to control desertification, erosion, degradation and soil pollution; Sustainable agricultural development of Nile basin countries; Hydrology of Nile River; Water policies in the Nile basin countries. Causes and sources of pollution of Nile River; Scientific cooperation between Nile basin countries to control water pollution; Enhancement of scientific research cooperation between institutions in Nile basin countries. Abstracts submission deadline: end of June 2016. Full texts should be submitted no later than 31 August 2016. Details will be published onIUSS website. Tiba Rose Plaza Hotel, Olympic Village of Air Defence Forces - NA Road Cairo, Egypt; October 17- 19, 2016.

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Registrationdetails will be published on the IUSS website.

 
Conference: New Frontiers in Crop Research
20 October 2016 This conference, organised by SCI's Agri-sciences Group and Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), will provide updates on exciting areas of crop research, including projects from the BBSRC funded research-industry clubs. The event aims to foster the interdisciplinary networking essential to innovation in the agri-food sector focused on enhancing crop yields, quality and sustainability. The event is designed to appeal to academic and industrial scientists involved in all aspects of crop research, and other stakeholders interested in catching up on the latest developments. Please click here for more details.

Confirmed Speakers: Toby Bruce, Rothamsted Research; David Dent, Azotic Technologies; Jim Monaghan, Harper Adams; Matthew Paul, Rothamsted Research; Bill Thomas, James Hutton Institute; Kay Trafford, NIAB.

SCI, 14/15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PSL, UK

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Sustainable Intensification, Brazil
25 October 2016 09.30

The two-day Summit will bring together a multitude of stakeholders from government, civil society, co-operatives, farmers, industry bodies, global business and academia to understand and address the challenges Brazil faces in delivering sustainable intensification. All stakeholders and attendees will have the opportunity to develop a framework for IPR and registration, precision farming, irrigation, mechanisation, soil management and bio innovation by which Brazil will achieve its Low-Carbon Agricultural Plan. Taking place at the Convention Centre of Stock Exchange in Rio de Janeiro, the Summit consists of a full agenda focused on the key issues that will shape the future of Brazilian agriculture. From lobbying for regulatory changes, analysing the global commodity conundrum, through to knowledge and technology transfer for the farmer, the summit will deliver on its mandate of creating a sustainable framework to be carried forward until 2020.

The Centro De Convenções Bolsa Do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25-26 October 2016

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Buy your tickets on line on-line. The TAA is offered three free passes to attend Sustainable Intensification, as well as a 50% discount on any further passes TAA would like. Interested TAA members please contact Henry Smith. 

 
2nd Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty: join the UK Delegation
26 October 2016 0900

The second Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty is all about building a big inspiring food sovereignty movement across the whole of Europe. A delegation from the UK will take part. Why not join and get involved, whether you want to be part of the delegation or if you are not able to go but would like to feed in ideas and help with the preparations? The Nyéléni Europe Movement brings together farmers, fishers, pastoralists, Indigenous Peoples, consumers, NGOs, trade unions, organisations working on the environmental, development, justice, solidarity and human rights, researchers, community-based food movements and others to enhance existing food sovereignty initiatives and strengthen our work at local, national, regional and global levels.The forum will focus on five areas: 1. Changing how food is produced and consumed. 2. Changing how food is distributed. 3. Valuing work and improving social conditions in food & agricultural systems. 4. Reclaiming the right to natural resources and the Commons. 5. Changing public policies governing our food and agricultural systems. 

Cluj-Napoca, Romania; 26-30 October 2016

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To join the working group or join the UK delegation, please email uk-nyelenieurope@riseup.net (deadline 25 July 2016). The UK inputs are coordinated by Rachael Taylor (TAA member), Doctoral researcher at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex)

 
Curry Club Talk: Cotton
27 October 2016 11.00

Talk by Damien Sanfilippino, Director of Standards of the Geneva-based 'Better Cotton Initiative'. 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.

 
Best Practices in Highland Areas Symposium
01 November 2016 10.00

ECHO East Africa Highlands (TAA Institutional member) invites you to their 2nd biennial symposium, entitled "Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock in highlands”. This will take place at ILRI in Addis Ababa. The call for presentations is now out, with a deadline of 30th September, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be sent within a month from submission (by 15th October for late submissions). The language is English. We request your submission to include your theme title, a 3 sentences summary of the theme, and 3 sentences for your biodata to be included in the Symposium booklet. Read more ….

Have you registered with ECHOcommunity.org? (Communicate with Network Members; Find technical information and resources; Order seeds; Ask a question of our Technical Response Unit. Registration is easy and free! Click here to register.

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Addis Abeba, Ethiopia; 1st to 3rd November.

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Contact Erwin Kinsey ekinsey@echonet.org to submit material. For the Symposium, register here

 
REAP Conference 2016: Innovation for an Agricultural Revolution.
09 November 2016 09.30

This all-day conference forms part of Agri-Tech Week 2016 (7-11 Nov). Includes a start-up showcase sponsored by RoCRE Rothamsted. Perspectives on disruptive technology: technology that could radically change the industry. Speakers include Cambridge’s Prof Sir David Baulcombe and the CEO of NIAB, Tina Barsby. There will be a varied programme, including contributions from John Innes Centre, Rothamsted, NIAB, Lockhed Martin, Agri-Tech East, Midwestern BioAg, Cambridge Plant Sciences etc. Read more ....

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

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Tickets (£200) obtainable on-line

 
11th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture: Tim Wheeler on Climate-smart Agriculture
09 November 2016 17.00 This year’s lecture will be given by Prof Tim Wheeler, formerly of Reading and DFID and currently Chief Scientist at NERC, on the topic of Climate Smart Agriculture - Helping smallholder farmers manage the risks and opportunities presented by climate change . The lecture will be preceded by a short Annual General Meeting to approve the TAA's Annual Accounts and appointment of officers of the Association. The event will be jointly hosted by TAA and Reading University School of Agriculture, Policy & Development. The programme, will be chaired by Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, President, TAA 
1700 - 1730 TAA AGM.
1730 - 1830 Assemble and Networking. 
18:30 - 18:40 Welcome – Professor Julian Park, Head of School.
1840 - 1940 Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture by Professor Tim Wheeler. 
1940 -2030 Informal Wine and finger buffet.

Spouses, partners and friends are very welcome. We also welcome TAAF members and Reading students, especially for the networking session.

John Madejski LectureTheatre and Restaurant, Building, Reading University, Earley Gate, Reading, RG6 6AR, UK

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There will be a charge for the post-lecture reception.  RSVP by email to: Mollie Smith  or telephone 0118 378 4549. 
ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016
15 November 2016 09.00

This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference held in Fort Myers, FL! We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year's conference. The event brings together some of the world’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives.

Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. The event offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference. (ECHO is an institutional/corporate member of TAA)

Crowne Plaza Hotel (13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33907) and the ECHO Global Farm, USA. November 15-17, 2016

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Conference: Sustainable Agriculture Development: Innovations Systems Approach for Agricultural Transformation in Africa
20 November 2016 09.00

The Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius will be hosting an this conference, in collaboration with the AFMA (Africa Farm Management Association) under the main theme: "Sustainable Agricultural Development: Innovation Systems Approach for Agricultural Transformation in Africa”. Sub themes will include: Sustainable Agriculture and organic farming; Food Safety, Food Security and Nutrition; Agribusiness and Farm Management; ICT in Agriculture and Agricultural Innovation Systems; Biotechnology and Technology Development; Climate change and Climate Smart Agriculture; Market Development for increased production & Agricultural trade policies. [Note that John Wibberley, TAA member and Prof at RAU, will be presenting a paper].

Le Meridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius; 20th to 25th November 2016

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To register, please click here or follow link on the University of Mauritius website under highlights. AFMA contact is afmakorg@gmail.com

 
4th International Agronomy Congress
22 November 2016 09.30

The conference theme is: ‘Agronomy for sustainable management of natural resources, environment, energy and livelihood security to achieve Zero Hunger challenge’. The event is being hosted by the Indian Society of Agronomy and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, in collaboration with IARI, CIMMYT, IRRI, TAAS, ICARDA & NAAS. At the time of 3rd International Agronomy Congress held in New Delhi in November 2012, it was resolved to hold the 4th Congress to review progress and work out strategies to meet the challenges of food, nutrition, environment and livelihoods security by generating new opportunities through agronomic research. The Indian Society of Agronomy took the initiative to organize it, in order to maintain continuity and to provide an international platform to discuss the emerging issues.

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New Delhi, India. 22nd to 26th November 2016

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For registration, click hereContact Dr Mangi Lal Jat for more details. 

 
International Farmers’ Dialogue Conference
26 November 2016 09.00

You are invited to a Dialogue between Farmers in Cambodia: The theme will be the resilience of farmers and the future of the ASEAN farmers, looking forward to sharing, solidarity and cooperation. The Farmers' Dialogue in the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a collaboration between the International Farmers' Dialogue (FDI), Initiatives of Change Cambodia, The Khmer Foundation for Justice, Peace and Development and the Apostolic Prefecture of Battambang. The conference aims are: Bringing together farmers and those interested in agriculture, of different races, religions and backgrounds to learn from each other; Learning from the life experiences of those who are involved in farming; Sharing best practices of agriculture, addressing the issues in farming families caused by  stress and instability, and learning how personal change can improve the lives of farming  families; Networking for developing projects for agriculture within the region.  Everyone will be expected to participate, sharing their experiences to create a successful conference. There is a special welcome to farmers from outside Cambodia!

Khemara Hotel, Battambang Province, Cambodia; 26 to 30 November 2016

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Conference fee USD 250. If you wish to donate funds to help those who can't pay the full amount, we would be very grateful. For further information, please contact: H.E. Son Soubert, Coordinator of FD/CAM  [Tel: (+855)12 707 402] or Dok Virak, Secretariat, FD/CAM [Tel: (+855) 77 407 000

 
TAA Caribbean Cruise and Island Visit
27 November 2016 0950

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the last intake of UK graduates to ICTA, TAA is organising a visit to th Caribbean. Taking part on a Thomson cruise will be an opportunity to learn about current developments of the islands' natural resources. CARDI, the Caribbean Agricultural Research Development Institute, will organise day visits off the ship to places of interest on various islands with an optional more in-depth 5 day stop over on the islands of Antigua and Montserrat where one of our members currently resides. For further information see the Caribbean Branch news of the TAA website and click through to the tour details.

Aboard the mv Discovery, sailing to and from Barbados Depart London Gatwick 9.50 am on Sunday 27th Nov. Visits to several islands with CARDI guides. Return 11th December

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Contact Tim Roberts  (or tel 01761 470455) asap for booking details and enquiries.  
Curry Club Talk: Topic to be decided
15 December 2016 11.00

The speaker and topic is still to be decided. 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.

 
TAA Annual Reunion, Honours Awards, TAAF Presentation and Social
11 January 2017 17.00

NOTE CORRECT DATE: 11/01/2017. The Annual Reunion is planned for London on the 2ndWednesday of January. This will focus an annual review, presentations by TAAF awardees, reports from Regional Branches and Specialist Groups and the award of our Honours. The event will conclude with a reception and buffet supper. Re-scheduling the formal elements of the Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture and AGM to Reading in November, means that we will have more time for interaction and informal networking. Please mark in your diaries, pending more details. 

London (to be confirmed, probably the Royal Over-seas League, Piccadilly).

Booking arrangements under review. General enquiries to Elizabeth Warham.

 
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.

 
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 

 
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.