See below a list of up-coming events scheduled by TAA or by our partner organisations:

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Event Title Date Time Subject Details Venue Details Contact Details
National Soil Symposium
25 November 2014 0830 The Soil Association is set to support International Year of Soils 2015. It will make a major push next year to increase public understanding of the role of soil. The Association will host a major event: find out details about the National Soil Symposium. There will be key presentations, dinner and post-dinner entertainment. St Johns Hotel, 651 Warwick Rd, Solihull, West Midlands B91 1ATSolihull, West Midlands, UK

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To book your place, visit the Soil Association website

UK Launch of the Global Nutrition Report
02 December 2014 18.00 APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development, with The International Food Policy Research Institute Invite you to the presentation. Panel: Rt Hon Justine GreeningMP, Secretary of State for International Development; Lawrence Haddad, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI and Co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report; Simon Maxwell, former Director of ODI and Global Development Expert; David Bull, Executive Director, UNICEF UK; Judith Randel, Executive Director, Development Initiatives;Augustin Flory, Executive Director, Childrens Investment Fund Foundation. Chair: Brendan Cox, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children.
The Global Nutrition Report is one outcome of the Nutrition for Growth Summit in London 2013. Written by an Independent Expert Group, empowered by a Stakeholder Group consisting of countries, UN agencies, research organizations, CSOs and donors, the report will officially be released in Rome at ICN2 in late November. The report provides nutrition country profiles for each of the United Nations 193 member states, and the data covers all forms of malnutrition from stunting to obesity.
The Attlee Suite, Portcullis House. Please allow at least 20 minutes for security. 18:00 20:00

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Montpellier Panel Report Launch No Ordinary Matter: conserving, restoring and enhancing Africas Soils
04 December 2014 15.00 Welcome to the launch of the report. Soils are primarily responsible for providing water and nutrients to crops and animals. When unable to provide these services to their full capacity, crops, animals and the farmers who depend on them suffer. The reverse is also true. Restoring, conserving and enhancing soils can improve crop productivity and the resource base on which farmers depend. As a natural resource however, soil is undervalued and neglected both physically and politically. Land degradation now affects an estimated one-third of the earths land area and about 3.2 billion people reside in these degrading areas.Developing countries and smallholder farmers are affected most severely. Speakers include Dr. Kanayo Nwanze- President of theInternational Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Professor Sir Gordon Conway- Director of Agriculture for Impact (TAA member), Dr. Camilla Toulmin- Director of theInternational Institute for Environment and Development(IIED) (TAA corporate member), David Radcliffe-Senior Advisor, Agricultural Research for Development, DG Development and Cooperation, European Commission (TAA member), and Henri Carsalade-AfricaRice Board Member and Chairman of Agropolis Foundation Board of Directors.Presentations to be followed by a drinks reception. IFAD, Via Paolo di Dono, 44, 00142 Rome, Italy.15.00-16.30

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For any questions and to confirm your attendance, please RSVP Agriculture for Impact 

Seminar: Crop protection advances and challenges
08 December 2014 13.00 The Scotland & North of England Branch of TAA welcome you to a seminar on Crop protection advances and challenges. More details to follow later.
Newcastle University; 13.00 to 17.00

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Contact John Gowing for more details and bookings 

Crop protection advances and challenges - TAA seminar
08 December 2014 13.00 The Scotland & North of England Branch of TAA welcome you to attend their seminar 'Crop protection advances and challenges'. Details of speakers will follow. Please support our local TAA Group.
Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. 13.00 to 17.00 hrs

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Please contact John Gowing for details  
Congress on adapting food production to a changing climate
09 December 2014 09.00 The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) Congress on Adapting Food Production to Changing Climate offers a unique opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary examination of strategies and priorities for sustaining domestic and global productivity. The American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference facility at 2000 Florida Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. USA. 9th - 10th Dec 2014.

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Register on-line, $200 per person.
AGM, Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture & Reunion
10 December 2014 17.00 The TAA will hold its Annual General Meeting, Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture and annual reunion at the Royal Over-seas League, commencing at 17.00. After the AGM, a short presentation will be made by a TAAF awardee. This will be followed at 18.30 by the 32nd Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture given by Mike Bushell of Syngenta Research on "Improving Smallholder Agriculture: how technology and other factors have contributed to improvements".  The cash bar will be open and a hot buffet dinner will be served. 

Dr Mike Bushell is the Principal Scientific Advisor for Syngenta, a world leader in plant science. Mike has a chemistry background, with a PhD from Liverpool and the University of California at Davis and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Following postdoctoral studies at Cambridge, he joined ICI in 1980, based at Jealotts Hill International Research Centre in Berkshire. He has held a variety of technical leadership and management roles over more than 30 years, including Head of R&T Projects, Head of Discovery, Head of External Partnerships and Head of Jealotts Hill, one of the worlds leading R&D centres for innovation in agriculture. He is also the secretary to the Syngenta Technology Advisory Board. Mike has served on many external industry bodies, government and university advisory boards, including the Food Research Partnership, the BBSRC Strategy Panels for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, the Biosciences KTN and the Green Economy Council. Mike was recently appointed as a Visiting Professor at Nottingham University and to the Board of Trustees for the SCI.

Royal Over-seas League, Piccadilly, London SW1A 1LR, UK. Nearest tube is Green Park.

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There will be a charge of £25 per person for the buffet. Please contact Elizabeth Warham to confirm attendance. Cheques made payable to the Tropical Agriculture Association, can be sent in advance to: Elizabeth Warham, General Secretary, TAA, PO Box 3, Pennicuik, Midlothian, EH26 0RX. Payment will be accepted on the night. All are welcome.

Common Agricultural Policy - next steps for implementation and supporting the rural economy
11 December 2014 08.30

On 11 July 2013, the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum held an event on Implementing the Common Agricultural Policy and the future of UK farming. They are now holding a follow-up seminar on 11 December 2014 on the same topic but entitled Common Agricultural Policy - next steps for implementation and supporting the rural economy. TAA members will be welcome. Please follow this link for details of the event.

Houses of Parliament, central London. 09.00-13.00

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To book click here (£210 standard price). For more information, contact Morgan Rise, Stakeholder Research Officer, 01344 864796. 

CCF Annual Symposium
08 January 2015 09.00

A key event in the Cambridge conservation calendar, it provides an opportunity for CCF members and others to share and discuss recent conservation projects and generate new ideas on emerging topics of interest. As in previous years we will be spanning local to international, terrestrial to marine, ex-situ to in-situ. Plenary talks range from the extractives industry and ape conservation, to Mpingo conservation in Tanzania, animal collections and conservation, and the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership Scheme.  There will again be interactive and panel sessions, and plenty of opportunity for networking during the refreshment breaks, which include a vegetarian lunch and wine reception at the end of the day. We are grateful once again to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative for making available to us the fantastic facilities of the Judge Business School for the symposium The full programme will be available in December. In the meantime, do book your place at this event now. Ticket prices are £40 (£30 for students) and registration and payment details are included in the document attached below. We look forward to seeing you there, and if anyone wishes to contribute to the programme, or help with facilitation and logistics on the day, do get in touch with us as we would love to hear from you.

The Judge Business School, Trumpington Rd, Cambridge,CB2 1AG, UK

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More info, please contact Roger Mitchell. Download registration form Annual Symposium 2015 Registration Form.doc

Southwest Group AGM & Winter meeting
08 January 2015 10.00 The TAA Southwest Group welcomes you to their AGM & Winter meeting and lunch. Before lunch, Keith Virgo (TAA Chairman) will outline the vision, activities and benefits of TAA through a visual presentation of the website. After lunch, he will talk about his Indian community-based tourism enterprise 'Village Ways' , up-dating an earlier talk, with focus on photos and farming. Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE. 10.00 - 16.00

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11th IDCA International Conference: Poverty Eradication and Climate Change Mitigation
12 January 2015 08.30 Please join us on this two-day event. The theme is: Inspiring Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship for Poverty Eradication and Climate Change Mitigation in India. Inaugural Session, Concluding Session and 90-minute panels on: Water, Education, Healthcare, Livelihoods, and Climate Change Mitigation. If you would like to speak, please let us know ASAP, limited slots are open in water, education, healthcare, livelihoods and climate change panels. Center for Environment Education, Thaltej Tekra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. 12th and 13th January 2015

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Transforming Mountain Forestry: ICIMOD Symposium
18 January 2015 10.00

The 5-day symposium is being organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development with the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, Government of India. The objective is to outline options for sustainable forest management practices and policies that address the changing conditions in the HKH while identifying trans-boundary opportunities that meet climatic and contemporary challenges, thus simultaneously addressing conservation and inclusive development. Conference Features: Keynote sessions;
Parallel thematic presentations and panel discussions Live streaming coverage; Output-oriented brainstorming sessions (for example on green felling ban, human-wildlife conflicts, role of remote sensing science, forest engineering, etc.).

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, GPO Box 3226, Kathmandu, Nepal. 18 to 22 January 2015

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For more information, contact Rajan Kotru

ECHO East Africa Biennial Symposium
03 February 2015 10.00 Please freely encourage other colleagues in the wider Africa region to attend. ECHO's online link will havethe details about this valuable biannual time of learning, information sharing and networking among those working and serving in the East Africa Region.Three mornings of plenary sessions, featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers, will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. Topics are currently being discussed for the event. 

TAA members will be welcome to submit presenter forms.
Arusha, Tanzania. 3rd - 5th February 2015.

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Details of registration will be posted on the ECHO website  
Soilless Gardening India Expo and Conference
14 February 2015 10.00 The only event dedicated to soilless growing industry in India: Soilless Gardening India Expo and Conference. This will gather together the entire hydroponics sector of India and will become a meeting place for foreign equipment and service suppliers and local growers. 

The organisers request support by TAA members for this unique opportunity. India is estimated as one of the most promising developing markets and therefore attracts the attention of the major players from the horticulture field. If you believe that this event will be of interest, please attend. TAA is an official 'supporter' of the event. Epicentre at Apparel House, Gurgaon, Haryana, India. February 14-15 2015

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RSVP to Soilless Gardening Team

Conference on Mainstreaming Agro-Ecological Approaches in Farming , India
01 March 2015 10.00

The conference is being organized by Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Indian Society for Agro-Ecology. Agro-ecological approaches are increasing being recognised as the way forward for the food, nutritional security and livelihood security of the small and marginal farmers across the world. In this approach, ecological practices to increase productivity, improve soil fertility and address climate change go hand in hand with the empowerment of small-scale family farmers, both men and women. While there are thousands of models across India and lakhs of farmers adopting such practices, mainstream agricultural research and extension systems are as yet sceptical about agro-ecological approaches. This scepticism is hindering the investments in research and further scaling up of the existing models..The main objectives of the conference are (i) To provide a forum for taking stock of the current state of science and practices of agro-ecology, as well as for initiatives across the country, (ii) to understand the contributions of agro-ecological approaches towards economic, social and environmental sustainability of small and marginal farmers, (iii) to develop a policy framework for consideration of state and national governments

This is the first call for abstracts of papers in the following areas: Cropping Systems, Soil Health, Water Management, Pest/Disease Management, Crop Improvement and Seed Breeding, Integrated Farming Systems, Profitability through Agro-Ecological Approaches and Socio-Economic Empowerment through Agro-Ecology. Submission of Abstracts: 15thDecember, 2014; Submission of Final papers of the shortlisted abstracts: 15thJanuary, 2015.
Chandigarh, Punjab, India. 1st and 2nd March, 2015

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Submit your abstracts to For any clarifications call Ramoo on +91 90 006 99702 or visit the website

Seminar on Global Food Security to 2050
14 May 2015 14.00 Provisional announcement for a joint TAA-CambPlant-Humanitarian Centre- CCF seminar on theme of assuring food security to 2015, including implications for climate change and biodiversity loss. Two presentations proposed: (a) managing the demand side and (b) ensuring sustainable agriculture from the supply side. More details will be posted. Hughes Hall, Pavilion Room, Cambridge TAA East Anglia Group. Contact Keith Virgo for 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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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

10th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture, Reading
08 June 2015 18.00 The TAA Hugh Bunting memorial 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)
The event starts with an Introduction by Professor Julian Park, Head of School. 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).

Cambridge Conservation Forum Summer Symposium
25 June 2015 09.00 All day event with lunch and post-symposium drinks. Full details nearer the time. Judge Business School, Trumpington Road, Cambridge Booking details later. 
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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