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 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.   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

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

SPACE 2015: Animal Production Show
15 September 2015 09.00

International Show for Animal Production: 15th to 18th September 2015, daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm. Conferences, seminars, presentations on animal production. Add-on visits to farm and afro-industry enterprises can be arranged. See for more details.

Parc Expo of Rennes Airport, La Haie Gautrais, 35170 Bruz, FRANCE

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Free entry for international visitors, pre-register on-line. Further info: Tim Roberts Tel: 01761 470455  
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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Summer Symposium, Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) SEPTEMBER, INDICATIVE DATE
30 September 2015 09.30

The Summer Symposium was POSTPONED from June but will now be on 30th September 2015. The Symposium will still have the theme 'People and Nature', at the Annual Symposium in January 2015, we asked the question: Whose conservation? We considered the different values of nature conservation and how these have changed from the nature for itself emphasis of the 1960s/70s towards an integrated human focus in the recent people and nature framing. This takes into account peoples hopes and desires about the environment in which they wish to live and to pass on to future generations. Cambridgeshires Local Nature Partnership (LNP), co-sponsors of this years summer symposium, has a clear People and Nature mission. At this years Summer Symposium we will tackle and debate the way nature conservation can meet both the needs of people and nature, concentrating on our local area. .Click here for more details

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

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Registration details will follow. More information from Roger Mitchell ( or 07810 711301. General advice contact the TAA East Anglia Convenor

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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"Soils - where the answer lies", TAA SW Branch seminar
15 October 2015 10.00

The TAA Southwest Branch invites you to a full day seminar at RAU, as part of the UN Year of the Soil 2015. The programme will include:

10.00 Registration; 10.30 Professor John Wibberley, TAA SW Chairman, Welcome & Introduction to the day and overview of issues of soil management; 10.45 Professor David Hopkins, Prof Soil Science and Dean of School of Agriculture, Food & Environment, RAU on Healthy Soils challenges for research & development; 11.30 Dr Jane Rickson, Cranfield University on Soil degradation & Ecosystem Security; 12.10 Mr Alan Stapleton on Travels with an auger: tropical soil diversity in practice, with focus on sub-Saharan Africa. 12.30-13.30: Lunch in RAU Refectory; 13.30 Professor Amir Kassam, University of Reading on Soil management: lessons from and for Conservation Farming; 14.15  Reducing Soil Erosion through improved agricultural practices among smallholder farmers in Tanzania. Dr Richard Baines, Principal Lecturer in Management Systems for Food Safety & Environment & Director Africa Programme, Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester; 14.40  Soil Conservation via Tropical Tree Crop Management Mr Charles Hartley, Consultant; 15.00  Panel Forum: Questions invited especially from the newly arrived RAU postgraduate students in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security, in International Rural Development etc. 16.00 afternoon tea/coffee and Chairman's summing up; 16.15 Depart.

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK

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A seminar fee of £20 is payable on registration (to cover lunch at RAU Refectory, morning & afternoon tea/coffee and contribution to speakers travel expenses). Please reserve a place with Tim Roberts robtimk@btinternet.comTel: 01761 470455

Next steps for UK Agricultural Technologies investment, research and progress from the catalyst projects
22 October 2015 09.00

This conference looks at next steps for the development of agricultural technologies in the UK. Planned areas of discussion include the impact of the agri-tech catalyst projects with funding and research priorities for the catalysts moving into the third phase of the fund, and the role of Centres for Agricultural Innovation which are due to be introduced with the aim of supporting advances in sustainable intensification. Further sessions will discuss how best to promote UK agri-tech abroad; what more can be done to attract, develop and retain highly skilled workers; and wider Government priorities for the sector as the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy as it moves into its third year of implementation.

Venue Central London, details to be decided. 09.00-13.00

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Contact Michael Ryan, Please book your place here  
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

Flood management in England - priorities for funding, insurance, and flood response
03 November 2015 10.00

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties. Typically, attendees at our seminars are a senior and informed group numbering more than 100, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials from Defra, DECC, and other relevant departments and agencies, energy and environment professionals, representatives of engineering and water management organisations, academics, local government, charities and community groups, together with reports from the national and trade press.

This conference assesses policy priorities for flood and coastal risk management in England - and the progress and direction of the Governments £2.3 billion 6-year capital spending programme on flood defence projects. Planned sessions evaluate the priorities for developing sustainable flooding infrastructure as well as the funding allocation priorities for new projects for Government and the Environment Agency. The agenda includes keynote contributions from Neil Hornby, Deputy Director, Flood Risk Management, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and David Rooke, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Environment Agency. Areas for discussion include: (i) Addressing the challenges and opportunities for managing UK flood risk; (ii) Priorities for developing sustainable infrastructure; including funding allocation, planning, and asset maintenance. For more view Our Website. Click here for Agenda

Central London, UK To book places, please use our online booking form  
TAA AGM, the Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture and Reunion
11 November 2015 17.00

Advanced notice for your diaries for the TAA Annual General Meeting, Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture and annual reunion. This year the Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture will follow a different format. Presentations will be made by three of the TAA's Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF) awardees from the recent and more distant past: they will talk about their experiences on their overseas assignments under the TAAF scheme, showing how these have launched them on the path to a career in international development. We hope that this will shift the focus of the event towards younger members of TAA, and will allow time for discussion of how best we can attract a new generation of members. Let's make this an enjoyable event that will appeal to all age groups. Members, spouses and friends welcome. There will with buffet dinner and cash bar, with a chance to relax, chat and network. Please watch this space for more details as they arise.

Royal Over-seas League, Park Place, St James?s Street London SW1A 1LR (off Piccadilly). Tel: +44 (0)20 7408 0214

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Please register for the the event by clicking here  There will be a charge of £25 per person to cover room and facility hire and a hot buffet dinner, payable at the door, or in advance to the General Secretary, TAA, c/o Montpelier Professional Services, 1 Dashwood Square, Newton Steward, DG8 6EQ. [More details from Elizabeth Warham ]

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

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Reservations via the SW Coordinator Tim Roberts  
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.