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

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

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

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Register online. you need an invitation letter for your visa application please contact Scott at ISCO.

ISCO 2015 conference
31 May 2015 15.00

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

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

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

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

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

London Launch of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs New Report: Food for a healthy world
02 June 2015 18.00 The Chicago Council on Global Affairs invite you to the London launch of their new reportHealthy Food for a Healthy World: Leveraging Agriculture and Food to Improve Global Nutrition, followed by a discussion on how the global food system can be leveraged to improve nutrition. This event will define pathways between the food system and health and explore opportunities to incentivise collaboration between the agriculture, food, health, and nutrition sectors. It will also consider the nexus between food, nutrition, and sustainability and discuss frameworks for optimizing livelihood, environmental, and health goals. This event is being co-convened by the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Agriculture for Impact, and The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). This event will feature remarks fromCatherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow, Global Agriculture & Food,Gregory D. Miller, PhD, Chief Science Officer, National Dairy Council; Executive Vice President, Dairy Management, Inc,Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Cornell University; University of Copenhagen; Chair, High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition,Lindiwe Sibanda, CEO and Head of Mission, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), andJeff Waage, Technical Advisor, Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK. 18.00 -19.30

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Advance registration is required. Click here to register. For any enquiries please contact Alice Vahanian

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

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

10:00 Gather at Thurlby Grange; Tea/Coffee

11:00 Presentation by Tony Reynolds

12:30 Buffet lunch

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

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

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


10th Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture and University Met Dept visit, Reading
08 June 2015 18.00 The TAA Hugh Bunting memorial lecture, will commence with an Introduction by Professor Julian Park, Head of School.  The lecture will be presented by Trevor Nicholls, CEO of the Commonwealth Agriculture Bureau International (CABI), under the title: "Going the extra mile:  helping smallholder farmers obtain the knowledge they need to lose less and grow more"Trevor has been Chief Executive Officer of CABI since 2005. Under his leadership, CABI has defined its mission as the strengthening of global capacity to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. The organisation has developed a strategic focus on providing knowledge to enable poor rural farmers in the developing world to grow more, raise quality and increase income. Trevor is also a non-executive director of three biotech companies. His career has covered experience of building international businesses in the genomics and life science industries, serving major pharmaceutical, biotech and academic clients. He has broad experience of initiating change and restructuring organisations, Trevor holds a BA and D.Phil in Biochemistry from the University of York and Diploma qualifications in Marketing (CIM) and Company Directorship (IoD). 
Unfortunately, the proposed preceding visit to the nearby University Dept of Meteorology is no longer taking place. 
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).

Workshop: China and Brazil in African agriculture: co-operation or culture clash?
15 June 2015 09.00

You are invited to join this workshop that brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss the impacts and implications of Brazilian and Chinese engagements in African agriculture on development and aid. We will draw out and debate how the so-called Rising Powers are reshaping todays global aid and development architecture. Africa is a major destination for diplomatic and economic ventures, and agriculture is a leading focus for development cooperation and investment activities by the Rising Powers across the continent. At this event, we will ask how these activities are shaped by domestic politics, foreign policy and commercial concerns. Well also look more deeply at what happens at the local level when co-operation projects and investments hit the ground in our four study countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The event includes researchers from the China and Brazil in African Agriculture (CBAA) study, a three-year research project funded by the UKs Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures programme. It will highlight a new series of working papers from the project. Six prestigious speakers from involved organisations.

Goodenough College,
Mecklenburgh Square,
WC1N 2AB London,
United Kingdom. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Event includes buffet lunch. Space is limited, so please book online early to avoid disappointment.

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

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

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

The summer outing is from 29 June to 1 July.

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

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

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

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

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More info from George Talyor-Hunt  
Agrisciences, Young Researchers 2015: Crop Production, Protection and Utilisation
08 July 2015 10.00 A day for interdisciplinary networking organised by SCI Agrisciences Group. This event is for early career scientists working in biological, chemical, environmental and other relevant sciences and all those interested in learning about progress and meeting new talent in agrisciences. The previous four events in this annual series have included a wide range of disciplines such as agronomy, crop and plant physiology, environmental sciences, molecular biology, plant nutrition, soil science, crop protection, analytical chemistry, biofuels and biomaterials. PhD students and first post-docs wishing to present have three options: Oral paper (20 minutes); Poster (A0: 1189 mm x 841 mm, portrait); Poster plus Flash presentation (5 slides, 5 minutes)

Oral presentation slots are limited. Topics for presentations may be results, reviews or plans and may have been presented elsewhere. Syngenta is sponsoring prizes for posters. focusing on quality of science and clarity of communication.

Syngenta, Jealotts Hill International Research Centre, Bracknell RG42 6EY, UK. Free local transport will be provided from Bracknell and Maidenhead train stations.

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E-mail an abstract (300 words max) and preference for presentation option to by Friday 5th June 2015. Booking Fees: early bird £45 (before 5 June: £55 after Jun 5th. For booking terms and conditions click here.  
The World Congress on Integrated Crops-Livestock-Forestry (WCCLF) Systems
12 July 2015 14.00

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

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

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Registration can be made at the website 

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

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

Houses of Parliament, Central London, UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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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) POSTPONED TO SEPT 2015
24 September 2015 09.30

The Summer Symposium was POSTPONED from June for logistical reasons but it is hoped to run it in September 2015. As soon as the date is fixed, details will be announced on the CCF website and Newsletter. 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. For 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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Meeting on Soils : TAA Southwest Branch
15 October 2015 10.00

'The answer lies in the soil .........' 

Detailed programme to follow.

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester GL7 6JS, UK

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Contact: Tim Roberts , Tel: 01761 470455

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

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 
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.