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
2014 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits & Expo
15 September 2014 09.00

The Tropical Agriculture Association is officially supporting the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits Advisory Committee. The conferences include the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo (APRISE2014), which convene business, technology and policy leadership across the global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security. These joint events collaboratively seek out newsolutions for the vanguard communities facing the impact of climate-change. Events include: The Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, Pacific Defense Energy Summit, Pacific Agriculture Innovation Summit and Islands Innovation Summit. The Pacific Agriculture Innovation Summit is being launched in search of new agricultural innovations that will address food needs caused by climate change, population growth, and water challenges. The Summit is in alignment with the World Bank $55M Inclusive Innovation Project, prospecting and promoting innovative Agriculture and Energy solutions for the Base-of-Pyramid population across Asia Pacific and World-wide.The co-located events will attract a broad international community of over 1500 attendees from over 25 countries. 

Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, HI, US. September 15-17, 2014.

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Click here for more information about the events. If members register, please use the Tropical Agriculture Association's 10% off registration discount code: 14TAA10

 
4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture
12 September 2014 10.00 4th Annual World Congress of Agriculture (WCA-2014) with the theme of Accelerating Agriculture Modernization will be held during September 12~14, 2014. At the 3rd Annual World Congress of Agriculture (September 23-25, 2013) there were nearly 150 participants from more than 30 countries. WCA-2014 will emphasize on more practical and advanced ideas and will bring together industry leaders, investors, policy makers, scientists, researchers and other professionals working in the area of Agriculture and discuss the latest scientific advances in agriculture and future directions of the technologies. The program will highlight some recent breakthrough stories and successes in this particular field by organizing a plenary forum, 50 parallel scientific sessions, exhibition zone, poster section and social activities. More information about the WCA-2014, please click here
Changchun, China

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The early bird price is extended. Seats limited. Contact Programme Coordinator, Ms Hedy Yu, for more information.
 
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.

 
British Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting 2014
03 September 2014 09.00

Delving into the dark - emerging techniques, approaches and tools for soils research. We will have presentations about the development and application of entirely new approaches as well as the novel application of existing techniques. You may be investigating soil biological, chemical or physical properties, soil processes or soil functioning in its broadest sense. We would like to hear how these techniques, approaches and tools could improve our understanding of soils and how we can use these to tackle the global challenges of more food, water and energy alongside habitat conservation and mounting soil degradation. Keynote speakers: Dr Jennifer Pett-Ridge -Mapping Soil Carbon from Cradle to Grave: C Transformations from Plant Roots to Microbes to Mineral Surfaces and Professor John Crawford - 'Towards a Theory of Soil'. Read more 

Manchester University, Manchester, United Kingdom, 3rd and 4th September 2014 Registration details to follow shortly. For more details email the Event Coordinator  
CCF Annual Symposium
08 January 2015 09.00 CCF's 16th Annual Symposium will be held on Thursday 8th January 2015 at the Judge Business School. Full details will be published nearer the time. The Judge Business School, Trumpington Rd, Cambridge Contact details will be announced later 
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. 

 
Conference: No-Till Is Conservation Agriculture in Action
02 September 2014 10.00

A No-tillconservation agriculture conference, compiled by farmers for farmers, practical in nature giving, technology that is up to date, encouragement for your self confidence, motivation for your future sustainability. See www.notillclub.com.

ATKV Drakensville, near Bergville, South Africa. Sept 2, 3, 4th.

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Contact: Sandra (Tel: 082 472 5987 *033 330 2062, E-mail ntcsandra@gmail.com) or Moira (Tel: 033 320 1070; e-mail ntcmoira@gmail.com). Book accommodation directly with ATKV Drakensville (Tel: 036 438 6287; Email: drakensville@atkv.org.za).

 
Conference: Transforming the way we eat, farm and care for the natural world
08 October 2014 09.30

This year the Soil Association conference is all about bringing together the many people who want to learn more about how we can tackle some of the big issues in our food and farming systems. As well as a thought provoking programme, with plenty of inspiring case studies to illustrate the theory, we have made more time for meeting and talking.and partying, of course! We have kept the ticket price as low as possible in the hope that everyone will feel able to come. So do book soon, as although we want everyone there, there wont be room! As ever, the conference is a chance to meet old friends and make new ones at our now famous organic supper, drinks and ceilidh. The Organic Awards 2014 ceremony will be presented by Hardeep Singh Kohli. Read more 

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon SN2 2EY. 8th & 9th October 2014

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Click here to book, Helen Browning, Chief Executive, Soil Association

 
Conversation with Brian Cox, Society of Biology Fundraiser
02 September 2014 18.30

Society of Biology fundraising event: Conversation with Brian CoxProfessor Brian Cox will be engaging in conversation with broadcaster Sue Nelson. Tickets to this fundraising event are selling out fast, so dont miss out on your chance to hear Brian Cox chatting about a diverse range of topics his move from the world of music to that of science, the wonders of life and the universe, and what it means to be a science broadcaster in the 21stCentury. For more information and to book your place, visit the SocBiol website.

The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR

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Visit the SocBiol website to book (£25 for TAA members, as we are a "member Organisation" of Soc Biol) or if you have any queries please contact Karen Patel.

 
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  
ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium
28 October 2014 14.00 This three day sharing event will draw participants from all across East Africa to address issues of sustainable intensification.ECHO prefers presentations with practical information for cross-organizational learning which may be of use to enhance farmers' knowledge and capacity to increase food & fuel & fodder production and incomes using low external inputs, while not increasing land under cultivation but intensifying and using resources more efficiently, reducing waste/erosion, and enhancing the environment. Click here for more details. Click Here for Guidelines if you are interested in displaying a Poster at this Symposium. Modestly priced rooms at Training Centre (contact Minani Elysee . and many hotel options in Bujumbura check www.hotels.bargains.com Kinindo Training Centre (known as the Swedish Centre Training Centre), Bujumbura, Burundi. 28th-30th October 2014

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: ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium Registration  
ECHO International Agriculture Conference and Post-Conference Workshop
18 November 2014 10.00 The 21st ECHO International Agriculture Conference will be held in duringNovember 18-20. Additionally, apost-conference workshop, featuring courses on biochar, cross cultural competency and perennial crops/food forests, will be held at the ECHO Farm duringNovember 21. Click for details Fort Myers, Florida, USA, at Crowne Plaza

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International Dairy Summer Schools at University of Liverpool, UK (2)
17 September 2014 10.00

The School of Veterinary Science is ranked exceptional in international ranking and was the highest in Veterinary Medicine in 2005-09. The university runs its own dairy unit with average 11000 kg milk per cow per year sold. The school of Veterinary Science runs a specialist dairy research centre "Tesco Dairy Centre of Excellence that works with the dairy farmers across the country. Advanced Dairy Management 17th Sept-2nd October (The Royal Bath & West show). The fee of £2,800 includes accommodation, food, free admission to a show, transfers to and from Manchester Airport, farm visits and course materials. Delegates should also organise their own travel and health insurance.

University of Liverpools School of Veterinary Science, Leahurst Campus, Wirral, UK.

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For enquiries and applications click here or contact Dr Khalid Mahmood or Tel +44 7508 672210

 
International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) China Tour
19 September 2014 09.00

The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) tour will bring participants to well-developed bamboo production and utilization areas, such as Zhejiang and Yunnan provinces, as well as beautiful coastal city Qingdao, Shandong province. INBAR has organized annual bamboo tours since 2005, the objective being to share the experience of Chinese bamboo development and to promote bamboo development in other countries. More details in our official website.

Zhejiang,Yunnan and Shandong provinces, China. 13th -23rd Sep, 2014 US$2,400/person, including accommodation, food, transportation and entrance tickets in China during the tour. Contact: Miss Ping Yu , Project officer, INBAR: www.inbar.int 
International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition
18 September 2014 09.00

The Symposium is being organized by CIRAD, INRA, the French Ministry of Agriculture and the FAO. Visit the dedicated web site for the Agroecology Symposium, including the draft programme.

FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 
00153 Rome, Italy, from 18-19 September 2014.

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Please download the registration form to participate in the meeting and email completed form to: Juliette.prazak@fao.org or john.choptiany@fao.org. Moderator, Amir Kassam.

 
Is There a World Water Crisis Looming?
06 November 2014 08.30

The Economist Events'invite you to join us for our inaugural World Water Summit, 08.30 17.30 November 6th. With agriculture, homes, factories and offices consuming water in ever greater quantities, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that by 2030, nearly half the world's population could face a scarcity of water, with demand outstripping supply by 40%. As water plays a crucial role in all segments of nature, society and economy, access to water will become a fundamental issue to individuals, governments, companies and ecosystems. Joining us to discuss how to handle a potential water crisis in a collaborative and proactive fashion will be the community's leading thinkers on water policy, management, irrigation, technology, economic development, sanitation and hygiene and water-related risks.

Many leading Speakers will present papers as part of a comprehensive Programme. For more information please download the latest brochure

The Crystal in London, One Siemens Brothers Way,
London
E16 1GB, UK.

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Register Your Place by September 5th and you will benefit from our early booking rates. Prices start from £649 - Register Now

 
ISCO 2015 conference
31 May 2015 10.00

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: 15/08/2014, call for abstracts;
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 VanPelt (scott.vanpelt@ars.usda.gov)

 
Lunch Time Curry Lunch Talk
25 October 2014 11.30 The TAA London & SE Group welcome you to their 2nd lunch time talk. The speaker and topic are to be announced. Coffee will be provided at the start and curry lunch will be served after the talk, £12.00 per head. Hotel Strand Continental, 143 The Strand, London WC2R 1JA

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Please contact Terry Wiles to reserve your place and reserve lunch.   
Master Class on Facilitating Multi-Stakeholder Workshops, Delhi
03 November 2014 09.00

STADD: Innovation & Capacity Enhancement, in collaboration with Asian Management Institute, Bangkok, announces a training course in capacity development directed at strengthening capacities of professionals working in the field of international cooperation. The 5-day workshop will be conducted in New Delhi. It will deliver learning to those involved as trainers to raise the bar on aspects of facilitation and moderation crucial to training delivery. Trainer: Dr. Ulrich Grtner. Read more. The event is being managed by Sanjeev Vasudev, Organiser of the TAA India Branch.

Hotel Four Points by Sheraton - New Delhi, India. 3rd 7th November 2014

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Fee: € 1150 (covers course fee, material folder of key documents and a CD on Facilitation/Moderation). To register or seek further information please write to info@stadd-ice.com.

 
Seminar on 'Agriculture & Conflict - Food & Peace'
16 October 2014 10.00 Joint seminar by TAA SW Group and RAU, with focus on agriculture in conflict zones. Details to be posted later. Royal Agriculture University, Cirencester, UK. GL7 6JS.

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RSVP Tim Roberts or JohnWibberley 
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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RSVP to John Wibberley  
Tackling Water Pollution and Improving Water Quality
11 September 2014 Symposium on Protecting Our Most Precious Resource. England's lakes and rivers play a vital role in water provision, our leisure, recreation and health and well-being. However, in addition to ongoing concerns about urban diffuse water pollution, the quality of our open waters needs to be improved according to the Government only 27% of our water-bodies in England are of good status under new standards set by the EU Water Framework Directive. This special symposium provides an opportunity for local authorities, regulatory bodies and other key stakeholders to discuss the latest Government thinking and explore innovative solutions to tackle and manage the problem of water pollution now and for generations to come. Houses of Parliament, Central London

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Please book online. There is a 20% early registration discount for bookings received by 12th June 2014. Martina Cicakova, Public Policy Exchange Tel: 0845 606 1535  
'Towards a shared mountain agenda in Africa' : deadline to register 15th August
22 October 2014 08.30

The African Mountains Regional Forum, 2014, presents 'Towards a shared mountain agenda in Africa'. African mountains provide indispensable goods and services for communities living in and around them, and for various downstream users. Mountains also harbour unique biodiversity, provide non-timber forest products: water, food and energy security at local, national, and regional levels. However, pressure from increasing human activities and climate change are leading to rapid montane biodiversity loss, land degradation and natural disasters, jeopardizing their ability to balance peoples needs. Addressing these issues, this 1st is being jointly organised by Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) member ARCOS (Albertine Rift Conservation Society) and the Africa Mountain Partnership members: the East Africa Community, the United Nations Environment Programme, Austrian Development cooperation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It will be part of the global programme "Promoting sustainable mountain development for global change (SMD4GC)".

Arusha, Tanzania; 22nd - 24th October 2014

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The registration deadline is 15th August. 

 
Visit to Rothamsted Research
30 September 2014 13.00

TAA is in the process of re-establishing their link with Rothamsted Research,the world-renowned agricultural research station. The first initiative is a visit to the Harpenden campus of Rothamsted Research. Dr. Simon Vaughan, who heads International Programmes, will host the visit. Dr. Vaughan has ambitious plans to strengthen the international aspects of the organisation's activities and networks. Rothamsted Research already has official collaboration in 58 countries and plans to consolidate strategically such co-operation, particularly engaging more effectively with developing countries.

The visit will include presentations covering the history of Rothamsted, its current scientific strategy and some of its success stories in translating fundamental science to provide solutions for smallholder farmers in developing countries. Tours are envisaged of the globally unique, long-term experiment sample plots and state of the art glasshouse and laboratory facilities. Individual experts will be called in to describe their research work.

We will assemble at Rothamsted for lunch at one of the campus catering facilities at 13.00. We expect to finish by 17.30 pm. Venue details will be provided before the event. A light lunch will be provided at a charge of £6 per head. We will be joined for lunch by John Lucas, head of Rothamsted International and Stephen James, former head of their Fellowship Scheme and currently our TAA corporate link at Rothamsted. 

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, UK. Tel: + 44 (0) 1582 763 133

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Terry Wiles is coordinating the visit, assisted by Jim Waller and Keith Virgo. Please email as soon as possible to reserve a place at the event.