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
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.  
Agri-Chains and Sustainable Development Conference 2016
12 December 2016 09.00

The AC&SD 2016 is from 12thto 14th December. The conference will bring together up to 300 delegates, including key actors from developing countries and innovators from around the world, to debatethe role of agricultural value chains in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).This conference is organised by CIRAD in partnership with IDS. Read more …..

The Corum, Montpellier, France

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Agricultural transformation in Africa: APPG panel discussion
07 December 2016 15.30

The APPG AFD will be hosting Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and winner of the 2016 Africa Food PrizeDr Nwanze will give a 20-minute talk on "Agricultural transformation in Africa: the role of smallholder producers” which will be followed by Questions & Answers. Lord Cameron will be in the Chair.

Kanayo F. Nwanze is President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which is dedicated to ensuring that governments recognize the concerns of smallholder farmers and other poor rural people. He has been a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Food Security since 2010. He was previously Director-General of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Africa Rice Center for a decade, where he was instrumental in introducing and promoting New Rice for Africa, or NERICA, a high-yield, drought- and pest-resistant variety developed specifically for the African landscape

Committee Room 4a; House of Commons, London. Entrance: Cromwell Green Visitor Entrance

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Please let Caspar van Vark know if you plan to attend. 

 
AquaConSoil 2017: 14th International Conference on Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment & Water Resources
26 June 2017 09.00

Topics to be covered at this 5-day conference will range from (i) assessment and monitoring of soil, water and sediment quality; (ii) risk assessment; (iii) advances in remediation technologies; (iv) strategies and policies for pollution management and remediation; (v) reuse and upgrading of land, water and sediment in the circular economy and (vi) sustainable use & spatial planning of the subsurface. Deadline for abstract submission: Tuesday, 15 November 2016.

The AquaConSoil program will offer Thematic Lecture Sessions, Poster Sessions, Special Sessions, Exhibition, Technical Tours, Courses, and a Matchmaking event. It will provide great opportunities for scientists, companies and policy makers to extend and enforce their network, start new cooperation activities and be informed of and inspired by the latest developments in the field of sustainable use and management of soil, sediment and (ground)water resources. Read more ......

Lyon Convention Centre, 50 Quai Charles de Gaulle, 69463 Lyon cedex 06, Lyon, France June 26–30, 2017.

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Contact Conference Secretary

 
CCF Annual Symposium
26 January 2017 09.30

The Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF) invites you to their Annual Symposium, please mark in your diaries. The all day Symposium features presentations by CCF member organisations on their activities and discussions on topical international conservation issues. Details of the programme to be added in due course, check the CCF website. Lunch and tea/coffee included and the symposium will conclude with a networking opportunity, with wine and snacks. TAA is a member organisation of the CCF. 


David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QY, UK

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Bookings will be available via the CCF website and symposium fees will be payable on-line. More information will be available from Josie Chambers (CCF). 
Conservation Agriculture Conference 2015
15 December 2016 09.30

As the number of farmers practicing Conservation Agriculture continues to grow, we would like to invite you to the first in a series of one-day conferences; bringing together expert speakers to provide unbiased answers on key issues that farmers taking this systems approach face. Our key aim is to answer the complex question: "Does Conservation Agriculture have a future role in sustainable and profitable food production in the UK?”. We begin by focusing on soil biology. What does the latest science tell us? What techniques are available to best manage the soil food web while maximising the overall return on investment? A key way of addressing these questions is to carry out live, on-going benchmarking of real farm businesses practicing Conservation Agriculture, tracking their long term physical and financial performance. Details of this will be announced at the conference. We look forward to seeing you at what is sure to be a stimulating and thought provoking event. Click here for the full programme, including presentations by specialists in soil biology, practical CA farming, agri-tech and soils. 

Arts & Heritage Centre, Old Town Hall, High Street, Baldock SG7 6AR, UK. 09.30-17.15

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Please reserve your place at Eventbrite. Tickets £38 + VAT, includes lunch and tea/coffees.

 
Curry Club Talk: Technical Realities of GM Crops
15 December 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. As a young chemistry graduate, John Pidgeon decided to devote his working life to research and development to improve modern agriculture, with as much global perspective as he could acquire. After a PhD in Tropical Soil Science, he worked on soil and climatic suitability for zero tillage cropping; the development of more effective and environmentally benign herbicides; and the management of GM crops for both environmental and yield benefit. In all three of these areas, while there has been rapid progress in many places worldwide, Europe has turned its back on them. In retirement John has wondered why this should be! This talk is not a political polemic but is targeted on agricultural scientists rather than molecular biologists. After very briefly summarising the first two topics, he will describe global progress with GM crops; outline development of the technology; and UK research on novel GM crop management systems and their environmental impact. It includes critical discussion of the world’s largest, formal GM agri-environmental experiment – the UK Govt. Farm Scale Evaluation trials for 3 crops in the 1990’s. This did little to clarify public mis-information around this emotive topic, for reasons that John will consider. Meet at 11.00 for registration and coffee. The talk will be followed by a Christmas special curry lunch,  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 £17.00 charge includes coffee, Christmas lunch and the venue hire.

 
European Climate Change Adaptation Conference: Our climate ready future
06 June 2017 09.00 Our vision is that this conference will inspire and enable people to work together to discover and deliver positive climate adaptation solutions that can strengthen society, revitalise local economies and enhance the environment. We will bring together the people who will deliver action on the ground – from business, industry, NGOs, local government and communities – to share knowledge, ideas and experience with researchers and policymakers. Set in the cultural city of Glasgow, at the heart of a city-region that is putting climate adaptation and climate justice at the core of decision-making, ECCA 2017 offers a unique opportunity to visit many innovative local adaptation projects and share experience of how climate adaptation can work in practice. Sectoral themes: urban, energy & infrastructure; agriculture & forestry; water security & flooding; biodiversity, ecosystem services & nature-based solutions; health & wellbeing. Call for abstracts deadline 30 Sept 2016. SECC, Glasgow, UK

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European Conference on Precision Agriculture
16 July 2017 09.00 This conference will be from 16th to 20th July 2017. This 11th conference in the series will continue with the successful format of previous conferences, building in strong industry sessions and participation. The theme of ‘Innovating through Research’ will enable all involved in Precision Agriculture to participate. Oral and poster presentations will be welcomed from authors on any precision agriculture topic though particularly welcome in the list of topics shown in the Programme section. All prospective authors and presenters should viewthe ‘Key Dates’ section to ensure they can meet the deadlines. A Study trip on Thursday 20th July will be inconjunction with the James Hutton Institute (JHI – a TAA Institutional Member)and its core site near Dundee. Read more …..  John McIntyre Conference Centre, within the Pollock Halls Centre, Edinburgh EH16 5AY, UK

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Registration for ECPA 2017 is not yet open but you can pre-register on line, more details will follow. If you have any queries, please email:info@ecpa2017.comforprogramme and scientific enquiries and admin@ecpa2017.com for registration, payment and similar queries.  
International conference on Agri-Chains and Sustainable Development
12 December 2016 09.00

The 3-day GFAR-CIRAD conference (12th to 14th December 2016) will be on Agri-Chains and Sustainable Development: linking local and global dynamics This will bring participants from all world regions to debate about the role of agricultural value chains in implementing global and local frameworks and partnerships for translating the Sustainable Development Goals into reality. Agricultural value chains form spaces where local and global challenges to sustainability connect and within which local and global actors experiment and negotiate innovative solutions. Participants will be called to share knowledge, innovative practices and ideas through plenary sessions and a series of parallel sessions, where both communications and posters will be discussed. Read more

CIRAD, Montpellier, France

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For more information, visit the CIRAD website. Contact email: acsd2016@cirad.fr

 
Next steps for UK agricultural technologies - investment, research and priorities for Agri-Tech Strategy
07 February 2017 09.00

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar. Presenters to include Helena Busby, Head of Agri-tech, Innovation and Resource Efficiency, Food and Farming Strategy and Innovation, DEFRA; Tina Barsby, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute of Agricultural Botany; Prof Paul Berryman, Agri-tech Specialist, Agri-Tech Organisation, Department for International Trade; Andy Cureton, Head of Business and Innovation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; David Flanders, Chief Executive Officer, Agrimetrics and Calum Murray, Programme Lead, AgriFood, Innovate UK. Follow us @WFNFEvents. See our Live Agenda. Delegates receive copies of the full seminar transcripts.

Central London, UK (to be advised)

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To book places, please use online booking form. Concessions available for charitable organisations.

 
Next steps for UK agricultural technologies - investment, research and priorities for Agri-Tech Strategy
07 February 2017 09.00

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar. Presenters to include Helena Busby, Head of Agri-tech, Innovation and Resource Efficiency, Food and Farming Strategy and Innovation, DEFRA; Tina Barsby, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute of Agricultural Botany; Prof Paul Berryman, Agri-tech Specialist, Agri-Tech Organisation, Department for International Trade; Andy Cureton, Head of Business and Innovation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council; David Flanders, Chief Executive Officer, Agrimetrics and Calum Murray, Programme Lead, AgriFood, Innovate UK. Follow us @WFNFEvents. See our Live Agenda. Delegates receive copies of the full seminar transcripts.

Central London, UK (to be advised)

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To book places, please use online booking form. Concessions available for charitable organisations.

 
Nutritious and Delicious: innovations for value-added crops
22 February 2017 13.30

From better berries to NiPPy broccoli and more digestible wheat, this event will explore the potential for improving fruit, vegetables and cereals. Success stories range from those that are already hitting the supermarket shelves through to those further from market. Hear about the programmes underway to improve the nutritional value of foods along with new developments in our understanding of the link between food and health. You’ll learn about projects from East Malling Research, Elsoms, Institute of Food Research, John Innes Centre, and NIAB along with advanced hydroponics from Saturn Bioponics. For more information, click here.

Norwich Research Park, Centrum, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UG, UK

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Book a place and register on-line. 

 
Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture: ‘Interdisciplinary Food Systems Training to address Global Food Challenges’
07 March 2017 18.00

The 34th TAA Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr John Ingram,Food Systems Programme Leader of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. His topic will be on Interdisciplinary Food Systems Training to address Global Food Challenges. John Ingram leads IFSTAL, a learning community and interactive resource designed to improve post-graduate level knowledge and understanding of the food system. The event will be co-hosted by the Cambridge University Strategic Research Initiative on Global Food Security. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception and networking opportunities.

Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR, UK (close to railway station)

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Please book your place by clicking here. There is no charge for attendance but we will welcome charitable donations to our Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF).

 
Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum
18 January 2017 09.00

Welcome to the Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum , 18-20th January. This is a new initiative designed to accelerate collaboration for the development of game-changing innovations addressing global food and nutrition security challenges. High-level industry experts will come together at Rothamsted Research in January 2017 to work collaboratively on cutting-edge solutions to issues spanning the entire agricultural ecosystem, from pre-farm gate to consumers’ plates. Discover and debate the latest thinking and best practice in Open Innovation; Help define and shape the future of Open Innovation in Agri-Tech; Identify collaborative opportunities that will be key to your organisation; network with decision makers in industry, academia and government.

Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden AL5 2JQ, UK. 18th to 20th Jan 2017

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Register today to join the event http://roif.co.uk/registration/. Special rates for students.  
TAA Annual Reunion, Honours Awards, TAAF Presentation and Social
11 January 2017 18.00

The Annual Reunion is planned for London on the 2ndWednesday of January. This will focus an annual review, presentations by TAAF awardees, the award of our Honours for 2016 and a presentation by one of our 'Development Agriculturist of the Year' recipients. 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. The cash bar will be open and we shall have a fork supper. Please mark in your diaries and join us at this event. Click for more details

The Royal Over-Seas League, Park Pl, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR, UK.

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Please book via our General Secretary, Elizabeth Warham. There will be a per head charge of £25, towards the venue hire and fork supper, payable at the door.

 
TAA Seminar: Transfer of Crop Research Knowledge to Small Farmers, with emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa
16 May 2017 13.30

The annual TAA East Anglia seminar will be held in collaboration with NIAB International (Cambridge), the University of Cambridge Global Food Security (GFS) initiative and CambPlants Hub. Two main papers are envisaged: (i) Tinashe Chiurugwi of NIAB  International will  present a paper on 'Supporting smallholders in improving wheat cultivation', drawing on outcomes of NIAB's KALRO ago-transfer project in Kenya. (ii) Peter Emmrich of  the John Innes Centre, Norwich, will describe his current research on grass pea, aimed at developing it as a drought-tolerant crop for Ethiopia. Click here  more details.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be available and there will be an opportunity to visit the research glasshouses on the adjacent NIAB Innovation Farm, especially wheat and ornamental plant breeding. Click here for Guided Bus Service details.

Cambridge: Sophi Taylor Centre, NIAB Innovation Farm, Villa Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9NZ). Parking plentiful; Guided Bus service from railway station/city centre (car shuttle service will meet at ‘Histon & Impington’ stop).

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Details to be added. We request donations of at least £5.00 per person to cover the costs of the venue and refreshments. Reserve your place via Eventbrite. For more information, contact Keith Virgo  
TAA South-West meeting & AGM
03 January 2017 10.00 Programme to be advised. Please save the date. Exeter Golf & Country Club Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE, UK

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More information from the TAA SW Secretary, Ray Bartlett   
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.

 
The Sustainable Rice Platform’s 6th Annual Plenary
07 December 2016 10.00

The Sustainable Rice Platform will hold its 6th Annual Plenary and General Assembly on 7th to 9th December 2016. Both members and non-members are welcome to join. The SRP is a global multi-stakeholder alliance convened by UNEP and IRRI, currently comprising 55 institutional members including public and private sector value chain actors, research institutions, international organizations and civil society groups. This event brings together sustainability experts and rice sector stakeholders to discuss rollout of the SRP Standard and Indicators for Sustainable Rice Cultivation- the world’s first rice sustainability standard. The SRP’s goal is to foster adoption of climate-smart sustainable best practice among rice smallholders in developing countries- practices that can contribute to climate change resilience, resource use efficiency and enhanced farmer livelihoods.

Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Rd, Singapore 189559

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Contact Wyn Ellis, SRP Coordinator (Note that Wyn is also TAA Organiser for SE Asia)