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See below for details of our four Regional Branches:
The branch aims to strengthen experience-sharing, networking, knowledge exchange and interaction between TAA members in the East of England, as well as fostering links with regional research and training institutions that have links with overseas agriculture and development.
Events and activities include:
To join the East Anglia Branch, simply contact our Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
North of England
The branch aims to strengthen experience-sharing, networking, knowledge exchange and interaction between TAA members in the North of England, as well as fostering links with research and training institutions active in overseas agriculture and development. The branch liaises closely with the Scotland Branch.
Events are arranged approximately twice per year. These are normally organised as informal symposia which focus on topical issues with adequate time for interaction amongst participants.
In order to promote wider networking and also to attract potential new recruits to TAA, events are often arranged jointly with a research/training institution within the region. Recently this has included Newcastle University, Edinburgh University, SCRI (Dundee) and the Institute of Aquaculture (Stirling).
Our membership is widely spread and we therefore aim to rotate meetings around the region.
To join the North of England Branch, contact our Coordinator: NorthernEngland_convenor@taa.org.uk.
The Scotland Branch is being established, more details will follow soon. Please refer to the Facebook Group www.facebook.com/groups/TAA.Scotland
To join the Scotland Branch, please contact our coordinator: Scotland_convenor@taa.org.uk
The branch includes the area from Gloucestershire and west Hampshire through Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall to Lands End. Within the area there is a good mix of working and retired members with a continuing and active interest in all aspects of agriculture for development.
Seminars and field days are arranged around the Region and subjects for examination and discussion are chosen by the committee acting upon members' suggestions and their own view of what is most opportune in relation to expected need. The Group enjoys and encourages linkage with academic institutions in the area e.g., the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester, Bicton College in Devon and Bridgewater College at Cannington Centre, the Eden Project, Lackham College and others when opportunities of joint interest arise. In Devon the Group has very active collaboration with the Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust which provides high quality and appropriate training for key personnel from developing countries. The Group seeks to involve students in seminars whenever possible.
The Branch is unique in having its own AGM, held at the Exeter Golf and Country Club early in January, and combining it with three short presentations of topical interest, a good luncheon followed by a keynote address. Usually well attended, it is the opportunity for members to provide the committee with their views on seminar subjects, etc. The Chairman of the Branch Committee is John Wibberley.
In addition to the AGM usually four subject seminars and field days are held during the year and publicity for these and arranging the events and registration is handled by the seminar organiser and the group convenor.
Joining the South West Branch is easy. Contact our Coordinator:
email@example.com (Tel: 01761 470455 or 01258 820245).
London & South EastThis branch covers London, the Home Counties and the South East of England. Most events, take place in or around London, including the regular APPG meetings at the Houses of Parliament. TAA is an organisational member of the Royal Society of Biology (read more) which holds meetings in London and invites TAA members.
The Branch has introduced the ‘London Curry Club Talks’, to be held over lunchtime on the last Thursday of alternate months, commencing August 2014. For 2015, these will be February 26th; April 30th; June 25th; August 27th; October 29th; December tba.
The intention is to use the rich talent and experience we have in our own membership as the foundation of this programme, supplemented by interesting outside speakers. These gatherings provide an opportunity for informal discussion, focused around a talk by a TAA member, followed by a curry lunch.
The venue for these events is the Hotel Strand Continental, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, commencing at 11.30. The Strand Hotel was formerly the India Club, initiated by the first Indian High Commissioner to London. The venue is very well located, has character, the food is authentic and the price is right! The meeting room can take approximately 30 people, and there is an adjoining bar/café. The upstairs dining room can take 60+.
Members who are interested in knowing more or getting involved in TAA London & SE activities, please contact our Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.