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
ICE Seminar: Irrigation and Rural Water Supply: conflict or opportunity
24 February 2017 14.00

There are sometimes contested rights to water sources and often different institutional arrangements exist for managing agricultural and domestic water. There may be opportunities for shared use of water. Grey water from domestic waste is a valuable resource. Multiple Use Systems (MUS) provide opportunities to grow small areas of vegetables and other valuable crops from systems primarily designed for domestic use. Both conflict and opportunity are obvious in small systems, such as those in rural Nepal, but major irrigation canals are used as the source of drinking water in many arid countries.

Unlike recent meetings, which looked at problems and innovations related to large scale irrigation, this meeting will focus at the opposite end of the spectrum and aims to attract new people to the forum. The half-day seminar will examine experiences and progress in bridging the gap between rural water supply and irrigation, and assess the role of integrated water resource management (IWRM) in ensuring sustainable access to and use of water for both agriculture and domestic use. Read more ….. 

The Institution of Civil Engineers, 1 Great George Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3AA, UK. 14:00 to 17:00

Lecture is free. Book on lineContact Tim Fuller 

African Landscapes Dialogue: Integrated Landscape Management in Practice
06 March 2017 12.30

Landscapes for People and Nature welcome you to this four-day Learning Event on Landscape Management in Addis. March 6 - 9, 2017. All those working to achieve sustainable development, food security and climate resilience in Africa, please join us for this powerful multi-day learning and sharing event. Read more …..

Includes study tours of landscapes in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia. 

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Horn of Africa Regional Environment Center, Gullele Botanic Garden Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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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. Download the flyer.

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).

Managing and Improving Soil Health
14 March 2017 09.30

This Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) event, organised in partnership with the University of Sheffield, is designed to facilitate the development of new products, technologies, solutions and services for managing, monitoring and improving soil health by building new collaborative projects between industry and academia. The event will be of particular benefit to businesses that develop technologies and tools to improve soil health, farmers and agri-businesses who are employing a range of approaches to improve soil health and function, and academic organisations and RTOs that undertake research in this area. A number of pitch presentations are available for those who would like to showcase a technology, tool, or a specific solution.

Further details of this event will be available soon via the events section of the KTN website.

Sheffield S10 2TN, United Kingdom

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Please register your interest in attending this event. Further information will follow in due course. 

TAA Southwest Conference: Water Resources & Fisheries Management
16 March 2017 10.00

All members and guests welcome to this full day conference. The event will start with registration at 10.00. Presentations will then be made: 10.30 – 10.50: Chairman’s Introduction & Overview of Global Water & Fisheries Issues, by Prof John Wibberley; 10.50 – 11.35: Principles of Water Management Right Here related to FWAG experience, by Mrs Joanna Uglow, Resource Protection Adviser, FWAG SW Somerset; 11.35 – 12.15: The Headwaters of the Exe & Upstream thinking: concept & progress so far, Mr Mark Thomasin-Foster CBE & Mrs Bea Davis; 12.30 – 13.30: Buffet Lunch. 13.35 – 14.15: Shrimp Aquaculture in Bangladesh, by Mr Chris Finney; 14.15 – 1500: Developments in warm water Aquaculture & Destinations, by Mr David Wendover with Mr Neil Wendover.

1500 - 15.30: Forum: Discussion on water issues based on today & members’ experiences; 15.30: Chairman’s Summing Up; Vote of Thanks (Tim Roberts); Tea & Depart by 16.00.

Bridgwater College, Cannington Campus, Rodway Hill, Cannington, Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2LS, UK. 10.00 to 16.00. (Cannington College – via Reception in adjacent meeting Hall)

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Please book with TAA SW Coordinator, Tim Roberts. There will be a capacitation fee of £15 to cover room costs, morning & afternoon tea/coffee. Lunch will be in the reasonably-priced College cafeteria, at own expense. College students very welcome to attend part or all of the day’s sessions, free of charge.

Fisheries & Water Resources Management Seminar (TAA SW Branch)
16 March 2017 10.00

The TAA SW Branch invites you to this seminar, as part of their Spring Meeting. The full programme will follow shortly.

Bridgwater College, Cannington Centre, Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2LS, UK

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Please email the organisers to reserve your place.

Science for the Sustainable Development Goals – Cambridge Science Festival
16 March 2017 16.00 As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, the Centre for Global Equality (CGE) will be hosting aScience for the Sustainable Development Goals’ evening. Meet innovators in the CGE’s cultivator using cutting edge Cambridge science and technology to help address the Sustainable Development Goals. Presentations will be followed by technology demonstrations. CGE is a TAA Institutional Member.

The event is timed to link with the Cambridge Science Festival (13-26 March 2017), for which bookings open early February 2017.

Centre for Global Equality, C/O Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RR, UK. 16.00 t0 18.00.

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To join us, please email Fran Baker f to register your interest now.

The Sustainability Summit 2017
23 March 2017 09.00

What does COP21 and the push for greater environmental sustainability mean for business? The 2 day Sustainability Summit will bring together key thinkers, policymakers and business leaders, who will deliver strategies, ideas and solutions to decision makers, helping them to turn challenges into new opportunities and prepare for the future. Bringing together leading critical thinkers, policymakers and business leaders, the Sustainability Summit will offer strategies, ideas and solutions to decision makers, helping them to turn challenges into new opportunities and prepare for the future. Download a brochure. 

St Pancras Renaissance, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AR, UK

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Tickets and further information from Georgia Grant, Customer Services  
Good Practice Stakeholder Participation, with focus on environment
28 March 2017 08.30

Dialogue Matters are experts in stakeholder participation and passionate about helping people influence decisions that affect them. We work on projects that focus on the land, coast or sea and work in the UK, elsewhere in Europe and Overseas. The main focus of our work is the natural environment. We help people with different interests to negotiate and find ways forward that will benefit people, places, nature and livelihoods, over the long-term.This three day course (28th to 30th March), addresses: Recognising the benefits and challenges of involving stakeholders in decisions about the environment; Understanding the principles and concepts of stakeholder participation; Learning and practicing practical facilitation skill; Learning how to design a participation process.

If you would like more information or are interested in attending, please download and email the booking form on our Training page or contact us. Arrival evening of 27th.

Wye, Kent, UK If you would like more information or ar.e interested in attending, please download and email the booking form on our Training page or contact us.  For more information and to apply, please go to our website: 
Landscape Leadership Intensive Workshop
04 April 2017 09.00

EcoAgriculture Partners invite you to a 3-Day Landscape Leadership Intensive Workshop in integrated landscape management, April 4-6 2017. The workshop is all about strengthening your capacity to lead integrated landscape approaches for sustainable development, agriculture and climate change.You can view the workshop website here, or download a flyer. You can find more details including an indicative agenda from a previous workshop here. We tailor our workshops to our participants' learning goals and experience level. 

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, USA

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You can register here.   Enrolment is capped at 30.  
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) Dr Lesley Boyd 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  
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.

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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1st World Conference on Soil & Water Conservation under Global Change
12 June 2017 08.00

Welcome to the CONSOWA conference on sustainable life on earth through soil and water conservation, June 12th to 16th 2017, sponsored by European Geosciences Union and the International Union of Soil Science. Read more ….

Discussion session 1:
 Analysis and recommendations to change present limitations for the study and research of soil and water degradation processes and in the application of prevention and remediation practices. Discussion session 2:
 Analysis and setting the challenges and required achievements in the next decade, to prevent and counteract the previewed effects of global changes on soil and water degradation processes and effects on food and water supply for the increasing world population and the environmental degradation and natural disasters

Optional pre-conference field visits available.

Centre de Cultures i Cooperació Transfonterera (Center of Cultures and Transboundary Cooperation), 67 Jaume II St, in the Campus de Cappont of the University of Lleida, Spain.

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5th International Conference on Agriculture & Food
20 June 2017 17.00

International Scientific Events, Bulgaria,
 welcome delegates to their 5thannual four-day conference on the Black Sea coast. Topics will include Agriculture, Food and Policy. Presentations are welcome. Read more ……. . 

Holiday Village, Elenite, Bulgaria; 20–24 June 2017

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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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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 

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 for registration, payment and similar queries.  
9th International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management
18 July 2017 0900

The three day conference is being organised by Wessex Intitute, UK. It will cover a wide range of topics:
Water management and planning, Water rights and accessibility, Water markets economics and policies, Climate change, Sediment soil erosion, Irrigation, Water resources in arid regions, Ground water, Urban water management, Hydraulic engineering, Water quality and pollutant control, Water quality and health, River basin management, Flood risk management, Hydroinformatics, GIS and remote sensing, Trans-boundary water management, Water, food and energy, Socio- economic aspects, Water resources strategies, Innovative technologies, Water and the community, Integrated water analysis, Wetlands as water sources, etc. Click here for more details.

The Orea Hotel Pyramida, Belohorska 24, 16901, Prague 6, Czech Republic;
 18 - 20 July, 2017

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Register on websiteContact Priscilla Cook at Wessex Institute, Southampton, UK.

7th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture
01 August 2017 09.00 The World Congress is to be led by the American Confederation of Farmers Organizations for a Sustainable Agriculture (CAAPAS), which began as an associations of farmers who promoted the No Till System and is currently working to promote sustainable production systems. CAAPAS comprises: Uruguayan Association pro No-Till (AUSID), Brazilian No-Till and Irrigation Federation (FEBRAPDP), Paraguayan No-Till Federation for a Sustainable Agriculture (FEPASIDIAS) and Argentine No-Till Farmers Association (AAPRESID). CAAPAS will be hosting the Congress along with the XXV Aapresid´s congress, which attracted 5.000 attendants and more 5.000 online delegates from all over the world to the last congress (click here for last edition video summary). The 7th WCCA provides the opportunity to learn from No-Till farmers associations and network with an international gathering of agricultural experts. Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay wish to demonstrate modern agriculture, based on the principles of Conservation Agriculture (CA), our known No-Till System, and with farmers, the crucial actors in this revolution. Agricultural production systems are not sustainable unless they are profitable, and CA holds the key to building and maintaining healthy soils and profitable farming systems. Food security, climate change, smallholder and family agriculture, gender equality, biotech, machinery innovations, bio-energy, water, soils, crops, agribusiness, legislation and more are going to be part of the 7thWCCA proposal. Rosario-Santa Fe, Argentina; 1st to 4th August 2017 Find attached more detailed explanations. Further information will be uploaded soon on the congress website.  
Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa
16 October 2017 09.00 The three day "Symposium on Climate Change and Drought Resilience in Africa” will focus on "building resilience to climate change and droughts in Africa”, meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change adaptation among countries in the region, with a focus on droughts, which may be useful or implemented elsewhere. New techniques and technologies for climate smart agriculture have already shown some great potential and impact in Africa. Beyond agriculture, other climate-related sectors have seen a similar surge of innovation. From the clean energy sector with advances in solar power and battery storage to the water sector with new point-of-use water purification systems.Read more ......
Nairobi, Kenya, 16th to 18th October 2017

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Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture, Reading
08 November 2017 18.00 Tentative date for the HMBL 2017. We are hoping that the lecture will be presented by Dr. Margaret Najjingo Mangheni, Reader in Agricultural Extension at Makerere University, Uganda. The theme of the lecture is elected to be "Innovation Systems and ICT for Smallholder Farmers”. More information will be added nearer the date. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.
We are also hoping to arrange a visit to the University's Cocoa and Crop Environment Labs in the afternoon. Please keep the date free.
Reading University, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, Reading Details will be announced in due course. 
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.