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
13th International Conference on Development of Drylands: Converting Grey Areas into Green
11 February 2019 10.00

This is the first announcement for the conference being organized by the International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC), ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, India and the Arid Zone Research Association of India (AZRAI), Jodhpur, India, co-sponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and other Indian and international agencies. The conference will run from 11th to 14th February 2019. Read more …… 

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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1st International Conference on Water Security
17 June 2018 10,00

This conference, 17-20 June 2018, will allow academics, thinkers and practitioners from around the world to present, discuss and highlight the key issues and directions from a scientific perspective, including data needs, and how data can be acquired, successful public and private sector business models in different settings, and what the knowledge gaps are. The conference provides a forum for in-person meetings to complement the journal Water Security, which focuses on review and synthesis articles covering the field. Oral, poster and workshop abstracts are invited on the conference topics and should be submitted using the online abstract submission system.

Hyatt Regency Toronto, Toronto, Canada

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Earlyregistration by 23 March 2018.

21st International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO) Conference
24 September 2018 09.00

Invitation to participate in the Conference, which will be held from 24th to 27th September 2018. Soil, a living skin covering the earth, can be regarded as the mother of all living things, while tillage is the mechanical manipulation of soil to specifically promote and enhance crop growth. Civilizations have used soil and tillage throughout their varied histories. Now with the challenge of food security and climate change, soil and tillage researchers must develop sustainable agriculture and protect the environment. The 21st ISTRO Conference is an excellent opportunity to present research, share ideas and obtain new perspectives in soil and tillage research that will meet these challenges. Read more ….. Includes a four day post-conference tour.

Cité Universitaire Internationale,17 Boulevard Jourdan – 75014 PARIS, France

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21st World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS), Brazil
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 websiteThe organization team has prepared a pre-congress tour, two congress tours and seven post-congress tours to different locations in Brazil. 

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RioCentro Exhibition and Convention Centre, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 12-17 August 2018

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Contact Flavio Camargo, Vice President Congress.  
3rd Agriculture & Climate Change Conference
24 March 2019 09.00

Join the 3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference to be held 24-26 March 2019. This conference will focus on the likely impact of climate change on crop production and explore approaches to maintain and increase crop productivity into the future. Topics will include: Modelling climate change and its application to agriculture; Climate change and increased agricultural uncertainty; Abiotic stress; Effects of CO2 on plant growth; Food security in developing countries; Impacts of climate change on nutrition, quality and resource use efficiency; Improving the efficiency of the food chain; Plant-microbe interactions and climate change; Reducing the impact of agriculture on climate change; Innovative breeding practices; New crops for a new climate. Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are invited on the conference topics, submit online by 22 October 2018.

Novotel Budapest City, Budapest, Hungary

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7th Annual CABI RVC Symposium: Tourism and Animal Welfare
13 June 2018 12.45

A 21st Century Dilemma for Veterinarians, Animal Welfare Organisations, 
Tourists and the Tourism Industry. Veterinarians, committed to working for the health and welfare of animals, need to know about the issues surrounding tourism and welfare, and the science and the evidence concerning these welfare issues. Meanwhile, in the tourism industry, animal welfare issues can have a strong influence on a person’s choice of holiday, a fact appreciated by animal welfare NGOs.

This symposium brings together experts from both the tourism and veterinary worlds. It comprises presentations from recognised experts and a panel discussion, followed by a networking reception. Chaired by Maria Diez-Leon, Royal Veterinary College. Registration from 12:45; Programme begins at 13:15; Drinks reception from 17:30

South Bank University, The Events Theatre, Keyworth Centre, Keyworth Street, London SE1 6NG, UK

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Building sustainable food futures: IDS Sussex Event
04 June 2018 17.30

What global lessons can be learned from innovations occurring in Brighton and Hove?Hosted by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food (IPES-Food) and IDS, this event, ‘Building sustainable food futures: Global and local action to overcome today’s system failures’, brings together leading global and local thinkers, including former UN special rapporteur on the right to food,Olivier de Schutter, and the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership. Panellists will share their thoughts and stimulate debate on key road blocks and how to remove them to achieve sustainable food systems. Read more ….

Jubilee Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex BN1 9RH, UK

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Conference: LandCare for the Future
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This three day (16-18 July, 2018) conference is the meeting point for educators and students. The overall objective of this conference is to improve educational and training capacities in relation to Ecological Restoration. This is necessary to preserve our environment and also to fulfil the demands of an emerging labour market and create novel job opportunities. Abstracts must be submitted before May 31, 2018. Read more ……

Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Santiago de Compostela (42º52'29.92"N 8º33'43.96"W), Spain

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Course: Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation for Learning, IDS
04 June 2018 09.00

Increasingly, development implementing organisations are using complexity-aware, learning-based approaches to design and drive their monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems. This enables practitioners better to understand how change actually happens and impact is achieved in real time in complex social change contexts – so as to use M&E to fuel impact. There is also growing awareness of the need for downward accountability and supporting greater feedback from those engaging in interventions to those designing and funding them. The course, 4 to 8 June 2018, aims to equip development planners and practitioners with the knowledge and skills more effectively to design and improveM&E systems and move towards a participatory learning practice within projects, programmes and their organisations.
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Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Library Road, Falmer, Brighton, UK

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Apply on-line. Application deadline:11 February 2018.

ECHO E Africa Symposium: Best practices to improve nutrition in dryland areas
07 August 2018 09.00 You are invited by our institutional members ECHO East Africa to join the joint World Vision Tanzania - ECHO East Africa - Amaranth Institute Symposium. The symposium offers a valuable time of learning, information sharing and networking for those working and serving in dryland areas especially in the East Africa Region. Please us the link below to see the tentative topics to be covered Topics for presentation. Use the following link to offer a presentation: Presenter form - Nutrition in dryland areas. The programme will include: 6th August - Check-in and Fellowship; 7-9th August - Meeting Days; 10th August - Optional Post Symposium Tours, and Check-out. Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania

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Registering isdone simply online. For more information on local accommodation, click here.  For more info, contact Sophia Kasubi

GIIDAE Alumni Lecture, featuring guest speaker James Deane
30 May 2018 18.30 The Graduate Institute of International Development, Agriculture and Economics (GIIDAE)invites TAA members to this first lecture, to be delivered by James Deane, Director of Policy and Research at BBC Media Action. This special event is designed to bring students, past and present, together as we debate key issues of the 21st century. Hosted by Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Reading, James Deane will deliver a lecture entitled: 'From HIV to Climate Adaptation', outlining how social and behavioural change communication has evolved over more than three decades. He will highlight where they have succeeded and failed, and why the increasing complex and rapidly evolving field of communication, media and development holds great potential for the future.  Agriculture Building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, RG6 6AR, UK

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Please register now with Sarah Cardey, or on line. The event is free to attend but places are limited. 

Groundswell No-till Show & Conference 2018
27 June 2018 09.30

The next Groundswell conference and field event will be 27th and 28th June 2018. Groundswell’s mission is to promote understanding and disseminate factual information on no-till and regenerative agriculture within the UK. Groundswell is an independent farming conference, designed 'by farmers for farmers' to focus on emerging methods of soil regeneration, reducing inputs and increasing profitability in arable and mixed farming situations. On a working no-till farm within a mile of the A1(M) in Hertfordshire, the Cherry family put together a two day conference with speakers sharing their experiences from around the world.

The Groundswell Show is unique in providing hands-on, practical knowledge sharing from the world's most experienced farmers and 'soil caretakers' on conservation agriculture techniques. With two days of talks, seminars and panel discussions you will leave with a fuller understanding of the science behind the theory, and a head full of practical applications to improve your farms fertility, sustainability, quality and profitability. We will be releasing the speaker schedule shortly.

Lannock Manor Farm, Junction 9 (A1(M)), Hertfordshire, SG4 7EE, UK

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Register for updates and booking details. Contact for more details. 

Innovation Insights at Cereals
13 June 2018 15.00

AgriTech East isdelighted to be partnering with ‘Cereals’ to launch 'Innovation Insights’, featuring innovation-active organisations from across our network who are developing new products, services, platforms or knowledge relevant to farmers. Comprising a series of quick-fire lightning talks, the Innovation Insights session is your chance to glimpse the agri-tech innovation pipeline. No need to book - just drop by for networking and presentations. Come and join us in the Central Agronomy Zone and meet the innovators!. These include Rothamsted and NIAB (TAA members). For more details about the Innovation Insights session,please click here 

Chrishall Grange, Duxford, Cambridgeshire SG8 7NT, UK Just turn up - no need to book 
International Conference on Agricultural and Food Sciences
26 November 2018 09.00 We are delighted to welcome you to for the Agripace 2018 conference 26th to 28th November. This will focus especially on collaborations among agriculture and food sector researchers, industrialists and professors to share trans-disciplinary integrative thinking to produce profitable & sustainable Agriculture. Based on your expertise in this area, we would like to welcome you to serve at the position of honourable Organizing Committee Memberfor Agripace 2018. Also, we would be glad to invite you to deliver a talk as a Plenary Speakerat this conference, submit your abstract on-line. For more details on conference sessions and programme, visit the event website:. We would be glad to receive your acceptance response in regards to inform you more about the conference in details and hence the benefits that you will avail as an OCMmember. Note that TAA member Benny Dembitzer is a member of the organizing committee. For any further queries, do not hesitate to contact Jojo Joseph
Scientific Program Coordinator 
Agripace 2018 Bangkok, Thailand (venue to be decided)

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International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture (ICCBSA)
13 December 2018 10.00

This conference, 13th to 16thDecember 2018, aims to bring together allstakeholders in a single platform to share knowledge, academic debate and to highlight climatic change, biodiversity, agricultural sustainability, research and academic activities being carried out in universities, research institutes, NGOs and corporate bodies across the globe. Sub-themes will include Climate change and natural resource management; Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services; Sustainable agriculture, horticulture animal and fisheries; Human health sustainability under changed climate; Gender IPR management. Organised by Assam Agricultural University and Prof HS Shrivastava Foundation for Science.Read more ….. 

Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam, NE India

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More information, registration and submission of papers/posters to Dr Ranjan Das;on-line registration

International Congress and Expo on Agriculture & Horticulture Conference
13 August 2018 09.00

ICEAH-2018, August 13-14, will have the theme ‘Enhancing Modern and Sustainable Agricultural Practices’. The main objectives will be to:

Facilitate opportunities for networking, collaboration and exchange of ideas with internationally renowned leaders in Agriculture & Horticulture.

Identify research and practice based innovations in optimizing Agriculture & Horticulture.

Debate gaps and priorities for sustainable development in optimizing Agriculture & Horticulture.

Discuss and debate the challenges and opportunities in the new era of optimizing Agriculture & Horticulture reforms.

Identify opportunities for evidence-based practice in optimizing Agriculture & Horticulture.

Read more …..  Submit an abstractTAA member, Benny Dembitzer, is Conference Chair. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Register hereThriveni Jella, Conference Secretary.

International Rice Congress
14 October 2018 09.00

Held every four years, the International Rice Congress (IRC) is the world’s largest gathering of rice scientists, researchers, and rice industry experts and players to share the results of their work; intelligence on market trends, drivers, and developments; and together learn about factors that affect the rice industry and technologies in the short and long term.

This year's IRC focuses on Transformative Science for Food and Nutrition Security, and is organized around 8 themes which serve as the cornerstones of addressing critical development challenges in agriculture. The 4-day conference (14 – 17 October) will likewise feature innovative showcases and flash talks around these themes. Read more ….. or click here. 

Marina Bay Sands,10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

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Please register with IRRI, click here  
International Symposium on Soil Health and Sustainable Development
24 May 2018 09.00

Through the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), FAO, the Beijing Municipal Agriculture Bureau and theBeijing Soil Fertilizer Extension Service Stationhave agreed to co-organize the three day (24-26 May 2018) International Symposium on Soil health and Sustainable Development – A Strategy for "The Belt and Road”, as a contribution to the promotion of sustainable soil management along this major project proposal, advocating establishment of soil protection laws, systems and mechanisms in countries along the Belt and Road, through the implementation of the VGSSM providing a common platform for experts. At the end of the symposium, it is expected to announce" The Belt and Road healthy soils declaration" and the main symposium output will be a policy-oriented document based on scientific evidence showing the pathways toward SSM implementation and highlighting success stories and technological innovations in this field. The document will provide specific recommendations for adopting, up-scaling and supporting SSM. The symposium is expected to serve as a platform for enhancing collaboration and synergies to move SSM forward and achieve implementation in countries along the Belt and Road and all the other regions of the world. Read more ....

Beijing, China   For more information, please contact the  
Rothamsted Festival of Ideas
23 June 2018 11.00

It’s our 175th birthday this year and we’re celebrating with a two day Festival of Ideas, 23rd & 24thJune. Bring the family, young and old, to find out what we do at our research institute and how we do it. Engage with the science, the farming and the people as we open doors for a weekend of thrills and spills. Speed date an expert; ride a tractor; puzzle over our trove of astonishing exhibits; and test the interactive displays. Vote for the most fascinating poster; find out what the future of farming could look like; gain a taste of the technological transformations underway; meet a Dalek. Join a debate or listen to a talk; tackle a treasure hunt or pit yourself against one of our quizzes. Immerse yourself in a sensational demo, including the one we trialled at the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in December (parasitic wasp meets gorging aphid).

Explore our proud history of ground-breaking discoveries, from crop treatment to crop protection, from statistical interpretation to soils management. Hook up with one of the wonder trails through our heritage, or take a seat and enjoy a cream tea at the Manor. Read more ....

Rothamsted is a member of TAA.

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, UK

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Register on EventbriteContact the organiser Erin for more details

Second Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture
09 October 2018 09.00

The aim of 2ACCA, 9th to 12thOctober, is to bring together expert knowledge, information, and insights from practitioners from across different sectors and interest groups at all levels of agriculture development in the public, private and civil sectors. This diversity of knowledge and stakeholders is essential to:

·Enable the desired multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral development of CA as a core production component of climate-smart agriculture; and

· Achieve sustained mobilization of policy, institutional and community support to accelerate the widespread adoption and management of CA as a core element of the expanding climate-smart food and agriculture systems in Africa.

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Johannesburg, South Africa

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TAA Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture: ‘Climate Risk Management in Sub-Saharan Agriculture
14 November 2018 17.30

This annual public lecture, co-hosted by TAA and the University of Reading, School of Agriculture, Policy & Development, will focus on the risks to small farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa resulting from climate change and other factors, and the means to mitigate them. The lecture will take the form of four short presentations by people specialised in assessing risks from the climatic and farming side and in provision of insurance for farmers. These will be followed by a panel discussion. The event will beChaired by Dr Andrew Bennett CMG, TAA President. The programme will commence at 17.30, with a networking meeting, followed by a welcome at 18.30 by Professor Julian Park, Head of School. The Hugh Bunting Memorial Lecture evenyt will commence at 18.40. The evening willconclude with a wine and finger buffet,19:40 – 21:00. Members, spouses and friends are welcome.

A separate, afternoon tour of the University’s Museum of English Rural Life is being arranged for TAA members and friends:

Reading University, Agriculture Building, Earley Gate, Reading RG6 6AR, UK

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Reserve your place for the lecture with Lynne Drew (tel: 0118 378 4549).

TAA Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture: New technologies for the future farm
11 June 2018 18.00

The 2018 Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture is a prestigious annual public lecture sponsored by the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA), in memory of Ralph Melville, an eminent agriculturalist and a founder of the Association.This year's event will be hosted in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development, which seeks to bring together UK Parliamentarians concerned with agriculture, nutrition and wider food security in the developing world. This cross-party group aims to engender progressive and informed debate within Westminster and beyond by bridging the gap between policy makers and practitioners in the field whilst also giving a voice to the 700 million smallholder farmers worldwide.


The lecture will be held at Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, London and delivered by Dr Elizabeth Warham FRSB. The title will be 'Game Changing Technologies for the Future Farm, with reference to Developing Countries’. She will explore the rapid development of new agricultural technologies and what this means for sustainable farming and global access to food in the future. Elizabeth is Head of the Agri-Tech Organisation for the UK Department for International Trade, which champions the role of Agri-Tech in strengthening agri-business in UK exports and investment, and helping drive sustainable intensification of agriculture to provide global access to sufficient, safe and healthy food. Previously as Head of the food, water and environment issues team in the Government Office for Science, she provided support to the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and led a review of how the Department of Health manages and uses science to inform the development of policies. In the former Department of Trade and Industry Technology Programme she worked closely with technological sectors and their user industries in programme delivery. In DfID, she managed research programmes to develop appropriate technologies for different agricultural production systems in low and middle-income countries (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean). Her career started in plant sciences at the International Centre for Wheat and Maize Improvement (CIMMYT) in Mexico.

The event will be opened and chaired by Lord Cameron of Dillingham, Chairman of the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development and introduced by Dr. Andrew Bennett CMG, President of TAA. Participants are invited to drinks and light refreshment following the lecture. Entry to the lecture will be free but contributions to TAA's charitable Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF) would be much appreciated. Please print out your ticket and bring it with you to facilitate your entry through the security checks.

McMillan Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, 1, Parliament Square, Westminster, SW1A 2JR London. The entrance to Portcullis House is at number 4 on the map below; you are advised to arrive around 20-30 minutes in advance to allow time to pass through security.

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Please register via Eventbrite and print out your ticket to facilitate passage through Security. Attendance will be limited to about 60 people.   
TAA Southwest Visit to East Devon
02 July 2018 10.00 TAA Southwest are planning a visit to east Devon 2nd to 4th July. Details will follow Details to follow Contact Tim Roberts  
TAA SW Branch and Royal Agriculture University Conference
18 October 2018 10.00 Tentative topic Food Chain Linkages: Locavores, Preservation, Storage & Minimising Wastage.
Details to follow.
RAU, Cirencester, UK

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Contact TAA Southwest Organiser