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
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)
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.  
3rd ECHO Pastoralist Symposium, Kenya
06 March 2018 09.00

ECHO East Africa is an institutional member of TAA. They welcome you to join their third pastoralism symposium, scheduled for 6th-8th March 2018. More details will be available later.

Sportsman's Arms Hotel, Nanyuki, Kenya

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Contact Erwin Kinsey to register.

42nd Annual Conference of Soil Science Society of Nigeria
12 March 2018 10.00

The Soil Science Sociaety of Nigeria invites you to this year’s conference, with the theme "Sustainable Management of Soil and Water Resources for Food Security, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation”. The conference will be 12th to 16thMarch. Read more ….

Institute for Agricultural Training and Research, Moore Plantation, Ibadan – Oyo State, Nigeria Abstract submission to until 31 December, 2017. Click here for Registration  
Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Congress
06 March 2018 07.30

This two-day congress will be held 6th & 7th March 2018. The objective of the Congress is to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policy makers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society. Read more View the draft agenda.

Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

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Register on-line. Contact Christos Apostolou 

Annual Aid & Development Africa Summit
27 February 2018 08.00

Join the 3rd annual Aid & Development Africa Summit on 27-28 February 2018, uniting humanitarian and development leaders, decision makers and advisors committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the region. The 2018 agenda will focus on innovations and technology to improve humanitarian aid operations, financial inclusion, health & WASH and community resilience in Africa. Participants will gain first hand insights from development banks, donors and government agencies into their financing priorities and funding guidelines as well as benefit from networking opportunities. Read more ....

Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

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Click here to register. Please contactTim Swinfen-Green if any other queries. .

Annual Symposium: Cambridge Conservation Forum (CCF)
01 February 2018 09.00 The CCF 2018 annual full-day symposium follows on previous excellent annual symposia. It is a great opportunity to share your innovative work with the CCF community and hear about the exciting projects others are doing. Please get in touch now if you would like to present your work (15 min. each) - we are particularly keen to hear about your creative and collaborative work, as well as learn from your successes and failures.We also seek volunteers to assist with the event. TAA is a Member Organisation of CCF. Prof Jane Rickson from Cranfield University (and member of TAA) will present the keynote address on soil erosion. David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street, Cambridge CB2 3QY, UK

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On-line Registration now open. Contact Judith Schleicher  for more information and offers of help

Asia Pacific Sustainable Agriculture & Development Conference
06 February 2018 09:00

ECHOAsia Impact Centre, a TAA member institution, is jointly organising this conference (Feb 6th to 9th), which has the theme of ‘Tackling Food Security Together’. Join fellow agricultural and development professionals for thre dyas of speaking events, seminars and other training sessions related to sustainable agriculture and community development. There will be on-site farm visits and practical hands-on learning opportunities. Topics will include seed saving, natural farming, IPM, under-utilised crops and more …

Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS), 444 Ambuklao Road Baguio City, 2600 Philippines

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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.

Emerging Imaging Technologies in Agri-Food, Workshop
23 January 2018 09.30

The workshop will feature a range of speakers from the agri-food and imaging sectors, presenting examples of ongoing projects

The agri-food sector faces many challenges, particularly the need to increase production to feed a growing population whilst limiting environmental impacts. The decreasing cost of cameras and sensors as well as a huge increase in computing power means that new imaging technologies are now viable options for the agri-food sector. These emerging imaging technologies will add value across the sector, from optimising inputs using precision agriculture to increasing the efficiency of food manufacturing lines. You can read an verview of the sector here 

The Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Groundswell Conference & Field Event 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.

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. 

Invasive species and their impact on progress towards the SDGs: APPG
23 January 2018 18.00

The APPG for Agriculture & Food for development welcomes you to join a briefing from the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) on invasive species. Speakers will be Dr Richard Shaw, Country Director UK and Regional Coordinator on Invasive Species, CABI and Dr Roger Day, Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Coordinator, CABI. ChairLord Cameron of Dillington

The Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an invasive insect that feeds on more than 80 plant species, including maize, rice, sorghum and sugarcane. It has a voracious appetite, and reproduces and spreads quickly given the right environmental conditions.
Native to the Tropical Americas, the insect was first detected in Central and Western Africa in early 2016 and since then it has been spreading rapidly. As of late November 2017, it has officially been identified in 38 countries across the continent. Governments and regional and international organisations in Africa are coming together to identify the best way to manage this and other major pests, which threaten to devastate crops and farmer livelihoods across the continent. This APPG briefing, with two experts from CABI, will discuss the priorities for tackling Fall Armyworm and other invasive species,to ensure that they do not derail progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Houses of Parliament, London (Committee Room 2A); enter via Cromwell Gate

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Click here to register. For more information, please email Caspar van Vark   
Measuring the hard to measure in development
16 January 2018 16.00

Measuring the effectiveness of development and humanitarian initiatives continues to be a challenge. Interventions often seek to address entrenched economic and social problems under conditions of uncertainty and instability, without clear solutions. They are increasingly implemented through programme structures involving multiple stakeholders pursuing different, sometimes competing, interests.

Measuring their effectiveness is crucial to achieving better development outcomes, but these factors can make measurement more difficult. While some of the challenges are technical and methodological, relational and political factors also have implications for measurement, even where interventions are not complex. Moreover, evaluators and practitioners are under pressure to assess change over unrealistic timeframes, demonstrate value for money, and communicate unqualified ‘success’ to policy-makers and the public. These tensions pose a huge challenge to those trying to enhance sustainable development, and gather credible evidence as to ‘what works, when and why’.

In partnership with CARE International, our expert panel leads an interactive session on ‘how to measure the hard to measure’ in development. The event explores and compares learning from three projects tackling these challenges, based on four dimensions of ‘hard to measure’ aspects of development interventions, and is followed by a networking reception.

Overseas Development Institute and streamed online; 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ, UK

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Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum: Global Food Challenge Summit
23 March 2018 09.00

Building on the inaugural Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum, 2018’s challenge summit will focus on driving forward global agri-food challenges and facilitating focused round table discussion on innovation policy and practices which help or hinder advancements in agri-food. Participation will be by invitation, although people who have not already been involved are welcome to apply. Places are limited to a maximum of 25 to each challenge workshop, of which there will be a maximum of four. Rothamsted Research is an institutional member of TAA.

Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden AL5 2JQ, UK

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Contact Asmaa Shariff for invitations 

Smart Farming: the ‘AI’m of Machine Learning in Agriculture
20 February 2018 16.00

We’ll be learning more about the role of Artificial Intelligence on farms and how machine learning and robotics are helping improve efficiency and reveal new insights. With speakers from Microsoft Research, Fujitsu, Kings College London, Iteris and others, this is your chance to find out more about a different kind of AI on farms. This event is FREE to members (a modest charge applies for non members). To find out more, click here.

Eagle Labs, 28 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3AZ, UK

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Register on-line. Contact Becky Dodds  
TAA seminar: Improving rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses
09 May 2018 13.30

The TAA East Anglia Branch Annual Seminar will focus on reducing crop losses, especially in E Africa. The event is being co-hosted by Cambridge University’s Global Food Security initiative and CamPlantsHub. There will be two presentations, with time for Q&A discussions.

  • Dr Philip Taylor will speak on the work of CABI’s Plantwise programme and how it supports smallholder farmers. The aim of Plantwise is to increase food security and improve rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses.
  • Luke Braidwood (Plant Sciences PhD researcher) will talk on maize lethal necrosis, a viral condition which has been spreading around East Africa over the last 5-10 years. He has been characterising the East African outbreak and developing GM maize lines which should hopefully be resistant (the mechanism is amiRNAs).

We hope to arrange a tour of the David Attenborough Building, home to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI) and many important NGOs in the conservation field.

Seminar Room (1.25a), David Attenborough Building, off Pembroke St, Cambridge, UK

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Please register with Eventbrite, more information from East Anglia Convenor.

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  
The Bees' needs: lecture
14 March 2018 19.30

Bees and other insects are crucially important, helping pollinate crops and support our wild ecosystems. TheUniversity of Reading is at the forefront of research into the decline of insect pollinators and understanding how valuable they are for crop production.

The public lecture (19:30 - 20:45) will outline current evidence on the status of pollinating insects in the UK and across the globe. The crucial role pollinators play for crop production will be explored as well as ways we can help protect these iconic species for the important role they have providing vital ecosystem services. Dr Mike Garratt, a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture Policy and Development, will present the latest research on pollinators and what we can do to help protect them.

G11, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus,RG6 6UD, UK

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Training: Using Participatory Action Research to Improve Development Practice
22 January 2018 09.00

The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) announces their five-day course (22-26 Jan 2018) on Participatory Action Research (PAR). This will provide participants with the conceptual and practical tools to design and carry out PAR. They will learn about a range of methods and develop their ideas into a detailed plan that they will be able to put into action on returning to their organisation. Click here for more details.

Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 9RE, UK.

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Contact R Douglass for more information, register on the website...

Vertical Sustainable Growing Systems: Controlled Environment Agriculture
23 February 2018 11.30

TAA East Anglia has been invited by Jason Hawkins-Row of Aponic Co Ltd,
 to visit their controlled environment trials at the NIAB centre at Hasse Fen, Soham, Cambridgeshire. They have developed a commercial vertical soil-less growing system that uses 90% less water than traditional agriculture, runs on rain water and solar power, does not emit harmful run-off into the environment and massively reduces the need for fossil fuels in food production. We shall be able to see their systems for producing a wide range of vegetables and to discuss their applicability to tropical agriculture and small-scale peri-urban agriculture. As the trials are indoors, we shall not be limited by weather. More information on the trials can be viewed on-line. This visit follows-on from the talk on controlled environment agriculture by Ralph van Kaufman at the TAA Curry Club earlier in June 2017. Jason is an excellent host and should be able to initiate a fascinating discussion on the potential applications of their system around the world.

Aponics will provide a sandwich lunch, for which we will ask attendees to contribute £7.50 to cover the costs. We plan to meet at 11.30 for Jason's presentation, lunch and then a tour of the trial before reconvening for discussions. 

NIAB Field Trials, Hasse Rd, Soham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5UW, UK [a remote location: turn east off the Newmarket-Ely road near Soham onto Hasse Road, drive 2.0 miles to NIAB Innovation Hub on right after 'undulating' road surface].

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We are limited to 20 people: please reserve your place early, click hereThe nearest station is Ely: we can arrange transport from Ely Station to Soham (email Bill Thorpe). For.more details, please contact the East Anglia Convenor. If you get lost on the day, call 07785 258026.