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Tropentag 2017

Tropentag 2017Overview

The annual interdisciplinary conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, natural resource management and rural development (TROPENTAG) is jointly organised by the universities of Berlin, Bonn, Göttingen, Hohenheim, Kassel-Witzenhausen, Hamburg, ZALF e.V., ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (Czech Republic), BOKU Vienna (Austria) and the Council for Tropical and Subtropical Research (ATSAF e.V) in co-operation with the GIZ Advisory Service on Agricultural Research for Development (BEAF).

All students, Ph.D. students, scientists, extension workers, decision makers, politicians and practical farmers, interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development in transition and developing countries are invited to participate and to contribute.

Target of the conference

The Tropentag is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide.

The Tropentag 2017 conference theme

Future Agriculture: Social-ecological transitions and bio-cultural shifts

Agricultural systems in developing countries are currently undergoing drastic changes. System-immanent attributes such as visions, aspirations, cultural specifics and production factor availability shape the response of land users to growing external pressures such as climate change, market demands, land degradation, emerging diseases and policies. In addition to such social-ecological transitions, substantial bio-cultural shifts occur and are imposed by centrally-planned establishments of large-scale intensification corridors and protection zones, or are associated with infrastructure development and urbanisation processes. The wide array of resulting response pathways and land use or production strategies may include intensification, diversification, and specialisation, but can also lead to abandonment of land, migration and conflicts. What are the implications of such developments and change processes for food security, resource base quality, rural well-being, and in general for the future of agriculture? These questions and related topics will be addressed in plenary presentations and key note lectures in thematic sessions.

Conference structure 

The topic of future agriculture will be introduced by invited international guest speakers and pursued further by key note speeches in parallel thematic sessions. Thematic sessions cover the diversity of research fields connected to food security, natural resource management and rural development and will be addressed by both oral presentations and thematically-related guided poster sessions.

In addition to the plenary talks and the thematic and poster sessions of Tropentag 2017, there will be a special pre-conference focus session “Future agriculture and resource management in Central Asia” with invited guests from academia, development and policy. All Tropentag participants are cordially invited to participate and to attend. Furthermore, pre-conference workshops will enable participants to improve their skills in related fields. Post-conference excursions will be organised for September 23.

The Apero social evening on September 20 and the informal conference dinner on September 21 will provide opportunities for networking, discussion and exchange among participants.

Call for papers

The conference language is English. Abstracts of original research on the featured topics containing 250‐350 words must be submitted using the online form at by May 15, 2017. Please ensure that abstracts submitted are meeting a proper level of quality regarding content and language. A panel of referees will decide if an abstract will be accepted, and if yes, as a poster or as an oral presentation. A program committee will allocate the accepted contributions to interdisciplinary sessions.

Acceptance of abstracts will be sent by June 15, 2017. Contributors must confirm their participation by June 30, 2017 and pay their conference fee before July 15, 2017. Poster contributions will be grouped into thematic clusters and addressed in guided poster sessions. All presented contributions will be contained in the Book of Abstracts, both in print and online.

All accepted contributions will be published in the conference proceedings and on the Tropentag homepage. Contributions from authors not attending or presenting their submissions at the Tropentag will be deleted from the online version of the proceedings; so if you make submissions you are expected to attend the conference

For more information about the call please visit the link here. 

Organise your own workshop

Tropentag 2017 offers you the opportunity to organise your own workshop, specifically adapted to your target audience. The idea is that you either network targeting a specific topic or you offer capacity building, tasks forces for projects and follow your own initiative. The only condition is that your topic should be related to tropical agriculture in a wider sense.

Dates and deadlines 

Tropentag 2017 will be organised by the University of Bonn, Germany. The conference venue will be in Bonn. You can submit your papers or register as participants here.

  • Submission of abstracts                                   15.05.2017
  • Submission of workshops                                15.05.2017
  • Acceptance of abstracts                                   15.06.2017
  • Acceptance of workshops                                15.06.2017
  • Reconfirmation of participation                       30.06.2017
  • Payment of conference fee for contributors  15.07.2017 

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For more details visit here the Tropentag 2017 website.