Tropentag 2019:

Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources management

September 18 - 20, 2019,
organised by
Universities of Kassel and Goettingen, Germany

General information

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, ZALF e.V., Ghent University (Belgium), 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).

Tropentag 2019 will be organised by the Universities of Kassel and Göttingen, Germany. The conference venue will be in Kassel. 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 2019 conference theme

Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources development

Agriculture and forestry provide the livelihood of 3.6 billion people worldwide, mostly in sub-/tropical regions. Global change phenomena, notably population growth, rural-to-urban migration, and climate change with their socio-political, economic and ecological consequences enhance pressure on natural resources. Science-based solutions for the sustainable provision of food and non-food commodities through agriculture and forestry are manifold and address ecological, technical, social, economic and political aspects. But there are still obstacles to overcome. Gaps – in education, responsibilities and incomes between women and men, in marketing opportunities between rural and urban farmers, between potential and actual crop yields and livestock performances are just a few examples that need to be addressed and resolved. Traps – such as neglect of relevant stakeholders, incomplete risk assessment, short-lived innovation testing, and fragmental systems assessment need to be identified and avoided. Tropentag 2019 will summarize recent disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches that address these gaps and traps from various angels, with different methodological approaches and regional foci. Discussions in plenary and thematic sessions, guided poster tours and workshops should provide us with new ideas to enhance our scientific and practical success in promoting sustainable resources management in sub-/tropical regions.


Fiat Panis award plenary session

On the occasion of this conference a special plenary session will be devoted to the presentation of the "Hans H. Ruthenberg-Graduate-Award" by the fiat panis foundation, Ulm.


Oral and poster presentations

The oral presentations of the Tropentag 2019 are organised in four sessions of probably five parallel thematic groups. Posters will be presented in parallel guided poster sessions on Wednesday September 18 between 17:15 and 18:30 h, on Thursday September 19 between 08:30 and 10:00 h, and between 17:30 and 18:45 h.


Pre- and post-conference workshops

Organise your own Workshop

We offer 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. The workshops are taking place on Tuesday 17th of September 2019 from 13:00 to 17:00 h, Wednesday 18th from 09:00 to 12:00 h. or on Friday 20th from 14:00 to 18:00 h.

If you are interested you need to apply and describe the objective and topic of the workshop using the following template. Fill in the template and send it not later than 1st of May to

You will receive feedback of your application not later than 15th of June and in case of approval details such as room allocation, further logistics and potential services beyond the given ones will then be individually discussed with the Tropentag management.

The overall workshop plan with contact addresses will be made available on our website.



Registered participants of the conference can use Eduroam or will be provided with WLAN-access to the internet.


Conference fee

The fee includes the book-of-abstracts, a conference bag, and refreshments during the conference breaks. The fee does not include accommodation, lunches, or the conference diner.
You can find the conference fee and payment conditions here.

Local organising committee of the Tropentag 2019 conference

Organisation lead:
  • Prof. Dr. Eva Schlecht
    Universities of Kassel and Goettingen, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Brümmer
    University of Goettingen, Germany
Local organisation office:
  • Dr. Martin Wiehle, University of Kassel, Centre for International Rural Development
  • Dr. Simone Pfeiffer, University of Goettingen, Centre of Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Use
  • Dr. ir. Eric Tielkes, DITSL, Witzenhausen