Tropentag 2017:

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

September 20 - 22, 2017,
organised by the
University of Bonn and the Center for Development Research, Bonn, 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, 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).

Tropentag 2017 will be organised by the University of Bonn, Germany. The conference venue will be in Bonn. 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.

Tropentag 2017 conference stays under the patronage of the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dr. Gerd Müller.

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.


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 2017 are organised in four sessions of probably four parallel thematic groups. Posters will be presented in parallel guided poster sessions on Wednesday September 20 between 17:15 and 18:30 h, on Thursday September 21 between 08:30 and 10:00 h, and between 17:30 and 18:45 h, and on Friday September 22 between 08:30 and 10:00 h.


Pre-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 19th of September 2017 from 13:00 to 17:00 or Wednesday 20th of September 2017 from 09:00 to 12:00 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 15th 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.


Phone and internet

There will be a phone line for the conference at the info-point, this phone number will be communicated.
Registered participants of the conference can use Eduroam or will be provided with WLAN-access to the internet.


Child care

We are pleased to announce that child care can be offered on demand during conference hours on 20 - 22 September 2017.
If child care is needed, please contact Eric Tielkes - Tropentag secretariat: - no later than 3rd of August 2017. Upon application you will need to supply the name of the child, its age, nationality, spoken language(s) and the date and duration of care.


Local organising committee of the Tropentag 2017 conference

Scientific organisation:
  • Prof. Dr. Mathias Becker
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister

University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

Local organisation office:
  • Kai Behn