Tropentag 2016:

Solidarity in a competing world — fair use of resources

September 18 - 21, 2016,
organised by the
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU Vienna), Austria

General information

The annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (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 2016 will be organised by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU Vienna), Austria. The conference venue will be in Vienna, Austria. 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 2016 conference theme

Solidarity in a competing world - fair use of resources

This year the call for papers addresses prospective procedures for solidarity and the fair use of increasingly scarce natural and non-renewable resources around the world. Focus is given to the rising demand for food, fiber, feed and fuel to cover the needs of a growing world population and to innovative sustainable practices, e.g. organic farming, and new economies and policies. Therefore, we are interested into research and learning processes between the North and the South, the East and the West, and between women and men throughout multiple generations to cope with these challenges. Tropentag 2016 offers a discussion platform for technical and economic potentials to feed a world faced with increasing population, climate hazards, and loss of soil and biodiversity. Looking beyond (bio-) economic and technical per-spectives, solutions are asked that seriously consider social and ethical standards. Along this vein, we en-courage the examination of ‘fair’ within practices that occur in farming and other forms of food procurement, and management of natural resources. Thus, we wish to identify new forms of societal contracts between multiple stakeholder levels, building solidarity among practitioners, scientists and policy advisors that allow us to cope with current and future challenges. Tropentag 2016 invites you to present and share a wide range of scientific solutions investigated in transdisciplinary settings in the agrofood value web.


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" and the " Josef G. Knoll European Science Award 2016" by the fiat panis foundation, Ulm.


Oral and poster presentations

The oral presentations of the Tropentag 2016 are organised in four sessions of six parallel thematic groups plus some special side events. Posters will be presented in parallel guided poster sessions on Monday September 19th between 17:15 and 18:15 h, on Tuesday September 20th between 08:30 and 09:30 h, between 11:45 and 12:45 h and between 18:00 and 19:00 h, and on Wednesday September 21th between 08:30 and 09:30 h.


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 19 - 21 September 2016.
If child care is needed, please contact Eric Tielkes - Tropentag secretariat: - no later than 3rd of August 2016. 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 2016 conference

Scientific organisation:
  • Bernhard Freyer
  • Michael Hauser
  • Günter Langergraber
  • Willi Loiskandl
  • Reinfried Mansberger
  • Harald Vacik
  • Tamara Piniel
  • Maria Wurzinger

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU Vienna), Austria

Operational organisation:
  • Anna Porcuna
Contact: tropentag2016(at)