Tropentag 2018:

Global food security and food safety: The role of universities

September 17 - 19, 2018,
organised by
Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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 2018 will be organised by the University of Ghent, Belgium in close cooperation KU Leuven and Antwerp University (both Belgium). The conference venue will be in Ghent. 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 2018 conference theme

Global food security and food safety: The role of universities

Agriculture is the cultivation and breeding of animals, plants and fungi for food, fibre, biofuel, medicinal plants and other products used to sustain and enhance human life. Its prime vocation is and should be to sustainably maintain and where needed and possible significantly improve the nutrition and health situation of people around the world. Hunger, malnutrition, and poor health are global, and increasing, development challenges. Agriculture has made remarkable advances over the last decades in increasing quantity and quality of (food) produce, but its contribution to improving the nutrition and health of poor farmers and consumers in developing countries often still lags behind. In cases where food provision is structurally guaranteed, food quality may still be a problem. Agricultural research and universities have an important role in addressing and solving both food security and food safety. They should do this in collaboration with (inter)national (non-)governmental donor and policy-oriented organisations, with respect for local, regional and global socio-economic and cultural situations, legal conditions, markets and market mechanisms, limitations and opportunities, gender equity and the natural resource environment, in order to provide for sustainable solutions. We invite you all to present elements to solving these challenges, and send in proposals for workshops, sessions and especially abstracts for oral and poster presentations around this broad theme.

Keynote speakers

The following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation (see for further info here):

    Alexander de Croo, Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, Belgium

    Namukolo Covic, coordinator A4NH in Ethiopia

    Ramon L. Espinel, Professor & Dean, Facultad de Ciencias de la Vida, ESPOL-Guayaquil, Ecuador

    Bernhard Freyer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

    Emile Frison, Member International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), Orvieto, Italy

    Stineke Oenema, coordinator of the UN SCN (Standing Committee on Nutrition), Italy

    Francois Stepman, European co-manager, Platform for African, European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), Belgium


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 2018 are organised in four sessions of probably five parallel thematic groups. Posters will be presented in parallel guided poster sessions on Monday September 17 between 17:15 and 18:30 h, on Tuesday September 18 between 08:30 and 10:00 h, and between 17:30 and 18:45 h, and on Wednesday September 19 between 08:30 and 10:00 h.


Pre- and post-conference workshops

Organise your own Workshop

We offered the possibility to organise ones own workshop - please have a look at the selected workshops and do register to participate: workshops



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


Local organising committee of the Tropentag 2018 conference

Scientific organisation:
  • Prof. dr. ir. Patrick van Damme

University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

Local organisation office:
  • Dominique Godfroid