Tropentag 2018:

Global food security and food safety: The role of universities

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

Tropentag 2018 - tentative programme




Sunday, 16.09.2018

13:00-19:00 Pre-registration of participants
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Campus Coupure, Coupure 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium / Agora (E building Campus Coupure)
how to get to the venue
14:00-17:00 Pre-conference workshops:

Monday, 17.09.2018

08:00 onwards Registration of participants - Agora (E building Campus Coupure)
09:00-12:00 Pre-conference workshops:
13:00-15:00 Plenary session I - Auditorium E1 Oehoe + streaming in other rooms E building; Chair: Patrick van Damme, Ghent University

welcome addresses and opening


keynote speeches

  • Ramon L. Espinel, Professor & Dean, Facultad de Ciencias de la Vida, ESPOL-Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Bernhard Freyer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
  • Namukolo Covic, IFPRI / coordinator A4NH in Ethiopia
15:00-15:30 Coffee and tea break
15:30-17:15 Plenary session 2 - Auditorium E1 Oehoe + streaming in other rooms E building; Chair: Patrick van Damme
15:30 Keynote speech: Stineke Oenema, the coordinator of the UN SCN (Standing Committee on Nutrition)
16:00 Andrea Fadani, Foundation fiat panis
Hans Ruthenberg Award and the Josef G. Knoll European Science Award
17:30-18:30 Guided poster sessions I
1.3 Crop biotic stresses (DPG Session)
1.4 Ethnobotany, resource use and biodiversity conservation I
2.3 Pastoral systems
3.1 Model-based assessment of climate change impacts
4.4 Land degradation and livelihoods for the Sahel
4.2 Soil and soil fertility I
5.4 Food, nutrition and gender aspects at the HH level
Apéro / Social gathering (Aula) 19:00 ATSAF e.V. members assembly - Auditorium E5 (E2.010)

Tuesday, 18.09.2018

08:30-10:00 Guided poster sessions II
1.1 Cropping systems
1.4 Ethnobotany, resource use and biodiversity conservation II
2.2 Non-ruminant livestock and aquaculture
4.2 Soil and soil fertility II
5.1 Local food systems and human nutrition I
6.1 Adoption versus dis-adoption of innovations
6.2 Markets and value chains
10:00 Coffee and tea break
10:30 Parallel oral presentation sessions I
12:00-14:00 Lunch break Luncheon session: Entrepreneurs Without Borders: 15 billion trees
14:00-15:30 Parallel oral presentation session II
15:30-16:00 Coffee and tea break
16:00-17:30 Parallel oral presentation session III
17:45-19:15 Guided poster sessions III
1.2 Abiotic and biotic challenges in crop production
2.1 Enhancing ruminant production I
4.1 Agroforestry and tree crops I
4.3 Soil (bio)fertilisation I
5.1 Local food systems and human nutrition II
5.3 Food quality and processing I
6.4 Towards sustainable livelihoods I
19:30-22:30 Conference dinner

Wednesday, 19.09.2018

08:30-10:00 Guided poster sessions IV
2.1 Enhancing ruminant production II
4.1 Agroforestry and tree crops II
4.3 Soil (bio)fertilisation II
5.2 Nutrition, food safety and -security
5.3 Food quality and processing II
6.3 Universities, networks and training
6.4 Towards sustainable livelihoods II
10:00-10:30 Coffee and tea break
10:30-12:00 Parallel oral presentation session IV
  Plenary session III - Auditorium E1 Oehoe + streaming in other rooms E building; Chair: Patrick van Damme
12:15 keynote speeches
  • Alexander de Croo, Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, Belgium
  • Emile Frison, Member International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), Orvieto, Italy
  • Francois Stepman, European co-manager, Platform for African, European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), Belgium
  • short communications
  • Petr Sklenicka, rector Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic
  • Mieke van Herreweghe, vice-rector Ghent University, belgium
  • 13:45 Conference review: Student Reporters
    13:55Poster Awards - Sponsored by Rudolf B├╝hler ECOLAND e.V.
    14:05Vote of thanks - Patrick van Damme, Tropentag organisation
    Handing-over to Kassel-Witzenhausen, Germany - Eva Schlecht, University of Kassel and University of Goettingen
    End of Tropentag 2018 around 14:15
    14:30-17:30 Post-conference workshops:


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