Tropentag 2021:

Towards shifting paradigms in agriculture for a healthy and sustainable future

September 15 - 17, 2021,
organised by
University of Hohenheim, 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. (all Germany), 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 Fund International Agricultural Research (FIA).

Due to the on-going pandemic and resultant restrictions Tropentag 2021 will be organised as a hybrid conference by University of Hohenheim, Germany. This means that, dependent of the further pandemic development, there will be livestream presentations, coming from a lecture hall in Hohenheim and maybe also from our partner universities as well. These presentations can be joined by interested participants. Further, parallel oral presentation sessions will be organised in form of live sessions. Pre-recorded oral poster presentations wil be shown in live sessions followed by a discussion between the presenters and participants. Anyway, the organisers will ensure that TT21 attendees will have the possibility to interact with the presenters, chair-persons and participants.

All MSc and PhD students, scientists, extension workers, decision makers and politicians interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development in transition and developing countries are cordially invited to participate and actively contribute. We particularly encourage young scientists (MSc and PhD students and Post Docs) to present their work.


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 2021 conference theme

Towards shifting paradigms in agriculture for a healthy and sustainable future

Agriculture needs to be perceives in the minds of the people as in line with nature – we need to shift paradigms to a positive relationship between humans, environment, ecology and nature. Only products produced in line with the need and requirements of the planet should be positive in the minds of the people. If we achieve that, we may be able to still save the planet for a healthy and sustainable future. That is the discussion we would like to start (or indeed continue) during Tropentag 2021 in Hohenheim

Tropentag 2021 will review recent research results addressing these challenges from various points of view with different approaches. Discussions in plenary and thematic sessions, poster sessions, and workshops will provide participants with new ideas to enhance our understanding and to keep the conversation on our TT21 topic going...


Fiat Panis award plenary on-line session

On the occasion of this conference a special 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 2021 will be organised in four sessions of probably five parallel thematic groups. Posters will be presented in parallel guided poster sessions The exact time frame of these session will be communicated after selection of the submitted abstracts.



Conference fee

Also a “hybrid” Tropentag conference requires participant fees, to pay for software and the organisation of the sessions. You can find the conference fee and payment conditions here.


Organising committee of the Tropentag 2021 conference

Lead local organisation team:
  • Prof. Dr. Mizeck Chagunda
  • Dr. Marcus Giese
    University of Hohenheim
Tropentag secretariat:
  • dr. ir. Eric Tielkes
    DITSL Witzenhausen, Germany