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ESA 14 - Growing landscapes - Cultivating innovative agricultural systems




For details of the field trips, please click here

Please note that field trip 7 is now full


Tuesday and Friday morning lectures will be held in the George Square lecture theatre (George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD) and the Tuesday pm and Wednesday lectures will be held in the Appleton Tower (Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH9 9LE) 


There will be a STICS training day on Monday 5 September at SRUC, Mains Road, Edinburgh.  CLICK here for the progamme.  The cost to attend, to cover lunch and refreshments is 20 UK pounds per delegate.  You can book online in the registration area.
ESA14 - European Society of Agronomy Conference 2016
To be held at
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
5-9 September 2016
BASIS points will be applied for


The conference theme "Growing Landscapes - Cultivating innovative agricultural systems" recognizes that agriculture is the dominant use of land in Europe. Most of our landscapes are places where food and fibre is grown for our use, but they also provide us with a wide range of ecosystem goods and services. Agronomic research underpins the development and management of innovative agricultural systems from crop to field to landscape scale and seeks to balance the delivery of all ecosystem services from land. The 14th Congress of the European Society of Agronomy provides an opportunity to share the latest findings from research and practice, build new networks and collaborations and explore the relationship between land and food in Scotland - The Land of Food and Drink.

We have already put together an outline programme with some excellent confirmed plenary speakers, which can be found online: www.esa14.org.uk.

We are still calling for poster presentation on all aspects of crop agronomy that relate to the conference theme (all platform slots are now full).

Proposed sessions include (but are not limited to):

1. Sustainable intensification; theory or practice?

2. Adaptation to Climate Change

3. Building diversity into Cropping Systems

4. Understanding and modelling the impact of extreme weather events on crop production

5. Optimising the use of pulses in European agriculture

6. Supporting agro-ecological innovation through farming systems design

7. Managing crop quality for human and livestock nutrition

8. Landscape management for food and ecosystem services

9. Valuing actor-oriented research in European agronomy

10. Managing crops as soil improvers

11. Performance and stability of yield and quality in organic and conventional cropping

12. Measuring the impact of agronomic change

13. Mining data for better agronomy -Challenges and opportunities

14. Optimising the use of long-term experiments for agriculture and agronomy

15. Water Framework Directive; Challenges and opportunities

Further details about the session organizers and a short description of the sessions can be found on the congress website (www.esa14.org.uk). Details can also be found via the ESA website (http://www.european-agronomy.org/) and the Association of Applied Biologists (www.aab.org.uk)

Key dates are:

Offers of papers . title and abstract needed by 26 February 2016

If any individuals or groups would like to propose additional sessions within the conference or satellite workshops to be held on Monday 5 September or the afternoon of Friday 9 September, please contact the organizers before the end of 2015 via one of the main contacts listed below.

ConfAcceptance and confirmation of session details will be sent by 30 April 2016. Full manuscripts of the short papers for the proceedings will need to be submitted by the end of May 2016. All offers of papers should be submitted online via www.esa14.org.uk using the electronic template.

Please forward this call for papers to other colleagues and students who may be interested in submitting a paper

Main contacts:

Christine Watson, ESA President, AAB President-Elect, SRUC. Email: -president@european-agronomy.org

Elizabeth Stockdale AAB General Secretary, Newcastle University. Email: gensec@aab.org.uk

Carol Millman AAB. Email: carol@aab.org.uk


Click here for Prof. Christine Watson's presentation at ESA13 held in Debrecen, Hungary to announce ESA14, which will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 5-9 September 2016.

There will be a 50 UK pounds cancellation fee. No cancellations after 22 August
There will be a 50 UK pounds late booking surcharge applied after 22 August.
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