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XIV ESA congress

XIV ESA congress

The XIV ESA congress  was  held in Edinburgh from Sep. 5-9, 2016. It was organized by AAB and SRUC.
Proceedings are now available on the intranet


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 congress will be the 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.

The conference gathered more than 200 delegates. Session themes were:

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 system design and actor-oriented approaches
7.     Managing crop quality for human and livestock nutrition
8.     Landscape management for food and ecosystem services
9.     Managing crops as soil improvers
10.   Performance and stability of yield and quality in organic and conventional farming
11.   Measuring the impact of agronomic change
12.   Mining data for better agronomy – Challenges and opportunities
13.   Optimizing the use of long-term experiments for agriculture and agronomy
14.   Water Framework Directive – Challenges and opportunities

During the General Assembly held on Sep.7, several decisions were approved, among them:

- Replacement of Pdt-elect Bernard Jeangros by Christoph Carlen, Agroscope, new President and in charge of the organization of the next congress in August 2018 in Geneva
- suppression of the 3 divisions from 2017
- vote of the venue for the 2020 congress to be held in Sevilla, Spain  

Further feedback on the congress and the General Assembly will be online soon.


Some photos of the social events (copyright AAB)

View of the castleWelcome reception

Conference dinnerCeilidh

Conference dinner

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