Events 2016

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2016

December 12th – December 16th, 2016

Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, California

Fall Meeting brings together the entire Earth and space science community from across the globe for discussions of emerging trends and the latest research. The technical program includes presentations on new and cutting-edge science, much of which has not yet been published, meaning you’ll return to work with knowledge you can’t get anywhere else.

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UN Biodiversity Conference

November 28 – December 17th, 2016

Hotel Moon Palace, Cancun, Mexico

The UN Biodiversity Conference is the highest governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This event brings together representatives of the countries party managers and key players to promote the implementation of the Convention.

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IPCC Workshop Eco-Innovation for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

November 17 – November 18th, 2016

Athalassa Campus, Nicosia, Cyprus

This interactive workshop examined how to develop a research agenda for studying the connected challenges around water, energy and food in the Middle East and North Africa. The event brought together policymakers, practitioners and experts on innovation for sustainable development and on the water-energy-food nexus. The workshop focused on finding the synergies, future venues of collaboration and policy actions necessary to address challenges surrounding the nexus in the MENA Region.

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Sustainable Innovation Forum 2016

November 14 – November 16th, 2016

Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco

Building on year-round work from Climate Action and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Sustainable Innovation Forum brought together participants from business, Government, finance, the UN, NGOs and civil society to create an unparalleled opportunity to bolster business innovation and bring scale to the emerging green economy.

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Climate Innovation Summit 2016

November 8th, 2016

KAP Europa, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Climate-KIC brought together over 200 partners from big business, game-changing SMEs, cities and regions and academia. Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest collaboration community, established to drive action on climate change.

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UN Climate Change Conference

November 7 – November 18th, 2016

Bab Ighli, Marrakech, Morocco

The 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Morocco. COP22 built on last year’s Conference of Parties in Paris (COP21), focusing on action to achieve the commitments of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

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2016 ASA Annual Meeting

November 6 – November 9th, 2016

Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America hosted more than 4,000 scientists, professionals, educators, and students at the 2016 International Annual Meeting, “Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance,” in Phoenix, AZ.

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CQuest: Charting a Course for Climate Research in Agriculture

October 24 – October 25th, 2016

Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

The ILSI Research Foundation, together with Monsanto Company, Soil Health Partnership and Washington University in St. Louis, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation organized a workshop focusing on developing research targets for supporting agricultural goals that: support achievement of USDA’s “building blocks” for climate smart agriculture; integrate existing US Midwest field research networks for climate adaptation; and develop a research agenda to achieve a “carbon-neutral” agri-food system in the US through a focus on soil carbon and soil health, including validation of soil carbon protocols.

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Data Science in Agriculture Summit

October 10th, 2016

National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Chicago, Illinois

The National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) convened a summit to identify the frontiers and future of data in agriculture and build on existing U.S. government wide-efforts and investments in Big Data.

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Advanced Application of DSSAT

October 5 – October 12th, 2016

Naura Springs Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania

The overall goal of this advanced training program was to provide participants who are familiar with DSSAT or other crop simulation models a comprehensive understanding of the computer model for the simulation of crop growth and yield, soil and plant water, nutrient and carbon dynamics and their application to real world problems.

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1.5 Degrees: Meeting the Challenges of the Paris Climate Agreement

September 20 – September 22th, 2016

Keble College, Oxford, United Kingdom

This conference brought together researchers, policy makers, businesses and members of civil society to understand the impact of the 1.5 degree Paris Agreement. It will explore options for reaching the 1.5 degree target.

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Godan Summit 2016

September 15 – September 16th, 2016

New York Hilton Midtown, New York, New York

The GODAN Summit brought together world leaders, researchers, farmers, students and others – public, private and non-profit united around a collaboration on agriculture and nutrition data openness. Join the largest event ever planned for open data in agriculture and nutrition. The goals of the Summit were to illustrate the opening, the use, and the importance of agriculture and nutrition data.

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Blackland Modeling 2016 WinAPEX Workshop

September 7 – September 9th, 2016

Blackland Research and Extension Center, Temple, Texas

This course offers the fundamental principles of the APEX model with hands–on exercises for use in simulating whole farm/small watershed management. The objective of the workshop was to introduce new users to the model, review necessary and optional inputs, and familiarize the user with the WinAPEX and general procedures of model development, implementation and evaluation.

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Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System

July 12 – July 15th, 2016

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

The USDA-sponsored 4-day workshop provided an opportunity for participants to learn about climate change, food security, and food systems in the context of the recent USDA Climate Change and Global Food Security report for the U.S. National Climate Assessment.

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AgMIP6 Global Workshop

June 28 – June 30th, 2016

Opéra Berlioz, Montpellier, France

AgMIP Global workshops bring together the international community of scientists developing the next generation of integrated model systems that can inform decisions including the implementation of sustainable agricultural systems and assessments of food security in a changing world.

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ISIMIP Workshop

June 22 – June 24th, 2016

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany

The ISIMIP Workshop, held at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), focuses on the following goals: reviewing the results of ISIMIP2a simulations; discussing plans to deliver targetted simulations and analyses for the IPCC report on impacts of 1.5°C global warming; discussing the next steps for the cross-sectional integration task (ISIMIP2b); engaging in a discussion with the economic modeling community on how ISIMIP can contribute to quantifying the costs of climate-change impacts.

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DSSAT 2016 International Training Program

May 16 – May 21st, 2016

University of Georgia, Griffin, Georgia

The overall goal of this training program is to familiarize participants with a comprehensive computer model for the simulation of crop growth and yield, soil and plant water, nutrient and carbon dynamics and their application to real world problems.

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4th International Climate Change Adaptation Conference

May 10 – May 13th, 2016

Postillion Convention Centre WTC, Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) 4th edition Adaptation Futures Conference was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The conference highlights adaptation practices and solutions for people, governments, and businesses. The conference works to engage communities of practices, further connect science with practice, and link adaptation action to current development, investment, and planning.

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March 15 – March 17th, 2016

Berlin-Adlershof, Berlin, Germany

Jointly organized by MACSUR and AgMIP the symposium focused on recent scientific work related to model improvement, generation and use of experimental data and on advancements in model application considering new methods of model intercomparison, uncertainty propagation and scaling.

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Advanced Application of DSSAT

March 2 – March 9th, 2016

ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The IFDC in partnership with DSSAT Foundation and Washington State University organized an international workshop on “Advanced Application of DSSAT: Assessing Crop Production, Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models.” This workshop was designed for agronomists, soil scientists, meteorologists and economists from national and international agricultural research institutes and universities, as well as policy-makers in charge of agricultural productivity and planning who had prior exposure to DSSAT or other crop simulation models.

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AgMIP Phase 2 Integration Workshop

February 22 – February 27th, 2016

Hotel Novotel, Dakar, Senegal

The goal of this workshop was to: present preliminary Phase 2 results to other regional researchers, leaders, and stakeholders; contribute to discussions, and learn from others; incorporate feedback from discussions and revise results, interpretations, and key messages; and set out activities and timelines for completion of the Phase 2 project.

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The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project Meeting

February 1 – February 4th, 2016

International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya

This meeting focused on adaptation within African smallholder systems through stakeholder-driven, multi-modeling integrated assessment approach. African scientists and policy makers visited Climate Change, Agricultural and Food Security (CCAFS) climate-smart villages and have discussions on adaptation packages in Eastern Kenya.

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