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The 17th African Association of Biological Nitrogen Fixation (AABNF) conference

The Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) organizes the 17th African Association of Biological Nitrogen Fixation (AABNF) conference to be held in Gaborone, Botswana from 17 – 21 October 2016.

This conference will focus on strategies to increased food production in Africa through sustainable means. Chief amongst those is the use of biologically fixed N because of its green nature. Nitrogen together with phosphorus and soil moisture are the most important constraints to arable production in many African countries.

Update on the 12th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference

We already announced the 12th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference August 25-28, 2016 in Budapest and have two updates:

  • The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is April 25th 2016!
  • Parallel with this the new deadline for submitting application for FEMS Young Scientists Meeting Grant is also April 25th, 2016!
  • 20 renowned speakers have already contributed to building an exciting program (see
  • two satellite meetings will also be held; one is on on the Genomics of Nitrogen-Fixing Organisms:; the other is on the BNF-Non Legumes:

Information about the conference agenda, registration process, abstract submission, travel and accommodation etc. can be found at

Conference "Transition and Local Development in Eastern DRC"

Wageningen University and IITA are involved in organising a conference during 8-10 December 2016 in Bukavu, DRC, at the Kalambo campus of the Catholic University of Bukavu.

The conference will provide an overview of the current social science research on transitions and local developments in eastern DRC; it will bridge the policy-academic divide; and bring together a host of research institutions.

See for more information and how to apply: Maarten Voors (ESRC - DFID Project) is looking forward to seeing you there!