Dream Weaver

Dream Weaver

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Blogging and more blogging

The last two weeks I was in Stuttgart and Bonn for two conferences - the Tropentag in Hohenheim University and the Science Forum in Bonn. With other 11 students, this time I was "hired" as a student reporter to attend the conferences and blog about presentations and to report on what's going on in there.

we are the student reporters - at conference dinner in Bonn Natural Museum

The three-day conference The Tropentag is a more student-oriented event for agriculture researchers to gather once a year in Europe to present their latest findings in different areas such as crop production in different farm systems (e.g. agroforestry), livestock, value chain, climate change, natural resources, pest and diseases and so on. There are parallel activities such as film fest about urban gardening, exhibition and award ceremony during evening.As we blogged almost everyday, the participants and the general public can read about discussions in different sessions without attending the talks. And we also tried to digest the scientific output from the speakers to a simpler language - KISS (Keep It Simple and Stupid!), so that everyone without particular knowledge background can also understand.

Each year the Tropentag has a theme - and this year was Urban-Rural Continuum and rural development. Many case studies focus in regions like East and West Africa and South Asia, which are the most popular research bases for the agricultural academia. Many masters and PhD students presented their work via poster and oral presentations, and I think it's a good chance for young scientists to get advice from the experienced scientists and exchange ideas with people who work in the same topic with you.

While for the Science Forum is quite different, this year's theme is to link agricultural research to health and nutrition outcomes - which is more for experts from the two streams. It was the first time to bring two groups of scientists together, and we see that further communication is needed to bridge these two research areas.

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