1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016
iEcoAfrica are working with the International Agrobiodiversity Congress secretariat on its 1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress ‘Science, Technology, Policy and Partnership’ taking place on the 6th-9th November 2016 in New Delhi, India.
We are calling for a wide range of stakeholders (researchers, intellectuals, regulators, policy makers, farmers, NGOs, donors, philanthropists, SME’s, civil society organisations) engaged in agro-business and other agricultural and environmental activities in Africa to participate.
For individuals who can represent the most innovative work and thinking in food, nutrition and environment security taking place in Africa today. Participation to the congress will be fully subsidies by iEcoAfrica network. Awarding decisions will be made in collaboration with the International Agrobiodiversity Congress scientific committee and a decision will be given by email to the presenting author(s) on the abstract or participant(s).
Background and Scope
Agrobiodiversity includes all components of biological diversity relevant to food and agriculture: the varieties, breeds and populations of useful plant, animal, and fish species and the diversity of insects, microbes and other species that are part of production systems. Human-mediated co-existence in diverse agro-ecosystems around the world has shaped, and sustained the unique structures, processes, functions and their economic value. With the advancement of societies and nations, the available food and nutrition basket has expanded globally due to exchange and effective use of available agrobiodiversity. Considerable loss of genetic diversity has occurred over the last few decades, demanding urgent action to research and conserve available genetic resources for posterity. In the process, National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), International Research Centers under the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have made significant efforts for conservation but it continues to remain a major challenge. Currently about 800 million people suffer from insecure food supplies and malnutrition globally. Although, the Green Revolution, led to considerable reduction in the poor and undernourished people, yet hidden hunger persists and affects over two billion people worldwide. Recently, the United Nations has renewed commitment to push the sustainable development agenda, in which food, nutrition and environmental security figures as the key sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Capacity building, trained human resource and partnerships, to research and adopt new technological options is imminently required for meeting the future demand of new varieties and breeds in agriculture through fast track germplasm use. Increased and targeted use of genetic resources is needed to cope with changed production environments, stress, etc., in climate change situations. Increased diversity in agriculture production systems, including their sustainable intensification will buffer capacity to cope with increased environmental instability. Efficient and sustainable agrobiodiversity management also requires functional convergence of global policy and regulatory frameworks [United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (NP-ABS), Aichi Targets 2011-2020; Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.] shaping biodiversity, food and agriculture, climate change and trade related mechanisms.
A system-wide approach is proposed for the deliberations which may reflect both in situ and ex situ conservation, use and sustainability of agrobiodiversity, including plants (crops, horticulture, agroforestry), animals, fish, insects, microbes, etc.
- Provide a common platform to share experience and knowledge on the sustainable conservation and use of agrobiodiversity.
- Critically evaluate the current research and systems of management and use of agrobiodiversity and to assess the preparedness for meeting short- and long-term requirements of humanity.
- Identify and prioritise research areas that require greater inputs and thrusts for better management of agrobiodiversity.
- Strengthen capacity and build new partnerships to help manage agrobiodiversity worldwide.
1. Agrobiodiversity for Food, Nutrition and Ecosystem Services
2. Agrobiodiversity for Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change
3. Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and Farmers' Rights
4. Quarantine, Biosafety and Biosecurity Issues
5. Conservation Strategies and Methodologies
6. Science-led Innovation for Agrobiodiversity Management and Sustainable Use
7. Capacity Building and Strengthening Partnerships
- New thinking on the sustainable management and use of agrobiodiversity through interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and opinions among various stakeholders.
- A roadmap to enhance food, nutrition and health security by optimal utilisation of agrobiodiversity while protecting agro-ecosystems and landscapes.
- Mainstreaming agrobiodiversity related issues into global discussions to ensure fair access, benefit sharing and sustainable use.
- Developing a network of partnerships to strengthen agrobiodiversity management systems at the national, regional and global level.
- Develop a 'Delhi Declaration on Agrobiodiversity Management' as a vision document to execute the above-mentioned action plan.
Abstracts should present new research or developing information on the relevant themes and sub-themes of the congress and related conditions. The Scientific Committee will review and score the submissions. Abstracts are selected on the basis of their scientific significance, timeliness, quality of data and methodology, adherence to specific format requirements, and other criteria described herein. Following review by the Scientific Committee, the disposition of each abstract submitted for consideration will be sent via e-mail to the presenting author and all co-authors listed on the abstract submission form for whom an accurate e-mail address is provided.
1. Abstract submission opens : January 25, 2016
2. Last date of Abstract Submission : June 30, 2016, 00:00 AM (Indian Standard Time)
3. Acceptance of Abstracts : July 31, 2016
General Submission Guidelines
1. Abstracts may be submitted online ONLY. Abstracts submitted via fax or email will not be accepted.
2.All abstracts must be submitted and presented in English using United Kingdom English spelling.
3. Abstracts must contain original material neither published nor presented elsewhere prior to January 1, 2016.
4. Please use the abstract template and structure your abstract including the following essential contents in running text* without using headings: Introduction Materials/Methods Results Conclusion *Text : The text shall be formatted in Times New Roman font size 11.
5. Abstract titles must be submitted according to the general rules stated under point 7. This includes any special characters and special words that need to be capitalized or in italics.
6. The abstract text may not be longer than maximum 250 words.
7. Spelling Guidelines :
The International System of Units (SI) should be used wherever appropriate. Genus and species names should be written in full on first mention and then abbreviated on subsequent mention The following general rules apply (examples in brackets):
- Systematic names (genus, family and higher orders): capitalized (Trituicum, Poaceae, Poales).
- Non-English expressions: non-English expressions in English texts are written in italics, e.g. force majeure, ex situ, in situ, in vitro, in vivo.
- Taxonomic names: are to be italicized, e.g. Oryza sativa, Tenualosa ilisha, Staphylococcus aureus.
- Avoid using brand names; if needed: capitalized with trademark symbol (Rocephin®).
- Please observe standard English grammar rules including a space after full stops and commas.
- Only common abbreviations can be used without expansion i.e. DNA, RNA.
Guidelines for Authors
8. Authors should indicate their mode of presentation.
The following possibilities are available:
2 Paper Poster Presentation
1 Oral Presentations
The programme will feature presentation sessions: comprising one speaker; 12 minutes per speaker including discussion). These sessions are put together by the Scientific Committee from the best scored abstracts. This is the highest category of an abstract presentation. These sessions are chaired by two experts of the field.
2. Paper Poster Presentation
Most of the accepted abstracts are scheduled for paper poster presentation. The paper posters shall be displayed in the poster area of the Congress and the presentations are split in ~7 Congress Themes and 28 Sub-Theme sessions with a poster change each session and day, as per the scheduled agenda.
Each poster session will feature various topics and will have a definite duration. The poster presenter is requested to be at her/his poster during the stipulated presentation time.
9. Authors are requested to enter 3 keywords to better define the abstract content
10. You can save your abstract at any time. Please make sure to have completed all details before you finally submit your abstract. You will receive a confirmation by email after the submission of your abstract (please make sure to state your correct email address!). Changes are not possible after submission.
11. Abstracts will be subject to peer review by at least 3 members of the Scientific Committee
Presenting Author Responsibilities
The person who submits an abstract is considered to be the presenting author and is responsible for the following:
- Presenting the abstract for oral or poster presentation, if accepted.
- Assuring that they will take care of their personal financial and commercial entities for self, spouse, and any other to attend the Congress.
- Assuring that if the presenting author is replaced with a new presenter, the new presenter will also, take care of their personal financial and commercial entities for self, spouse, and any other to attend the congress.
- Providing complete and accurate contact and affiliation information for ALL co-authors; correct e-mail addresses are essential. Assuring that ALL co-authors have reviewed and approved the abstract’s content.
Providing an electronic version of a poster abstract.
Poster room credentials will not be issued until electronic versions of posters have been received. If an abstract is accepted, the presenting author is expected to register for the conference and reserve a room at one of the conference hotels/guest houses via the registration system
Abstracts Describing Clinical Trials
If an abstract is reporting data from clinical trials of human subjects, describe study design (e.g., prospective, randomized, double-blind) and population (i.e., numbers enrolled and demographics).
The presenting author should have been involved in the gathering of the raw data and be able to discuss the analysis. Please also include the following information:
Is the study ongoing or completed?
Are the results final or preliminary?
Describe statistical analyses employed, including those used to support the results Required Information Previous Submission, Publication, or Presentation of Data or Abstract If your study data or abstract information has been published, submitted for publication (anticipated publication on or before January 1, 2016), or presented at any other major national or international scientific or medical conference (i.e. generally 400 or more attendees), you will be asked to provide details on the previous presentation or publication.
These details include name and year of prior or upcoming conference, publication information or submission for publication, and whether the prior abstract is copyrighted. Abstract text that is under copyright by a publication or conference should not be submitted verbatim to IAC 2016. In addition, you will be asked about the data that have been updated for presentation at IAC 2016.
Choose from the Congress Theme and Sub-Themes. Please keep in mind that, on review of the abstract, the Scientific Committee may elect to assign an abstract to a Theme and Sub-theme deemed more appropriate.
Two keywords are required; up to 5 are allowed. Keywords should be chosen from the standard list whenever possible, but if a desired keyword is not found, then free text may be entered.
Include the name, e-mail address, and institutional affiliation for co-authors. Up to 5 may be entered (no exceptions). If there are more than 5 authors, please use one of the 5 slots to name a group that represents those who cannot be listed individually.
Affiliations: Enter the primary affiliation for each coauthor. Please spell out the full name of the institution and do not use abbreviations such as “Univ.” for “University.”
Changes in Presenting Author
The author who submits an abstract is considered the presenting author and is responsible for delivering either the oral or poster presentation if the abstract is accepted. In case of an emergency, an alternate may take the presenting author’s place. The new presenting author must update the abstract submission to disclose information for the new presenter, his/her name and institution. The new presenter must be listed as co-author on the abstract and must be registered for the congress.
Notification of Abstract Disposition
After the Scientific Committee completes its review and scores all abstracts submitted for consideration, the author and co-authors for whom correct e-mail addresses have been provided will be sent e-mail notification of the abstract disposition
Common Reasons for Abstract Rejection:
- Subject matter is not appropriate for IAC 2016
- Information is not new enough
- Abstract is duplicative of other submissions
- Format does not follow guidelines
- Submission is poorly written overall
- Introduction does not summarize the hypothesis
- Methodology is inadequate or insufficient to support conclusions
- Controls are absent or inadequate
- Summary of essential results is inadequate or absent
By submitting your abstract to the Congress, you are transferring all copyright ownership of the abstract, including all rights incidental thereto, to the event that the abstract is accepted and published by the Congress. For US federal employees, work conducted on an abstract while the author(s) were employed by the US federal government is not protected by the Copyright Act and there is no copyright, thus ownership cannot be transferred. The contents of the Congress Program and Abstracts E-Book are protected by copyright. We require that permission to replicate or reproduce any part of an abstract and /or presentation be obtained from the respective authority; however, study data are the property of the author(s) and study sponsors as relevant. For more information, please e-mail: abstract email@example.com
For further information on participation or sponsorship please contact Ashley Walters firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 2032877712.
1st International Agrobiodiversity Congress 2016