23rd September 2012 - 25th September 2012
IWA Nutrient Removal and Recovery 2012 Conference to be held in Harbin, China September 23-25, 2012. This is the next in a long line of highly valuable and successful conferences sponsored by the Nutrient Removal and Recovery Specialist Group.   Conference Themes 1.    Biological nitrogen removal processes        •    Nitrification including the function of Ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA)        •    ANAMMOX process
8th July 2012 - 12th July 2012
Welcome to the 19th International Conference on Phosphorus Chemistry. Preliminary details of the 19th International Congress on Phosphorus Chemistry taking place in the vibrant city of Rotterdam from 8−12 July, 2012. Contact
12th June 2012 - 15th June 2012
Global assessment for organic resources and waste management: Assessment of technologies for optimal organics management processes and enlightened environmental policies. June 12th – 15th 2012 in Rennes, France.
19th March 2012 - 21st March 2012
Phosphates 2012 brings together experts and decision makers from leading companies within the fertilizer, industrial and feed phosphate industries, giving you the perfect opportunity to hear their presentations on some of the key issues and challenges affecting the phosphate world and to network with senior executives in the organizations that defi ne phosphate supply and demand. 19th-21st March 2012, El Jadida, Morocco THE ONLY GLOBAL EVENT FOR THE FERTILIZER, INDUSTRIAL AND FEED PHOSPHATE MARKETS
29th February 2012 - 3rd March 2012
A Blueprint for Global Phosphorus Security: The Institute for Sustainable Futures and the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative are pleased to announce the 3rd Sustainable Phosphorus Summit which will take place in late February 2012 in sunny Sydney, Australia. Initial funding has been secured from the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). The 2012 Sustainable Phosphorus Summit will be hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney - a founding member of the Global Phosphorus Research Initiative ( This conference will bring together key science, policy and industry stakeholders from different parts of the food production and consumption chain concerned about the role of phosphorus availability and accessibility in global food security, about protecting the environment, and about supporting rural and urban livelihoods. Themes include: Sustainable food systems Global phosphate rock production and reserves Phosphorus use efficiency in mining, agriculture, food processing Phosphorus recovery and reuse Phosphorus pollution and waste Sustainable phosphorus strategies and global governance The format of the Summit will ensure a high level of interactivity, multi-stakeholder participation, creativity and be outcomes-oriented. It will build on two important international events in previous years: Phosphorus and Global Food Security International Workshop in Linköping, Sweden, February 2010 (See proceedings: Sustainable Phosphorus Summit in Phoenix, Arizona, February 2011 (see program and outcomes at: We are currently seeking further sponsorship from government, industry and the private sector. Download a sponsorship prospectus here if you are interested. More information on a call for abstracts, keynote speakers, program and other aspects of the conference can be found at the official conference website: We look forward to seeing you in Sydney in February!   The Sustainable P Summit organising committee  
24th November 2011 - 25th November 2011
The Fertilizer Trade Africa, 2011 will be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 24th to 25th November, 2011 at the 5-star Fairmont, The Norfolk Hotel. The Fertilizer Trade Africa 2011 is a Forum for producers, traders, importers and financiers  in the fertilizer sub-sector to interact and exchange views and network. The forum to be held for two days i.e. 24th / 25th November, 2011will and will provide an opportunity for the fertilizer trade in sub-Saharan Africa to network and establish new business contracts while strengthening existing business relationships . The delegates will intract through the formal conference sessions and an  exhibition to be held at the same venue. There will also be social networking cocktails on the first and last day of the event.  The fertilizer sub-sector in Africa has been recognized as an important catalyst for the "green revolution" in Africa.  The sector is currently experiencing emerging challenges and opportunities. Some of these include the high international/local fertilizer prices, fertilizer price fluctuations, the continued subsidy on farm inputs to targeted resource poor and vulnerable small scale farmers, the  emerging Private-Public Partnership in credit and  local / international supply chain constrains and insurance provision in the promotion of farm inputs. The purpose of Fertilizer Trade Africa 2011 is to provide a platform for senior executives from fertilizer  producing companies, exporters, importers, traders, shipping lines, terminal and storage facility operators, banks and finance houses, government officials, large agri-businesses to meet in one place to enhance existing business relationships while establishing new contacts in the region. Fertilizer Trade Africa 2011 is also an ideal forum for fertilizer handling  / blending equipment suppliers to showcase products and solutions to existing and potential clients. Fertilizer Trade Africa 2011 is being held in Nairobi, Kenya - in Eastern Africa,  a region which is dependant on fertilizer imports due to the fact that there is no significant local  production to meet demand. Why Fertilizer Trade Africa 2011? The conference / exhibition offers the chance to source new products, find new business partners, and network with international and domestic fertilizer producers / traders, plant nutrition professionals and other agricultural professionals                              Face to face access to key decision makers in the African  and global markets from government, business and non-governmental organisations promoting the use of fertilizers in Africa. Opportunity to launch new technologies, products or services in Africa. Chance to investigate local or international market opportunities Be educated on new techniques and best practices operating in the fertilizer and plant nutrition industry in general.  Who will attend? Delegates are expected to register from the African continent and all over the world representing fertilizer producers manufacturers, suppliers, traders, ports and terminals, project operators and developers, large / small scale farmers , fertilizer trading houses, finance houses, blending and handling  equipment, ministries of agriculture, trade insurance, plant nutrition proffesionals make up the mix of attendees over the two-day event. Who should exhibit? Fertilizer Trade Africa, 2011 will attract fertilizer service companies, suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, ports / terminal operators, large agro-based businesses, project developers, banks, blending and handling equipment, governments, trade insurance institutions, cargo inspection companies, plant nutrition laboratories from around the globe representing the latest innovations in technologies, products and services.  Exhibiting companies will also reflect  equipment manufacturers, suppliers, engineering, design, construction and operation of fertilizer handling, blending or production plants. The cost of an exhibition booth There are only eight (8) exhibition booths available on first come, first serve basis. The exhibition package includes floor space 3mx3m with schell scheme, facia board, table, two chairs plus 1 free delegate registration. The cost of a 3mx3m exhibition booth is as follows: Early bird rate: US$3,200 (before 31st August, 2011) Standard rate: US$3,500 (after 31st August, 2011) Floor plan To view the floor plan, and select your booth,  please visit   How do I book my booth? If you are interested in booking exhibition space, please download the exhibition booking form here  Advertising in the official conference booklet We  will produce an official conference booklet that will be distributed to all delegates attending the conference. If you wish to advertise in the official conference booklet, please download the advertisement booking form here: Interested? If you are interested in booking an exhibition booth during  Fertilizer Trade Africa, 2011 kindly e-mail  or call +254 20 8128572 to discuss the exhibition opportunities available during the conference.  
19th September 2011 - 21st September 2011
GROWTH IN VOLATILE MARKETS 19-21 September 2010 The Ritz – Carlton, West Bay Lagoon Doha, Qatar After the resounding success of the inaugural GPCA Fertilizer Convention in 2010, we are delighted to announce the second conference to take place in Doha, Qatar, from 19-21 September 2011. GPCA Fertilizer Convention 2011 will be focusing on the theme of Growth in Volatile Markets. Volatility in fertilizer markets is nothing new, but companies have been navigating particularly diffi cult market conditions in the last couple of years since the unprecedented price spike at the end of 2008. This volatility is not good for any player along the supply chain – producer, trader or end user alike. Nevertheless with food security at the top of every government’s agenda, the food production supply chain must continue not only to survive volatile markets, but also to grow and invest in the future. The 2011 programme will focus on the current and future climate for fertilizer investment into the future, highlighting key players leading the way, principal regions calling the shots and major future projects affecting the market balance.  
5th July 2011 - 6th July 2011
The European scientific workshop on Desiging phosphorus cycle at country scale will be held in Bordeaux, France The current depletion of available phosphorus (P) resources is a concern for sustainable agricultural production. It calls for an urgent analysis of key driving forces underlying global P resource consumption. Large scale studies on P cycling in society are therefore necessary. Designing P cycles at country scale provides insight on internal fluxes, stocks, import and export. It allows to identify recycling opportunities and options for a better management. However, many scientific as well as technical questions remain about the design method and results. This workshop aims at gathering European scientists working in the field of phosphorus sustainability to share their ideas, methodological approaches and findings with fellow scientists. The benefits, outcomes and challenges of quantifying P cycles at country scale will be discussed. Future research collaborations on linking system approaches of P flux calculations and mathematical modelling of P cycles at different spatial scales will be outlined. Please find detailed information of the workshop in the attached leaflet. This workshop is dedicated to cooperation between European scientific teams working on P cycling at country scale. There are opportunities for participants to present a case study (either oral or poster) and to chair a session. If interested, you can mention your willingness in the registration form. If you intend to participate in the workshop, please fill in the registration form (see attachment) and send it back to: The deadline for the registration is 10th June, 2011. However, early registration will be given priority as the maximum number of participants will be around 25. The cost of travel and accommodation should be arranged by the participants on their own. Download the  Workshop leaflet   The preliminary program is now available Tuesday, July 5 2011 09:00 - 10:00 : Registration of the participants and coffee 10:00 - 10:30 : Welcome address. Introduction of participants (S Pellerin, INRA-Bordeaux, France) 10:30 - 11:15 : Introductory presentation on importance of phosphorus research (L Bouwman, Netherland Environmental Assessment Agency) 11:15 - 12:00 : Principles of material flow analyses 12:00 - 14:00 : Lunch break 14:00 - 14:45 : Studies on P cycle at country scale: justification, scope and importance (S Pellerin, INRA-Bordeaux, France) 14:45 - 15:30 : Presentation on system approach to quantify P fluxes at the country scale (T Nesme, INRA-ENITAB, Bordeaux, France) 15:30 - 16:00 : Tea/Coffee break 16:00 - 16:45 : Challenges on quantifying P fluxes at the country scale : database and quantification methods (B Smit, PRI, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands) Wednesday, July 6 2011 09:00 - 09:45 : Case study analysis: the case of France (K Senthilkumar, INRA-ENITAB, Bordeaux, France) 09:45 - 10:30 : Case study analysis: the case of Netherlands (J van Middelkoop, Livestock Research, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands) 10:30 - 11:00 : Coffee break 11:00 - 11:45 : Case study analysis: the case of Switzerland (D Wittmer, ETH, Switzerland) 11:45 - 13:30 : Lunch break 13:30 - 14:00 : Additional case study or poster presentation 14:00 - 15:30 : Discussion: Interesting outcomes of national scale P balance studies for public decision-making Linking system approaches of P flux calculations with other scales (scaling up and scaling down) Mathematical modelling of P cycles Future projects and collaborations 15:30 - 16:00 : Note of thanks and ending (S Pellerin)
9th May 2011 - 19th May 2011
Assessing Crop Production, Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA May 9-19, 2011   Background: Today more than ever, increased crop production depends on judicious use of resources. In addition, issues such as climate change, climate variability, soil carbon sequestration, biofuels, long-term food security and environmental sustainability have become increasingly important. Computer simulation models of the soil/plant/atmosphere system can make a valuable contribution to both furthering our understanding of the processes that determine crop responses and predicting crop performance, resource use and environmental impacts for different environments and management scenarios. User-oriented simulation models greatly facilitate the task of optimizing crop growth and deriving recommendations concerning crop management. They can also be used to determine the potential impact of climate change on crop production and long-term soil carbon sequestration, or provide management scenarios for adapting to climate change and variability. IFDC, in collaboration with the International Consortium for Agricultural Systems Applications (ICASA) and several other institutions, will host a training program on DSSAT Version 4.5 on May 9-19, 2011, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA. The overall goal of this training program is to familiarize participants with the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) and the Cropping System Model (CSM) for the simulation of crop growth and yield, soil and plant water, nutrient and carbon dynamics, and the application of models to real-world problems. Training Program Objectives: 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. Specifically the program will focus on: Operation of the Windows-based DSSAT Version 4.5 software. Description of the DSSAT- CSM and its modules, such as CROPGRO and CERES, and the science embedded in the models. Minimum data requirements and experimental data collection for systems simulation. Integration of crop simulation models with database management and Geographical Information Systems. Application of the DSSAT-CSM model to improve management of cropping systems. Who Should Attend: This training program is 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. Participants should: Be university graduates currently engaged in crop production or agro-ecosystems-related research, teaching, extension, outreach or planning. Have some understanding of crop and soil science and be relatively familiar with the terminology used in these fields. An in-depth level of knowledge, however, is not a prerequisite. Be familiar with personal computers and the Windows operating environment. Understand English. Training Program Features: The training program will: Describe a practical approach for simulating effects of soil, weather, management and pest factors on crop production. Demonstrate how processes of crop growth and development, water use, uptake of water and nutrients and carbon dynamics can be simulated. Make extensive use of “hands-on” sessions that apply the DSSAT-CSM model to cropping systems in various regions of the world. Describe procedures for collecting and managing crop, weather and soil data for model evaluation. Give participants the opportunity to work with their own data and determine the accuracy of the models for application to specific problems. Analyze management alternatives for single seasons or over long-term crop rotations. Concentrate on specific applications that include irrigation, fertilizer and nutrient management, climate change, soil carbon sequestration, climate variability and precision management. Assess economic risks and environmental impacts associated with agricultural production. Faculty: The following faculty will lecture in this training program: Dr. G. Hoogenboom, Washington State University Dr. K.J. Boote, University of Florida Dr. L.A. Hunt, University of Guelph, Canada Dr. J.W. Jones, University of Florida Dr. J. Lisazo, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain Dr. U. Singh, IFDC Dr. J. W. White, USDA-ARS-ALARC Dr. P.W. Wilkens, IFDC ...and other experts from the International Consortium for Agricultural Systems Applications (ICASA) Visa and Medical Insurance: APPLICATIONS FOR VISAS SHOULD BE MADE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. A visa is required for entry into the United States. Each participant must obtain a visa from the Embassy or Consulate of the United States in his/her country of residence. Participants should fulfill all required immunizations and health formalities before departing their county of residence. Medical insurance should be obtained by participants. The program fee does not cover any medical insurance or expenses. Cost and Enrollment: The program fee for this training course is US $1,500 per participant. This fee is due with enrollment but no later than April 9, 2011. A non-refundable deposit of US $200 is required with each registration. The deposit will be credited toward the program fee, which is due four weeks before the program is scheduled. Thereafter, a Late Fee in the amount of US $200 will apply. The program fee, less the deposit, will be refunded for cancellations made two weeks before the commencement of the program; thereafter, 90 percent of the paid fee will be returned and 10 percent, in addition to the deposit, will be charged to cover administrative costs. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Paid participants will receive priority. Registration and program fee payments should reach IFDC by April 10, 2011. Those received thereafter will be accepted at IFDC’s discretion and incur an additional US $200 late fee. An organization wishing to enroll more than one participant should supply information for each participant. Payment of the program fee can be made by (1) check or draft payable to IFDC; (2) wire transfer to the IFDC account in the U.S.A. through First Metro Bank, 406 West Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A., ABA number 062203955 for credit to IFDC Account number 55281; or (3) major credit card – MasterCard, Visa or American Express. The program fee covers registration, training and reference material (the DSSAT v4.5 software and the book Understanding Options for Agricultural Production), coffee/tea breaks, all lunches and surface transportation related to field trips. The fee does not include costs of participants' air travel expenses from their home country to the United States and return or any air travel within the United States, lodging and meal expenses (beyond lunches as stated above), medical and/or communications expenses. Participants are responsible for these costs. Participants should plan to arrive in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A., on Sunday, May 8, 2011. Venue: The brand new Residence Inn by Marriott in Florence, Alabama, offers spacious suites with separate areas for sleeping, working, eating and relaxing. Each room comes equipped with a full kitchen, including a full size refrigerator, stove, microwave and dishwasher, iron and ironing board, coffee maker and LCD television. Their warm, inviting staff is available 24/7 and will make you feel right at home during your 2-week stay. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to restaurants, shopping and places of entertainment. The hotel’s wired fiber optic internet is among the fastest in the state of Alabama and is complimentary to all guests. Guests can relax by the pool or hot tub or utilize the grill and fire pit. For the sports fanatic, the hotel also features a state of the art fitness facility, as well as an outdoor sports court. Participants will be extended IFDC’s negotiated special all inclusive King Studio Suite rate of $69.00 per night. This rate includes a full complimentary hot breakfast that is offered daily. The hotel's management staff also hosts a complimentary reception at least two nights a week that includes a grill out and a wine and cheese evening. The hotel coordinates are:   Residence Inn Florence 1000 Sweetwater AvenueFlorence, Alabama 35630, U.S.A. Phone: +1 (256) 764-9966 Fax: 1-256-764-9988 About IFDC: IFDC is a nonprofit, public international organization (PIO) dedicated to increasing agricultural productivity and food production through the development and use of plant nutrients in sustainable crop production systems. Headquartered in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, U.S.A., IFDC is involved in human resource development, research and technical assistance in collaboration with public, private, national and international organizations throughout the world. IFDC has conducted more than 700 formal workshops, study tours and training programs for about 10,000 participants from 150 countries since 1974. The programs have covered a wide range of subjects including integrated soil fertility management and fertilizer use efficiency, fertilizer production technology, agri-input dealership, competitive marketing, supply chain management, investment analysis, policy reforms and numerous specialized topics. For more information: Training and Workshop Coordination Unit IFDC P.O. Box 2040 Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662, U.S.A. Telephone: +1 (256) 381-6600 Telefax: +1 (256) 381-7408 E-Mail: Website: As a nonprofit organization, IFDC does not finance or sponsor any participant.
9th May 2011 - 11th May 2011
The first International Symposium on Innovation and Technology in the Phosphate Industry, to be held from May 9th to 13th, 2011 in Marrakech. Organized and sponsored by OCP group, this worldwide, scientific and technological event will be a global meeting point for all major players in the fields related to the phosphate industry. Various topics related to the phosphate industry, such as geological prospecting and mining and chemical promotion of phosphates and derivatives will be addressed through plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations as well as specific workshops. Other sessions on topics such as environment, energy, and sustainable development are also scheduled, the major connecting thread: innovation in all its forms. This first Symposium, to be held May 2011, will be an occasion to bring together experts, industrialists, researchers, equipment suppliers and consultants in order to: Share information and ideas, Review new techniques and technologies that can improve production, Discuss best practices with an emphasis on sustainable development and environmental preservation, Envision the future of the phosphate industry in the context of a sustainable development approach and clean technologies. SYMPOSIUM TOPICS Papers will address the following topics: 1. Mining o Prospecting o Extraction o Beneficiation o Handling storage and transportation (pipeline,...) o Quality control 2. Chemicals o Sulfuric acid o Phosphoric acid (technology and production processes: agitators, pumps, filters, heat exchangers, reactors, evaporators, metering, materials,...) o Fluorine and phosphate derivatives (processes, valorization,...) o Uranium and rare earth elements (processes, valorization,...) o Fertilizers (processes, products, liquid fertilizer, phosphate salts, granulation, coating, grinding, sieving, drying, storage and handling,...) 3. Environment, Water, Energy o Phosphogypsum valorization o Sludge washing phosphates o Desalination of seawater o Dust remediation o Gas scrubbing o Recycling of waste water o Analysis and control o Energy o Regulations and standards 4. Safety o Regulations and standards 5. Industrial management o Organization and performance management   Site visits are scheduled on May 10th, in Khouribga: One of the world’s largest industrial mining complex, and JorfLasfar: a world-class chemical platform.Interested participants are invited to register on the site. Participants who wish to have an exhibition space to present their company, products and services can benefit from the services of a qualified team entirely dedicated to the organization and management of exhibition stands. B to B meetings will be open to all participants who will be able to schedule their appointments thanks to an interactive application allowing them to manage specific agendas related to SYMPHOS. The latter will be available as soon as the program is issued. In order to enjoy all leisure opportunities of the imperial city of Marrakech, a touristic program is also planned for participants and accompanying persons. Finally, a gala dinner hosted by OCP group will be offered to all participants and will take place in the magnificent “Palais Soleiman” in the Red City on May 12th.