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Welcome Adress: About the World Food System

Michael Kreuzer, Professor for Animal Nutrition at the ETH Zurich and Vice-President of the North-South Centre, delivered the opening speech “About the World Food System” of this year's Tropentag. Being held for the first time outside Germany, the Tropentag just beat the records: There are 1.228 registrations from a total of 83 countries, more than 1.100 abstracts were submitted, of which 522 were accepted for presentation, and there will be 130 oral presentations and almost 400 poster presentations. Thus, it promises to be a very diverse, multi-faceted and interesting conference! The World Food System is a major area of research of the North South Centre of the ETH Zurich. Founded in 2007 from its predecessor, the Centre of International Agriculture (ZIL), the North South Centre brings together various academic disciplines, ranging from agricultural sciences and information technology, to environmental studies and social sciences, thus offering an interdisciplinary approach for analyzing the World Food System.

Introduction of the Student Reporter Team

Student Reporters During the Tropentag conference there will be 12 active student reporters running around, blogging, tweeting and taking pictures and video. They will introduce themselves to you below. Do not hesitate to approach them about interesting topics or if you want to share your thoughts or give feedback about the conference! We would also like to encourage you to comment on our blogs, tweets and facebook posts. If you like you can join the twitter conversation as well: just add #tropentag to your tweet!

Important links

We actively upload and post content on several websites, including Youtube, Flickr, and Twitter. Also be sure to visit the ETH Multimedia Portal for accessing all keynote presentations. Check it out! Tropentag Flickr Channel

Student Reporters at Tropentag 2010

This year's Tropentag features a brand new innovation: Student reporters who will document the conference in real time online. Twelve international students were chosen to write a blog, do interviews, shoot videos, take pictures. By doing so we hope to increase the outreach of the Tropentag, to make the event accessible for those who cannot join the conference and to familiarize the larger public and e-community with issues of agricultural and rural development.

We, the twelve student reporters, arrived at the ETH Zurich on Monday, September 13, and were briefed in a workshop by a team from the School of Communication Sciences of University of Lugano, Switzerland. Yesterday, we focused mainly on various Web 2.0 applications and organizational matters, today the briefing continues and we deal with technical issues of using this blog, Twitter and handling Flickr for pictures taken at the conference.

The conference will start at 13:00 GMT, so stay tuned!

Tropentag 2010 - latest news

The assessment of the submitted contributions has been communicated. The authors should confirm their presentations before July 18th - otherwise it is assumed that the contribution is withdrawn.

All necessary information is also posted on our website: www.tropentag.de

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