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XII Congress of ESA 20 – 24 August 2012 Helsinki, Finland. Finnish agriculture – between lakes and forests. Basic statistics. 66 000 farms (down from 88 000 since joining EU in 1995) Average size 33.5 ha arable land + 48 ha forests Total 2.2 M ha arable land 10\% set-aside

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basic statistics
Basic statistics
  • 66 000 farms (down from 88 000 since joining EU in 1995)
  • Average size 33.5 ha arable land + 48 ha forests
  • Total 2.2 M ha arable land
      • 10% set-aside
      • 29% pasture, silage, hay, fodder
      • 51% barley, oat, wheat, rye
      • 10% ALL other crops
  • Short growing season (May – August)
  • Winter reduces some pests, pathogens
possible theme agronomy at the edge
Possible theme: Agronomy at the edge
  • At the edge of Europe: seasons are short, days are long, interesting for modellers
  • At the edges with related sciences: genetics, pathology, economics
  • At the cutting edge: Adaptation to climate change, introduction of new crops and cropping systems
joint sessions
Joint sessions
  • International acid-sulphate soil conference
  • Legume Futures: legume-supported cropping systems for Europe (FP7 project)
  • Others?
  • Possible joint hosts
  • NJF (Nordic agricultural science association)
  • SMTS (Finnish agricultural science association)
possible session themes
Possible session themes
  • Crop adaptation to high latitudes; stresses; daylength
  • Modelling
  • Yield gap (Nordic-Baltic region has a large yield gap!)
  • Management of novel crops (part of adaptation to climate change)
  • Frontiers with related sciences: biotechnology, economy, breeding, technology, ecology
  • Crop protection
  • Legume-supported rotations
  • Acid-sulphate soils
  • Farming and cropping systems
  • Soil microbiology & soil-plant interactions
  • Extension and education
  • Agroecology, environmental impacts

Modelling

Ecological intensification

local scientific committee includes
Local scientific committee includes
  • Plant- and crop-level agronomists
  • Soil scientists
  • Tillage scientists
  • Agricultural technologists
  • And possibly pathologists, geneticists, economists and others from allied disciplines
  • Several ”willing” PhD students will be volunteered to help
input needed
Input needed!!!!!!!!
  • Volunteers or nominees for the (international) Scientific Committee
  • Suggestions or nominations for invited speakers
conference organizers
Conference organizers
  • Blue & White Conferences Oy
  • Conference websitewww.esa12.fi will soon be open
  • Conference email is [email protected]
conference location
Conference location
  • University's Main Building
  • Main Hall for opening and closing sessions
  • 3 large auditoriums for concurrent sessions
  • 3 large open spaces for posters, coffees & lunches
conference hotels
Conference hotels
  • 4, 3 and 2 star hotels in the city centre
  • Walking distance to conference venue
  • Walking distance to main cultural centres
travel
Travel
  • Direct flights from:
  • Copenhagen, Stockholm, Riga
  • Most other European capitals
  • Ferries from Estonia, Sweden, Germany
  • Railway from Russia
also in 2012
Also in 2012 …
  • World Design Capital, Helsinki and Lahti, events all year
  • European Athletics Championships, Helsinki, 27 June – 1 July
  • Helsinki Festival, 17 August – 6 Sept
  • … and, according to an interpretation of an ancient Mayan calendar…
  • the end of the world
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