TROPENTAG 2018: YPARD call of interest

Each year YPARD partakes in the annual interdisciplinary conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, natural resource management and rural development  “Tropentag” with an interactive workshop.

See details of the previous workshops here,  here and here.

This year Tropentag will be organized by the University of Ghent, Belgium in close cooperation KU Leuven and Antwerp University (both Belgium) and will be held from the 17th - 19th September, 2018. Students, doctoral students, scientists, extension workers, decision-makers, politicians and practical farmers, interested and engaged in agricultural research and rural development in transition and developing countries will gather to share their knowledge on the conference theme “Global food security and food safety: The role of universities”.

Are you going to be present at Tropentag? Come and join us!!

YPARD is also seeking to create a connection with stakeholders and fellow YPARDians who will take part in the conference as well as invites interested YPARDians to let us know if they would like to be on board with the development and organization of its interactive workshop.

  • Is your submitted contribution accepted for Tropentag conference?
  • Will you be present at the event as a participant?
  • Would you like to meet the YPARD team and other fellow YPARDians?
  • While at the same time creating connections with other participants, scientist, extension workers, decision makers, etc?

If yes, let us know! We would love to have you on board and work with you to impart the workshop!

The workshop theme

On Sunday, September 16th (one day prior to the official opening of Tropentag conference), YPARD will impart its interactive workshop with the objective to create a Research and Innovation Hub that will facilitate and make connections between different “worlds” possible: Research, business, and Educational Institutions.

The objective is to empower young researchers and professionals dealing with research, by facilitating linkages and transfer of knowledge with high level and experienced scientist, so that they can build the Research and action that will give answers to fight against inequalities and shape a better future for all.

This collective action requires an enabling innovation ecosystem and YPARD has a key role to play in this needed evolution. Ensuring the generational handover it is not just about “filling heads” and performing well on evaluations. During our workshop, we want to start building up the community that will make this Research and Innovation Hub operational.

How to join the workshop (please, contact us as soon as possible):

  • You can join by simply sending an email to with cc to
  • If you would like to be a member of the workshop team and help in its implementation please send us a short motivation email and let us know your scheduled arrival date to Gent, Belgium.

Please note that the conference early bird fee is until July 15th.

Workshop organizers

Myriam Perez, YPARD Director,

Libuška Valešová, YPARD Europe coordinator,

Ivana Radic, former YPARD Serbia representative,

Stacy Hammond, YPARD Europe communications officer,

See you at Tropentag 2018!!

Picture credit: YPARD