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NJF seminar 430
Climate Change and Agricultural Production in the Baltic Sea Region
Focus on Effects, Vulnerability and Adaptation
4-6 May 2010 Sweden
Climate change will affect agriculture in the Baltic Sea Region in many ways. The expected warmer climate in Northern Europe will have an influence on crop production, animal husbandry and health as well as on the natural flora and fauna. Crop yields will probably increase in the Nordic region and it may also be possible to grow new crops. In animal production, these aspects allow new and potentially less expensive feed ingredients to be used. In southern Europe, the warm climate will probably reduce crop productivity because of drought. However, projected climate scenarios indicate that there will be large variations between regions and years with too dry conditions in some years and too wet conditions in other years. Many pests and diseases will also become more prevalent in both animals and plants. Hence, there is a need to develop strategies to cope with this new situation and to mitigate the negative effects of climate change while taking advantage of the warmer climate in our region.
The Baltic and Nordic countries share many similarities regarding climate and growing conditions. However, there are structural differences of their agricultural systems. This conference serves to share our experiences and views regarding crop and animal production in a changing climate, to explore and discuss options to deal with these challenges and to stimulate related cooperative research of our countries.

The scientific program of the conference is open to all fields dealing with effects of climate change on agriculture and animal husbandry including reindeer production. The main topics are:
- Climate change scenarios
- Crop production
- Crop protection, new pests and diseases and risk assessments
- Animal husbandry
- Animal health, new diseases and risk assessments
- Economy and policy, research and research cooperation
Keynote speakers
- Rector Lisa Sennerby Forsse, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
- Professor Jörgen Olesen, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Research Centre Foulum, Tjele, Denmark
- Professor Markku Rummikainen, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden
- Associate professor Ann Albihn, National Veterinary Institute, Sweden
- Vice chair, Elisabeth Gauffin, Farmers Association, LRF, Sweden
- Dr Richard Harrington, Deputy Science Director, Centre for Bioenergy and Climate Change, Department of Plant and Invertebrate Ecology, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK
- Professor Öje Danell, Reindeer Husbandry Unit, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
- Professor Mark Kibblewhite, Head of Natural Resources, Cranfield university, UK
- Associate professor Karen A. Garrett, Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, USA
- Dr Virginijus Feiza, Head of Department of Soil and Crop Management, Lithuanian Institute of Agriculture, Lithuania
Target group
- Researchers in crop production and crop protection
- Researchers in animal husbandry and veterinary science
- Policy makers
- Farmers organizations
- Advisers and extension workers
- Stakeholders of the food sector
- All other interested parties
Call for papers and posters
Abstracts of Oral and poster presentations
Please submit a 1 page abstract for oral and ½-1 for poster presentations.
The seminar language is English. All abstracts and presentations shall be prepared and presented in English. The authors are responsible for the scientific content and language quality of the abstracts. You are welcome to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentation day 2 and day 3 of the symposium.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to select among the submitted titles for oral or poster presentations, if necessary.

Accepted abstracts will be published in seminar proceedings by in NJF Report series. Poster presentations will also be included in the proceedings.
Deadline for abstracts is 2010-01-31
Notification of acceptance for oral and poster presentations: 2010-02-10

Please use the following abstract template:
Title of presentation (in verdana 12 pt)
Name of author(s). Address and affiliation of authors. Telephone, fax and e-mail address of first author. If there is more than one address for the authors, use sub-scripts to indicate who is from which institut. (in verdana 10 pt italic)
Abstract body text (in verdana 10 pt).
Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are to be submitted to: roland.sigvald@ekol.slu.se

Preparation of posters
Each poster presentation will be allocated one display board. The dimensions of the poster are 1.2 m x 0.85 m in portrait orientation
The title of the poster and details of the author(s) must be included as part of the poster. It is recommended that details of author affiliations are kept to a minimum as affiliation and contact details will be shown in the Proceedings. Posters should be clear, simple and self-explanatory. Sub-headings (usually Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions) will often be appropriate.
Text, including axis labels and legends on tables and figures, should be no smaller than 36 point (capitals = 9 mm high; lower case = 6 mm high).
Parallel sessions during the seminar
Day 1
- Climate Change and Agricultural Production in the Baltic Sea Region
- Dinner at 19.00
Day 2
- Crop production/crop protection
- Animal health, management and new diseases
- Soil science
- Crop production/crop protection
- Animal health, management and new diseases
- Soil science
Additional information
The Symposium is organised by NJF (Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists) in collaboration with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

The seminar language is English and all presentations must be prepared in English.

Hotel cost is not included in seminar fee. Participatns are asked to organise hotel room themselves.

Seminar fee for PhD students is 2000 SEK
Participation fee
NJF members before 2010-03-12: 3000 SEK
NJF members after 2010-03-12: 3800 SEK
Others before 2010-03-12: 3500 SEK
Others after 2010-03-12: 4400 SEK
Students before 2010-03-12: 3000 SEK
Students after 2010-03-12: 3800 SEK
Seminar location
The seminar will be held at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
Important deadlines
- Submission of abstracts for oral presentations: 2010-02-20
- Submission of abstracts for poster presentations: 2010-02-20
- Notification of acceptance for oral and poster presentations: 2010-03-19
- Final registration: 2010-04-02
Organizing committee
Associate professor Roland Sigvald, SLU,
Dr Björn Andersson, SLU
Professor Henrik Eckersten SLU
Associate professor Lars Andersson, SLU
Agronomist Göran Gustafsson, SJV

Scientific committee (crop protection/production)
Associate professor Roland Sigvald, Sweden
Dr Björn Andersson, Sweden
Associate professor Lars Andersson, Sweden
Professor Henrik Eckersten, Sweden
Dr Hans Pinnschmidt, Denmark
Dr Lars Munkholm, Denmark
Senior researcher Irmeli Markkula, Finland
Dr Biruta Bankina, Latvia
Dr Matti Koppel, Estonia
Dr Solweigh Haukeland, Norway

Scientific committee (animal husbandry)
Dr Nils Petter Kjos, Norway
Associate professor Roland Sigvald, Sweden
Associate professor Hanne Hansen, Denmark
Dr Bjørnar Ytrehus, Norway
Dr Halvor Hektoen, Norway
Dr Elisabet Nadeau, Sweden
Professor Leif Norrgren, Sweden
Associate professor Jan Bertilsson, Sweden
Associate professor Ann Albihn, National Veterinary Institute, Sweden
Dr Jarkko Niemi, Finland
Seminar contact
Roland Sigvald Sweden.
E-mail: roland.sigvald@slu.se

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