** Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to June 15th **

The 5th International Zinc Symposium is a scientific conference to review the latest knowledge and best agricultural practices in addressing zinc deficiency and it’s impact on global crop production and human health

 

 

Where:  The Irish College, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

 

When:  Wednesday 5 September 2018 – Friday 7 September 2018

Organizers

About the Symposium

The Zinc Symposium is an international scientific conference to review the latest knowledge and best agricultural practices in addressing zinc deficiency and its impact on global crop production and human health.

 

Conference Sessions Include:

Session 1:

Zinc in Soils and the Environment

Session 2:

Plant Physiology, Genetics, and Molecular Biology

Session 3:

Zinc in Animal and Human Nutrition

Session 4:

Fertilizer Zinc, Crop Biofortification and Social Aspects

Who Should Attend?

The Zinc Symposium will take a global view on zinc deficiency in soil, crops and animal and human nutrition– and on the best practices to mitigate its impact. The conference will provide new and updated information for agronomists, soil scientists, fertilizer companies, research institutions, government agencies and all those involved in optimizing crop yields and animal and human nutrition.

 

Language

The conference language is English.

 

Phosphorus in Soils and Plants Conference

Back-to-back: 6th International Conference on Phosphorous in Soils and Plants.  

More information about PSP6 click here

Registration

Delegate Registration includes admission to all three days of the Zinc Symposium as well as coffee breaks, lunch, conference dinner and a copy of all symposium abstracts.

 

Registration Fees:

 

Delegate:  €450
Student:  €250 *
Spouse/Guest:  €150

 

* You are eligible for the student fee if you are a Master student or a PhD-student in the academic year 2017-2018. Please email a scan of your certificate of enrollment to secretariat address here

€50 DISCOUNT AVAILABLE:
All delegates who are also attending the 6th International Conference on Phosphorus in Soils and Plants (Monday 10-Thursday 13 September) will be offered a € 50 discount of the registration fee for the Zinc Symposium. More information regarding the 6th International Conference on Phosphorus in Soils and Plants can be found by clicking here.

 

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation on or before 1 August 2018: 50% of the registration fee is eligible for refund, with the exception of a €50 handling fee.

No refunds can be made for the cancellations received after 1 August 2018 or in the case of not participating.

Please send possible changes for registrations and cancellations by email to secretariat.

All changes will be confirmed by email.

Important Deadlines

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15 January 2018

Registration opens.  Call for abstracts begins.

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15 June 2018

Abstract submission ends.

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15 July 2018

Notification of acceptance.

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25 August 2018

Deadline for registration.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Fien Degryse

Dr. Fien Degryse

University of Adelaide

Fien Degryse joined the Fertiliser Technology Research Centre (FTRC) at the University Adelaide in 2010. The FTRC focuses on the understanding of fundamental processes controlling fertiliser efficiency, using a combination of chemical, spectroscopic and radio-isotopic techniques, as well as pot and field trials. Her other research interests include speciation, mobility and bioavailability of metals in terrestrial and aquatic systems.

Prof. Michael Zimmerman

Prof. Michael Zimmerman

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Michael Zimmermann is Professor of Human Nutrition at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Zurich Hospital, Switzerland. Prof. Zimmermann has published over 220 peer-reviewed papers. His research has won multiple academic prizes, most recently the 2013 International Endocrinology Award of the American Society of Endocrinology and the 2015 Princess Sirindhorn Award from the Royal Family of Thailand.

Daniel Brugger

Daniel Brugger

Technische Universität München

Daniel Brugger is an animal nutritionist with focus on the nutrition physiology of vertebrate species. His research interests cover a wide range of topics, including the experimental modelling of nutrition associated phenotypes, the definition of nutrient requirements, the interaction of nutrition and immune/stress response as well as the toxicology of feed-borne substances. His special interest is currently related to zinc metabolism and the estimation of zinc requirements of livestock species.

Prof. Martin Broadley

Prof. Martin Broadley

University of Nottingham

Martin Broadley is Professor of Plant Nutrition at the University of Nottingham. His research seeks to increase our understanding of mineral nutrient dynamics in agriculture and food systems. A particular focus is on improving the nutritional quality of crops using agronomic and genetic approaches, and the movement of nutrients to humans and livestock diets.   Martin also holds a part-time Senior Research Fellow position (Agriculture and Food Systems), in the Research and Evidence Division at the Department for International Development (DFID), UK.

Muneta Grace Manzeke

Muneta Grace Manzeke

University of Zimbabwe

Muneta Grace Manzeke is a Soil Scientist and a PhD student from the University of Zimbabwe specialising in soil fertility and plant nutrition. Muneta has worked as a research fellow for SOFECSA focusing on using integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) to improve food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers. Her work has received recognition and awards from several institutions including: i) The Brian Chambers Award for young scientist working in plant nutrition at its inauguration (2015), ii) The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) International Scholar Award (2016) and more recently, the Marschner Young Scientist Award: Nurturing the future in 2017.

Dr. Wolfgang H. Pfeiffer

Dr. Wolfgang H. Pfeiffer

HarvestPlus

Dr. Wolfgang H. Pfeiffer is the Director of R&D at HarvestPlus where he provides overall leadership for achieving HarvestPlus goals of generating micronutrient-dense, high-yielding, profitable varieties of key staple foods in crop development. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Sciences from Stuttgart-Hohenheim University in Germany. Prior to joining HarvestPlus in 2005 he worked for more than 20 years at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico.

Venue

The City of Lueven

Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The city of Leuven is located in the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium, approximately 25 kilometers east of Brussels. Leuven is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in Belgium and has nearly 100.000 inhabitants. More information about the city and must see places when you visit, can be found on the website of Tourism Leuven (http://www.visitleuven.be/en), or catch a glimpse at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09lSs0T6hU4.

The University

Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven (https://www.kuleuven.be/english/)  has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Founded in 1425 by Pope Martin V, KU Leuven bears the double honour of being the oldest extant Catholic university in the world and the oldest university in the Low Countries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest university. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.

 

The Irish College, Leuven

The historical Irish College of Leuven was founded in 1607 and since 1984 it is home to the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. Today, the 17th century chapel has been transformed to a beautiful auditorium that breathes authenticity while also being equipped with the latest meeting facilities.

View The Irish College Site

Travel information

Leuven is located in the centre of Belgium. Whether you land at Brussels Airport, arrive by train in Brussels-South or enter Belgium from any direction by car you are always within reach of Leuven.

By Car

Leuven is located at the junction of two important motorways: the E40 and the E314. The ‘P’ signposts will guide you to the different car parks.

Car parks: https://www.leuven.be/parkings

Long term parking: http://www.visitleuven.be/en/long-term-parking

By Train

Leuven is easy to reach by train from all Belgian and European cities. The station is very close to the town centre.
Leuven is a 20 minutes train ride from Brussels, 45 minutes from Antwerp, 50 minutes from Liège and 1.5 hours from the Belgian coast.
Your train journey from Leuven to Brussels South Station takes just tou there in under half an hour. If you take the Eurostar or the Thalys you can be in Paris in 1.5 hours and in London, Amsterdam or Cologne in 2.5 hours.
www.belgianrail.be

By Plane

Brussels Airport (28 km from Leuven)
Leuven is approximately a 15 minutes’ drive from the Belgian National Airport of Zaventem. The airport has its own train station (Brussels National Airport), with direct trains to Leuven. The station is underneath the airport and is accessed via lifts and escalators in the arrivals hall. Several car hire companies also operate from Brussels Airport.
brusselsairport.be
www.belgianrail.be

 

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (90 km from Leuven)
Brussels Charleroi South airport is one hour away from Leuven. If you land here, you can take the bus to Charleroi railway station and take a train from there to Leuven. Several car hire companies also operate from Charleroi Airport.
charleroi-airport.com

Are you interested in renting a car when arriving at Brussels Airport?

Please check the different possibilities at: https://www.brusselsairport.be/nl/passngr/services/car-rental

Accommodations

Leuven is home to several charming hotels. Some of the hotels closest to the symposium venue are listed below.

Please Note:  attendees must book the accommodation themselves.

Hotel De Professor *

Naamsestraat 20, Leuven

Hotel New Damshire ***

Schapenstraat 1, Leuven

Hotel De Pastorij ***
St-Michielsstraat 5, Leuven

Hotel Martin’s Klooster ****

Onze-Lieve-Vrouwstraat 18, Leuven

Hotel The Fourth ****

Grote Markt 5, Leuven

A more extensive overview of hotels in Leuven can be found by clicking the icon above.

Abstract Submission

 

Call for abstracts is now open.  For instructions click here

Committee Members

Organizing Committee

Erik Smolders
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Gijs Du Laing
Universiteit Gent

Jan A. Delcour
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Ismail Cakmak
Sabanci University

Mike McLaughlin
Adelaide University

Patrick Heffer
International Fertilizer Association (IFA)

Andrew Green
International Zinc Association (IZA)

Frank Van Assche
International Zinc Association (IZA)

Wolfgang Pfeiffer
HarvestPlus

Scientific Committee

Erik Smolders
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Gijs Du Laing
Universiteit Gent

Jan A. Delcour
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Ismail Cakmak
Sabanci University

Mike McLaughlin
Adelaide University

Andrew Green
International Zinc Association (IZA)

Frank Van Assche
International Zinc Association (IZA)

Patrick Heffer
International Fertilizer Association (IFA)

Wolfgang Pfeiffer
HarvestPlus

Elien Lemmens
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Daniela Montalvo
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Ruth Vanderschueren
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

All delegates will receive a copy of the original abstracts during on-site registration.
Following the symposium, the presentations will be made available (with the authors’ permission) on this website.