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Current Events │ 26. July 2022

Call for Papers: Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) 2022

The prevailing pattern of economic and social development all too often fails to deliver progress for all and to respect our planetary boundaries. We see climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation caused by economic development that is accompanied by persistent or even rising inequality, poverty, and even hunger. The current multiple crises are reinforcing […]

The prevailing pattern of economic and social development all too often fails to deliver progress for all and to respect our planetary boundaries. We see climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation caused by economic development that is accompanied by persistent or even rising inequality, poverty, and even hunger. The current multiple crises are reinforcing some of these global problems. Simultaneously meeting the global challenges of achieving sustainable and inclusive development requires strong interdisciplinary and international research collaboration. Research at the interface of environment and development is often hampered by traditional academic boundaries. New ideas and fresh research approaches as well as inter-disciplinary exchange are needed to meet such challenges. Young researchers in particular play a key role in doing so.

Therefore, several German research institutes ATB, GIGA, IGZ, PIK, ZALF and ZMT – all members of the Leibniz association – have initiated the Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) that now also counts on the support of RWI. The aim of LEADS is to foster interdisciplinary exchange and stimulate collaboration on global societal challenges among early career researchers and senior scholars.

After a pandemic-induced break, we hereby invite you to join the next LEADS event at the GIGA in Hamburg on November 2-3, 2022. We invite submissions of original research papers that address challenges at the interface of environment and development. We are planning for a hybrid event with preference for physical presence. Yet, we are aware that we may have to be fully online if circumstances do not allow for a physical meeting.

There will be ample opportunities for academic discussion and network building. Accepted papers will be discussed in the conference by a dedicated discussant. We may also have a poster session. Participants are encouraged to explore new research collaborations. Please send your submission (at least an extended abstract, ideally a full draft paper, in English) and a short CV (maximum two pages) in PDF format by email to anette.ruml@giga-hamburg.de by 30 August 2022. Decisions will be communicated by the mid of September 2022. There will be discussants, therefore the final papers (completed or draft version) are due by 23 October 2022. The conference language will be English.

For further information send an email to anette.ruml@giga-hamburg.de

Academic committee: Achim Schlüter (ZMT), Anette Ruml (GIGA), Barbara Schröter (ZALF), Jann Lay (GIGA), Kati Krähnert (PIK), Lasse Loft (ZALF), Maximiliane Sievert (RWI), Philipp Grundmann (ATB), Roman Hoffmann (PIK/ IIASA), Tilman Brück (IGZ)

Local organizers: Anette Ruml and Jann Lay (GIGA)

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Call for Papers: Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS) 2022

 

Current Events │ 30. June 2022

IGZ-success in Italy!

At the 3rd International Conference on Food Bioactives & Health, in Parma, Italy, which took place from June 21 to 24, 2022, the IGZ was very successful: Three prizes were awarded! In the category “Carotenoids”, Maria Fitzner (Research Group QUALITY.1.1 Food chemistry and human nutrition) received the prize for the best poster. In the category […]

At the 3rd International Conference on Food Bioactives & Health, in Parma, Italy, which took place from June 21 to 24, 2022, the IGZ was very successful: Three prizes were awarded! In the category “Carotenoids”, Maria Fitzner (Research Group QUALITY.1.1 Food chemistry and human nutrition) received the prize for the best poster. In the category “Glucosinolates & Other Organosulfur Compounds” Matthias Renz received the prize for the best poster and Dr. Franziska Hanschen the prize for the best oral presentation (both research group QUALITY.2 OPTIGLUP – Optimization of Glucosinolate Degradation Pathways).

Congratulations to the award winners!

 

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IGZ participants at the “3rd International Conference on Food Bioactives & Health”. From left to right: Matthias Renz, Maria Fitzner, Kudzai Mbudu, Maximillian Martin and Franziska Hanschen

 

Two people proudly show their awards

Two of the three proud winners: Matthias Renz wins the prize for the best poster and Dr. Franziska Hanschen the prize for the best oral presentation, both in the category “Glucosinolates & Other Organosulfur Compounds”.

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Current Events │ 30. May 2022

IGZ at Hannover Messe (30.05 – 02.06)

“From idea to development to implementation” is a slogan of HANNOVER MESSE, which is now back in attendance after a two-year pandemic. At the world’s largest international industrial trade fair, products and solutions from various fields, from applied industrial research, design and development to automation, logistics and energy supply, are presented. This year, the “Agricultural […]

“From idea to development to implementation” is a slogan of HANNOVER MESSE, which is now back in attendance after a two-year pandemic.

At the world’s largest international industrial trade fair, products and solutions from various fields, from applied industrial research, design and development to automation, logistics and energy supply, are presented.

This year, the “Agricultural Systems of the Future” funding line is represented at the “Bioeconomy Showcase” (“Schaufenster Bioökonomie”) in Hall 2, booth number 33.

On display will be innovative approaches to agricultural and food production using two interactive exhibits. A virtual reality (VR) simulation provides insight into the food production of the future and a multi-touch table allows visitors to learn more about the eight projects of the funding line.

We are looking forward to your visit!

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Webpage of the Hannover Messe 2022

 

Current Events │ 30. May 2022

IGZ at the re:publica in Berlin (08.06 – 10.06)

The re:publica Berlin is back! The festival for the digital society will take place from June 8-10, 2022 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg and this year’s motto is “Any Way the Wind Blows”. At re:publica 2022, actors from the field of resource-saving sanitation and sustainable circular economy will jointly create a thematic […]

The re:publica Berlin is back! The festival for the digital society will take place from June 8-10, 2022 in the Arena Berlin and the Festsaal Kreuzberg and this year’s motto is “Any Way the Wind Blows”.

At re:publica 2022, actors from the field of resource-saving sanitation and sustainable circular economy will jointly create a thematic contribution to the sanitation and nutrient turnaround. With Loo:topia, we want to provide a diverse introduction to the topic of circular sanitation and food systems. It aims to show why the sanitation and nutrient turnaround is so important and how the implementation of these turns can succeed.

The IGZ projects zirkulierBAR and Agricultural Systems of the future will also be (re)present(ed)!

The “Agricultural Systems of the Future” are represented in the Loo:topia exhibition concept with two interactive exhibits. A virtual reality (VR) simulation provides insight into the food production of the future and a multi-touch table allows visitors to learn more about the content of the eight projects in the funding line.

Project zirkulierBAR offers a wide range of thematic contributions to the program with regards to the sanitation and nutrient transition, including:

We look forward to seeing you at the re:publica 22!

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re:publica entire Programme

re:publica homepage

 

Current Events │ 9. May 2022

This was the “Future Day” at IGZ

On Thursday, April 28, the Future Day took place again at the IGZ. A total of 13 students from Berlin and Brandenburg registered for an exciting program of career orientation at our institute. The participants were introduced to the institute and received an introduction to the fascinating world of plant research from our colleagues from […]

On Thursday, April 28, the Future Day took place again at the IGZ. A total of 13 students from Berlin and Brandenburg registered for an exciting program of career orientation at our institute.

The participants were introduced to the institute and received an introduction to the fascinating world of plant research from our colleagues from various fields by learning about the different professions at the IGZ. In addition, the young students were able to get a taste of everyday life and find out which education or training path they can take to reach the respective professions.

The pupils were given an exciting introduction to greenhouse technology, learned about microplastics and their effects on the environment and plants and were able to find out for themselves what influence the day length has on the compounds, weight and length of sprouts. The pupils learned how to spread yeast cultures on different nutrient media and at the end, we all went into the field where the young researchers were able to take soil samples themselves.

Many thanks to all the pupils involved! We were happy about your positive feedback, as the responses were unanimous: you had fun and at the same time learned a lot in a very short time.

We are already looking forward to next year’s Future Day!

Pupils in the field

Pupils in the field (c) Ine Haesaert (IGZ)

Pupils in the lab

Pupils in the lab (c) Ine Haesaert (IGZ)

Pupils investigate the influence of day length on the weight, ingredients and length of the sprouts.(c) Ine Haesaert (IGZ)

Pupils investigate the influence of day length on the weight, ingredients and length of the sprouts.(c) Ine Haesaert (IGZ)

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Current Events │ 10. May 2022

This was the Potsdam Day of Science

On May 7, 2022, the Potsdam Day of Science took place for the eighth time. More than 30 universities, schools and research institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg presented more than 150 program points at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB). Of course, we participated again! This year we presented bioeconomic research at […]

On May 7, 2022, the Potsdam Day of Science took place for the eighth time. More than 30 universities, schools and research institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg presented more than 150 program points at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB).

Of course, we participated again! This year we presented bioeconomic research at the IGZ, from the use of alternative food sources from the sea to the recycling of nutrients from consumed food, back into agriculture and into the cycle.

We, the colleagues from the projects food4futurezirkulierBAR and BioKiK, were happy to welcome all interested people at our booth.

Thank you for your interest and see you next year!

A few impressions:

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Website of the Potsdam Day of Science

Project: food4future

Project: zirkulierBAR

Project: BioKiK

 

Current Events │ 11. April 2022

Seminar: Tissue-specific accumulation of proteins and metabolites in asparagus storage roots

Friday, 22nd of April 2022 at 12:00.  IGZ scientist  Katja Witzel  gives a digital seminar on the topic of “Tissue-specific accumulation of proteins and metabolites in asparagus storage roots” at project partner institution “Estación Experimental de Aula Dei” from Zaragoza. Plant roots accumulate and secrete a wide range of compounds that function in the mobilization […]

Friday, 22nd of April 2022 at 12:00. 

IGZ scientist  Katja Witzel  gives a digital seminar on the topic of “Tissue-specific accumulation of proteins and metabolites in asparagus storage roots” at project partner institution “Estación Experimental de Aula Dei” from Zaragoza.

Plant roots accumulate and secrete a wide range of compounds that function in the mobilization of low-availability nutrients from the soil or govern interaction with other organisms in the rhizosphere. However, it is largely unknown where these exometabolites are synthesized within the root, the specificity of root exudation with respect to different compound classes, and how the biosynthetic pathways are spatially partitioned within the root. Specialized metabolites are often accumulated in particular anatomical structures and cell types of the root but information about the localization of metabolites is lost when homogenized sample material is investigated. Therefore, it is crucial to track the spatial dynamics of metabolite accumulation to provide insights into tissue and cell type-specific metabolite compartmentalization.

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.) is a perennial vegetable consumed worldwide, with a high nutritional value and low-calorie intake. Roots of asparagus exert considerable antimicrobial activities, producing specialized metabolites (steroid-terpenes, alkaloids, flavonoids, among others) that allow shaping their rhizosphere microbiota over the lifespan of an asparagus bed. In order to understand long-term rhizodeposition processes better, an integrative approach was used to define tissue-specific resolution in the metabolome and proteome of storage roots.

To join (via Conecta.CSIC), please follow this link

More information can be found  here

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Current Events │ 30. March 2022

Call for Sessions and Papers: 8th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference (October 11-12, 2022)

In the framework of the Kyrgyzstan-initiated United Nations General Assembly resolution designating 2022 as the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development. The Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International Security and Development Center invite submission of […]

In the framework of the Kyrgyzstan-initiated United Nations General Assembly resolution designating 2022 as the International Year of Sustainable Mountain Development.

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International Security and Development Center invite submission of proposals for sessions and individual research papers for the 8th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference (LiK), to be held in Orion Hotel in Bishkek during October 11-12, 2022. The conference is supported by American University Central Asia (AUCA), Mercy Corps, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the World Bank.

The keynote speakers are Dr Katrina Kosec, from the International Food Policy Research Institute and Prof Alisher Aldashev, from the Kazakh-British Technical University.

The annual Life in Kyrgyzstan conference brings together national and international experts from government and the public sector, development agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia and research institutions to exchange knowledge and experiences on recent socio-economic developments in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia and to promote evidence-based policy making.

We invite the submission of proposals for entire sessions (comprising three to four papers) or for individual research papers studying various aspects of socio-economic development in Kyrgyzstan or Central Asia. We welcome empirical papers using panel micro data, especially panel data from the ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan Study’, which is openly accessible at http://idsc.iza.org/lik. We also encourage researchers to present other micro- and macroeconomic studies with the relevant topics of research. We encourage doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers to apply to participate at the conference, using this opportunity to receive feedback from senior researchers and practitioners.

The topics of individual submissions or sessions may include but are not limited to:

  • Living with Covid-19;
  • Employment, entrepreneurship and informality;
  • Migration and remittances;
  • Poverty and inequality;
  • Education and health outcomes;
  • Nutrition and food security;
  • Demography, population dynamics;
  • Rural livelihoods and agricultural markets;
  • Impacts of trade and integration reforms;
  • Public services and decentralization;
  • Social capital and social cohesion;
  • Peace-building, trust and expectations;
  • Social protection and social safety nets;
  • Gender, children and intra-household decision making;
  • Impacts of the war in Ukraine on Central Asia;
  • Climate change and its impact;
  • Sustainable development goals;
  • Micro-level data, survey methodology and panel data collection;
  • Methods of rigorous impact evaluation;
  • Sustainable mountain development.

Please send your submission by 15 June 2022 to the email address likconference2022@gmail.com. For session proposals, please list a session title, a session chair (with name and affiliation), a session organizer (with name and affiliation) and the titles and all co-authors (with names and affiliations) for each paper and enclose a 200-word session summary. For submissions of individual papers, we prefer to receive and will give priority to full papers but will also consider submissions of 200-word abstracts. The submissions should be in English. Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by 15 July 2022.

The academic committee comprises of Prof. Kathryn Anderson (Vanderbilt University), Prof. Tilman Brück (IGZ/ISDC/NRI), Dr. Damir Esenaliev (IGZ/ISDC), Dr. Saida Ismailakhunova (World Bank), Dr. Baktybek Kainazarov (UNFPA), Dr. Roman Mogilevskii (UCA), Dr. Kanat Tilekeyev (UCA), and Prof. Nurgul Ukueva (AUCA).

We will hold the conference in a hybrid mode to allow both in-person and online participation. If public health conditions related to the Corona pandemic worsen by the time of the conference, the conference may take place in online mode only. The languages of the conference are English and Russian. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

There is no conference fee. Registration for participation in the conference without presenting a paper will close on 10 October 2022. For further information on the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study, please see www.lifeinkyrgyzstan.org or send a message to likconference2022@gmail.com.

This year, the conference will be preceded by the LiK Data Users workshop, to be hold a day before or day after the conference dates. We will make additional announcement on the workshop shortly.

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Further Information on the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study

Call for Sessions and Papers (.pdf)

 

Current Events │ 18. February 2022

IGZ wins competition “Hochschulwettbewerb”

Back into the cycle: Human urine becomes recycled fertilizer for Berlin community gardens – Citizen Science project “Urban Cycles” made possible by award in university competition The university competition (“Hochschulwettbewerb”) is organized annually by “Wissenschaft im Dialog” (WiD). This year’s winners include the project “Urban Cycles: a Citizen Science project on sustainable fertilization with urine-based […]

Back into the cycle: Human urine becomes recycled fertilizer for Berlin community gardens – Citizen Science project “Urban Cycles” made possible by award in university competition

The university competition (“Hochschulwettbewerb”) is organized annually by “Wissenschaft im Dialog” (WiD). This year’s winners include the project “Urban Cycles: a Citizen Science project on sustainable fertilization with urine-based recycled fertilizers in Berlin community gardens”, coordinated by the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) in Großbeeren.

For socio-ecological transformation, a circular view of fertilizer and food production is central. An important nutrient resource is human urine, which can be converted into a safe, pollutant-free and effective recycled fertilizer. In the “Urban Cycles” project, a recycled fertilizer made from artificial urine will be tested in community gardens in Berlin. The C.R.O.P® fertilizer (Combined Regenerative Organic Food Production) developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will be made available to the participating community gardens free of charge. The new recycled fertilizer comes from DLR research facilities that are currently still operated with artificial urine. The gardeners then conduct their own experiments with the C.R.O.P® fertilizer and document their results. In dialog sessions, they evaluate their observations together with researchers. The aim of the project is to interactively impart knowledge on sustainable fertilization to gardeners and to involve them in the scientific process and sociopolitical dialogue on recycled fertilizers in a participatory manner. Through open formats and the principle of “by gardeners for gardeners”, the jointly developed knowledge is to be made accessible to as many other interested parties as possible.

The “Urban Cycles” project team at the IGZ is a cooperation between the research group “Next-Generation Horticultural Systems” and the Science Management Team. The project is also supported by DLR in Cologne.

For the Urban Cycles project team and the 14 other winning teams, the project now continues: In March, they will take part in a kick-off workshop on the topic of science communication, followed by further training sessions and events in the course of the year, where the teams can also network with each other.

The project’s progress, experiences and results can be followed via the project website and social media. Exact details will be announced in a press release once the project team has taken the first steps.

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Press release as PDF (German)

 

Current Events │ 3. June 2021

Participants wanted for a Study on the Bioavailability of Micronutrients

Together with the German Institute of Human Nutrition and the University of Potsdam, we are looking for study participants for the two-day intervention study BioMiEL (Bioavailability of Micronutrients). We are looking for healthy women and men between 20 and 35 years or 60 and 75 years, with a body mass index between 19 and 29 […]

Together with the German Institute of Human Nutrition and the University of Potsdam, we are looking for study participants for the two-day intervention study BioMiEL (Bioavailability of Micronutrients).

We are looking for healthy women and men between 20 and 35 years or 60 and 75 years, with a body mass index between 19 and 29 kg/m2.

The BioMiEL study aims to investigate the bioavailability of the micronutrients lycopene, beta-carotene, selenium and zinc from a vegetable spread and from a dietary supplement. The BioMiEL study is a so-called cross-over intervention study. This means that the participants receive both the test preparation (spread) and the control preparation (food supplement) at intervals of approx. 14 days.

With this study we would like to contribute to improving the diagnosis and prevention of risk factors in old age.

As a thank you for participating, the test persons will receive a small surprise after each visit and participants without a monthly/semester ticket will be paid a travel allowance of 10€.

Are you interested in the study and would like to learn more? Information about the process, measurements and inclusion criteria can be found here: https://www.dife.de/news/studien/biomiel-studie/ .

You would like to participate in the study? Please contact us by phone at 033200 88-2277 or by email at HSZ-studie@dife.de 

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More information on the study

 

Current Events │ 28. April 2021

IGZ @ Potsdam Science Day 2021

The Potsdam Science Days will take place from 3 to 9 May. We will be there again this year and present our project BioKiK (Understanding the bioeconomy, come into the cycle!). Learn more about bioplastics and how you can easily make them yourself with our experiment video for children. Click here to go to our […]

The Potsdam Science Days will take place from 3 to 9 May. We will be there again this year and present our project BioKiK (Understanding the bioeconomy, come into the cycle!). Learn more about bioplastics and how you can easily make them yourself with our experiment video for children. Click here to go to our programm (German only): Link

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Current Events │ 20. April 2021

7th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference – Call for Papers

October 26-28, 2021 The Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International Security and Development Center invite submission of proposals for sessions and individual research papers for the 7th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held […]

October 26-28, 2021

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International Security and Development Center invite submission of proposals for sessions and individual research papers for the 7th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held online during October 26-28, 2021. The conference is supported by American University Central Asia (AUCA), Mercy Corps, UNFPA, and the World Bank.

The confirmed keynote speakers are Prof. Olga Shemyakina (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) and Prof. Zulfiqar Bhutta (University of Toronto, Canada).

The annual LiK conference brings together national and international experts from government and the public sector, development agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia and research institutions to exchange knowledge and experiences on recent socio-economic developments in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia and to promote evidence-based policy making.

We invite the submission of proposals for entire sessions (comprising of three to four papers) or for individual research papers studying various aspects of socio-economic development in Kyrgyzstan or Central Asia. We welcome empirical papers using panel micro data, especially panel data from the ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan Study’, which is openly accessible at http://idsc.iza.org/lik. We also encourage researchers to present other micro- and macroeconomic studies with the relevant topics of research. We encourage doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers to apply to participate at the conference, using this opportunity to receive feedback from senior researchers and practitioners.

The topics of individual submissions or entire sessions may include but are not limited to:

 

  • Living with Covid-19
  • Employment, entrepreneurship and informality;
  • Migration and remittances;
  • Poverty and inequality;
  • Social protection and social safety nets;
  • Gender, children and intra-household decision making;
  • Education and health outcomes;
  • Nutrition and food security;
  • Demography, population dynamics;
  • Rural livelihoods and agricultural markets;
  • Impacts of trade and integration reforms;
  • Public services and decentralization;
  • Social capital and social cohesion;
  • Peace-building, trust and expectations;
  • Climate change and its impact;
  • Sustainable development goals.
  • Micro-level data, survey methodology and panel data collection;
  • Methods of rigorous impact evaluation.

 

 

Please send your submission by 30th of  June 2021 to the email address likconference2021@gmail.com. For session proposals, please list a session title, a session chair (with name and affiliation), a session organizer (with name and affiliation) and the titles and all co-authors (with names and affiliations) for each paper and enclose a 200-word session summary. For submissions of individual papers, we prefer to receive and will give priority to full papers but will also consider submissions of 200-word abstracts. The submissions should be in English. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by in early August 2021. 

The academic committee comprises of Prof. Kathryn Anderson (Vanderbilt University), Prof. Tilman Brück (IGZ/ISDC/NRI), Dr. Damir Esenaliev (IGZ/ISDC), Dr. Saida Ismailakhunova (World Bank), Dr. Baktybek Kainazarov (UNFPA), Dr. Roman Mogilevskii (UCA), Dr. Kanat Tilekeyev (UCA), and Prof. Nurgul Ukueva (American University Central Asia).

The conference will be held online. If public health conditions related to the Corona pandemic improve by the time of the conference, the organisers may have some sessions organised in person in a venue in Bishkek to be identified. The languages of the conference are English and Russian. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

There is no conference fee. Registration for participation in the conference, including for experts wishing to attend the conference without presenting a paper, will close on 20 October 2021. For further information on the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study, please see www.lifeinkyrgyzstan.org or send a message to likconference2021@gmail.com.

Organising Institutions

University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration was established in 2011 to strengthen public policy in Central Asia. It provides in-depth analysis on current and emerging policy issues facing the region, and improves the analytical capacity of governments and civil society to use evidence in decision-making processes through professional development. The Institute has produced a series of peer-reviewed research papers on social and economic issues, public administration and public policy relating to Central Asia and Afghanistan. For more information on IPPA, please visit: http://ucentralasia.org/Research/ippa

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IGZ – Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops carries out basic and applied research supporting the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental plants and the rational use of natural resources. It contributes to understanding fundamentals of horticultural and plant science, sustainability in production and use of plants, healthy nutrition and wellbeing of the population. Its work is rated by acceptance and appreciation by professionals in practical horticulture and by the society, publications in high-ranking scientific journals and acquisition of competitive grants. For more information on IGZ, please visit: http://www.igzev.de/.

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ISDC – International Security and Development Center is a non-profit academic institute based in Berlin, Germany. We conduct research to improve lives and livelihoods shaped by violent conflict, fragility and humanitarian emergencies, providing policy advice and building capacity on international security and socio-economic development. We are unique in the global research scene for being dedicated to work exclusively on the security-development nexus. For more information on ISDC, please visit: https://isdc.org/.

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LiK conference 2021 - Call for Papers

 

Current Events │ 2. December 2020

Corona Policy Briefs – Publications and Webinars

Our colleague Dr. Hanna Freudenreich from the working group “QUALITY.3 Economic Development and Food Security” contributed to the CoronaPolicy Briefs. The Policy Briefs are presented in webinars by the authors (in English): Effective Interventions to increase food and nutrition security in response to Covid-19: Dr. Kathrin Demmler (GAIN) & Dr. Hanna Freudenreich (IGZEV), Tuesday, December […]

Our colleague Dr. Hanna Freudenreich from the working group “QUALITY.3 Economic Development and Food Security” contributed to the CoronaPolicy Briefs.

The Policy Briefs are presented in webinars by the authors (in English):

  • Effective Interventions to increase food and nutrition security in response to Covid-19: Dr. Kathrin Demmler (GAIN) & Dr. Hanna Freudenreich (IGZEV), Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 1.30 p.m., participation via WebEx link here
  • Evidence on Covid-19 Pandemic Control Interventions and their Impacts on Health-Related Outcomes: Dr. Alexandra Avdeenko & Dr. Esther Heesemann (C4ED), Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 1.30 p.m., participation via WebEx link here
  • Protecting workers and firms in times of crisis – Key labour market policies for low- and middle-income countries: Dr. Jörg Langbein (KfW) & Dr. Michael Weber (World Bank), Thursday, December 10th, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 1.30 p.m., participation via WebEx link here
  • Economic Integration into host communities in times of crisis:Dr. Jana Kuhnt (DIE) & Kirsten Schüttler (World Bank), Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 1.30 p.m., participation via WebEx link here

Here you can find the Pilicy Briefs

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Current Events │ 16. October 2020

6th Annual “Life in Kyrgyzstan” Conference 2020

  The registration for participation for the 6th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held online on 27-30 October 2020, is open. The conference is organized by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International […]

 

The registration for participation for the 6th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held online on 27-30 October 2020, is open.

The conference is organized by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International Security and Development Center in partnership with American University Central Asia, Mercy Corps, the World Bank, and support from Aga Khan Foundation.

The four-day conference will bring together national and international researchers and experts to exchange evidence, knowledge and experience on recent socio-economic developments in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, and beyond. The keynote speakers are Prof Richard Pomfret (University of Adelaide) and Dr Bohdan Krawchenko (University of Central Asia).

If you wish to attend the conference, please fill in the registration form by 25 October 2020 by following the link: bit.ly/likreg. We will send the Zoom links to the conference sessions after the registration deadline. The conference program can be found at bit.ly/likconf. For further information on the Life in Kyrgyzstan Study, please visit www.lifeinkyrgyzstan.org.

If you have any questions, please send us a message to likconference2020@gmail.com or contact Elita Bakirova from UCA by phone 00996 312 910 822 (Ext. 572).

We look forward to having a lively exchange of research, ideas and experiences at the Life in Kyrgyzstan conference 2020.

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Current Events

Guest talk I 29.09.2020 – 13:00 Uhr

Speaker: Dr. Tsu-Wei Chen (Uni Hannover)

Topic: Understanding the dynamics of canopy function in vegetable crops

Date and time: 29.09.2020 – 13:00 Uhr (Hörsaal & Online über Zoom).

Zoom-Link: https://igzev-de.zoom.us/j/3370178131

Summary: 

Knowledge about the dynamic function and physiological mechanisms at the canopy level is necessary for designing strategies to improve vegetable crop performance. In this talk, I will use cucumber and tomato, the most important greenhouse vegetable crops, to show how salinity stress affects architectural and physiological limitations of dry mass production at the canopy level.

To achieve this, two frameworks of functional-structural plant models (FSPM), where the 3D architecture of plants is explicitly described, were constructed, parameterized and evaluated. The first framework was a static architecture model of the cucumber canopy, coupled with a biochemical model of photosynthesis and quantitative limitation analysis of photosynthesis, for scaling up the impacts of physiological processes on limiting photosynthesis from leaf to the whole plant level. Using this framework, the influences of salinity, instantaneous light conditions and their interactions on architectural and physiological limitations in cucumber were systematically and quantitatively analyzed. The second framework, a dynamic FSPM of tomato growth, was used to investigate the impacts of architectural traits on whole plant dry mass production and their interactions with temperature and salinity. We highlight the importance of plant architecture at canopy level in studying the plant responses to the environment and show the merits of FSPM as a heuristic tool.

 

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