2017 LIL Grain Legume Research Conference
The Legume Innovation Lab is pleased to announce that the 2017 Legume Innovation Lab Grain Legume Research Conference will be held from 13 to 18 August 2017 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The Legume Innovation Lab is pleased to announce that the 2017 Legume Innovation Lab Grain Legume Research Conference will be held from 13 to 18 August 2017 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, co-hosted with the Institut de l'Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles de Burkina Faso (INERA).
Current plans are for the conference to begin with a welcome reception on Sunday evening (13 August), followed by an inaugural session on Monday morning, oral and poster presentation sessions from Monday afternoon through Wednesday (14-16 August), a field trip to cowpea production sites on Thursday (17 August), and concluding with final sessions at 14:00 hr on Friday (18 August).
The venue for the conference in Ouagadougou has not yet been finalized. The Management Office has currently reserved rooms and conference facilities at two major hotels in Ouaga for these dates and is in the process of negotiating a contract with the hotel that can provide the best services.
Because additional travel days will be required, the LIL MO requests that you reserve 11 - 19 August 2017 on your calendars for the conference.
Because this event will be the final conference sponsored by the Legume Innovation Lab during the current ten-year funding period (2007-2017), the Management Office would like to financially support the travel and participation of as many Host Country and U.S. PIs, collaborators, and graduate student trainees as the budget permits to allow LIL-sponsored researchers the opportunity to present their achievements (new knowledge, technologies, management practices, etc.) to USAID representatives from Missions in Sub-Saharan Africa and Washington, D.C., and the international community of grain legumes scientists. Invitations will be extended to partner organizations (i.e., PABRA, CIAT, IITA) and other USAID-sponsored grain legume research projects to participate in this conference at their own expense.
The MO is soliciting input from PIs and the TMAC regarding the planning of the program for this conference. Your ideas regarding format and themes of sessions are most welcome.
Thank you for your commitment to and partnership in achieving the Strategic Objectives of the Legume Innovation Lab through collaborative research on grain legumes and the strengthening of critical research capacity of institutions in SubSaharan Africa and Latin America.