Important dates

Early bird registration

March 11 2016

Opening of online abstract submission

October 20 2015

Ending of online abstract submission

February 20 2016

Sending acceptance letters

March 10 2016

Sending expanded abstracts

March 31 2016


Preconference courses

The pre-congress courses will be developed on May 23 between 8:00 and 17:00. They will be made at the National University of Colombia, materials are delivered to properly develop the course. At the end of the Congress people attending courses will receive a certificate of attendance.

Watersheed-ecosystem dynamics under changing climate and land use

Maria Librada Chu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Chu-Agor’s areas of expertise include evaluation of climate change effects on habitats and population of shorebirds, streambank erosion processes and failure due to subsurface flow, surface and groundwater hydrology studies (time series analysis, subsurface flow and bank stability modeling, rainfall-runoff modeling, watershed modeling, hydrological assessment studies). View public CV

English-taught course

Precision agriculture in the Agricultural Engineering

José Paulo Molin, Universidade de São Paulo

Professor Molin earned his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Engineering from University of Nebraska (1996). He is associate professor at the University of São Paulo and leads the Brazilian Commission for Precision agriculture - CBAP, of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply. Acts at the interface between the area of machinery and agricultural implements and precision agriculture, especially with sensors, spatial variability, yield maps, GNSS, localized application of inputs, sowing, fertilization and harvesting. View public CV

Spanish-taught course

Watershed Simulation using the Agricultural Policy/Environmental eXtender (APEX) Model
The course will teach the participants the basic knowledge about the APEX model structure, and hands on training to setup scenarios that evaluate the impacts of different nutrient management practices, tillage operations, conservation practices, alternative cropping systems, and other management practices, on surface runoff and losses of sediment, and nutrients.

John J. Ramírez-Avila

John J. Ramírez-Avila is an Agricultural Engineer holding a Master’s degree in Soil Sciences and a Ph D in Engineering with emphasis in Water Resources Engineering. He is an Assistant Research Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Mississippi State University performing investigation designed to test, validate and improve analytic tools used to predict runoff, sediment and nutrient loads from fields and watersheds. He has also researched on the determination of sediment sources focusing on streambank erosion and sediment transport monitoring and modeling at reach and watershed scales. View public CV

Spanish-taught course

Application of spectral models in agriculture

Leonardo Ramírez-López

His research interests are focused on the development of soil sensing and digital soil mapping (DSM) techniques. During the past years he has worked on the development of methods to integrate near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy into DSM in order to increase the efficiency of soil assessments in terms of costs and time. He also spends part of his spare time on the development of freely available software packages (social coding) for the analysis of soil infrared spectral data. He studied Agronomy at the University of Cundinamarca (Colombia) and earned a Master’s degree in Soil Science from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and obtained his PhD in Pedometrics at University of Tubingen (Germany). He has worked as a researcher at the University of Lovain (Belgium) and at the Federal Institute of Technology of Switzerland in Zurich (ETHZ, Switzerland). He is currently working as a researcher for NIR spectroscopy at BUCHI (Switzerland).

Spanish-taught course


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