International Nitrogen Initiative Conference and workshops

The 7th INI Conference was held from 4 to 8 December 2016 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Attendees came from 43 countries, with delegates representing Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Australia. The conference covered themes ranging from nitrogen trends at global scale and environmental impacts to policy and management of nitrogen for food production.

Two workshops were held preceding the conference. The workshop on nitrogen footprint was held on 2 December. This workshop worked on various aspects of nitrogen footprint – from methodology of calculations and costing of damages to strategies to engage different audiences.

Another workshop was held on the 3 to 4 December to launch “Towards International Nitrogen Management System (INMS)”, a project supported by multiple partners, the Global Environmental Facility and The United Nations Environment Programme. The INMS aims to play a role in providing the world with objective, scientific view of nitrogen related issues, similar to that played by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for climate change. 

The organizing team also published an article in Pursuit and The Conversation, highlighting development on two fronts; on the consumer front, there has been much progress in the nitrogen footprint; and on the production front, biological and technological research continue to improve nitrogen use efficiency and mitigate nitrogen pollution.

Delegates comparing country footprints in the nitrogen footprint workshop

Organisers of the 6th International Nitrogen Footprint Workshop

Participants of the 6th International Nitrogen Footprint Workshop

7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference attended by over 400 participants

7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference attended by over 400 participants