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The 4th International Electronic Conference on Agronomy

Part of the International Electronic Conference on Agronomy series
2–5 Dec 2024
Event's Timezone: Central European Time
Abstract Submission Deadline
5th August 2024
Abstract Acceptance Notification
2nd September 2024

Registration Deadline
27th November 2024

Plant Breeding, Soil Health, Conservation Agriculture, Crop Resilience, Horticultural Production, Digital Agriculture, Biological Control, Biostimulant
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IECAG 2024 will be FREE for Participation!

Join us today to register and submit your abstract, and be part of cutting-edge discussions and networking opportunities!

Welcome from the Chair

Dear colleagues, distinguished agronomists,

We are thrilled to welcome you to the upcoming 4th International Electronic Conference on Agronomy (IECAG 2024), proudly sponsored by the MDPI open access journal Agronomy. In line with our commitment to fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange, this electronic conference provides a unique platform for researchers to showcase their work, discuss groundbreaking findings, and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow experts.

Conference Overview: This virtual conference will be held at www.sciforum.net, a platform developed and sponsored by MDPI to organize and provide technical support for electronic conferences. The virtual format offers the distinct advantage of eliminating the need for travel and its associated expenses, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the conference without any logistical constraints.

Key Themes: The conference will span various key themes, including the following:

  • Breeding/Selection Technologies and Strategies;
  • Sustainable Soil Management and Farming Systems;
  • Resilient Horticultural Production Systems;
  • Permanent and Rotational Grassland and Weed Management;
  • Precision and Digital Agriculture;
  • Water Use and Irrigation;
  • Plant–Crop Biology and Biochemistry;
  • Biostimulation and Biocontrol Microbial-Based Strategies;

Conference Format: After abstract acceptance, authors are invited to submit a pre-recorded video presentation or a series of narrated slides. These materials will be accessible online and open for discussion, comments, and questions during the entire conference. Additionally, presentations will remain available after the e-conference concludes. Authors are encouraged to submit a full description of their work in a conference paper, which will undergo peer review. The accepted papers will likely be published in the MDPI Biology and Life Sciences Forum journal. However, paper submission is not a requirement for active conference participation.

Free of Charge Participation: We are pleased to inform you that participation in this conference is entirely free of charge for both authors and attendees. The accepted proceedings papers will likely be published in the MDPI Biology and Life Sciences Forum journal, available online on the MDPI website. Selected extended versions of the papers will be published in a Special Issue of the journal Agronomy with a 15% discount on the article processing charge (ISSN 2073-4395).

Awards and Opportunities: The best oral presentation and best poster awards will receive an award of CHF 200, along with an offer to publish an extended paper, in the Special Issue of Agronomy.

We encourage you to explore the conference platform and guidelines provided in advance for a seamless experience. Should you have any queries or require assistance, our dedicated support team is available to ensure your participation is smooth and rewarding.

We look forward to engaging in exciting discussions and hearing new ideas and perspectives from experts in the field. All participants are welcome to join the online conference and contribute to the vibrant intellectual exchange that makes events like IECAG 2024 truly exceptional.

Kind regards,
Dr. José David Flores-Félix
Department of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

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Event Chair

Department of Microbiology and Genetics, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

Introduction
Bio
Dr. José David Flores Félix started his research work at the University of Salamanca (Spain) in the Department of Microbiology and Genetics, working on the evaluation of beneficial plant-associated bacteria, mainly focused on the interaction of Rhizobia with legumes and non-legume plants. The studies aimed to analyze these bacteria's role and determine the capacity of other beneficial endophytes in the qualitative and quantitative improvement of agronomic production. He received his Ph.D. in 2018 at the same university; after completing a postdoctoral step in this institution, He was granted a Marie Slowdoska Curie research fellowship to join the Health Research Science Centre (CICS-UBI) of the University of Beira Interior (Portugal). Nowadays, he is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Salamanca (Spain) in the Microbial Interactions Group.

Session Chairs

Prof. Dr. Mario Cunha

Sciences Faculty, University of Porto (FCUP), Portugal and Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESCTEC), Portugal.

Prof. Dr. Monica Boscaiu

Agroforest Mediterranean Institute of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.

Dr. Mercedes Verdeguer

Agroforest Mediterranean Institute of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.

Prof. Dr. Dilip Panthee

Department of Horticultural Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, Mills River, USA.

Dr. Mariateresa Cardarelli

Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy.

Prof. Mirza Hasanuzzaman

Department of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University (SAU), Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Prof. Dr. Oscar Vicente

Institute for the Conservation and Improvement of Valencian Agrodiversity, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Event Committee Members

Department of Geology and Geochemistry, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

Entomology Group, Plant Protection Department, Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA, CSIC), Spain

Agricultural Information Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute – National Research Institute PBAI- NRI, Poland

Department of Soil, Plant and Food Sciences, University of Bari, Italy

Agro-Industrial Chemistry Laboratory (LCA), University of Toulouse, France, Biological Engineering Department, Paul Sabatier University, France

Agrarian Higher School of Viseu, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Quinta da Alagoa, Viseu, Portugal

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Research Centre for Viticulture and Enology (CREA-VE), Conegliano, Italy

Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Faculty of Chemistry, Rzeszow University of Technology, Rzeszów, Poland.

Research Institute on Terrestrial Ecosystems-National Research Council (IRET-CNR), Sesto Fiorentino, Italy.

School of Elctronics and Information Northwestern Polytechnical University China, Xi'an, China.

National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory (USDA-ARS), West Lafayette, USA.

College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.

Department of Agronomy, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Florida, Florida, USA.

Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Department of Biosciences, Center of Agrarian Sciences, Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil.

Determent of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment (DAFNAE), University of Padova, Legnaro, Padova, Italy.

Department of Plant Physiology and Biophysics, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland.

School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia .

School of Agricultural Sciences, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China.

College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, Hunan, China.

Engineering Department, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy.

Tobacco Research Institute (CAAS), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shandong, China.

College of Horticulture, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.

Department of Chemical Pharmaceutical and Agricultural Sciences, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy.

National Biological Control Laboratory, ARS-USDA, Stoneville, Mississippi, USA.

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies (DiSTeBA), University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.

Australian Institute for Machine Learning (AIML), University of Adelaide, Australia.

Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, SUA.

Department of Botany and Plant Physiology ,Pharmacy faculty, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain.

Research Center for Agronomy, Food, Environment and Landscape, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.

Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav Saltillo), Coahuila, México.

Department of European and Mediterranean Cultures: Architecture, Environment and Cultural Heritage (DiCEM), Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Matera, Italy.

Division of Integrated Farming System, ICAR - Central Arid Zone Research Institute Jodhpur, India.

School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.

Biological Systems Engineering, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.

Registration


The registration for IECAG 2024 will be free of charge! The registration includes attendance to all conference sessions.

If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual university email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note that the submission and registration are two separate parts. Only scholars who registered can receive a link to access the conference live streaming. The deadline for registration is 27 November 2024.

Instructions for Authors

Procedure for Submission
IECAG 2024 will accept abstracts only. The accepted abstracts will be available online on Sciforum.net during and after the conference.
Important Deadline
1. Deadline for abstract submission: 5 August 2024.
2. Announcement of oral and poster abstract results: 2 September 2024. You will be notified of the acceptance of an oral/poster presentation in a separate email.
Abstract Submission
Abstract submissions should be completed online by registering with www.sciforum.net and using the "Submit Abstract" function once logged into the system. No physical template is necessary.

1. The abstract structure should include the introduction, methods, results, and conclusions sections of about 200–300 words in length.
2. All accepted abstracts will be published as one dedicated volume in Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2504-3900) after quality check. If you wish to publish a full-length proceedings paper, please refer to the “Publication Opportunities” Section.
3. All abstracts should be submitted and presented in clear, publication-ready English with accurate grammar and spelling.
4. You may submit multiple abstracts. However, only one abstract will be selected for oral presentation.
5. The abstracts submitted to this conference must be original and novel, without prior publication in any journals or it will not be accepted to this conference.

Detailed Requirements:
1. The submitting author must ensure that all co-authors are aware of the contents of the abstract.
2. Please select only one presenter for each submission. If you would like to change the presenter after submission, please email us accordingly.
Note: We only accept live presentations.
Oral Presentation and Slides Submission
The slot for the oral presentation is 15 mins. We advise that your presentation lasts for a maximum of 12 mins, leaving at least 3 mins for the Q&A session.
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the abstract. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly on the website using the proprietary slide viewer at Sciforum.net. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results are presented. Slides should be converted to PDF format prior to submission so that they can be converted for online display.
Poster Presentation
- Should include the title, authors, contact details and main research findings, as well as tables, figures and graphs where necessary.
- Size in pixel: 1080 width x 1536 height–portrait orientation.
- Size in cm: 38,1 width x 54,2 height–portrait orientation.
- Font size: ≥16.
- Examples of successful submissions can be viewed here at the following links: (1), (2), (3)
- You can use our free template to create your poster. The poster template can be downloaded HERE.
The Poster Sessions will take place in Zoom break-out rooms. The rooms will be called after your surname. You will automatically be assigned to your break-out room, however, you will be responsible for your own room, i.e. sharing your screen by yourself, handling the comments in the chat if there are any, etc. People will then be able to visit your room and discuss your poster with you. Please make sure you have the Zoom Desktop client or mobile app, version 5.3.0 or higher.
We will reach out to you closer to the dates of the conference with more information.
Publication Opportunities
1. Agronomy Journal Publication
Participants in this conference are cordially invited to contribute a full manuscript to the conference's Special Issue, published in Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395, Impact Factor 3.7), with a 15% discount on the publication fee. Please note that no other discounts are applicable. All submitted papers will undergo MDPI’s standard peer-review procedure. The abstracts should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper.
2. Proceeding Paper Publication
You are welcome to submit a proceeding paper (4-8 pages) to MDPI Biology and Life Sciences Forum (ISSN: 2673-9976) after the conference. Publication of the proceedings will be free of charge.
Authors are asked to disclose that it is a proceeding paper of the IECAG 2024 conference paper in their cover letter. Carefully read the rules outlined in the 'Instructions for Authors' on the journal’s website and ensure that your submission adheres to these guidelines.

Proceedings submission deadline: 1 February 2025

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must be formatted as follows:
Title.
Full author names.
Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses.
Abstract.
Keywords.
Introduction.
Methods.
Results and Discussion.
Conclusions.
Acknowledgements.
References.

IECAG 2024-proceeding template

Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the author's responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state "The authors declare no conflicts of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Any financial support for the study must be fully disclosed in the "Acknowledgments" section.

Copyright

MDPI, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting an abstract to this conference, you retain the copyright to the work, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this abstract online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your full paper (with the abstract) to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher if required.

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference's esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to announce that the conference will provide 5 awards including Best Oral Presentation Awards and Best Poster Awards.

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation Awards and Best Poster Awards

Number of Awards Available: 5

The Best Oral Presentation Awards are given to the paper judged to make the most significant oral contribution to the conference.
The Best Poster Awards are given to the submission judged to make the most significant and interesting poster for the conference.

There will be five winners selected for these awards. The winner will receive an award of CHF 200, along with an offer to publish an extended paper, in the Special Issue of Agronomy.

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Mr. Grover Gao
Mr. Spatar Ionut
Email: iecag2024@mdpi.com

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