Chiangmai University
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Technological innovations in highland agriculture
- Plant science and multiple cropping systems
- Developments in animal production
- Soil and water conservation in sloping lands
- Modeling and prediction of environmental impacts
- Protected cultivation
Agriculture and environment
- Food Safety and good agricultural practices in highland development
- Food and agriculture-related environmental impacts
- Adaptation and mitigation of climate change
- Advances in organic agriculture
- Sustainable agricultural water management
Food science and food technology
- Plant based food products from highlands
- Animal based food products from highlands
- Novel foods
- New products from traditional food stuff
- Conservation, packing and transport of food products from highlands
Conservation of plant and animal biodiversity
- Understanding and describing natural diversity of highland areas
- Food security and conservation of natural resources
- Valuation of biodiversity and environmental services
- Use of natural diversity by traditional highland communities
- Forest conservation
Economic and institutional aspects of highland development
- Logistic challenges in highland bio-economies
- Economics and management of food production in the highlands
- Achieving equity in access to food
- Land scarcity and land grabs
- Income creation by organic agriculture in the highlands
Sustainable renewable energy supply
- Energy supply of rural communities in the highlands
- Energy crops adapted to the highlands
- Energy from harvesting residues
- Bio-gas applications in highlands communities
- Wind, water and solar energy

“The Royal Project Foundation: The Starting Point of Highland Development in Thailand.” by Prince Peesadej Ratchanee, President of Royal Project Foundation.

Important deadlines

August 31st, 2014       Abstract submission
September 15st,, 2014 Communication of decisions by the scientific committee
October 15th, 2014             End of early-bird registration
January 7th to 9th, 2015            Conference
January 15th, 2015     Submission of full paper (6 to 8 pages) to be published in “Agriculture and Agricultural Science Procedia”




Payment Methods

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Payment System by The Siam Commercial Bank

Please transfer the registration fee to

Siam Commercial Bank Public Company Limited
Chiang Mai University Branch
Account no. 667-299250-8
Swift Code: SICOTHBK


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               Highland areas are not only sensitive ecosystems but they are also the home of a vast ethnic and cultural diversity. They also provide important ecological functions such as supplying water and conserving biodiversity, economic functions such as supplying food and attracting tourists, and social functions in being the home people, often belonging to ethnic minorities with distinct culture and traditions. Often marginalized in the national development, highland areas nowadays face the problem of poverty and low education. By exploitation of their natural resources – which are often their only endowment – highland communities often deprive themselves of their livelihoods. Moreover, through their influence on interconnected eco-systems and the regional food trade highlands have a strong influence on the environment and the health of the nation as a whole.

              The contribution of the scientific community to sustainable management of resources in mountain areas is the development of systems and innovations, which help highland bio economies to conserve the natural richness of the environment and – at the same time – optimize the income for the people in the highlands. These developments include low emission agriculture in terms of air and water pollution, as well as social equity in development and protection of the natural diversity.


  • The conference has a global focus with particular emphasis on mountain development in Asia.
  • The focus is on sharing scientific knowledge that cuts across scientific disciplines and combines insights from the social and natural sciences.
  • Studies that discuss how innovations in the field of agricultural science can contribute to natural resources management in highland areas will be emphasized.

Target group

  • Scientists of any discipline dealing with natural resources management in highland areas
  • Government officers, development practitioners and other non-academics interested to learn about  the state-of-the art in research about natural resources management in highland areas and eager to share their experiences.
  • Graduate and post-graduate students studying agriculture, economics, geography, or any other science related to development and environmental protection.


All abstracts, manuscripts and presentations must be prepared and presented in English.

Scientific committee


Assoc. Prof. Theera Visitpanich

Chiang Mai University


Prof. Dr. Sanchai Jaturasitha

Chiang Mai University


Prof. Dr. Tanongkiat Kiatsiriroat

Chiang Mai University


Prof. Dr. John Lindsay Falvey

Melbourne University, Australia


Prof. Dr. Jochen Weiss

University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany


Prof. Dr. Attachai Jintrawet

Chiang Mai University Thailand


Prof. Dr. Joachim Müller

University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany


Prof. Dr. Nguyen Kim Loi

Nong Lam University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Prof. Dr. Xiongkui He

China Agricultural University, Beijing, PR China


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eriko Yasunaga

The University of Tokyo, Japan


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Benchaphun Ekasingh

Chiang Mai University, Thailand


Dr. Shinji Fukuda

Tokyo University for Agriculture and Technology, Japan


Dr. Pepijn Schreinemachers

AVRDC The World Vegetable Center, Shanhua, Taiwan


Dr. Chanakan Prom-u-thai

Chiang Mai University, Thailand


Dr. Wolfram Spreer

Chiang Mai University, Thailand


Dr. Horst Weyerhaeuser

University of Central Asia, KYRGYZ REPUBLIC


Submission of contributing papers

Please, sent your contribution by conference website :

The submissions should contain the following:

  • Title of the contribution
  • Full names, affiliations and e-mail addresses of all contributing authors in the desired order of appearance in the book of abstracts.
  • Underline the name of the presenting author and print in italics the name of the corresponding author. If no distinction is done the first author in the list will be assumed to be presenting and corresponding author
  • 3 – 5 keywords, separated by commas
  • Abstract of up to 300 words

Please, use standard type setting (Times New Roman) without special characters. If non-common abbreviations are used in the text an explanation should be added on the first occurrence.

You may choose to present your paper orally or by posters. The final decision is with the scientific committee based on the abstract submission.

A selection of excellent contributions will be published in “Agriculture and Agricultural Science Procedia” after the conference. For the format of the final manuscript, please check online


Conference fee

  Early-bird Later
Full participants 10,000 Thai Baht  / $350 11,500 Thai Baht / $400
Participants from ASEAN 7,500 Thai Baht   / $250 9,000 Thai Baht / $300
Students (with ID)   5,000 Thai Baht / $170 6,500 Thai Baht / $220

The conference fee per article includes participation, books of abstract and conference proceedings, printing of one poster, lunch and coffee break as well as field trips.

Participants from developing countries may apply for scholarships.

***registration fee cannot be refundable


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