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ISTRO 2024 22nd Conference

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When:         September 23rd to September 27th, 2024 (please note there will be a 5pm reception on Sunday, September 22nd and programs will end at 1pm on Friday September 27th)                    

WhereWyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort, Virginia Beach, VA, USA



Registration is now open!

Early Bird extended until May 15th 2024

Don't miss early bird registration October 1st 2023 to May 15th 2024

Register here:

Registration includes an all event access to the conference from Monday through Friday, all breakfast and lunches, a tour of Virginia's agricultural highlights and an all-inclusive evening banquet dinner cruise on the "Spirit of Norfolk".

Several registration options are available (ISTRO members, non-members, students, 3-year ISTRO membership add-ons, spouse banquet dinner and tour add-ons). For additional questions, please contact us at

We are currently developing the conference schedule in more details. The tentative schedule can be viewed here

The abstract submission is ongoing to accomodate requests for "late breakthrough research". Submit your abstracts for oral presentations and poster presentations at

Review submission guidelines here. Please note that there is a limit of 2 abstracts per PRESENTING author.

Review conference topics here.

Please note that if you submit an abstract and attend the 2024 ISTRO Conference, you have the opportunity to submit in the two Soil and Tillage Research Special Issues with an impact score of 6.5 and a citescore of 12.7. For more information, click HERE



You can now book your room(s) at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort here.

If you wish to book nights 3 days before or after the conference dates, please call (+1-757-266-5323) in to book your full reservation and reference the group (ISTRO2024) for the proper rate, OR book through the link, then call in (+1-757-266-5323) and request an extension to the ISTRO 2024 group reservation.

For the latest updates, please provide us with your email address.
Questions can be addressed at

International Soil Tillage Research Organisation website:

How to get to the conference?

Attention International attendees, please submit a request for a letter of intended participation. A letter will be emailed to you following submission of the request.


Scholarship recipients for round 1 have been registered and rooms have been booked. You will receive confirmation emails at a later date. 

Scholarship applicants for round 2 will be notified by April 8th

Scholarships cover the cost of registration and 5 nights at the conference hotel.


SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO: and (see complete information here)

ISTRO offers financial support to support attendance at its international conferences. The following scholarships and supports are available:

1.      1 x $2000 Cees van Ouwerkerk Scholarship, open to young researchers from any country (under 40 on 1st January 2024).
2.      1 x $1500 Elsevier Scholarship, open to young researchers from any country (under 40 on 1st January 2024).
3.      20 x $1500 ISTRO Scholarships open to researchers in the following categories:
a.      At least 8 scholarships for young researchers EXCLUDING those based in high-income countries (under 40 on 1st January 2024)(high-income countries can be found at
b.      At least 8 scholarships for research graduate students (normally doctoral students) currently fully enrolled in a university or equivalent degree awarding institution (any age, any country)
c.       Up to 4 scholarships for young researchers from any country (under 40 on 1st January 2024).
The scholarship will pay for the conference registration fees and 5 nights in the conference hotel. 
For complete information and application requirements, click here.

Partnership and Sponsorship opportunities are available! Click here for level options and benefits. 

Contact us by email at to pledge today. Options to pay online will be available soon.

The conference will be hosted by the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort, in the city of Virginia Beach with all ISTRO conference blocked rooms facing the Atlantic Ocean. For more information about Virginia Beach, click here

Dr. Mark Reiter, ISTRO President, Professor of Soils and Nutrient Management
Helene Doughty, ISTRO Event Project Manager, ANR Extension Agent - Northampton County
Dr. Ryan Stewart, Associate Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Vijay Singh, Associate Professor of Weed Science (Smart Farm Initiative)
Belinda Sterling, Office Services Specialist
John Mason, Research Specialist Sr Soils and Nutrient Management
Dr. Matthew Chappell, Professor 
Dr. William Frame, Associate Professor Crop and Environmental Sciences
Roy Flanagan, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Virginia Beach
Ursula Deitch, VDACS Marketing Specialist
Dr. Nick Holden, ISTRO Former President, Professor School of Biosystems and Food Engineering
Dr. Lars Munkholm ISTRO Secretary General , Professor Department of Agroecology, Soil Fertility
Dr. Steve Prior, ISTRO Treasurer, Plant Physiologist, Soil Dynamics Research

ISTRO Board Members: we will be conducting two meetings during the 2024 ISTRO conference. The “outgoing” board attends the preconference meeting, and the newly elected members will be invited to attend the post-conference meeting.  Meetings will be organized at the conference hotel (meeting rooms to be determined). The duration of the meetings will be around 2 hours each.

Pre-Conference Meeting: Sunday, September 22nd at 7pm (following the reception mixer).

Post-Conference Meeting: Friday, September 27th at 1pm (following lunch)

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Welcome to the 22nd International Soil Tillage Research Organisation (ISTRO) International Conference in Virginia Beach, VA, USA! ISTRO promotes engagement among scientists working with and researching soil tillage, field traffic, and their relationship with soil, environment, land use and crop production. This conference is your opportunity to meet with other researchers, share research, and stimulate new collaborations and ideas for the advancement of soil and crop production sciences.

ISTRO 2024's theme is “Living Roots, Living Soil” to focus on regenerative agriculture, soil health, cover crops, residue systems and sustainable crop production as a whole. We aim to focus on how sustainable practices impact soils. Many topic areas of interest to many disciplines will be covered.

The conference will take place in the United States’ renowned and exciting east coast resort city of Virginia Beach, VA. Life here is good because of all the natural beauty that surrounds this resort town perfectly paired with a flourishing local culinary scene, rich history, a variety of arts and entertainment and family-friendly attractions that keeps locals and visitors entertained year-round.

It's no secret that Virginia Beach is known as one of the happiest communities in the country!

We look forward to seeing you in Virginia Beach in September 2024!

Questions can be addressed to

Contact Information:

Mark S. Reiter, Ph.D
ISTRO President, Director/Professor
Eastern Shore Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Virginia Tech
33446 Research Drive, Painter, VA 23420, USA
Tel: +1-757-807-6576