Start date

21st May 2018

End date

23rd May 2018


9.00 am to 5.00 pm


Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ, UK


For conference enquiries, please email LTEconference@rothamsted.ac.uk

Event type



Ticketed Event (see below, Programme, with registration details)

Long-term research plays a major role in designing future agricultural systems and understanding the consequences of new practices and technologies. Worldwide, numerous long-term experiments (LTEs) or other long-term research platforms have been established, following a tradition that started with the first classical long-term trials planted in 1843 at Rothamsted in the UK.

This year is the 175th anniversary of these trials and of Rothamsted as an agricultural research institution. To mark the occasion, Rothamsted Research will host an international conference to celebrate the unique role of long-term experiments in agricultural science, review lessons learned from similar studies worldwide, identify new questions to ask and discuss new ways of doing such long-term research in the future.

“We are uniquely positioned to assess the continuing value of long-term experiments,” says Keith Goulding, the Conference Chair and Rothamsted’s Sustainable Soils Research Fellow. “We will identify the new questions that need to be asked and how best to go about answering them.”

“Like Rothamsted, the conference will be forward-looking,” says Achim Dobermann, the institute’s Director and Chief Executive. “We will focus on how these experiments can contribute to the sustainable intensification of agriculture in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

Besides scientific presentations and debates, the conference will include live webstreaming of key sessions to a global audience, flash talks, poster presentations and speed-dating opportunities. There will also be visits to the long-term experiments, the samples archive, and other activities.

Thanks to our sponsors: 


Planned sessions

  • The unique contributions of LTEs to agricultural science
  • New designs, methods and tools for LTEs
  • The mathematics and statistics of LTEs including mathematical modelling and databases
  • Progress and future viability of the Global Long-Term Experiments Network (GLTEN)
  • Tours and demonstrations will cover the classical experiments, the samples archive and the electronic Rothamsted Archive (eRA)

Download the full programme here. (PDF)



Registration is now closed.


We have negotiated a conference rate of £81.00 per night, including breakfast, at the Aubrey Park Hotel. Please quote "rot200518" when booking. This code can be used only for bookings made by phone (+44 (0)1582 792 105) or by e-mail (reservations@aubreypark.co.uk); it cannot be used for online bookings. We will provide a free morning and evening shuttle service between the conference and the Aubrey Park Hotel.

Other local hotels that can be booked include: