MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
I’m delighted to invite you to the 16th International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation
in Big Sky, Montana. This conference follows a thirty-year tradition of the scientific community gathering for discourse and discussion on nitrogen fixation. The congress will provide a multi-disciplinary forum to explore emerging areas in the field and as always, will have a wealth of opportunities for the exchange of ideas and building of collaborations. It is always a productive and energizing experience to be in scientific community with so many colleagues including rising stars and students. For those of you new to the congress, you will be challenged, stimulated and excited by the interest and findings featured.
Big Sky, Montana is located in the Rocky Mountains of the western United States, and is known for its recreational opportunities and proximity to nature. The conference site itself is only 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park and a unique and beautiful place. Within its boundaries Yellowstone features thermal hot springs, calcium formations, striking canyons, and wildlife including bears, bison, elk, and deer. Because of the tremendous biodiversity within its boundaries, Yellowstone was declared an International Biosphere Reserve in 1976 and World Heritage Site in 1978.
As global needs for sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly fertilizers become more pressing, the importance of this congress and gathering of scientists increases. On behalf of the regional organizing committee, let me say again how much we look forward to you joining us in Big Sky for a memorable and productive congress.
John W. Peters
16th ICNF Chair