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Meetings & Events

5th Workshop on the Molecular Aspects of Seed Dormancy and Germination

The 5th Workshop on the Molecular Aspects of Seed Dormancy and Germination of the International Society for Seed Science will be held in Vancouver BC, Canada. The meeting will take place from 31st May until 3rd June 2016 and will take place at Simon Fraser University, hosted by Allison Kermode. Further announcements with more details will follow.

Peter Toorop

Desiccation Workshop 2016 South Africa

The 7th International Workshop on Desiccation Sensitivity and Tolerance across Life Forms will take place from 11-15th January 2016 in the Aquila Private Game Reserve, South Africa. For more information, see the downloadable document and Aquila brochure.

Desiccation Workshop 2016 info

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Peter Toorop

National Seed Science Forum, Australia, March 2016

A National Seed Science Forum will be held in Sydney, March 2016. See the following link: ASBP_NationalSeedScienceForum2016_A4Advert_FINAL_150730
This is the link to the Seed Forum: http://www.seedpartnership.org.au/seedscienceforum

Abstract submission closes on 4 October.
Keynote speakers are Dr. Christine Walters, Prof. Kingsley Dixon, and Prof. Angela Moles.

Jose Barrero

Seed Ecology Workshop V

The website for the 5th Seed Ecology Workshop has been launched: http://seedecology.wix.com/seedecologyv. More information will be added in due time. A facebook page is also available: https://www.facebook.com/seedecologyv


Seed Longevity Workshop 2015 – only a few days left to register!


Due to many requests deadlines for abstract submission but also for early bird registration fee for the Seed Longevity Workshop of the International Society for Seed Science in Wernigerode, 5-8 July, 2015 will be extended till 28 FEBRUARY, 2015.

The topic of the workshop is:



Please check the attached flyer and visit the conference webpage:


There you will find all information about registration, abstract submission, schedule, accommodation and travel details


Best regards

Andreas Börner




The website for the 11th ISSS Conference has now been launched

11th conference ISSS Changsha

The website for the 11th ISSS Conference has now been launched: http://2014seed.doevent.com/

Registration for the conference is now open on the site (reduced for ISSS members)

A flyer can be downloaded here Conference flyer v0314


An exciting programme of international speakers is being developed:

Special lecture: Professor Longping Yuan (‘father’ of hybrid rice), Director General of China National Hybrid R and D Centre, China

The Alfred Mayer Plenary Lecture: Dr Henk Hillhorst, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

The Michael Black Founders Lecture: Dr. George Bassel, University of Birmingham, UK

The inaugural Derek Bewley Lecture: Professor J. Derek Bewley, University of Guelph, Canada


Scientific sessions:

1. Seed biotechnology and engineering: 

Professor Chunyun Guan, Hunan Agricultural University, China

Dr. Hiro Nonogaki, Oregon State University, USA

2. Seed development and maturation:

Dr. Julia Buitink, INRA, Institut de Recherche en Horticulture et Semences, France

3. Seed germination: 

Dr. Luis Lopes Molina, University of Geneva, Switzerland

4. Seed storage and germplasm conservation:

ProfessorChristophe Bailly, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

5. Seed quality improvement and stress tolerance: 

Dr. Wilco Ligterink, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

6. Seed ecology:

To be announced

7. Hybrid seeds (special session): 

Dr. Rob Dirks, Rijk Zwaan Breeding B.V., The Netherlands


Further speakers to be confirmed.


We look forward to seeing you in Changsha

11th International Master Class on Seed Technology: date change

Unlike published earlier, the Wageningen Seed Centre will organize the 11th International Master Class on Seed Technology on October 12-16, 2014, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

The aim of the Master Class is to offer professional seed technologists and physiologists a further deepening, broadening and actualisation of their knowledge and expertise.

The venue will be hotel “Hof van Wageningen”, conveniently situated in the Wageningen town centre. Morning lectures will be held in the hotel whereas in the afternoon lab classes and demonstrations will be held at different locations within Wageningen University and Research Centre.

For more information see our website (www.seedcentre.nl). Due to reconstruction of our website, registration cannot be done on-line. Please contact us by email if you want to register. Please note that the maximum number of participants is set at 16. We register participants on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.

We look forward to welcoming you in Wageningen!


Dr Steven Groot (steven.groot@wur.nl)

Dr Henk Hilhorst (henk.hilhorst@wur.nl)


Wageningen Seed Centre

P.O. Box 16, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 317 477 001; Fax: +31 317 418 094

E-mail: wsc@wur.nl

11th Seed Science Conference, Changsha, China, 15-19 September 2014


Corrected conference flyer ISSS 2014

The 11th Conference will take place in Changsha, China, from 15-19 September 2014. Click on the links to see the flyer and the open invite. The conference website will launch soon.

Plant Dormancy Symposium 2013 – Auckland, NZ, Nov 4-7 2013 – latest from the organisers

Please note that abstract submissions are closing in 2 days, on 30 August. For abstract submissions please go to: http://www.dormancy2013.com/page/registration/abstract-submission/.

To take advantage of the Early Bird registrations please go to: http://www.dormancy2013.com/page/registration/. To take advantage of the Early Bird registrations have been EXTENDED  to 13 September, please go to: http://www.dormancy2013.com/page/registration/.

For information on Keynote Speakers, venue and accommodation please follow the link: http://www.dormancy2013.com/.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dormancy 2013.
Kindest regards
Yvonne McDiarmid
Events & Sponsorship Manager

T: +64 9 925 7042
M: +64 21 226 8042
F: +64 9 925 7001


Seed Ecology Ⅳ:seeds and future

The Fourth International Society for Seed Science Meeting on Seeds and the Environment; Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China, June 22-26, 2013.

The theme of Seed Ecology IV is ‘Seeds and Future’. Seeds link past, present, and future, being a natural legacy and a human treasure. When climate changes and human disturbances bring tremendous threats to vegetation and the environment, it is seeds that confer us a great hope to maintain a bright future. This meeting will aim to create bridges between seed ecology and plant conservation, restoration ecology, and global change research. Better understanding seeds and making best use of seeds are our joint efforts, which can lead to a good many of human benefits and a sustainable and green globe.

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