A professional society dedicated to fostering and promoting research, education, and communication in the scientific understanding of seeds.

Previous Representatives

ISSS officers, trustees, and representatives – cumulative


Julia Buitink (France) 2021-2025

Henk Hilhorst (The Netherlands) 2017-2021

Françoise Corbineau (France) 2014-2017

William Finch-Savage (UK) 2011-2014

Patricia Berjak (South Africa) 2008-2011

J. Derek Bewley (Canada) 2005-2008

Ralph Obendorf (USA) 2002-2005

Daniel Côme (France) 1999-2002


Fiona Hay (Denmark) 2021-2025

Julia Buitink (France) 2018-2021

Henk Hilhorst (The Netherlands) 2015-2017

Françoise Corbineau (France) 2011-2014

William Finch-Savage (UK) 2008-2011

Patricia Berjak (South Africa) 2005-2008

J. Derek Bewley (Canada) 2002-2005

Ralph Obendorf (USA) 1999-2002


Louise Colville (UK) 2019-2023

Peter Toorop (UK) 2013-2017

John Dickie (UK) 2008-2012

Karen L. Koster (USA) 2004-2008

Kent Bradford (USA) 1999-2004


Steven Penfield (UK) 2014-2018, 2018-2022, 2022-2026

Kenneth Thompson (UK) 2002-2006, 2006-2010

Hugh Pritchard (UK) 1999-2002

Elected and Appointed Trustees (current)

Gerhard Leubner (UK), Elected Trustee 2011-2014, 2014-2017, 2017-2020, 2020-

Gabriela Auge (Argentina), Appointed Trustee 2021-

Laura Bowden (UK), Appointed Trustee 2018-2021, 2021-

Charlotte Seal (UK), Appointed Trustee 2022-

Christopher West (UK), Appointed Trustee 2014-2017, 2017-2020, 2020-

Elected and Appointed Trustees (past)

Hugh Pritchard (UK), Appointed Trustee 2011-2014, 2014-2017, 2017-2020, 2020-2022

Roberto Benech-Arnold (Argentina), Appointed Trustee 2008-2011, 2011-2014, 2014-2018, 2018-2021

Dolores Rodriguez (Spain), Appointed Trustee 2008-2011, 2011-2014, 2014-2018

Michael Black (England), Appointed Trustee 2005-2008, 2008-2011

Michael Holdsworth (UK), Appointed Trustee 2008-2011

Francoise Corbineau (France), Elected Trustee 2008-2011

Steve Adkins (Australia), Elected Trustee 2005-2008

Bill Finch-Savage (England), Appointed Trustee 2005-2008

Peter Halmer (England), Appointed Trustee 2005-2008

Robin Probert (England), Appointed Trustee 2005-2008

 Founding Trustees

Michael Black (UK) 1999-2005

Kent Bradford (USA) 1999-2005

Daniel Côme (France) 1999-2005

Hugh Pritchard (UK) 1999-2005

Kenneth Thompson (UK) 1999-2005

Ordinary Committee Members (through 2005)

Gregorio Nicolas (Spain) 2002-2005

Menahem Edelstein (Israel) 2002-2005

Yitzchak Gutterman (Israel) 1999-2002

Henk Hilhorst (The Netherlands) 1999-2002

 Regional representatives (current)

Africa: Chris Ojiewo (Kenya) 2021-

Australia & New Zealand: Jose Barrero (Australia)

Central & South America: EA Amaral da Silva (Brazil)

China: Hui Huang (China)

Eastern Europe & Russia: Tomasz Pawłowski (Poland)

India: D. Vijay (India) 2021-

Japan: Naoto Kawakami (Japan)

Middle East and Asia: Irfan Afzal (Pakistan)

North America: Héctor Pérez (USA)

UK & Eire: Vacant

Western Europe & Scandinavia: Olivier Leprince (France)

Regional representatives – past

Australia & New Zealand: Steve Adkins (Australia) 1999-2011

Central & Eastern Europe: Elwira Sliwinska (Poland) 2005-2018; Renata Bogatek (Poland) 1999-2005

China & Japan: Songquan Song (China) 2002-2018; Jia-Rui Fu (China) 1999-2002

India: Swati Sen Mandi (India) 1999-2004

Mexico & Central America: Jorge Vázquez-Ramos (Mexico) 1999-2005

North America: Christina Walters (USA) 2005-2019; Paul Cavers (Canada) 1999-2005

South Africa: Norman Pammenter (South Africa) 2005-2021; Patricia Berjak (South Africa) 1999-2005

South America: Renato Delmondez de Castro (Brazil) 2005-2008; Mirian Eira (Brazil) 1999-2005; Roberto Benech-Arnold (Argentina) 1999-2005

Middle East: Yitzchak Gutterman 2008-2018; Haim Nerson (Israel) 2005-2008

UK & Eire: George Bassel (UK) 2014-2018; Cliff Bray (UK) 2005-2014

Western Europe & Scandinavia: Dolores Rodriguez (Spain) 2005-2014

Organizational Representative

Manuela Nagel (Germany) for ISTA

Alison Powell (UK) for ISTA 2002-2008, 2008-2014, 2014-2019

Greg Welbaum (USA) for ISHS

Corporate Representative                                                                                                               

Frank Lanfermeijer (Netherlands) for Bejo 2021-

Brigitte Hamman (Switzerland) for Syngenta

Peter Halmer (UK) for Germains, Ltd. 2005-2008

Eric Gatignol (France) for Syngenta 2002-2003


Become an ISSS Member

  • Members of the ISSS are eligible for reduced registration fees for ISSS sponsored meetings

Find out more »

Renew your membership or update your details »

For information on ISSS membership, contact:

Louise Colville
Email: l.colville@kew.org

Latest News »