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Meetings & Events

ASSC 2020 website is live

The Australasian Seed Science Conference (formerly National Seed Science Forum) will be on 05-09 April 2020, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
This is only a landing page for now but we will be adding more images from across the conference collaborators/partners/themes etc as well as logos and loads more information. But for now we have a web presence!
Please register your interest online and feel free to share the below link:


Jose Barrero Sanchez

Seed Science Forum 2020 – Seeking the views of the seed science community

The Australian Seed Bank Partnership is pleased to announce that we will hold a Seed Science Forum in April 2020, hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, with partner organisations, the Australian Grains Genebank and the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (with more to be announced). The forum will be open to national and international seed scientists and seed practitioners from conservation, restoration, forestry, agricultural and research sectors.
The Australian Seed Bank Partnership’s National Seed Science Forum was last held in 2016 at the Australian PlantBank, Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan. Following the 2016 forum we received overwhelming feedback that the seed science community would like to see the forum become a regular event. We are thrilled to be able to once again convene a forum with a strong focus on seed science and its applications.
We are seeking your input to assist us in developing a forum program that will be of greatest value to the diverse seed science community. Please feel free to forward this to your networks. The survey of 7 questions will be open until 3 March 2019, and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete:

14th International Symposium on Pre-Harvest Sprouting in Cereals

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my pleasure and honor to invite you to the 14th International Symposium on Pre-Harvest Sprouting in Cereals from July 30 to August 2, 2019 in Chengdu, China. Research in the scientific understanding of pre-harvest sprouting and breeding for PHS tolerance cereals will be promoted by a host of world-class scientists and industry representatives that will highlight both applied and fundamental research works. The wide-range realm of the regulation of dormancy and germination, baking quality and end-use, germination and malting, and new germplasm materials and method for PHS tolerance breeding will be discussed. It will provide participants with a comprehensive and fruitful experience.

The website : http://isphsc.csp.escience.cn/

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is noted for Sichuan food culture, giant panda, Jinsha site, and Dujiangyan irrigation system. I believe that Chengdu and the hospitable people in the city will surely stand out in the memory of every participant.

We sincerely hope that you will come to support us in Chengdu. Thank you and I look forward to your participation.

Yours faithfully

 Jirui Wang

  Organizing Committee


6th Workshop on Molecular Aspects of Seed Dormancy and Germination

The 6th ISSS workshop on Dormancy and Germination will be held in the Netherlands from 22-25 September 2019. The website will be open soon…

6th Workshop on Seed Ecology 2019

The 6th Workshop on Seed Ecology 2019 will be held in Regensburg, Germany from July 29 – August 2, 2019. Pre-conference workshops will be organised for young scientists and PhD students.

The Website is now online (http://www.biologie.uni-regensburg.de/Seed-Ecology2019/index.html).

International SPS Conference and Summer School

The International SPS Conference 2018: Plant Sciences for the Future takes place from 4-6 July in Paris. Online registration to the International SPS Conference 2018 is now open.


The SPS Summer School 2018: Plant epigenetics and epigenomics takes place from 8-13 July in Saint-Lambert, France.


2018 Hawaiʻi Native Seed Conference

We are excited to announce the 2018 Hawaiʻi Native Seed Conference and Hawaiʻi Seed Bank Partnership Meeting on May 15-18 2018 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Information and updates are available here: http://laukahi.org/hnsc2018/
The Hawai‘i Native Seed Conference brings together conservationists, horticulturalists, researchers, and others working with seeds of native Hawaiian plants to share knowledge with each other and visiting experts. The conference will take place from May 15-18, 2018, at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The conference will begin with a meeting of the Hawai‘i Seed Bank Partnership on May 15. The following days will feature speakers from Hawaiʻi, and several sessions led by staff from the Kew Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. Topics for the conference will focus on strategies and methods for collecting, handling, and processing seed collections for propagation and storage, making this widely applicable for anyone working in ecosystem restoration in the Pacific region. 
Abstracts will be accepted January 12 – February 28 (link to: Abstract Submission)
Early RegistrationFebruary 1 – March 30 ($90/ $45-students)
Late RegistrationApril 1-30: Late registration ($125)
Accommodations are available soon at the East-West Center Visitor Housing (on UH Mānoa campus). Visit their webpage to see room types and rates. 
Please contact Dustin Wolkis at dwolkis@ntbg.org for more information

Dustin Wolkis
Seed Bank & Laboratory Manager
Department of Science & Conservation
National Tropical Botanical Garden
3530 Papalina Road, Kalāheo, HI 96741
Lab: 808.800.2704

14th International Symposium of Preharvest Sprouting in Cereals

The 14th International Symposium of Preharvest Sprouting in Cereals will take place in 2019 in Chengdu, China.

Please see the flyer Flyer_20170909 for more details.


NASSTEC Conference, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 25-29 September 2017

The NASSTEC (The Native Seed Science, Technology and Conservation Initial Training Network) International Conference: ‘Seed quality of native species – ecology, production and policy’ will be held from 25-29 September at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK.

Registration is free and closes on 30 July. Submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations by 14 July. For further details please see the NASSTEC conference website.



Dr Louise Colville

ISSS conference Monterey – registration open

ISSS conference Monterey – Registration now open
Registration and abstract submission is now open for the ISSS conference in Monterey, 10-14 September:



Register now! The conference will be limited to 300 people ➢  http://isss2017.ucdavis.edu/registration/

Need to submit your abstract?  Visit Abstract Submission page ➢ http://isss2017.ucdavis.edu/abstract-submission/  **In order to be considered for an oral presentation, your abstract must be received by 1 June 2017.

Book your hotel early!    Find reservation info at http://isss2017.ucdavis.edu/accommodations/

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