I would like to thank Tomas Funda and his team for organizing a very interesting and informative conference in Bålsta, Sweden (4-6th September 2017). The conference covered a range of seed-related topics including tree breeding, seed orchard design and management, cone/seed health, seed pests and pathogens, and seed processing, testing and storage. This provided a natural link from seed orchards to nursery production. The next IUFRO WG 2.09.01 Seed Orchards Conference will be in Nanjing, China in 2019/20. I urge you to support our colleagues in IUFRO WG 2.09.01 and make every effort to attend this conference.