Category Archives: Conferences

IUFRO WG 2.09.01 Seed Orchards Conference – 4-6th September 2017.

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.



logoI have attached a link to the above conference, which will be held between September 4-6, 2017 in Bålsta, Sweden. Please support our colleagues in IUFRO Working Party 2.09.01 “Seed Orchards”. 

The goal of this conference is to provide the opportunity to exchange scientific advances related to forest tree seed orchards and their integration in the forestry practice. These include links between seed orchards and long-term tree breeding; seed orchard design and management; forest pathology in relation to seed production, seed testing and storage; seed physiology and technology; forest economics; gene conservation; and interaction of seed orchards with related disciplines.

Important dates are:

31 May 2017 – Abstract submission;

23 June 2017 – Abstract acceptance;

30 June 2017 – Registration.


Details on the 2016 IUFRO Tree Seed Physiology and Technology Conference


PLEASE NOTE: We regret that this conference has, unfortunately, been cancelled! We have retained the details here for future reference only. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Registration and abstract submission details for the 2016 IUFRO Tree Seed Physiology and Technology Conference are now available! Click here for all the information on the conference to be held from the 29th June – 1st July 2016 in Portsmouth (UK).

Please note that the final date for registration, payment and abstract submission is Friday 27th May 2016.

We do realise that this is relatively short notice, but we would encourage you to make every effort to attend and to present your research. We do require a minimum of 15 delegates for the conference to proceed, but hope to see many tree seed scientists in Portsmouth at the end of June 2016.

Three broad themes for the conference are as follows:

  1. Technology: testing, stratifying and storing tree seeds.
  2. Physiology and ecology: germination and dormancy breakage of tree seeds in a changing climate.
  3. Pests and pathogens: detection and eradication of current and emerging threats in tree seeds.

We look forward to your participation!

Shelagh McCartan, on behalf of the Organising Committee

IUFRO Tree Seed Physiology and Technology Conference: 29th June- 1st July 2016

We would like to invite you to present your research related to tree seed physiology and technology at the IUFRO WG 2.09.03 conference, which will be hosted by Forest Research, an agency of Forestry Commission, Great Britain.

The conference, to be held from 29th June to 1st July 2016, will be held in Portsmouth (UK), which is a cosmopolitan, waterfront city with good road and rail transport links.

We look forward to seeing you there! More details regarding the registration and costs will be available shortly.

Shelagh McCartan, on behalf of the Organising Committee

Call for papers: Smoke ecology/technology

Some of you may know that one of my (Marnie Light’s) favourite topics of research is related to the effects of plant-derived smoke on seed germination. In November last year, I attended a ‘special session’ on smoke ecology at the 6th International Fire Ecology & Management Congress organised by the Association for Fire Ecology (AFE). The special session was hosted by Dr Mary Lata, who arranged the programme for the special session. It was fantastic to have an entire session dedicated to this topic, and a great opportunity for me to meet Prof. Jon Keeley (USA) and Prof. Mark Ooi (Australia), as well as several other researchers in the field.

Following some discussion with the organisers and the Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Botany, it was decided to run a special issue on ‘Smoke Ecology and Applications of Plant-Derived Smoke‘ in the journal. The aim of this is to highlight some of the research presented at the AFE congress, as well as to publish articles on related topics.

We are inviting anyone who has carried out research relating to the effects of plant-derived smoke on seed germination or plant growth (smoke ecology/technology) to submit their manuscripts for inclusion in this special issue.

For more information, please click SAJB Special issue – Smoke Ecology (Flyer) for a copy of the ‘flyer’, and SAJB Special Issue – Smoke Ecology (Detailed call for papers) for more detail on the requirements and how to submit your article. Please contact the guest editors of this special issue should you have any queries.

31st ISTA Congress (June 2016, Estonia)

31st ISTA Congress | Tallinn 2016The 31st Congress of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) will be held from 15 to 21 June 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia.

Proposed session topics include:

  • Applications of germination and dormancy testing
  • Advances in seed health testing for ensuring quality seed production and storage
  • Environmental effects on seed quality
  • Cellular and molecular methods and new approaches to seed quality determination
  • Conservation and use of genetic resources in crop, forest and wild species
  • Presentations on ISTA’s technical work and meetings of ISTA Technical Committees

Registration for this congress opened on 1 October 2015. For more information on the congress, and registration information, click here.


We would like to invite you to attend a conference on ‘Tree seeds – Ecology, physiology and technology’, which we plan to hold in the United Kingdom in 2016 (29th June – 1st July, 2016). There are four proposed themes:


Please let us know if you would be interested in attending, and whether you would prefer to present a paper or poster. Details will follow once we have a better idea of the number of people that are interested in attending this conference (as this will affect where the conference can be held).

Please email Shelagh McCartan or Marnie Light by Friday 18th September so that we can start to plan the conference. We need a minimum of 30 delegates to make the conference worthwhile (financially and scientifically)!

We look forward to hearing from you and your colleagues.

Seed Ecology V: 21-25 August 2016

The ISSS Seed Ecology V conference dates are out!

The focus of Seed Ecology V, to be held in Brazil from 21-25 August 2016 (with an optional post-conference tour from 26-30 August), will be “Seeds in the Web of Life”. Seed Ecology conferences, promoted by the International Society for Seed Science, are international, thematic, scientific meetings devoted exclusively to Seeds and the Environment. These conferences are a great opportunity for seed biologists to gather and share their research findings and ideas.

For more information click here.

ISSS Workshop on Seed Longevity – 1 week to go!

The ISSS Workshop on Seed Longevity to be held from 5-8 July 2015 in Wernigerode (Germany) is just around the corner – only one week to go! The program looks to be filled with some great presentations by very experienced seed biologists, and is sure to be a good event! If any of our blog followers are fortunate enough to attend, please send us some feedback after the event, and we can post it onto the blog.

For more information, the program and book of abstracts for the workshop are available here.