X ISHS Peach Conference, International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)

The 10th ISHS International Peach Symposium took place during the period May 30 – June 3, 2022 in the city of Naoussa. The Conference was the first one held in an Open-Air Environment with the employment of state-of-the-art audiovisual infrastructure. The Venue was located within the Municipality Park of Naoussa, a unique example in the history of Landscape Architecture in Greece that is nowadays officially an integrate part of the European Route of Historic Gardens.


Conference was attended by more than 200 delegates and accompanying persons, mainly originated from Greece, Spain, Italy and the United States. Conference website ( during its lifespan exceeded the 12,000 unique visits from nearly 150 countries. The conference resulted in a surplus of 32,400€ that was allocated in scholarships of excellence at Cyprus University of Technology (15,000€, 26 beneficiaries) and to non-profit units linked with kids with special needs or low -income in Greece and Cyprus (17,400€).

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III Symposium Horticulture in Europe, International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)

Chania | 17-21 October 2016

The 3rd ISHS Conference Horticulture in Europe (SHE 2016) took place in Chania, Greece during the period 17-21 October and was attended by 320 registered delegates. Its initiative and the organization was jointly organised by Dr. Panagiotis Kalaitzis, from the Department of Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology of Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) and myself, representing CUT/ABF. The central theme of the Symposium was ‘Growing Health and Life’. The scientific programme was comprised of 84 oral presentations, 256 posters and 16 plenary talks by the invited keynote speakers covering the a broad area of horticultural science. Preparation of Conference proceedings is currently in progress.


V Postharvest Unlimited Symposium, International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)

Pafos | 10-13 June 2014

V Postharvest Unlimited Conference was held in Cyprus during the period 10-13 June 2014, being considered by Dr. Peter Toivonen, ISHS representative, as the most successful ever carried out in this series. This is the first ISHS meeting ever held in Cyprus. Organization of this event was a joint initiative of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece. Conference was attended by 246 delegates and accompanying persons, derived from 43 different countries. Delegates were mainly originated from Italy (37), Greece (23), Spain (17), United Kingdom (15), United States (15), Israel (14), The Netherlands (9), Czech Republic (9), Germany (8), France (7) and Brazil (6). Τhe main conference topics were system biology approaches and new insights in postharvest physiology and ripening of fruits and vegetables, innovations in postharvest technology, fresh produce quality and supply chain management and effects of ripening and storage on nutritional and functional components in horticultural commodities. Exceptionally, this event was supported by two COST Actions: FA1104 ‘Sustainable production of high-quality cherries for the European market’ and FA1106 ‘An integrated systems approach to determine the developmental mechanisms controlling fleshy fruit quality in tomato and grapevine’.

Conference scientific programme comprised of 16 plenary talks, 68 oral presentations and 140 posters. The Keynote speakers of the Conference were: (1) John Labavitch, University of Davis, USA, (2) Bart Nicolaï, University of Leuven, Belgium, (3) Ian Ferguson, Plant & Food Research, New Zealand, (4) Mondher Bouzayen, University of Toulouse, France, (5) Pietro Tonutti, Sant’ Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy, (6) Susan Lurie, Volcani Center, Israel, (7) Mª Isabel Gil, Food Science & Technology Department at CEBAS-CSIC, Spain, (8) Carlos Crisosto, University of Davis, USA, (9) Leon Terry, Cranfield University, United Kingdom, (10) Beth Mitcham, University of Davis, USA, (11) Peter Toivonen, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Summerland, Canada, (12) Daniel Valero, University Miguel Hernández, Spain, (13) Ariel Vicente, University of La Plata, Argentina, (14) Serge Delrot, lnstitut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin, Villenave d’Ornon, France, (15) Mario Pezzoti, University of Verona, Italy and (16) Arnaud Bovy, University of Wageningen, Netherlands. All details about the conference, including a descriptive set of photos from the Scientific and social program of the Conference can be retrieved by the official website of the Conference.


25th Congress of the Hellenic Society of Horticultural Science

Lemesos | 1-4 November 2011

The Congress was attended by 330 delegates, reaching the highest numbers of scientific research papers ever presented. As chairman of the Organizing Committee, my engagement included the construction of a functional website, the invitation of a high number (16) of well-esteemed keynote speakers in various fields of Horticultural Sciences and the organization of a Workshop entitled ‘Post-graduate and postdoctoral research in the area of Horticulture’ where relevant information from Universities of USA, UK, Greece and Cyprus was presented. An amount of 13,000 € was offered as Scholarships into four postgraduate students of CUT. Conference proceedings include two volumes, consisting of 378 and 336 pages, respectively in ‘two columns’ format per page. An electronic copy of all research papers is available as per request.

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