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X World Peach Conference, held under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), was appointed to the Greek/Cypriot delegation. This was an unanimous decision by all delegates of the IX Peach ISHS Conference, held in Bucharest (Romania) last week (2-7 July 2017). Meeting will be hosted in Naoussa (Macedonia, Greece) as a joint initiative of Cyprus University of Technology (Prof. George Manganaris) & Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Prof. Athanasios Molassiotis). The Conference is programmed to be held during the first week of June, 2021.
Dr. George Manganaris present the candidacy of Greece for the organization of the X International ISHS Conference.
Naoussa (Central Macedonia) is one of the most beautiful cities of Greece, being the capital of the homonym province with a population of 25.000 residents and combines the beauties of the plain with those of the mountain, offering a rich mesh of activities and services, including UNESCO Heritage sites. It is additionally the epicenter of peach fruit production in Greece. Notably, Greece is ranked 5th worldwide in terms of production, being the main exporter worldwide of canned peaches.
The Final meeting of Eurocaroten: European network to advance carotenoid research and applications in agro-food and health held under the auspices of the COST actions (European Cooperation in Science & Technology). WILL BE HELD IN Lemesos. The Conference is a joint initiative of the Cyprus University of Technology, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology & Food Science and the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece.The 3-day Conference type meeting will be held in one of the most well-known resorts of the Mediterranean area, the Royal Apolonia Hotel, located in Lemesos, from 26th-28th of November, 2019. The congress will be comprised of plenary and ordinary sessions, workshops and poster display sessions that are expected to provide new knowledge and promote scientific dialogues during the conference.
Additional information can be retrieved from the Conference’s website
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.
The final meeting of the COST FA1104 action entitled ‘Sustainable production of high-quality cherries for the European market’ was attended by 140 registered delegates, coming from 31 countries. This type of meeting are usually expanded from a 2-day meeting of Management Committee Members to a 4-day Conference, open to audience with reduced registration fees. Thanks to this initiative and support from an array of sponsors, we offered complimentary registration to a significant number of young/undergraduate students. Conference program included 30 oral talks, 40 poster presentations and 7 keynote talks. Notably, this meeting allowed to secure a significant amount of surplus (ca. 15000€) that has been allocated to support research activities of the groups of the three convenors. Main findings of the Conference have been disseminated both in Greek and English, i.e. www.postharvest.biz/en/news/79996/_id:79996/. A functional website was active throughout the preparatory steps and during the Conference, received ca. 4,000 unique visits.
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.
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.