ESA Annual Meeting 2018 - Madrid - Sunday 7  › Tuesday 9 October 2018

Dear colleagues,

Thanks a lot for your participation to the ESA Annual Meeting 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

This year’s event has set a new record of presence! With an attendance of 1050 participants from over 40 countries across the world, the importance of the ESA Congress for the European and international seed sector was once more confirmed.

During the meetings of the specific crop sections, participants got the latest updates and detailed information on many horizontal and crop-specific issues important for seed companies in Europe and worldwide such as the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU seed fraud network, new EU Plant Health rules, Research and Innovation, and Intellectual Property.

Participants also had the chance to assist to very inspiring and insightful debates on the future of Plant Breeding innovation in Europe, Brexit, Biodiversity, the European Protein Plan and the future of Variety Testing.

Moreover, as every year, large trade and exhibition facilities provided ample space for a buzzing atmosphere of professional exchange and interaction of participants, and exposure for companies showcasing the latest developments in technical equipment, mechanical components, processing technologies and plant breeding software.

This year’s ESA Annual Meeting was also a great opportunity to launch the series of "Dinner with Darwin" videos with Jonathan Silvertown, now available on our YouTube channel. We do encourage you to watch all these videos explaining what evolution has to do with our food.

The annual meeting was also a great opportunity to get even more people involved in our "Embracing the Power of Nature" campaign, with a special booth showcasing innovation in... rubber boots! Have a look at the hashtags: #Euroseeds2018 and #EmbracingNature if you want to know more.

For a more complete overview of this year’s annual meeting, please check the ESA website.

The ESA Annual Meeting 2019 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, from 13 to 15* October. Registration will open on April 1st.

We are looking forward to welcoming you all there!

*please note that specific ESA Working Groups may hold internal meetings on October 16. These will be part of the ESA annual meeting and require registration.