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Date: 04.09.2018 - 07.09.2018

Location: Poznań, Poland

Welcome message 
This second announcement of the 8th ISTA - SHC Seed Health Symposium and 6th International Seed Health Conference includes the registration form and additional information about the venue. We would be very grateful to you for a registration at your earliest convenience (significantly lower fee for early birds), and by May 31, 2018 at the latest. After this date, the registration fees will be increased. Your presence will contribute to the success of the Symposium. The Organizing Committee is looking forward to welcoming you to Poznań, Poland in September 2018.   

Dorota Szopińska 
Chair of the Organizing Committee

Contact:               
Dorota Szopińska                                 
Poznań University of Life Sciences                                 
Department of Phytopathology, Seed Science and Technology                                 
Dąbrowskiego 159, 60-594 Poznań, POLAND                                 
E-mail: dorota.szopinska@up.poznan.pl


Date and venue 
The 8th ISTA SHC Seed Health Symposium and 6th International Seed Health Conference will take place from September 4th to September 7th, 2018 at the Conference Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences (H. Wieniawskiego 17/19, 61-713 Poznań, Poland), in the very heart of the city, at walking distance from historical sites and from the selected hotels (no transportation will be provided from hotels). 
Seed Health Committee meeting will be organized at the Conference Centre on September 4th. All facilities will be centralized at the Conference Centre: commission room, exhibition space, posters space, lunch area and reception offices with secretariat services. All participants will check in at the Conference Centre, the registration desk of which will be opened on September 4th at 12:00 a.m.   

Languages 
The working language of the Symposium and Conference will be English. There will be no translation.   

Climate 
Poznań has a temperate climate. Weather in September is generally warm and sunny (16 to 20°C). Evening may be cooler and rainfall may occur.   

Currency and finance 
Poland uses the Polish Zloty (PLN). Currencies can be exchanged in any commercial bank, airports, train stations and in some hotels (1 PLN = 0.24 EUR = 0.28 USD approx.).   

Program 
Tuesday, September 4th                
09:00-12:00         Seed Health Committee Meeting                                                                 
14:00-15:30         Opening ceremony                                                                 
Break                                                                 
16:00-17:30         Session 
Wednesday, September 5th        
08:30-10:00         Session 
Break 
10:30-12:30          Session 
Lunch 
14:00 – 15:30       Session 
Break 
16:00 – 17:30       Session 
19:00 – 23:00       Symposium 
Dinner 
Thursday, September 6th              
8:30 – 10:00        Session 
Break 
10:30 – 12:30       Session 
Lunch 
14:00 – 15:30       Session 
Break 
16:00 – 17:30       Session 
Friday, September 7th                    
08:30 – 15:00      Field day   

The detailed program will be sent at the beginning of July 2018.   

Organizing Committee
  • ISTA Seed Health Committee
  • Seed Pathology Section of the Polish Phytopathological Society
  • Poznań University of Life Sciences (PULS)
  • The Committee on Agronomic Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences

REGISTRATION  

Registration fees 
The symposium registration fees are: 
380 EUR – Early bird                        until 31 March 2018
450 EUR – Normal                            1 April till 31 May 2018 
550 EUR – Last minute1 June till 15 August 2018 

Registration fees include attendance at all meetings, the welcoming reception, coffee/tea breaks, lunches, symposium dinner, field session and abstract booklet. 

There is no program for accompanying persons but they can participate in the symposium dinner and field session for 100 EUR. 
NOTE: We can only accept registrations if they are accompanied by full payment.  

Payment 
Payment only by bank transfer. 
Please use the following reference on the transfer: 
Beneficiary Account Name: 
Polskie Towarzystwo Fitopatologiczne 
Wojska Polskiego 71 c, 60-625 Poznań, Poland 
Bank Account Number (IBAN):  PL70195000012006340513170002 
Bank Name: Idea Bank S.A. 
Bank Address: Przyokopowa 33, 01-208 Warszawa, Poland 
Bank Swift (BIC) Code: IEEAPLPA 
Please write in the title of payment: Seed Symposium 2018, your name and country (e.g. Seed Symposium 2018 – Donald Smith, UK)   Cancellation before 1 August 2018 will be charged 100 EUR 
No cancellation after 1 August 2018   

Registration form
  • Registration form should be submitted as doc or pdf file to seed@up.poznan.pl mentioning as subject: Registration Seed Symposium.
  • Please see registration form in Annex 1.
  • We can only accept registrations if they are accompanied by full payment.
   Papers/Abstracts
  • The organizers invite papers or posters based either on research or practical experience from the list of topics given:
-        Innovations in seed health testing
-        New diseases and emerging seed-borne pathogens
-        Quarantine and certification – a tool to minimize spread of seedborne pathogens
-        Methods of standardization and evaluation of comparative tests
-        Seed treatments
-        Quality assurance in seed health testing
-        Pathological aspects of seed storage
-        Other

  • The deadline for abstract submission is May 15, 2018.
  • Up to two abstracts may be submitted by one participant.
  • A number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentation and the authors will be informed 
    by June 15, 2018. Selection will be based on general scientific importance for the symposium and will be made by the organizing committee. The remaining presentations will be in the form of posters. Please, indicate clearly in your registration form if you want to have your abstract considered for poster presentation only.
  • Electronic submission of abstracts via e-mail is required. These should be submitted to the e-mail: seed@up.poznan.pl mentioning as subject: Abstract Seed Symposium. Receipt of all abstracts will be acknowledged.
  • Please see call for papers/instructions to authors in Annex 2.
  • Instructions for poster presentations will be sent by June 15, 2018.
Accommodation 
For the convenience of participants, we have reserved  rooms in two hotels (walking distance from Symposium venue) and two student dormitories (one tram stop from Symposium venue). Reservations are valid till June 30, 2018 – please, book directly in the hotels/student houses, using password: Seed Symposium – see details below. Reservation will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that there may be a shortage of hotel rooms in a period and that’s why we recommend that you book your room as soon as possible.     

HOTEL DETAILS  

Guest Rooms at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan 
Number of rooms: 27 
Address
H. Wieniawskiego 17/19
61-713 Poznań 
Booking:              
Phone: (+48) 618516841 
E-mail: zpg@man.poznan.pl 
Rates
Single room 
160 PLN/room/day                                          (39 EUR approx.)  
Double room 
2 persons            240 PLN/room/day          (58 EUR approx.)              
1 person              180 PLN/room/day          (44 EUR approx.)                              
Studio apartment 
2 persons            290 PLN/room/day          (70 EUR approx.)                                              
1 person              230 PLN/room/day          (56 EUR approx.)                                                

The prices include breakfast 
Payment only in Polish Zloty (PLN)  

Hotel IKAR, Poznan 
Number of rooms: 80 
Address: Solna 18
61-736 Poznań 
Booking:              
Phone: (+48) 616587105,  (+48) 616587107 E-mail: ikar@amwhotele.plm.rogowy@amwhotele.pl 
Rates
Economy 
Single    room     130 PLN/room/day          (32 EUR approx.)  
Double room    200 PLN/room/day          (48 EUR approx.) 
Standard 
Single room        160 PLN/room/day          (39 EUR approx.) 
Double room     230 PLN/room/day          (56 EUR approx.) 
Superior 
Single room        190 PLN/room/day          (46 EUR approx.) 
Double room     260 PLN/room/day          (63 EUR approx.)   

The prices include breakfast 
Payment only in Polish Zloty (PLN)  

Student dormitory “MAĆKO”  
Poznań University of Life Sciences 
Number of rooms: 14 
Address
Piątkowska 94/3c
60-649 Poznań 
Booking:              
E-mail: dsmacko@up.poznan.pl 
Rates
Single room 
87 PLN/room/day            (21 EUR approx.)              
Double room 
119 PLN/room/day          (29 EUR approx.)                              
Studio apartment 
130 PLN/room/day          (32 EUR approx.)                               

Breakfast not available 
Payment only in Polish Zloty (PLN)   

Student dormitory “JURAND”  Poznań University of Life Sciences 
Number of rooms: 8 
Address: Piątkowska 94/3a
60-649 Poznań 
Booking:              
E-mail: dsjurand@up.poznan.pl 
Rates
Single room 
87 PLN/room/day            (21 EUR approx.)              
Double room 
119 PLN/room/day          (29 EUR approx.)            
    
Breakfast not available 
Payment only in Polish Zloty (PLN)