ISTA Germination Workshop in Seed Testing

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11.06.2016 - 13.06.2016


Saku, Estonia


Organizer Agricultural Research Centre
Estonian Seed Testing Laboratory
Teaduse 4/6 75501

Contact person
Heidi Kollo
Phone: +372 6729118
Mail: heidi.kollo@pmk.agri.ee  

Sylvie Ducournau, Germination Committee Chair
Christine Herzog, Germination Committee Member 

Aim of the workshop
This workshop aims at presenting and discussing the principles of the ISTA germination test, seedling evaluations for different species, results calculations and reporting. In addition aspects of quality management linked to germination testing will be presented.

Target groups
The workshop is for persons who are involved in seed testing according to the ISTA Rules.

The workshop will consist of lectures and practical exercises. It will offer the opportunity for general discussion on germination testing, as well as for specific questions regarding testing procedures. The ISTA Rules and the ISTA Handbooks will be discussed and used during the workshop. Participants of this workshop will be actively involved through group work, discussions and practical work. Language of the Workshop is English.  

Preliminary Programme
-           Introduction to ISTA
-           Current and future work of the ISTA germination committee
-           Testing procedures for germination
-           Seedling evaluation
-           Calculations and tolerances
-           Quality assurance aspects  

Preliminary list of species for the Workshop
-           Grass seeds: Lolium spp., Festuca spp., Poa spp.
-           Forage crops: Medicago sp., Trifolium sp., Pisum, Lupinus, Vicia faba
-           Oil seeds: Helianthus annus
-           Vegetable seeds:  Brassica, Allium, Daucus

The workshop will include visit of the ISTA accredited Estonian Seed Testing Laboratory.

Agricultural Research Centre
Estonian Seed Testing Laboratory
Teaduse 4/6 75501

Saku is 18 km away from Tallinn centre and it take 25 minutes by bus.
Further travel information: http://ista-tallinn2016.ee/general-information/travel-information/ 

The participants are asked to book the hotels directly.   
Transportation from the hotels to the workshop venue will be organized. 

Hotel Details:
Sokos Hotels Tallinn Sales Service
Phone: +372 680 9300
Email: viru.reservation@sok.fi

Special prices

Standard Double: €81/night
Standard Double for one: €76/night

Online Booking: https://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/tallinn/sokos-hotel-viru

To get the special rate, indicate reservation code: BISTA2016 
Instructions: Choose suitable dates, then pick the number of people. Under Promotions, enter the reservation code (BISTA2016). Then click "Search". Finally, choose rooms, click "Select" and follow instructions. 

Registration fee
The number of participants is a minimum of 16, without which the workshop will be cancelled (Note: minimum number reached - workshop confirmed!) and limited to a maximum of 35. The registration fee will include all literature and supporting material for the workshop, lunches and coffee breaks, excursion, workshop dinner and transfer between the workshop venue and hotels (except airport transfer). It does not include accommodation or meals other than those specified.

ISTA Members: 350 EUR
Non-Members: 525 EUR

Deadline: 30.04.2016 

If you would like to attend the workshop please fill in the registration form. An invoice will be sent to you, which has to be paid before the participation confirmation will be generated. Please indicate any dietary requirements during registration. 
All payments are required prior to the 1st of May, 2016 in EUR and payable to ISTA. 

Please note: 
For cancellations made before 30 April 2016 registration fees are refundable less a EUR 50 administration fee. For cancellations made after 30 April 2016 registration fees are non-refundable.  


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