ISTA Workshop on Seed Sampling & Quality Assurance in Sampling

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ISTA Workshop on Seed Sampling & Quality Assurance in Sampling


19.02.2018 - 22.02.2018


Volcani Center, Rishon LeZion, ISRAEL

Please note that this workshop is fully booked.

ISTA Bulking and Sampling Committee and Volcani Center are looking forward to hosting you at the ISTA Workshop on ‘Seed Sampling and Quality Assurance in Seed Sampling’, to be held at Volcani Center, Israel from 19 to 22 February 2018. The workshop will include lectures, practical and group work. 

Workshop Organiser:

Lea Mazor, Volcanic Center
E-Mail: leamazor@agri.gov.il
Phone: 972-3-9683637

Name of contact person: Shirley Erez Kdosha
E-Mail: Shirleye@volcani.agri.gov.il
Phone: 972-3-9683637


Eddie Goldschagg (Chair of the ISTA Bulking and Sampling Committee)
Leena Pietilä (Vice-Chair of the ISTA Bulking and Sampling Committee)
Gerry Hall (Member of the ISTA Bulking and Sampling Committee)
Lotta Claesson (Member of the ISTA Bulking and Sampling Committee)

Aim of the workshop:

The aim of the workshop is to provide an overview of seed sampling and aspects of quality assurance in relation to seed sampling for a range of species. The workshop will provide a forum to discuss seed sampling in general as well as the opportunity to have specific questions relating to seed sampling methodologies discussed. The workshop will focus on practical exercises, providing an opportunity to use different sampling equipment, and will include practicals for the evaluation and examination of seed samplers.

Target Group:

This workshop will appeal to people in both seed testing laboratories and the wider seed industry, including warehouse staff, who are involved in sampling of seed.

Workshop Content:

The workshop teaching is through formal lectures, practical work and a series of exercises where participants will form into groups to work on. Topics included in the workshop are:

• Introduction to seed sampling methods (lectures)
• Principles behind seed sampling, sealing bags and labelling (lectures)
• Principles behind automatic seed sampling (lectures)
• Sampling containers, bags, boxes (practicals)
• Dividing samples for submission to a laboratory (practicals)
• Quality assurance in sampling (lectures and practicals)
• Evaluation and examination (written and practical)

Preliminary Programme:

A preliminary programme will be posted on the ISTA Website by end October 2017.

Participation Fee:

ISTA Members: 550 EUR
ISTA Non-Members: 825 EUR

Deadline: 10th December 2017

The workshop registration fee includes all literature and supporting material for the workshop, lunches and coffee breaks, excursion to see some areas of interest and an official Workshop dinner, as well as transfers between the workshop venue and hotel (except airport transfer).

It does not include accommodation or meals other than those specified.

The number of participants is for a minimum of 20 and restricted to a maximum of 27 participants.

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.
You can pay by credit card upon individual request to the ISTA Secretariat.

Registration and payment deadline is 10 December 2017.

Please note:

For cancellations made before 10 December 2017 registration fees are refundable less 50.00 EUR administration fee.
For cancellations made after 10 December 2017 registration fees are non-refundable.


The organisers have reserved rooms at Leonardo Boutique Hotel Rehovot. The rate per room per night on bed and breakfast basis is 170 USD for a single occupancy room or 190 USD for a double occupancy room. All rooms are en-suite.
To make your reservation please send a mail to the business department of the hotel: execlub@fattal.co.il and notify Group Number 75974 in Leonardo Rehovot with your name, dates and single/double room.

Israeli's citizens are subject to Tax (VAT) as per Law: to be paid directly to the hotel.

Delegates are requested to pay for their accommodation directly to the hotel. Should you choose to arrange accommodation elsewhere you will be responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from your accommodation.

Address of accommodation:

Leonardo Boutique Hotel Rehovot,
2 Oppenheimer street, Rehovot (at Rehovot train station).
Tel: 972-8-9192800


From the airport: The best way to reach Leonardo Boutique, Rehovot from Ben-Gurion airport is by train or by taxi. You can take a train from the airport to Rehovot station, with an exchange in Tel-Aviv "Hahagana" station. Rehovot station is located right in front of the hotel.

There will be a shuttle from the hotel to the workshop venue.


In Tel Aviv, February has an average temperature ranging from 10°C (daily low) -19°C (daily high), with rainfall of around 110 millimetres. Hence, you may expect occasional rain.


The currency in Israel is New Shekel (NS) with an average exchange rate of 0.237 to the EUR.

Travel & Visa information:

A letter of invitation for obtaining visa and to travel will be issued for the participants only after payment of the participation fee


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