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International Seed Testing Association

ISTA Workshop on Imaging in Seed Quality Assurance

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ISTA Advanced Technologies Technical Committee and Massey University, are looking forward to hosting you at the Workshop on Imaging in Seed Quality Assurance to be held in Palmerston North, New Zealand

Date 27.11.2023 - 29.11.2023
Location Massey University, Palmerston North
Country New Zealand


Aim of the workshop 

The overall aim of this workshop is that participants learn about and practice the use of imaging technologies for seed evaluation. During training sessions and workshop discussions participants will acquire insights into the potential of and limitations to the use of these new methods in seed evaluation and seed testing.


Workshop content

Participants will acquire theoretical and hands-on experience with different imaging technologies, such a RGB imaging, multi- and hyperspectral imaging and X-ray imaging used to evaluate seeds, seed surface characteristics, chemical properties etc.

The language will be English – no translation


Access the Workshop's Preliminary Programme here.



Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand


Workshop Organiser

ISTA Secretariat             Andreea-Nicoleta Pinar

Local Organiser

Massey University - School of Agriculture and Environment                                               


Sunmeet Bhatia
Phone: +64 6 951 70 21


Bert van Duijn                                              

ISTA Advanced Technologies Committee Chair

Leiden University/Fytagoras, The Netherlands

Craig R. McGill Massey University, New Zealand
Henry Bruggink                       

ISTA Advanced Technologies Committee Member

INCOTEC Holding BV, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands

Ganesh Kumar

ISTA Advanced Technologies Committee Member

Bayer - Crop Science, Saint Louis, USA

Sunmeet Bhatia

ISTA Advanced Technologies Committee Member

Massey University, New Zealand

Kioumars Ghamkhar

AgResearch Ltd, New Zealand


Participation Fee

ISTA Members              600 EUR                            
ISTA Non-Members  900 EUR

The participation fee includes all literature and supporting material for the workshop, lunches, coffee breaks and workshop official dinner.
It does not include accommodation or meals other than those specified.


The number of participants is a minimum of 15 and restricted to a maximum of 25 participants. 

If you would like to attend the workshop please fill in the registration form. In case you select payment by invoice the invoice will be sent to you, which has to be paid before the participation confirmation will be generated. 

Registration and payment deadline is 5 October 2023

Please note:  
For cancellations made before 30 October 2023 registration fees are refundable less the 50 USD administration fee.   
For cancellations made after 30 October 2023 registration fees are non-refundable. 


Travel & Visa information

Information on New Zealand visa requirements can be found at



A range of accommodation is available in Palmerston North close to the city and University. We will aim for all participants to stay in the same or nearby accommodation. Please contact the local organiser for accommodation options and how to book.


A letter of invitation for obtaining Visa will be issued for the participants only after payment of the participation fee.

For any additional information, please contact: 

Andreea-Nicoleta Pinar

Participants eligible to apply for support to attend the workshop under the Young@ISTA programme should view the funding criteria and download the application form here: Young@ISTA - International Seed Testing Association

Applications for funding close on Thursday, 5 October 2023

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