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International Seed Testing Association

ISTA Workshop on Purity Analysis and Seed Identification

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This Workshop is fully booked.

ISTA Purity Technical Committee and Official Seed Testing Station-National Institutes of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), is looking forward to hosting you at the ISTA Workshop on Purity Analysis and Seed Identification, to be held in Cambridge, United Kingdom in June 2024.

Date 26.06.2024 - 28.06.2024
Location Cambridge
Country United Kingdom


Aim of the workshop 

The workshop aims to provide training, resources, and a forum for intermediate-level analysts or other professionals in a seed testing laboratory; to further and develop their skills or understanding in purity analysis and other seed determination.  

Workshop content

The content of the workshops is planned for the following topics: 

  • How to build seed identification resources and reference  

  • Seed morphology and identification of Brassicaceae species and clovers 

  • Steps on the identification of unknown seeds 

  • ISTA PSD definition and exercise 

  • Blower procedure and practice 

  • Forum on the method innovation in Purity analysis and OSD 

The language will be English – no translation.

Preliminary Programme


93 Lawrence Weaver Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LE

Workshop Organiser

ISTA Secretariat                  

Local Organiser

Official Seed Testing Station, National Institutes of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)                

Helen Appleyard                                                                                                             


Ruojing Wang

ISTA Purity Technical Committee Chair

Dot Vittrup Pedersen ISTA Purity Technical Committee Member
Jennifer Neudorf  

ISTA Laboratory Member

Susanne Andersen

ISTA Proficiency Technical Committee Member
ISTA Laboratory Member


Participation Fee

ISTA Members 

700 EUR                         

ISTA Non-Members 1050 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 16 and restricted to a maximum of 24 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 20 May 2024

Please note:  
For cancellations made before 20 May 2024 registration fees are refundable less the 50 EUR administration fee.   
For cancellations made after 20 May 2024 registration fees are non-refundable.

Recommended Accommodation:

Many hotels are available in Cambridge City, but near NIAB are the following (both hotels are within a 20 minute walk of the workshop venue)

Premier Inn Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DL
Hyatt Centric Cambridge

37 Eddington Avenue, Cambridge CB3 1SE

Your Hyatt personalised group booking link - at this hotel available rooms have been held until 15 May 2024 at a reduced rate

Note: Guests may book directly with the hotel and will be responsible for payment of their own room, taxes and incidentals.


Travel & Visa information:

You may need a VISA and a Letter of Invitation for entry into UK. For more information, please consult UK Embassy in your country.

If you require an invitation letter, or for any additional information, please contact:

Karen De La Rosa

The invitation letter will be issued by ISTA Secretariat only after payment of the registration fee.

Young@ISTA Programme

Participants eligible to apply for support to attend this 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 Wednesday, May 01 2024.

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