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International Seed Testing Association

ISTA Workshop on Seed Sampling & Quality Assurance in Sampling

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Location: Bursa, Türkiye

The ISTA Bulking and Sampling Committee and Variety Registration Seed Certification Center are looking forward to hosting you at the ISTA Workshop on ‘Seed Sampling and Quality Assurance in Seed Sampling’, to be held at Karacabey-Bursa Türkiye from 5-8 September 2022. The workshop will include lectures, practical and group work.

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.

Workshop content:

Main topics will be manual and automatic seed sampling, sample dividing, quality assurance in seed sampling and monitoring of seed samplers. The workshop will also cover marking, labelling, and sealing of seed lots and samples.

We will discuss the ISTA Rules and use the ISTA Handbook on Seed Sampling during the workshop, as well as the ISTA Accreditation Standard in connection to seed sampling.

Please take note that the ISTA Handbook on Seed Sampling, 3rd Edition 2022 that were published end April 2022, will be the version that will be used during the Workshop.

Participation Fee:

ISTA Members 500 EUR
ISTA Non-Members 750 EUR

The participation fee includes 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.
The number of participants is for a minimum of 20 and restricted to a maximum of 25 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.

The registration and payment deadline is 10 July 2022

Workshop Organiser
ISTA Secretariat
Andreea-Nicoleta Militaru

Local Organiser

VRSCC (TRDL0100) and the ISTA Bulking and Sampling Committee

Phone: +90 312 315 46 05
Fax: +90 312 315 09 01


Tohum Üretimi. Hüdavendigar Mah. Küme Evler Sok. 2
Limagrain Sit. Karacabey,
Bursa, Türkiye


Eddie Goldschagg: Vice-Chair of the ISTA Bulking & Sampling Committee
Leena Pietilä: Member of the ISTA Bulking & Sampling Committee
Gerry Hall: Member of the ISTA Bulking & Sampling Committee
Bülent ÖZTÜRK: Member of the ISTA Bulking & Sampling Committee

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 the end of June 2022


The organisers have reserved rooms at Güler Park Hotel. The rate per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis is 40 EURO for a single occupancy room or 45,00 EURO for a double occupancy room.

To make your reservation please send an email to the business department of the hotel:

Please note that Turkish 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.

Accomodation Recommendation:

Görükle Sakarya Mah. Ören Sk. No:6
Nilüfer / Bursa / Türkiye
+90 224 480 00 21
+90 224 480 00 21


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


Bursa generally has a mild climate, but conditions vary in sub-regions. Northern parts are in soft and mild climate of the Marmara Sea, while southern parts face harsh climate of Mount Uludağ. The hottest months in the city are July and August, while the coldest weather is observed in December, January and February. The average humidity in Bursa is around 69%.

Currency & Exchange:
Türk lirası (TL; sembol: ₺; kod: TRY)

Travel & Visa information:

For Visa Information please consult “Embassy of Turkey” in your country of residence.
If you require an invitation letter, or for any additional information, please contact:

Andreea-Nicoleta Militaru

Invitation Letter will be issued by ISTA Secretariat only after payment of the Registration Fee.

Step by step Bursa…

Despite going through many fires and earthquakes, Bursa hosts many holy, historical and natural landmarks. Despite being south of the city, Uludağ is like our northern star; we find our direction by it, and track season changes with colour changes on its façade. Every door you see while strolling in the city streets invites you to another bit of history … You’ll travel through time with centuries old traditions of craftsmen... Sometimes you’ll be chasing odours from linden trees, or some soft southwest breeze…

You may get used to the bright green of the mountain striding the city on a spring day, and you may yearn for this colour of peace wherever you go. Because Bursa is a very spiritual city... Bursa is a mother city... That city will give birth to you all over again, fill you with its spirituality, heal you with its spring waters...

After all, Bursa is made of love...


Bursa is located in northwestern Turkey, in the south part of the Marmara Region. Its borders/neighbours are the Marmara Sea and Yalova province in the north, Kocaeli and Sakarya provinces in the northeast, Bilecik province in the east, Kütahya and Balıkesir provinces in the south, and Balıkesir province again in the west. The city centre, leaning back to Uludağ in the south and stretching out all the way to the Marmara Sea in the north, is developing and expanding towards the west.

Area: 11.043 km2 Latitude/Longitude: 28° / 30° east latitude and 40° north longitude Time zone: +2 (GMT +/-) Altitude: 155 m


Via Plane: Current timetables for flights to and from the airport in Yenişehir county of Bursa can be reached from

Via Land Route: From Bus stations in Anatolian and European Sides of İstanbul, buses move in every half hour to Bursa. They can arrive Bursa within 2 hours from European and 1 hour from Anatolian Sides. It is also possible to come from other cities by bus. Bursa Intercity Bus Station.

Via Sea Route: It is possible to reach Bursa, Mudanya and Güzelyalı ferry piers from Istanbul ferry piers in about 90 minutes. Sea bus and ferry services are also available to Yalova within one hour, which is about a 1-hour distance to the City by the highway. The tariff varies according to the season, so more detailed information at or is available.

Via Air Route: You can access the current tariffs available at the websites of the airline companies or at the airport:

Date 05.09.2022 - 08.09.2022
Location Karacabey - Bursa
Country Türkiye


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 July 05, 2022.

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