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XIIIth ESA congress

XIIIth ESA congress

The XIIIth ESA congress  was hosted by the Centre for Agricultural and Applied Economic Sciences of the University of Debrecen, Hungary, between 25-29 August 2014.

Abstracts and presentations of the conference are available on members'pages.


Proceedings and oral presentations are now available in ESA intranet members' pages. 150 posters were selected for the conference: authors are welcome to share and post their poster in the intranet pages.

Participant of the 13th Congress of ESA have also the opportunity to publish their paper in the scientific journals:

To this aim, they have to submit their paper  before 15th December 2014 to Pr Pepó: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

About 200 participants from 37 countries attended the conference, presenting over 50 talks. France provided the largest contingent of delegates followed by Hungary, Poland, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK. Participants came also from USA, Canada and even from countries as far as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and South Africa. Distribution was well balanced between students (about 50), ESA members (65) and non members (85).
As ESA memberships were included in the registration fees, the number of ESA members has increased to 499 members. Delegates already members will have their membership extended for 2 additional years and new members will get a membership until December 2016.

The 13th ESA Congress highlighted and focused the most important issues and challenges in crop sciences: See the reports of sessions by sessions chairs

See also feedbacks from sponsored students

A practical workshop for authors ("How to prepare an article for publishing") was organized by Elsevier on the last day, and animated by Dr. Antonio Delgado and Prof. Dr. Olaf Christen, Editors of the European Journal of Agronomy. This initiative has been appreciated by participants and will certainly be replicated at the next congress.

Several decisions have been taken during the General Assembly, among them:

- renewal of Jacques Wery as Executive Secretary and secretariat management by Agropolis International
- update of the 25 years old ESA statutes to be web voted by the board in 2015
- creation if budget allows it of a special student award at the next congress in 2016
- vote of the venue for the  2018 congress to be held in Switzerland and organized by AgroscopeAgroscope has been an ESA sustaining member for 4 years now.

I express our gratitude to our now past president, Peter Pepó, and to his team for this congress, their hospitality and for the discovery of Debrecen and its University (the 2nd largest in the country), the Hungarian agriculture, culture, food and wine. I hope to see you at the XIVth congress to be held in Edinburgh (Scotland), from September 5-9, 2016.

Jacques Wery
ESA Executive Secretary



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