Call to researchers

The Organizing Committee would like to invite you to take part in the 16 th ISHS Symposium on the Processing Tomato in San Juan, Argentina, on March, 15th -19th 2020.

The Symposium is a unique forum that focuses on addressing key scientific questions and issues related to the entire industry, from field (production for industrial purposes, applied ecophysiology, agronomy, biotic and abiotic stress resistance, genetics applied to industrial food system) to fork (organoleptic and nutritional food quality, smart quality control processes, healthy food, high quality cultivars).

The Symposium will be held in parallel with the 14th World Processing Tomato Congress, bringing together academics, researchers and students with growers, processors and business professionals working in the processing tomato industry.

This unique setup within the ISHS symposia has been a major success story ever since the first world processing tomato congress in Avignon (France) in 1989 and the creation of WPTC in 1998 at Pamplona (Spain).

The congress and the Symposium are organized by the Government of San Juan together with Asociación Tomate 2000, and the National Institute of Agricultural

The congress and the Symposium are organized by the Government of San Juan together with Asociación Tomate 2000, and the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) in Argentina together with the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and the World Processing Tomato Council (WPTC).

Technology (INTA) in Argentina together with the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and the World Processing Tomato Council (WPTC).

This influential Symposium is a unique platform within ISHS symposia, that allows researchers and people working in the industry to meet, discuss and find solutions together.

The symposium program will include a full schedule of oral and poster sessions, from Monday 16th to Wednesday 18th March 2020. A comprehensive excursion program will also be organized for attendees and accompanying persons as well as an optional post-congress study tour of the production area of the Province of San Juan, on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 March.

This dedicated page will be regularly updated with information on the program for both events, including registration, hotel bookings and practical information.

Be part of 40 years of effective and fruitful cooperation between Science and Industry!

Symposium topics

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Section 1

Adaptability and resilience in crop production.

  • 1. Managing climate change.
  • 2. Automation & precision farming.
  • 3. Pest & Crop management.
  • 4. Organic cropping.
  • 5. Biotechnologies and plant breeding.
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Section 2

The smart tomato factory: new trends and added value products.

  • 1. Efficient use of resources.
  • 2. Fast and reliable quality assessment (up- and downstream industry).
  • 3. Adding value to by-products.
  • 4. New processing technologies.
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Section 3

Healthy and tasty products for demanding consumers.

  • 1. Health and nutrition labelling.
  • 2. New functional foods.
  • 3. Attracting new consumers.

Abstract Submission Procedure

Abstracts must be submitted online before Friday 18th October 2019 at:

https://www.actahort.org/members/symposiar?nr=545

Applicants must pay a charge when submitting their abstracts, which applies to the presenting author only. The submission charge is not part of the symposium registration fees and is charged by ISHS and not by the symposium organizers:

  • EU-based applicants: 95 euros (including VAT)
  • Non-EU-based applicants: 80 euros
  • ISHS individual members: free

If you are not an ISHS member and are unsure if your abstract fits with the symposium theme to be accepted, you can send it for pre-screening to the Symposium Secretariat at symposium@worldtomatocongress.com.

All abstracts must be in English and should contain title, authors, affiliation and contact details (postal address and e-mail), a short introduction, material and methods and key results (300 words). Graphics, tables, references and acknowledgments should not be included. Overtly commercial and insufficiently informative abstracts will not be accepted for the symposium.

Please indicate your preference for oral or poster presentations at the time

Please indicate your preference for oral or poster presentations at the time of abstract submission. Final decisions on whether submissions are accepted as oral or poster presentations will be made by the Scientific Committee on the basis of the abstracts submitted.

of abstract submission. Final decisions on whether submissions are accepted as oral or poster presentations will be made by the Scientific Committee on the basis of the abstracts submitted.

Abstract will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and authors will be informed of their acceptance as a poster or an oral paper by the end of October 2019.

Authors of accepted abstracts must register to attend the congress & symposium before the end of December 2019 to be included in the symposium program and benefit from the reduced participation fees offered to scientists.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the Abstract Book which will be distributed to all registered participants at the congress & symposium. Following the Symposium and after review by the Scientific Committee, full papers will be published in a special issue of Acta Horticulturae, a copy of which will be sent to the first author of each published paper.

Please note: When submitting your abstract, you are indicating your availability and willingness to attend and present your paper at 16 th ISHS Symposium on Processing Tomato, to develop and write a full paper complying with ISHS Author Guidelines and to respect all deadlines.

Abstract Deadline: Friday 18th October 2019

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Awards & Travel grants

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Two ISHS Young Mind Awards  for  junior scientists  will be given to the  best oral presentation  and the best poster.

More information at https://www.ishs.org/young-minds-award A few travel grants may become available under the “Adopt a Scientist” sponsorship scheme. These will be attributed in priority to students under the age of 35. If you want to be considered for one of these grants which will cover symposium registration, 4 nights in San Juan and a contribution towards travel costs, please send a letter of application and cv to symposium@worldtomatocongress.com. The scientific committee and “Apdopt a Scientist” sponsors will decide on the grant allocation.

Scientific Committee

Co-Conveners:

  • Cosme Argerich, INTA La Consulta (Argentina)
  • argerich.cosme@inta.gob.ar
  • Luca Sandei, SSICA (Italy)
  • luca.sandei@ssica.it

Scientific Committee:

  • Brenna Aegerter, UC Cooperative Extension (USA)
  • Diane Barrett, UC Davis (USA)
  • Adriano Battilani, CER (Italy)
  • Massimiliano Beretta, ISI Sementi (Italy)
  • Montaña Cámara, UCM (Spain)
  • Carlos Campillo Torres, CICYTEX (Spain)
  • Antonio Casana, Solana SpA (Italy)
  • Virginia Fernandez Ruiz, UCM (Spain)
  • Lajos Helyes, Szent Istvan University (Hungary)
  • Liz Mann, Independent consultant (Australia)
  • David Page, INRA (France)
  • Patrick Smith, INTA La Consulta (Argentina)
  • Gwen Young, Kagome Inc (USA)

Symposium Secretary:

  • Sophie Colvine, WPTC (France)
  • symposium@worldtomatocongress.com

 

Symposium program

The following invited speakers are already confirmed:

- Dr. Darren Robinson, Interim Associate Director, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, Canada: "Adjusting Weed Control Tactics to Soil and Weather Conditions, Cultural Management and Weed Biology in Tomato"

- Prof Marco Dalla Rosa, University of Bologna, Italy: "Perspectives of technological innovation in tomato processing"

- Dr. Jean-François Landrier, PhD, Research Director at INRA, France: “Advances in research on the health benefits of tomatoes – benefits of nutrigenomics”


The full symposium program will be published in January 2020, after all the abstracts have been received.