Dear colleagues,

It was a pleasure to meet you all in Lisbon!

The ESA 2014 Annual Meeting celebrated a record attendance of more than 900 participants from Europe and worldwide. We would like to thank all participants and guests for their attendance and enthusiasm, which have made the event in Lisbon one of the most successful ESA Congresses ever.

Next to a large number of detailed discussions on technical and crop specific issues, this year’s Congress focused specifically on the need for a stronger outreach of the sector to the media and interested public as a basis and precondition for later advocacy on specific regulatory or policy issues.

The ESA Annual Meeting has established itself as a key meeting for seed professionals, not only from Europe but also from other continents. We are already looking forward to repeating this success in Vienna in 2015. With an excellent location, highly interesting presentations from the seed sector, exhibitors from our many partners in the agri-food chain, and with a buzzing trade floor made up of delegates from even more companies and countries, we hope the next edition will be as interesting as this past one.

Registration for the next Congress will be open as of April 1st, 2015 and we look forward to welcoming you again in Vienna, Austria from 11 to 13 October 2015!

Kind regards,

Garlich von Essen
Secretary General