When innovation, community and connection are more important than ever, we continue to find ways to keep the discussion going in these extraordinary times. Today seed is widely recognized as an essential good and a key element in food production. More than ever we should work together to build sustainable food systems post COVID-19. Together, we can go forward.

Businesses are working under new rules. The landscape will forever be changed: from government and the economy, to food systems, healthcare, and how we do things. It cannot be business as usual.

The International Seed Federation (ISF), as the voice of the private seed sector, continues to engage in an inventive way on topics that remain important, if not even more critical, now: innovation, sustainable agriculture, and the movement of seed. Our goal is to bring together the global seed industry for an ISF Virtual Congress, hosted by ISF and powered by Seed World.

There’s no cost to register, and you can take advantage of the experience to connect with and hear from top-tier leaders and subject-matter experts in a three-day virtual event open to all. This is our way to keep the dialogue alive and to pave the path to deeper engagement.

HOW IT WORKS

Power up your laptop, tablet or desktop computer and join us from wherever you are in the world. All you need to do is register at no cost to you. You’ll also need an Internet connection the day of the event.

The opening session with ISF President Eduard Fitó, ISF Secretary General Michael Keller and [insert name of keynote speaker] will be live, so you won’t want to miss that. Additionally, we’ll have live panel discussions where you’ll hear from industry leaders and experts and be able to participate in Q&A sessions.

Furthermore, attendees will be able to visit with sponsoring companies. You can pack a virtual briefcase of materials and they will be emailed to you following the Congress.

We’d love to have you join us in the ISF Virtual Congress. This is an experience you don’t want to miss.

PROGRAM


Monday, June 8

12:00 - 12:30 CET

OPENING CEREMONY

12:35 - 13:00 CET

SPEAKER Q&A

Today seed is widely recognized as an essential good and a key element in food production. The world finds itself in unprecedented times, and more than ever we should work together to build sustainable food systems post-COVID19.

The Opening Ceremony sets the tone for the three-day virtual event. You will hear from ISF President Eduard Fito, ISF Secretary General Michael Keller, Chair of the Spanish National Organising Committee Julian Arnedo, and our Keynote Speaker – and be able to join the live Q&A.

We welcome all seed professionals, ISF members, partners, media, and all those interested in the topic of food and agriculture.

Why should you attend?


  • Get insights on the role of seed in food production and engage with opinion leaders on the future of food systems after COVID-19
  • Learn about ISF’s engagement at an international level
  • Get a glimpse of what’s in store for the ISF world Seed Congress 2021 in Barcelona, Spain

Speakers:


  • Eduard Fito, ISF President
  • Michael Keller, ISF Secretary General
  • Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General of Operations, FAO
  • Ralf Lopian, Chair, Steering Committee of the International Year of Plant Health
  • Julián Arnedo, ISF World Seed Congress 2021, Chair of the National Organising Committee and ANOVE (Spanish Plant Breeders Association) President
  • Moderated by Francine Sayoc, ISF Communications Manager


Tuesday, June 9

12:00 - 12:30 CET

COVID-19 AND BEYOND: THE FUTURE OF THE SEED INDUSTRY

12:35 - 13:00 CET

PANEL DISCUSSION AND Q&A

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected global food production. Even though farming and seed sector activities have been broadly exempted from restrictive measures, it is difficult to anticipate what the medium- and long-term impact will be.

Seed is a foundational contributor in ensuring food security. To gain better understanding of our joint capacity to support sustainable food production, seed sector leaders will share their vision of the future.

Why should you attend?


  • Understand and gain learnings from the experience of farmers, customers and authorities in the time of COVID-19
  • Hear key inputs from business leaders on future prospects of the seed sector
  • Take a closer look at the role and position of seed in the value chain

Speakers:


  • Theo de Jager, World Farmers Organisation President
  • Marco van Leeuwen, Rijk Zwaan Managing Director
  • Usha Barwale Zehr, MAHYCO Director and Chief Technology Officer
  • David Malan, Managing Director, Klein Karoo Seed Production
16:00 - 16:40 CET

COVID-19 AND BEYOND: THE FUTURE OF THE SEED INDUSTRY

16:45 - 17:15 CET

PANEL DISCUSSION AND Q&A

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected global food production. Even though farming and seed sector activities have been broadly exempted from restrictive measures, it is difficult to anticipate what the medium- and long-term impact will be.

Seed is a foundational contributor in ensuring food security. To gain better understanding of our joint capacity to support sustainable food production, seed sector leaders will share their vision of the future.

Why should you attend?


  • Understand and gain learnings from the experience of farmers, customers and authorities in the time of COVID-19
  • Hear key inputs from business leaders on future prospects of the seed sector
  • Take a closer look at the role and position of seed in the value chain

Speakers:


  • Lorena Basso, President, Basso Semillas and Asociación Semilleros Argentinos (ASA)
  • Franck Berger, CEO, Limagrain Vegetable Seeds
  • Arnaud Petit, International Grains Council (IGC) Executive Director
  • Arnold Puech d’Alissac, World Farmers' Organisation Treasurer

Wednesday, June 10

12:00 - 12:25 CET

RE-EXAMINING INNOVATION AFTER COVID-19

12:30 - 13:00 CET

PANEL DISCUSSION II AND Q&A

The seed sector is one of the most research-intensive sectors. Companies are re-investing 10-30% of their turnover in R&D. What will be the future landscape of innovation after COVID-19? In this webinar we will explore different perspectives on the next chapter of innovation in seed.

Some analyses already suggest that the current crisis is changing people’s view on science in a positive way. Will this also bring a more positive recognition for innovation in seeds and favorably influence future policy and regulatory decisions for some key innovations of the sector such as plant breeding innovations?

Why should you attend?


  • Learn how companies are balancing short-term needs to manage COVID-19 with middle- and long-term objectives of investing in innovation
  • Get an insight about major trends such as digitalization, automation, remote sensing and others that will impact the innovation landscape of the future (what will change and what won’t)
  • Learn from visionary thinkers on how this crisis will reshape the opinion of the agricultural value chain and consumers about innovation in seeds and what will be the response of the policy makers

Speakers:


  • Louise Fresco, Wageningen University & Research President of the Executive Board
  • Neal Gutterson, Corteva Agriscience Chief Technology Officer
  • Vicente Navarro, BASF Vegetable Seed Senior Vice President
  • Jeff Rowe, Syngenta Global - Seeds President

MEET OUR SPEAKERS


Julián Arnedo

Chair, National Organizing Committee
ISF World Seed Congress 2021

Usha Barwale Zehr

Director & Chief Technology Officer, Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Private Limited (MAHYCO)

Lorena Basso

President, Basso Semillas and Asociación Semilleros Argentinos (ASA)

 

Theo de Jager

President, World Farmers’ Organisation

Franck Berger

Limagrain Vegetable Seeds CEO

Beth Bechdol

FAO Deputy Director-General of Operations

 

Eduard Fito

ISF President

Louise O. Fresco

President of the Executive Board, Wageningen University

Neal Gutterson

Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer for Corteva Agriscience™

 

Michael Keller

ISF Secretary General

Ralf Lopian

UN International Year of Plant Health 2020 Steering Committee Chair

David Malan

Klein Karoo Seed Production Managing Director

 

Vicente Navarro

Senior Vice President Vegetable Seeds Agricultural Solutions, BASF SE

Arnaud Petit

Executive Director, International Grains Council (IGC)

Arnold Puech d'Alissac

Board Member & Treasurer, World Farmers’ Organisation

 

Jeff Rowe

President Syngenta Seeds

Francine Sayoc

ISF Communications Manager

Marco van Leeuwen

Managing Director of Rijk Zwaan

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

After registering, delegates will receive a confirmation email. In the email is a link to the login page the day of the event. After logging in, you’ll be taken to a virtual lobby where you can interact with members from the ISF team, sponsors. Sessions will air at the scheduled time. All you need to fully participate is a good Internet connection. You’ll have the ability to interact with others by text or video chat, in which case you’ll need to computer permissions to use Zoom.
Absolutely not. It does not replace our World Seed Congresses. We see these virtual means as an extension of our communications, providing more options and wider accessibility for our members and audiences. The physical World Seed Congresses provide unique opportunities for business, networking and dialogue with partners. Next year, we will see you in Barcelona!
There is no cost to participate. Registration is free. What have you got to lose? Get involved and learn what’s happening at the international level.
The live hours of the event will be Monday, June 8, and Wednesday, June 10, from 11:00 – 17:00 CET. On Tuesday, June 9, live hours will be 11:00 - 18:00 CET. During these times, booths will be manned and staff available to answer your questions. Sessions will be aired at their given times and participants will be able to interact with speakers. If you miss any of the sessions or can’t tune in June 8-10, all information will be accessible on-demand through June 17.
Sessions will be aired at the scheduled time, meaning if you are running late and you come into the auditorium, you’ll pick up right where the speakers are. It’s only after the session is over and becomes on-demand that you’ll have the choice to play it back. All speakers will be available for live Q&A. Participants will enter their questions by text chat and the moderator will ask the questions to the speakers who will answer by video.
Yes. Following the live sessions, the videos will be accessible on-demand.
The information will be accessible on-demand through June 17. After that date, the information will no longer be available and the Virtual Congress will “close its doors.”
During the sessions, speaker might have handouts for participants. Sponsors will have brochures and fact sheets that might be of use. As such, you’ll be able to select the materials you want as you go around the Congress, packing a virtual briefcase. Upon signing out each day, the materials will be sent to you by email.
No special equipment is needed other than what you might use at the office. You’ll need to connect to the Internet using your computer, laptop or tablet. If you want to video chat, you’ll need computer permissions to run Zoom. After that, you should be all set.
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