20th General Congress, Zurich, Switzerland, 29 Aug-1 Sep 2016



Key dates

1 November 2015 – Opening of online early bird registration and abstract submission

28 February 2016 – Deadline for abstract submission and early bird registration

30 June 2016 – Online registration closes

28 August 2016 – Conference desk opens

29 August – 1 September 2016 – 20th General Congress of EUCARPIA at ETH Zentrum, Zurich, Switzerland



On behalf of EUCARPIA, Agroscope and ETH Zurich we take pleasure in inviting you to the 20th Eucarpia General Congress, to be held at ETH Zurich from 29 August to 1 September 2016. This international event, which takes place every four years, brings together scientists and researchers in all fields related to plant breeding.  Invited speakers will present and discuss their research findings and their visions for meeting the great challenges of plant breeding in coming decades.

Plant breeding has always been considered to be an art and a science. The development of new tools and the rapid technological development of plant genomics, bioinformatics and phenomics, to name just a few, have added a new dimension. A clear understanding of the requirements for the plant cultivar of the future is necessary for the targeted application of these tools and techniques. At the same time, breeding objectives are constantly changing as a result of climate change, a scarcity of natural resources and the necessity to sustain biodiversity.   The various disciplines must collaborate to achieve the common goal of developing new cultivars, thus translating these scientific advances into action, hence the title of this conference:   “Plant Breeding, the Art of Bringing Science to Life. “

The congress will focus on new phenomic tools to identify crop ideotypes as well as on the implementation of the wealth of information about the plant genome in order to create novel superior cultivars. Other topics are the breeding of climate-smart cultivars and how to make the best use of the natural variation hidden in genetic resources.  A compromise will be sought between innovative breeding strategies and ensuring cultivar reliability for growers and consumers within the scope of a regulatory framework. There will be time for an exchange of new findings in the field of breeding individual crops and the development of new breeding objectives.