The 2019 annual IPPS (International Plant Propagators Society) European conference is taking shape, with a number of speakers and visits lined up.
The conference, titled ‘Technical Times’, running from Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th October 2019, will be held in Stratford upon Avon, in an area renowned for its historical horticultural roots. Hosted at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, it is located within a short walk from Stratford train station and with easy links from both the M40 and Birmingham airport.
Speakers throughout the three-day conference will cover a range of topics from the breeding of new plant varieties to technical developments, from real time remote crop monitoring to plant health.
An itinerary of nursery visits has already been finalised with visits to Hawkesmill, Ball Colegrave Bordon Hill Site, Newey Avoncross and New Leaf, where delegates will be able to see horticultural practices and new technology in action.
“Attending the IPPS Conference is a fantastic opportunity to meet and mix with leading growers from across Europe. Our motto is ‘Seek and Share’ and from my personal experience as an IPPS member for the last 14 years, it has always delivered on this and has helped develop my career massively, plus I have made some excellent friends along the way”, commented Karl O’Neill, conference organiser, and Propagation and Technical Manager at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company. “We have a fantastic array of speakers lined up covering many sectors of the industry, aimed at supporting the increasing number of technical challenges we face as growers”.
The conference is open to both members and non-members, from across the sectors, and students are most welcome to attend. Look out for booking forms on http://eur.ipps.org and various social media channels.