NEWSLETTER 1, September 2018

The ISA board is delighted to announce the launch of the ISA Newsletter which aims to keep members and partners informed on on-going activities and results, both globally and in the different regions around the world.

Besides the regular briefing sections of regional news and upcoming events, the Newsletter will be open to anyone, public and private, to contribute with ideas, comments and suggestions. The Newsletter will be issued on a regular basis and will highlight the current activities of the ISA and of its members, and the ISA involvement in sunflower research.

The last months have been very active for ISA, with symposia in France, Romania and China, and the meeting of the Executive Board which worked on strategic thinking about the roles of ISA at the service of the sunflower world community, in a sustainable perspective.  

The next International Sunflower Conference will be held in 2020, on June 22 to 26, in Serbia, at Novi Sad, as decided at the ISA board session of the 19th ISC held in Edirne, 2016, and in our last board meeting in Bucharest, last July. The preparations in Novi Sad again have started! It will take place 32 years after the 12th International sunflower conference in Novi Sad in July 1988. Worldwide participation is positively encouraged including early career scholars and postgraduate researchers to maximize the networking potential of the conference. News about the conference organization will regularly be published, starting with the ISA Newsletter.

As the first Editorial letter arrives from Serbia, the current status of Sunflower as an oil crop, sunflower research, breeding and seed production are presented in the section “Value chains and regional news”.

Finally, on behalf of the ISA board, I wish to all members of the ISA success in the coming period, hoping that this newsletter, as well as other activities of our association will contribute to better communication and cooperation among us. 

     With best regards,

Dr Vladimir Miklič

Principal Research Fellow

Head of Industrial Crops Department at IFVC, Novi Sad, Serbia

ISA President

NEWSLETTER  September 2018