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Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 8th International Crop Science Congress has been cancelled. Click here for more information.


We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 8th International Crop Science Congress (ICSC) that will be held in Saskatoon, Canada from June 21 – 25, 2020. Saskatoon is the agricultural hub of the province of Saskatchewan, which has over 40% of Canada’s agricultural land; on a global scale, this area produces one-third of the canola and durum wheat, two-thirds of the lentils, and significant peas and flax production.

The 2020 ICSC will be held at Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park Conference Centre, the finest and largest facility in Saskatoon for Agricultural events, featuring renowned services and fantastic amenities for our attendees. Crop research presented at this congress will span from fundamental to field-based work, and will also address recent advances in translating fundamental research discoveries to crop improvement in the field. Under the theme of the 2020 ICSC - Food Security & Safety – Globally, the congress will address how the very multidisciplinary nature of 21st century crop research is critical to the development of unique, sustainable, agricultural systems having the capacity to support animal and human health, on a global scale, while being mindful of our custodial responsibilities towards the health our planet Earth.

The scientific program will include plenary presentations and separate concurrent sessions that address topical crop research areas, including agronomy and crop physiology, crop genomics, genetics and evolution, recent advances in crop biotechnology and molecular breeding, climate change and crop production under environmental stresses, and synthetic biology. The program will integrate research presentations, poster sessions, position papers, discussion forums addressing strategic planning, and workshops. In addition, there will be field trips to various prairie-related agricultural systems.

We particularly wish to encourage the attendance of junior scientists. The congress will foster their involvement in the program, both via talks (to be selected from abstract submissions) and posters; recognition will be made through presentation of scientific achievement awards.

We look forward to seeing you in sunny Saskatoon in June, 2020!

Leon Kochian
Associate Director
Global Institute for Food Security
Canada Excellence Research Chair in
Global Food Security
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

William (Bill) Lucas
Distinguished Professor, Emeritus
Department of Plant Biology
College of Biological Sciences 
University of California
Davis, CA, USA