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2nd Seed Longevity Workshop

July 30-August 1, 2018

Fort Collins, Colorado USA

Hosted by International Society for Seed Science  (ISSS)

USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Colorado State University (CSU)

The program for the 2018 workshop is under development with themes that will contribute to better understanding of both long and short term survival of seeds in natural as well as highly controlled environments.  Topics will include the role of seeds in conservation of genetic resources  as well as issues related to ex situ storage such as problems of maintaining seed quality and improving methods of ex situ seed banking.

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The venue for this meeting is Fort Collins, CO, USA – home to USDA’s National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation (formerly the National Seed Storage Laboratory) on the campus of Colorado State University. Fort Collins is a ~1 hour drive north of Denver International Airport, a major international hub, and is easily accessed by public transportation. Oral and poster sessions will occur in the newly-renovated, high-tech ballrooms of Colorado State University’s student union.

The organizing committee is eager to welcome you to Fort Collins!

Christina Walters, Andreas Börner, Stephanie Greene, Stuart Hardegree, Fiona Hay, Olivier Leprince, Hugh Pritchard 

Register here


Costs to include lunches, refreshments during sessions and a group dinner on one evening:

     $280 US for regular attendees Early registration before 30 May, 2018
     $230 US students and post-docs Early registration before 30 May, 2018
     $330 Any registration after 30 May, 2018

 Other costs not included in registration:


     Travel to Denver varies
     Shuttles to Fort Collins (one way) $38 US (1st passenger)
  $20 additional passengers


A block of nicely-appointed dormitories (en-suite) near the student union has been reserved and can accommodate single or double occupancy. There are also a number of comfortable hotels in the area. We have reserved blocks of rooms at special rates for the conference. Mention "USDA SEED LONGEVITY WORKSHOP" when making a reservation. You may find a less expensive rate if you book separately through the links provided on the registration website.  Do note that Fort Collins has a busy summer season and that hotels fill up quickly.

   CSU dorm room w/ breakfast $260 US (single occupancy, 4 nights)
   Hilton Hotel

$109 US (single occupancy, 1 night)


Guest code: GSL

Reserve here

   Best Western University Inn

$99-$107 US (single occupancy, 1 night)

970-484-1984 or 888-484-2984

Group ID: #Z51XJ8R7

Reserve here

Quality Inn and Suites University

$109 US (single occupancy, 1 night)


Group code: QK6CN5

Reserve here



     Breakfast (if not in dorm) varies (full breakfast at CSU Dining Hall is $12)
     Dinner $50-$90 (will vary with selection: 3 evenings)

Register here

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