Hello all ISA members and everybody interested in sunflowers,
Best wishes for a happy and successful 2016.
At this time of year, we would like to remind you to pay your ISA subscription, or to join, since this year there are two particular advantages for members :
First, there will be the 19th International Sunflower Conference at Edirne in Turkey.
The Conference Chairman Yalcin Kaya tells us he has already received more than 350 registrations from 36 countries, which is very good. Also about 130 papers. (Abstracts can be sent until January 21, 2016).
You need to register before April 1st and ISA members pay only 250€ compared with 350€ for non-members.
Secondly, we now have a contract with de Gruyter, the new publisher of Helia for this journal, devoted to sunflower research, to be available free of charge on the ISA web site to members only. This journal is now a full scientific journal with peer reviewing. We would encourage you to propose articles for publication, the more and the better they are, the more the journal will be recognised.
The last issue (just on line) is dated December 2015.
At the Conference in Edirne we will have the Association General Assembly. If there are any points you wish to discuss, do indicate them to the ISA secretariat, or to your country representative on the board. On the board, we try to have members from all the main countries growing sunflower. At the meeting, we will propose a renewed list of board members, for the first time including representatives from Bulgaria and India. However, we are still looking for somebody from China, and Ukraine. Do let us know if you have a nomination (the person must be an up-to-date ISA member.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Edirne
Felicity Vear Laurencine Lot
ISA General Secretary ISA secretariat