We look forward to welcoming you in Avignon, the city of popes.


Palace of the Popes, Avignon, France - April 22-26 2024


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The First International Symposium on Apricot and Plum will be organised in Avignon, France, from 22 to 26 April 2024 in the prestigious Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes).

We are delighted to invite you to the First International Apricot and Plum Symposium, held under the high patronage of INRAE and the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) in Avignon, France. 

This symposium incorporates two symposia under the aegis of ISHS Division Temperate Tree Fruits and ISHS Working Groups "Apricot Breeding and Culture" and "Plum":

  • XVIII International Symposium on Apricot Breeding and Culture ;
  • XIII International Symposium on Plum and Prune Genetics, Breeding and Pomology.

This symposium on the genetics, breeding and cultivation of apricot and plum is dedicated to the entire scientific research and development community and the private sector working on these two Prunus. This joint edition follows on the 17th edition for the apricot tree and 12th edition for the plum tree with the specific ambitious objective to increase the value of the event by enhancing interconnections between the 2 communities.

We propose a 3-day program to cover all science fronts, divided into 6 sessions:

  1. Economy and Market situation
  2. Genetic Resources, Genetics and Genomics
  3. Biology and Climate Risk Assessment
  4. Pests and Diseases Control
  5. Postharvest and Quality of fresh and processed fruit
  6. Orchard management
  7. Breeding and evaluation of cultivars and rootstocks

A very interesting day-tour is planned on Friday 26th of April with visits of experimental sites, round table with stakeholders and the discovery of a spectacular historical castle. The day is free of charge : programme available at https://ishs-plum-apricot-2024.colloque.inrae.fr/social-events-and-field-trips.

Avignon is one of the most beautiful cities of France nested in the heart of Provence. Probably most noted for its famous bridge and the Palais des Papes, the biggest Gothic palace in Europe, it is also a very vibrant city with great views over the River Rhone and the surrounding countryside.

It is also at the heart of stone fruit production in South-East France.

We aspire to offer a high quality scientific program combined with an attractive cultural and social program and an optional post-symposium day tour anchored to the impact of the research activities onto the practitioners.

More information can be found on the symposium website, available at https://www.ishs.org/symposium/805.

We look forward to welcoming you in Avignon.

Jean-Marc Audergon – Convener
Benedicte Quilot-Turion – Co-convener


To remember

  • Date
    April 22-26, 2024
  • Place
    Palace of the Popes, Avignon, France
  • Registration
    From 1 September 2023 to 19 April 2024
  • Submission
    From 1 September 2023 to 15 February 2024
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