The discipline of crop science provides the knowledge and understanding for technologies that contribute directly to improvements in production and quality of food, feed and fiber for the world. Simultaneously, crop science interfaces with the science, knowledge and technologies of associated disciplines to generate an integrated approach to advance the discipline and solve problems. Some problems are location specific, whereas others have no boundary. It is in this framework of intellectual activity, technology transfer, and need for international communication that the series of International Crop Science Congresses will exert leadership.
The Congress will provide a forum for crop scientists from around the world to integrate current knowledge into a global context and international applications. Each Congress will provide academic leadership on relevant topics through scholarly synthesis and interpretation. These activities will be supplemented by contributions of new knowledge and through discussions on relevant international crop science issues. The Congress will also provide mechanisms to facilitate development of cooperative scientific and research thrusts on regional and global issues.
A Congress will be organized and conducted about every four years. The International Crop Science Society will have primary oversight for general operations of Congresses including maintaining liaison between Congresses, selection of the venue, and ensuring quality and consistency among programs. The Congress Organizing Committee will be responsible for programmatic aspects of each Congress, focusing on topics based on current research trends, major technological issues, and the geographic location of the Congress.
The fundraising and financial management for each Congress will be the responsibility of the Organizing Committee of each Congress.
Objectives of the Congresses
- Integrate and apply knowledge from crop science to relevant global problems.
- Present and discuss crop science research developments and implications.
- Develop recommendations for future thrusts in research, development, and technology transfer.
- Evaluate future scientific and educational needs and directions of crop-based agriculture.
- Initiate and nurture international scientific and educational partnerships.
- Publish a record of Congress business and scientific contributions.
Frequency and Location of Congresses
- The Congress will meet about every four years beginning in July, 1992.
- The location will rotate among countries that propose and are accepted to host the Congress. It is expected that the Congress will not meet in two consecutive times within a similar geographic region.
- To the best extent possible, the Congress venue should alternate between developed and developing countries.