International Oat Conferences/Hosts
The votes have been tallied, and the next IOC meeting will be held in Perth, Australia, in 2020.
"The IOC executive received votes from 20 member countries. Australia and Greece/Cyprus abstained from the vote, and four countries did not reply. Of the 20 countries that voted, 17 preferred Perth and 3 preferred Cyprus.
Some countries mentioned in their replies that the presence of industry and a major oat producing area in Western Australia was important to their members. However, people also recognized the attraction of seeing first-hand a region where Avena species have originated. Given this, we feel there may be support for a future IOC conference in Cyprus, or possibly a European-based conference in a non IOC or AOWC year.
On behalf of all countries, the Executive wishes to thank both organizing committees for the substantial efforts they made in assembling two excellent bids, and for engaging all of the IOC members in this important decision. We congratulate Perth, Australia, on being selected as the next IOC venue, and we look forward to a strong and exciting conference in September or October 2020.
With regard to the timing, we note that the proposed dates may be difficult for breeders in the Northern hemisphere that plant winter oats. These members would prefer a later date in October if that were possible, and we recommend that Perth initiate discussion with the entire IOC community as they select a final date**. We also note that Perth will require advance coordination with the oat community to meet the quarantine requirements of Australia.
With best regards to all,
Catherine Howarth (co-chair)
Nick Tinker (co-chair)
Kathy Klos (secretary)"
Preliminary information regarding the upcoming meeting in Perth:
"The Australian Steering Committee for the 11th International Oat Conference held its first meeting 27 September. We would like to thank the International Oat Committee and the members they represent for supporting the Australian bid to host the 11th IOC in Perth in 2020. The bid has the backing of the Oat Council of the Grains Industry Association of Western Australia who will host the conference in Perth, together with research and industry partners from around Australia.
One of our earliest priorities is to determine a suitable date for the conference. We will be asking Nick Tinker and Catherine Howarth as co-chairs of the International Oat Committee to canvas representatives for potential dates from mid-September to mid-October 2020, which is spring time in Perth and the best time to visit field nurseries and crops**. The Committee also plan to develop a website in the next few months to post relevant information and updates as planning progresses.
As convener of the 11th IOC, I look forward to working with the international oat committee and the Australian Steering Committee to make the 11th IOC a great success. So once again thanks, the Australian committee is looking forward to developing an exciting program for researchers and industry.
For future consideration:
IOC Committee structure
As of July 15th, 2016, the co-presidents of the IOC are Catherine Howarth, IBERS, UK, and Nick Tinker, AAFC, Canada. The secretary is Kathy Esvelt Klos, USDA, USA.
A list of representatives from each country is here.
The draft minutes from the St. Petersburg meeting are here.
Previous International Oat Conferences/Hosts:
- 2016 St. Petersburg, Russia (VIR)
- 2012 Beijing, China (CAAS)
- 2008 Minneapolis, MN, USA (UMN)
- 2004 Helsinki, Finland (MTT Agrifood Research Finland)
- 2000 Christchurch, New Zealand (New Zealand Institute for Crop & Food Research Limited)
- 1996 Saskatoon, SK, Canada (CDC, U. Saskatchewan)
- 1992 Adelaide, Australia
- 1988 Lund, Sweden
- 1985 Aberystwyth, UK (University College of Wales)
- 1982 State College, PA, USA (Penn State)