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I International Conference & X National Horticultural Science Congress of Iran (IrHC2017)

Tehran, University of Tarbiat Modarres, 4-7 September 2017

www.IrHC2017.org

Tehran, University of Tarbiat Modarres, ISHS,  Iranian Society for Horticultural Science (IrSHS), Ministry of Agriculture- Department of Horticulture

The primary announcement of IrHC2017 is now appeared in the ISHS web site with the following address:

Prof. Kazem ArzaniDepartment of Horticultural Science
Tarbiat Modares University (TMU)
P.O.Box 14115-336
Tehran
Iran
(98)2148292094(98)2148292200
ORGANISERS:
Tarbiar Modares University (TMU)
Iranian Society for Horticultural Science (IrSHS)
Deputy Ministry of Agriculture of Iran in Horticulture
International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)
INVITATION
It is my pleasure to invite you to attend to the First International Conference & Xth National
Horticultural Science Congress of Iran (IrHC2017) in which will held at Tarbiat Modares
University (TMU) in Tehran, the capital city of Iran from 4-7 September 2017.
The Iranian Horticultural Science Congress (IrHC) usually held every two to four years since
1996 at different cities of Iran and attracting more than 800 to 1000 delegates. The IrHC2017
organized under Iranian Society for Horticultural Science (IrSHS), Department of Horticultural
Science at Tarbiat Modares University (TMU) and Deputy Ministry of Agriculture of Iran in
Horticulture in Tehran. For the first time, TMU and IrSHS with collaboration of the other
IrHC2017 organizers decided to organize the “First Iranian Horticultural Science Conference” at
the same time or just after the Xth National Horticultural Science Congress of Iran, under the
aegis of International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).
According to the main IrHC role, the IrHC2017 will cover all aspects of horticultural science
mainly on Pomology and Fruit culture, Floriculture, Vegetable Crops and Medicinal Plants. In
addition with the Xth National Congress, this is the experience of the “First International
Horticultural Science Conference of Iran”, giving the opportunity for Iranian and International
colleagues and delegates exchange their knowledge and experience, and discuss for possible
further collaboration in all aspects of Iran Horticultural Science.
Finally, this is a great potential that Iranian horticulturist becoming a member of Horticultural
Science community through International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), in order to
increase the potential for exchange of knowledge and possible collaborations. Also, this is a
good opportunity for scientists of all over the world to visit and familiar with Iran as a big,
historic and beautiful country with friendly people and potential horticulture industry.
I look forward to welcoming you to Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Tehran, Iran attending
the First International Conference & Xth National Horticultural Science Congress of Iran
(IrHC2017) from 4-7 September 2017.ABOUT IRAN
Iran is located in the Northern Hemisphere between 25° and 40° north latitude and between 44
and 63 degrees east longitude. The total area of the country is 1,648,195 million square
kilometers. The world’s largest lake, the Caspian Sea, is located in the north and the Persian
Gulf is located in the south of the country. The overall climatic condition of the country is
temperate, although there are many microclimates with wide climate diversity throughout the
country.
The agriculture sector in Iran has been viewed as a fundamental contributor to the economy of
the country. Currently, agriculture furnishes 25% of Iran’s GNP, 27% of employment and 85% of
food demand satisfaction, as well as a large capacity for export of several agricultural and
horticultural commodities. Horticulture is one of the most important agriculture industry in
Iran. In addition, Iran enjoys specific geographical conditions such as benefiting from
approximately 250 sunny days per year, the capacity for cultivation of more than 400
agricultural and horticultural crops throughout the country, and dramatic climate diversity. As a
whole, these features make it possible to produce high quality of various agricultural and
horticultural crops, e.g. Iran’s horticulture sector consists of 2 million ha orchards with annual
production of more than 15 million tons of fruit. In addition of 800,000 ha of vegetable crops,
strength floriculture industry as well as medicinal plants, Iran is a rich country in native
germplasm for various horticultural crops. The quality of some Iranian products, especially
dates, pistachios, figs and pomegranates, for which the country holds first position in the world.
Therefore, Iran has a good potential for increasing both the quality and quantity of horticultural
crops to provide the world’s horticultural markets with a wide diversity of fruit and other
horticultural crops.
ABOUT TMU
Tarbiat Modares University (TMU) is the first and only graduate school in Iran. The university
primary mission is to train academic staff and researchers for universities and higher education
centers throughout the country. Since its establishment in 1982, the university has made
numerous achievements in academic excellence and innovative research at the national and
international levels. It has also established several academic relations with distinguished
national and international academic and industrial institutions. This includes student exchange
agreements, publication of books and journals and holding national and international meetings
and conferences.
TMU currently has 171 departments for education at the Master’s level, and 131 departments
at the Doctorate level in 16 College including Faculty of Agriculture, Civil & Environmental
Engineering, Arts, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical & Computer
Engineering, Natural Resources & Marine Sciences, Management & Economics, Engineering,
High Technologies, Biological Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Basic
Sciences, Humanities and Law. TMU currently has more than 700 Faculty and Senior Academics
with 9118 MSc and PhD students. Note that since its establishment in 1982, the number of
9118 MSc and PhD students have been graduated from TMU in which more than 300 of these
students were graduated from Department of Horticultural Science during last three decades
since establishment. Tarbiat Modares University (TMU) with top-ranked programs in the
sciences, engineering, computing, agriculture, arts, natural resources, and related areas, is
committed to educate future leaders in science and technology.
ABOUT IrHC
The IrHC organized every 2-4 years under Iranian Society for Horticultural Science (IrSHS),
Ministry of Agriculture and one of the main Iranian University. The first IrHC was held in 1996 at
Karaj city and the Ninth IrHC was held from 25-28 January 2016 in Ahvaz, Iran, so the next
IrHC2017 held at TMU at Tehran (Table 1).
IrHC usually emphasis on the exchange of knowledge and experience mainly on the native
horticultural plants and products as well as potential exotic horticulture plants, so usually cover
all aspects in Pomology (Fruit culture), Floriculture, Vegetable Crops and Medicinal Plants.
According to the statistics, IrHC usually attracting more than 500 to 1000 national delegates.

The main theme of the IrHC2017 is “Productivity of Horticultural Crops in Iran: Potentials,
production limitations, possible solutions and international collaborations”. IrHC2017 will
cover all aspects of horticulture mainly on Pomology and Fruit culture, Floriculture, Vegetable
Crops and Medicinal Plants. There are some limitations for horticulture industry in Iran, such as
shortage of water, drought, salinity, late spring frost or other biotic and abiotic stresses.
Producing high quality horticultural crops using suitable genotype or cultivars that more
compatible and fit to the specific set of environmental conditions of Iran using lower main
resources such as irrigation water etc. with lower production cost with higher return is a major
concern of Iran horticulture industry. In the other hand, productivity of Iranian horticultural
crops related to water shortage and other environmental stress using scientific and modern
management techniques, might be are the major discussion and important tasks in the
congress. The reduction of postharvest losses of horticultural crops, attention to the native
Iranian horticultural gene pool and germplasm and also, the impact of possible global environment change on horticulture industry is another major concern. Although, the congress
topics will not limit to the mentioned important tasks, so IrHC2017 also welcome and consider
the other related new ideas and research results on any of potential horticultural crops in the
form of oral, poster or specific panel discussion and workshop during the congress.
In addition with the 10th National Congress, this is the first experience of the IrHC International
Horticulture Conference in Iran, giving the opportunity for Iranian and International colleagues
and delegates exchange their knowledge and experience, and possible further collaboration in
all aspects of Iran Horticultural Science. Finally, this is a great potential that more Iranian
horticulturist becoming a member of Horticultural Science community through International
Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), in order to increase the potential for exchange of
knowledge and possible collaborations at the national and international scale.
LANGUAGE
The official language of the First International Conference and 10th National Horticultural
Science Congress of Iran (IrHC2017), in the International part is English and in the National part
is Persian.
KEY DATES, PROGRAMME OUTLINE & KEY SPEAKERS
Will be announced as soon as finalized.
CONGRESS STRUCTURES
IrHc2017 included two national and international parts with inter-related organization.
IrHc2017 has two national and international scientific committees in order to handle and care
about all scientific activities including all presentations.
INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES:
Will be announced in the first announcement.
PUBLICATIONS
1. In the international part of IrHC2017, we will follow the ISHS guidelines for publishing
the presented papers in the volumes of Acta Horticulturae. We expect and suppose that
the output will cover in two to three volumes, in Pomology, Floriculture, Vegetable
crops and Medicinal plants. Although, the number of required volumes and further
arrangements to be finalized later based on the number of presentations. The limited
and specific outstanding presentations will arrange to publish in EJHS.
2. In the national part of the congress, the limited number of distinguished papers that
indicated by the national scientific committee, will goes to the final referee process in
order to publish in the Iranian Journals such as Journal of Seed Science and Technology,
Seed and Plant Improvement Journal and Seed and Plant Production Journal. Also, the
discussion with Iranian Journal of Horticultural Science and Iranian Journal of Horticultural Science and Technology are under process. Note that these journals
considering manuscript for publications based on original research results and after
referee process. These journals already agreed to accept national scientific committee
referee process with addition and nominating one referee from a list of journal’s referee
or editorial board members of the journal. In addition, all abstracts will publish in the
IrHC2017 abstract book and electronic CD.
POSSIBLE WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITIONS
Will be announced as soon as finalized.
TECHNICAL AND PRE OR POST CONGRESS TOURS
Iran is a big country with a long history with attractive beautiful and historic places where are
worth to visit. In addition, the technical visit to the specific Iranian horticulture industry or
native germplasm collection sites may be organized. The detail will be indicating in the further
announcements.
ACCOMODATIONS
Tehran is a big and modern city with numerous at various levels of accommodation. Congress
secretariat has planned to discuss with specific Hotels for reasonable discounts to all delegates
that need accommodation. The detail and description of the accommodations will indicate in
the further announcements in 2016.
FEES AND REGISTRATION
Will be announced in the first or second announcement.
In order to encourage non-members to be a member of either related societies ISHS or IrSHS,
members will receive discount either in the national or international part of the IrHC2017 in the
registration fee. We expect that the high number of the Iranian scientists will encourage being a
member of ISHS before the IrHC2017.
ANNONCEMENTS
The first and further related announcements scheduled and will distributed to the interested
delegates through either the IrSHS or ISHS channels or other related national and international
societies. We encourage updating for the IrHC2017 announcements and latest news with the
following URL address:
http://www.ishs.org/symposium/643
http://www.irshs.ir/index.php?slc_lang=en&sid=1
The website address of the IrHC2017 will announce all related information either in the
international or national part of the event and the URL will appear in the above ISHS and IrSHS
web sites as soon as IrHC2017 web address will established. THE VENUE AND CONTACT
TMU has a good facilities and conference rooms for organizing symposiums and conferences at
the national and international level. IrHc2017 will held in the main university campus at Tehran.
Note that College of Agriculture is located 19 km west of Tehran also has suitable conference
rooms. The secretariat office of the congress is located in Room A10, level 1, Department of
Horticultural Science, College of Agriculture, Tarbiat Modares University (TMU). The detail
contact address and Telephone number will be announced in the first announcement very soon
and once the website of the IrHC2017 finished to establish.

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