The International Symposium on Growing Media, Substrate Analysis and Compost Utilization in Horticulture will be hosted in Portland Oregon, USA from 20-25 August, 2017.
The website for this Symposium has full details on the education session, tours, opportunities, etc. and will be regularly updated in the coming weeks.
Symposium topics and the Call for Abstracts (if you choose) is also listed.
This is the world’s greatest stage for "All Things Growing Media" and 2017 will be only the second time meeting has been hosted in the United States (the first being 2009).
The Symposium will feature the worlds experts (science and industry) in all areas of growing media and composting including: peat moss, advances in and uses of compost, coconut coir, hydroponics, wood fiber and bark manufacturing and use, biochar characterization and use, substrate analytical analysis, substrate biology, substrate hydrology, urban environment substrates etc.
Participants from 30+ countries are normally in attendance as well numerous local growers and industry professionals.
The International Peat Society (IPS) will also be a part of this Symposium and will be meeting during that week. All of the Canadian Peat Companies and Associations will be invited, as well all professional and retail substrate/soil/compost manufacturers in North America.
We are expecting (recruiting and inviting) a lot of industry people to this meeting, not just academic or manufacturing folks: Greenhouse/Floriculture growers, Cannabis growers/markets, Nursery growers, Extension Personnel, etc.
We chose Portland Oregon because of the large-scale horticulture in the region, accessible International Airport and easy public transportation system, the wonderful weather in August! The West Coast of the United States is also a favorite destination with many attractions. California and Las Vegas are to the South, Seattle Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia to the North.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can provide any additional information.
Substrate Research Page: http://www.ncsu.edu/project/woodsubstrates/
Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University