International Carrot Symposium 2021

The UK has successfully won the bid to host the ISHS International Carrot and other Apiaceae Symposium in 2021.

The third event of its kind will take place in historic York and will attract delegates from across the globe, The British Growers Association Limited tendered to host the Symposium, with their application being supported by Warwick University and Elsoms.

The event will be held over 4 days, starting on Monday 4th October and finishing on Thursday 7th October 2021 and will involve a conference and seminars held at the York Racecourse, a Gala dinner held in the prestigious York Railway Museum and the opportunity to visit the British Carrot Growers Association and AHDB’s Demonstration Day.

Like the previous events, the 2021 Symposium will bring together the most recent scientific findings and technical advances to the Carrot and Apiaceae community. The Scientific Committee, led by Rosemary Collier of Warwick University, will shape the programme of events for the 2 days of seminars.

Robin Wood, Deputy Chairman, Elsoms says: “Elsoms and Bejo are the lead sponsors of the symposium offering the opportunity for all those involved in these crops to meet up, network and hear about activities, both practical, near market, and, more strategic and far reaching, from around the world.

“The UK is a fantastic place to hold this event. High product specifications and the year-round supply demands from the market place, ensure that crop quality is key with production being driven by technology in the field and packhouse; UK producers are amongst the leaders in the world.

“The UK also has a strong voice in horticulture science and technology, with internationally recognised research institutes such as Warwick University, the internationally renowned Wellesbourne genetics resources and the plethora of outstanding UK research establishments, all of whom contribute to adoption of sciences into the industry for its continued success.”

Despite the current restrictions in the UK surrounding covid-19, the 2021 conference at this stage is still going ahead. To find out more, contact the British Growers office on 01507 602427 or

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