Welcome Message:

On behalf of the Vaccinium Species and Management Working Group and the Vine and Berry Fruits Division of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS), we cordially invite you to join us at the XIII International Vaccinium Symposium that will be held from 24 to 29 August 2024, at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and the Prince Edward Island Convention Center located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. The two locations are rich with history, culture, nature, and culinary adventures, can be readily explored by foot, and offer a wide variety of attractions, theatre, shopping, and close proximity to outdoor activities. In addition to the conference venues being located at popular and contrasting vacation destinations, the symposium is also located within a short drive of cultivated highbush and wild lowbush blueberry, cranberries, and other horticultural crops.

The symposium will consist of a preconference tour to the Annapolis Valley, a three day scientific program, and a one day tour of wild blueberry, cranberry and strawberry growing, processing/packing, and shipping facilities. We welcome abstracts submitted for research in areas of breeding and genetics, germplasm, horticulture and production systems, plant physiology, plant and soil nutrition, pest and disease management, postharvest, health benefits, marketing and economics, and mechanization. The event will be open to all involved in the Vaccinium research, teaching, and extension community, as well as producers and marketers involved in the industry. The goal is to promote international cooperation and dissemination of the latest information regarding Vaccinium species.

Please note the official language of the symposium will be English. Check back frequently for updates, and we look forward to seeing you in 2024!

David Percival
Convener, XIII International Vaccinium Symposium
Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences, Dalhousie University