Location: Grand Elysee Hotel, Hamburg, Germany

Date/Time: Friday 7th October, 8:30am – 5pm
(following TE’s conference and OCRT)

Join us to celebrate what’s been achieved to date and to discuss next steps in improving the availability of non-GM cottonseed

Following immediately after Textile Exchange’s 2016 Textile Sustainability Conference and Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) in Hamburg, Germany, TE & FiBL will be jointly hosting an Organic Cotton Seed Summit on Friday 7th October 2016 (also in Hamburg) with support from the Mercator Foundation Switzerland.

The Seed Summit is a continuation of the work of the OCRT’s Seed Task Force and the focus will be on building a resilient future for organic cotton. It is open to anyone with an interest in the future of seed in a time of climate change, concerns for biodiversity and inequality in seed access.

The Seed Summit will provide opportunities for experience sharing and for planning ways forward, bringing together stakeholders from across the value chain to strengthen the seed network of the organic cotton sector and prepare the ground for further collaborations. Success stories will be showcased from seed activities around the globe, including the latest advances in research and updates from a number of seed breeding projects. Local solutions can become a model for other regions and will help us in moving forward a global cotton seed strategy. The ultimate aims of such a strategy are, in the short term, to secure the supply of seed for non-GM cotton production and, in the long-term, to ensure the continuous genetic improvement of cotton cultivars to enhance the performance of organic cotton in a sustainable way.

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. K. Kranthi from the Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) in India, presenting recent research advances in native cotton species.

Prof. S.S. Patil from the University of Agricultural Science Dharwad in India, presenting breeding strategies that meet the diverse demands of farmers and the textile industry.

Prof. Dr. Jane Dever from Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in the USA, presenting an overview of the US organic seed sector.


The Seed Summit is a free event but you must register online to secure your place. Registration is managed through the same system as for TE’s other events, so if you have already registered for the Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) you can simply amend your registration online to include the Seed Summit (contact if you need assistance).

If you haven’t yet registered for the OCRT, you can do so here*. Follow the on-screen instructions and, once on the “Options” page, select “Yes, I will attend the Seed Summit”

*Since the Seed Summit is a follow-on from the OCRT, you must register for the OCRT first so that you can add the Seed Summit to your registration. If you want to attend the Seed Summit but cannot attend the OCRT, you must register for both but please inform Lisa by email that you do not plan to attend the OCRT.