Welcome to the website of the International Quinoa Symposium 2024 from 24 to 26 July 2024 at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together the worldwide community of quinoa researchers, breeders, farmers, processors and representatives from the sales sector to offer a forum for presenting the latest cutting-edge research on quinoa by leading quinoa researchers and to stimulate future collaborations.

The symposium is co-organized by researchers from the University of Hohenheim and Kiel University.

Why quinoa?

The ongoing population growth, scarcity of arable land, water accessibility issues, and climate change impacts challenge the ability of many countries to provide sufficient and nutritious food, leading to a need for alternative agricultural strategies.

Quinoa emerges as a viable alternative grain crop, owing to its high nutritional value, including an optimal balance of amino acids and a rich content of micronutrients, making it an excellent option for vegan and vegetarian diets.

Quinoa presents a promising contribution to meet the growing demand for high-quality food production, especially on marginal soils and regions unsuitable for the cultivation of major crops because it is adapted to harsh environmental conditions.

Both in its native cultivation areas of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador, as well as in other regions of the world, the main challenges for promoting quinoa cultivation include adaptation to new environmental conditions, low seed yield, susceptibility to disease and pests, and the selection of the optimal management practices for planting, harvesting, and integrating quinoa into crop rotations.

To make quinoa cultivation attractive for farmers, the value chain has to be developed further.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: 11 June 2024
  • Early bird registration: 16 June 2024
  • Last registration date: 17 July 2024

Conference Organizers

Prof. Dr. Karl Schmid

Institute of Plant Breeding, Seed Science and Population Genetics (350)

University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Email: karl.schmid@uni-hohenheim.de

Jun. Prof. Dr. Sandra Schmöckel

Institute of Crop Sciences (340)

University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Email: sandra.schmoeckel@uni-hohenheim.de

Dr. Nazgol Emrani

Institute of Plant Breeding

Kiel University, Germany

Email: n.emrani@plantbreeding.uni-kiel.de