Education & Outreach

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Education & Outreach

Seed Science Center education and outreach efforts include approximately 22 domestic workshops per year, an annual symposium, publication of the Iowa Seed & Biosafety newsletter, and visiting scientist and fellows programs.

Training—Domestic and International Short Courses and Workshops

The Seed Science Center has been providing valuable training opportunities and workshops for seed industry professionals for more than 42 years. Offered annually from April through August, center domestic workshops focus on seed testing and cleaning, gravity separation, color sorting, and other topics of interest to those in the seed industry. For more information about Seed Science Center training and workshops, visit the Seed Laboratory website Training page at:  

2023 Global Seed Symposium—

The Seed Science Center hosts a symposium biennially; every other year.  The date for the 2023 symposium is TBA.  Attendees are presented with information regarding various research platforms, educational efforts and outreach programs that address food security and agricultural sustainability concerns around the world. Symposium participants have made considerable contributions to this field of study and represent many different perspectives within agriculture, including academic institutions, industry businesses, non-government organizations and government agencies. Registration and schedule information will be posted here on January 1, 2023. 

The symposium is sponsored by a generous contribution from the family of Leroy Everson, former director of the Seed Laboratory of the Iowa State Seed Science Center.  

Iowa Seed and Biosafety Newsletter

Iowa Seed & Biosafety NewsletterThe Iowa Seed & Biosafety Newsletter is published electronically and in printed form by the Seed Science Center, the Seed Laboratory, the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP), and the Global Food Security Consortium at Iowa State University. More than 2,600 copies are disseminated annually.

If you would like to receive a copy of the newsletter, would like to make an address change,  or if you have a news item that you would like to see in an upcoming newsletter, contact  

Iowa Seed & Biosafety newsletter archives page. 

Seed Technology and Business Graduate Program

Seed Technology and Business Short Courses