After a highly successful inaugural event in 2017, the second half of 2020 is expected to see the International Cocoa Organization host another cocoa research conference.
The cocoa body is looking for an organisation to host the event, the 2nd International Cocoa Organization International Symposium on Cocoa Research (ISCR). The deadline for submission of bids to do so is 28 February 2019.
The 1st edition of ISCR was held in Lima, Peru in November 2017 and took as its theme ‘Promoting Advances in Research to Enhance the Profitability.’ The event addressed a number of recent advances in technology and innovation, and enabled experts to share information and agree on common strategies with the goal of accelerating the development of the world cocoa sector. Among the subjects addressed by papers at the symposium were cocoa genetics and breeding; cocoa agronomy, agroforestry and physiology; cocoa pests and diseases; environmental issues in the cocoa sector; cocoa quality, flavour, chocolate manufacturing, consumption and food safety; cocoa marketing and socio-economic analysis; and adoption of technologies and efficient utilization of results from cocoa research.
The 2nd edition of ISCR will be a five-day event and like the first is intended to provide cocoa stakeholders and scientists with a platform to exchange the latest scientific findings and to agree on priorities for collective action.
Interested countries and institutions are requested to express their interest by submitting bids to the ICCO Secretariat, outlining their in-kind contribution towards this event, in line with a number of requirements.
These include the venue, which should be in a city with easy access to an international airport with a number of hotels at which preferential rates can be negotiated for participants. The hotels should include two to five-star hotels to cater for different budgets.
The main conference room should have a capacity of up to 500 participants. Two additional rooms are needed to hold breakout or parallel sessions. As an alternative, the main conference room could be partitioned into three conference rooms. A poster exhibition and other exhibition(s) will take place during the conference, so the venue should have enough space, adjacent to the conference rooms, to allow up to 50 standard exhibition stands. The venue will also need to have AV, IT and office equipment (microphones, projectors, screens, laptops, printers, office supplies) for all conference rooms and provide simultaneous interpretation into English, French and Spanish.
Under the guidance of the ICCO Secretariat, an adequate number of staff to handle symposium registration and to direct delegates at all events throughout the period of the symposium should be available. Rapporteurs should be available to assist the ICCO Secretariat in drafting the reports for each session. A formal symposium dinner would be provided to participants, to be held either at the Symposium venue, or at an appropriate offsite venue with transportation provided.
Part of the hospitality to be provided by the host could include cultural events to showcase the culture of the host country and/or a cocoa/chocolate-related visit.
Bids should be sent in digital format to Ms Berenice BAH, Editorial and Conference Officer, International Cocoa Organization, BereniceGrace.Bah@icco.org.
The International Cocoa Council will consider all formal bids at its 99th regular session in April 2019.
For further information or enquiries about bidding for the 2nd ISCR contact Berenice Grace Bah, tel +225 22 51 49 73.