Programme of the 2018 congress

2nd European Sorghum Congress November 2018

“Sorghum the safe bet for the future” 
7 & 8 November 2018 in Milan

Hotel Sheraton (Milan Malpensa International Airport).

This event is open to a very broad audience: trade organisations and agricultural producers, scientists and technical institutes, collectors and traders, national and European administrations, seed and plant production companies and all stakeholders involved in the sorghum value chain. The Congress will be translated in Italian, French, English and Russian.

Programme for 2018


9.30am to 10.30am
Welcome and Registration

10.30am to 10.45am
Introductions and Objectives of the Congress

10.45am to 11.15am
Bucharest November 2016 – Milan November 2018: Journey and Achievements

11.15am to 12.00 noon
Economy and prospects for Sorghum in Europe and around the world

12.00 noon to 12.30pm
“Food, Feed and Fuel in a Rapidly Changing World”:
Conclusions of the Cape Congress – South Africa – April 2018

12.30pm to 2:00pm
Lunch break


2.00pm to 6.00pm

Workshops (free choice) with presentations by experts, round tables, posters presentations & testimonies.

Workshop 1: Selection and genetic progress: facing the new issues and challenges
Workshop 2: Agronomy, economy, environment: genuine and environmental assets of sorghum
Workshop 3: Structural outlets and new outlets: securing production in Europe

A 30 min break is foreseen.

7.30pm to 10.30pm
Congress reception at the Sheraton Hotel.


9.00am to 11.00am
From the seed to the processed product
   . Summary and conclusion of workshops
   . Presentation of posters
   . Round table: drivers of innovation for the future of sorghum

Break (30’)

11.30am to 12.30pm
Climate change
   . What is the reality? What is the timeframe?
   . What are challenges for agriculture and how can we adapt?

12.30pm to 2.00pm
Lunch break

2.00pm to 3.30pm
What agricultural policy is required to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow?
(Presentations and round table: experts, policymakers and trade leaders)

3.30pm to 4.00pm
Conclusions of the Congress: “Sorghum the safe bet for the future”

We will regularly update information on the Congress.

Congress registration fee

Prices (incl. taxes)

Before 31/08/2018 :    150 €
After 01/09/2018 :    200 €

The registration fees include:

>access to plenary sessions and workshops
>access to exhibition area
>congress bag and documents
>lunches and coffee breaks on 7 and 8 November 2018


The “Plus” of the Congress

Poster Area
An exhibition dedicated to sorghum promotion
Business Area
A private area dedicated to business contacts
Trade Area
An area dedicated to brand promotion

The Sorghum Congress needs your contribution

You will be able to express your views in the form of posters or flash presentations, on the themes of innovation, genetic improvement and solutions to address the new agricultural challenges.

To send us your proposals, please contact

The Sorghum Congress can promote your business

Are you an economic player in the sorghum sector and do you wish to promote your products or services?
An exhibition area is at your disposal.

To book a stand, apply here.

The Sorghum Congress facilitates contacts among professionals

In addition to the highlights of the programme, the congress will help you get in touch with all the sorghum experts of Europe. To facilitate discussion, a business area is envisaged.