EUCARPIA aims to promote scientific and technical co-operation in the field of plant breeding in order to foster its further development. To achieve this purpose, the Association arranges and sponsors meetings of members, to discuss general or specific problems.

EUCARPIA organizes open conferences and colloquia throughout Europe each year. Founded in 1956, EUCARPIA, a non profit organization, can look back on considerable contributions to improving international contacts in plant breeding research for more than fifty years. Nowadays EUCARPIA is more active than ever before with more than a thousand members of various nationalities and interests.

For everyone involved in plant breeding research or practical breeding, EUCARPIA has a lot to offer:

International Cooperation

The Association consists of members from all over Europe and over 30 other countries worldwide. EUCARPIA initiates relationships and co-operates with other national and international organizations in fields relevant to plant breeding.

Exchange of Methods

EUCARPIA is organized in 11 sections together with several working groups. Each section is engaged in a certain field of research, or in certain groups of crops. EUCARPIA encourages its members to take part in several sections. New methods and techniques can therefore be rapidly integrated into the wider field of plant breeding.

Exchange of Specialized Knowledge

The interaction between people working in the same field of interest, or with the same crop, can contribute effectively to plant breeding. The exchange of specialized knowledge has proven to be of the greatest importance to all researchers and breeders involved.

Specialized Sections

Each member is welcomed to participate in one or more (or all) sections.

EUCARPIA's 11 sections are:

♦  Biometrics in Plant Breeding
♦  Cereals
♦  Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses
♦  Fruit
♦  Genetic Resources
♦  Maize and Sorghum
♦  Oil and Protein Crops
♦  Organic and Low-Input Agriculture
♦  Ornamentals
♦  Potatoes
♦  Vegetables