17 August, 2014

Angers will host a world horticultural event favourable to the international city recognition

Au plus creux de l'été, Angers a peut être gagné l'opportunité majeure d'une reconnaissance internationale qu'elle recherche depuis de nombreuses d'années. Elle accueillera en 2022 un événement scientifique et industriel de notoriété mondiale : le congrès international d'horticulture. Quelque 3,000 personnes sont attendues. 

Angers has get a fantastic opportunity to pull itself at the level of international identification it looked for during years. In 2022, the city will host the International Horticultural Congress, a world gathering of scientifics as well as educators, students and horticultural industry professionals. Such congress is planned every four years. The late took place in Brisbane (Australia) on 17-22 August, the next (2018) will be hosted by Istanbul and the following be located in Angers four years later. The congress is organized by the International Society for Horticultural Science (Ishs) whose 7,500 members covers the world. They include a substantial number of institutions and fifty countries. The Ishs is a major source of up-to-date information on global horticultural research.

The Angers mayor, Christophe Béchu, made no mistake about it. "By choosing Angers and France to host that congress, the Ishs recognizes the importance of the plant sector in our territory, a booming sector for economical, touristic, political attractiveness. The Anjou has considered the plant sector as a priority. That choice is now awarded by the reception of a major international event", said Mr. Béchu after he was told about the choice of Angers by the board of the Ishs. For 2022, the Anjou capital was in competition with... Beijing! That candidacy was promoted in Brisbane by an Angers delegation of researchers coming from the AgroCampus Ouest, the Centre de coopération international en recherche agronomique pour le développement, the Institut national pour la recherche agronomique, Vegepolys and the Angers convention bureau Angers Loire Tourisme as well as a chef, Val d'Evre Traiteur.

Locally, the plant industry incorporates 4,000 companies, 25,000 jobs, 450 researchers and 2,500 students while Vegepolys is one of the eleven world competitiveness hubs and one of the five in the horticultural "fields". The choice of Angers was far from to be won in advance. One year ago, the local decision-makers, and among them Mr. Béchu, had hard-won the presence of the Institut national des appellations d'origine contrôlées (Inao) bureau in Angers after that authority was due to leave for another destination. Now the city has more than a term to prepare itself to what could be a rare opportunity to get international acknowledgement.

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