The aim of the international crop science congress is to contribute to the objectives of the Thematic Programme "Quality of life and management of living resources" on the European as well as on the global level. After two successful previous meetings (USA in 1992 & INDIA in 1996) the European Society of Agronomy (ESA) accepted the invitation to organize the Third International Congress to strengthen the transfer of knowledge within Europe and the international scientific communities.
The congress will focus on sustainable and multifunctional land use and on future food security, in the context of the rising demand for crop products in the decades to come. Furthermore, the effects of increased crop production on the natural resource base and the environment will be addressed. Science-based innovations in agricultural technology, plant production systems and products are essential to meet the future needs of society. Four themes have been selected for the Congress agenda.