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Serichal 2007

International Conference


“Sericulture Challenges in the 21 st Century” (Serichal 2007)

&

the 3 rd BACSA meeting, 18 -21 September 2007, Vratza , Bulgaria


Letter of Open Invitation

(first announcement)

International Conference “Sericulture Challenges in the 21 st Century” (Serichal 2007), & the 3 rd BACSA meeting will be held in Vratza , Bulgaria from 18 to 21 September 2007 . The Bulgarian National Centre of Agricultural Sciences, Sericulture Experiment Station (SES), Vratza is hosting the meeting in collaboration with The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Black, Caspian Seas and Central Asia Silk Association (BACSA).

The conference and BACSA meeting have the following topics:

  1. To make an evaluation of the results from the international testing of different silkworm hybrids from 10 countries, held in 2006 and 2007 in Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Romania and Uzbekistan under the BACSA framework;
  2. Future planning on the global exchange of sericulture genetic resources;
  3. Discussion on how to participate in “2009 International Year of Natural Fibres”;
  4. Presentation of some recent scientific achievements in the sericulture science and technology;
  5. The policy of FAO to support the global sericulture development;
  6. The European Union policy to support the sericulture development;
  7. Report on the BACSA activities during 2006/2007 and programme for the planned future activities.
  8. Please find attached the Letter of open invitation (first announcement) along with the Conference programme, Registration form and Abstract submission form.

The Serichal 2007 is open to all those involved and interested in sericulture industry - sericulturists, agricultural and industrial producers of cocoon and silk, administrators, developers, entrepreneurs, traders, and scientists and technicians, working in each step or link of production and trade chains for cocoon, silk and silk commodities.

Science and technology papers are invited to be presented in the field of mulberry and non-mulberry silkworms, cocoon and silk production, pathology, breeding and bacology, post-cocoon technologies, silk enterprise and trade. Exhibition sessions will also be organized for equipment/tools and silk products.

T hose who require a personalized letter of invitation for the purpose of travel documents to Bulgaria may wish to contact:

Dr Panomir Tzenov, Director, Sericulture Experiment Station, Vratza; tel. +35992642221; Fax: +35992645154; Mobile : +359888479438; e-mail: panomir@yahoo.com ; panomir@dir.bg

Updated information about the forthcoming event as well as other activities in sericulture industry development you may find at the BACSA web site: www.bacsa-silk.org


PROGRAMME

Organizing committee:

Mr. Kee Wook Sohn – FAO Technical officer
Dr Panomir Tzenov – BACSA President and Director of SES – Vratza , Bulgaria
Mr. Simeon Beshkov - President, Bulgarian Sericulture Association
Dr Evripidis Kipriotis – BACSA Vice - president for Europe, Greece
Dr Khomid Homidy – BACSA Vice – president for Central Asia, Uzbekistan
Venue and Dates:

Vratza , Bulgaria , Tuesday 18 ~ Friday 21 September 2007

Programme (tentative):

DAY 1 ( Tuesday, 18 September 2007 )

Place: “Hemus” hotel, Vratza

9.00 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 - 10.15 Opening – Dr Svetla Batchvarova – Deputy Minister, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Bulgaria & President of Bulgarian National Center of Agricultural Sciences

10.15 - 10.30 Welcoming speech by Mr. Kee Wook Sohn , FAO Food and Agricultural Industries Officer

10.30 - 11.00 Report on the results from the international testing of different silkworm hybrids from 10 countries, held in 2006 and 2007 in Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Romania and Uzbekistan under the BACSA framework – by Dr P. Tzenov, BACSA President

11.00 – 13.00 Round table discussion on the results from the international testing of different silkworm hybrids,

Chairperson - Dr P. Tzenov, BACSA President

Facilitator: Mr. Kee Wook Sohn , FAO

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.30 “The project of Bulgarian Sericulture Association for sericulture development in Bulgaria ”, presentation by Mr. S. Beshkov – President of Bulgarian Sericulture Association

14.30 – 16.00 Visit the Sericulture Experiment Station in Vratza, visits to laboratories and field work sites

16.00 – 19.00 City tour

20.00 Welcoming dinner

DAY 2 ( Wednesday, 19 September 2007 )

Place: “Hemus” hotel, Vratza

9.00 – 10.30 Round table discussion on the future planning on the global exchange of sericulture genetic resources, Chairperson - Mr. Kee Wook Sohn , FAO

10.30 – 11.00 coffee break

11.00 – 13.00 Round table discussion on how to participate in “2009 International Year of Natural Fibres”, Chairperson Mr. Kee Wook Sohn , FAO

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 18.00 Session for scientific articles, Chairperson Dr D. Grekov, Agrarian University , Plovdiv , Bulgaria

Parallel cultural programme (by choice):

Visit to the natural phenomenon” Belogradchik red rocks”
Visit to the city of Vidin , medieval castle on the Danube river
DAY 3 ( Thursday, 20 September 2007 )

Visit to Sofia and cultural program

DAY 4 ( Friday, 21 September 2006 )

Place: “Hemus” hotel, Vratza

9.00 – 13.00 Black, Caspian Seas and Central Asia Silk Association (BACSA) , 3 rd Executive Committee Meeting, including:

1. “FAO policy to support the global sericulture development” a

presentation by Mr. Kee Wook Sohn , FAO

2. “The European Union policy to support the sericulture development” a presentation by Dr E. Kipriotis, director, Agricultural Research Station of Komotini , Greece

3. “Report on the BACSA activities during 2006/2007 and programme for the planned future activities” by Dr P. Tzenov, BACSA President

4. Round table discussion -

Chairperson: Dr P. Tzenov, President of BACSA

Facilitator: Mr. Kee Wook Sohn , FAO

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Concluding and closing session

20.00 Farewell dinner

Parallel cultural programme (by choice):

Visit Veliko Tarnovo, the old capital of Bulgaria .
Visit the natural phenomenon “Ledenika cave”, situated in the Vratza's mountain.
Saturday 22 September 2006 Departure


Contact persons

Dr Panomir Tzenov, Director, Sericulture Experiment Station, Vratza, Bulgaria; tel. +35992642221; Fax: +35992645154; Mobile: +359888479438; e-mail: panomir@yahoo.com ; panomir@dir.bg ; Web : www.bacsa-silk.org

Mr. Kee Wook SOHN

Technical Officer (Sericulture & Beneficial Insects)

Agricultural and Food Engineering Technologies Service

Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGST)

FAO-Rome Viale delle Terme de Caracalla - 00100 Rome

Tel: (39) 06-5705-2007; Fax: +39-06570-54960

E-mail: keewook.sohn@fao.org

Registration Form

To be sent attached to email to Dr. P. Tzenov

Closing for submission: 1 August 2007

Language

English. English and Russian for the BACSA meeting.

Call for papers

Participants who wish to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract first. The abstracts must be written in English and sent to Dr P. Tzenov by the e-mail, with the Abstract Submission Form. The conference proceedings will be published as an electronic publication through uploading them at the BACSA web site.

Closing for abstract submission: 1 August 2007

Papers: In formats of A4, single line, Times New Roman, font 12, the text not exceeding 10 pages (tables and figures included), in English; MS-Word file (s) e-mail-attached.

Deadline for the paper submission: No later than 1 September 2007

Registration fee for the foreign participants:

Participant: USD 200

Accompanying person: USD 150.

Please note that the Registration fee DOES NOT include the hotel accommodation!

The registration fee should be transferred to the bank account below no later than 1 August 200 7 :

Account holder: Regional Centre for Scientific Applied Service- Vratza (RCNPO-Vratza)
DSK bank, Vratza branch; account number: BG61STSA93003103717401

BIC KOD STSABGSF


Commercial Opportunities include:

Exhibition;
Advertisement in the Conference Programme and Exhibition;
Buyer-seller meetings.
Hotel accommodation Hotel Hemus, Vratza 3000, 1 Hristo Botev sqr.
reception: tel: +35992/66 16 49, tel/fax: +35992/ 62 41 50;

manager: +359889654757; E-mail: hotel.hemus_2005@abv.bg

Hotel rates: Single room EUR 18 or EUR 26; Double room EUR 18 or EUR 41 (see more details in the Registration form).

Vratza, the host city:

Town as the mountain - ancient and young!

Only 116 km away from Sofia , at an altitude of 370 m - the town of Vratza is one of the most picturesque cities in Bulgaria . Nestling in the foothills of " Vraza mountain ", with the Leva river calmly crossing the town and with fearful rocks overhanging the roofs. Few Bulgarian cities have a history passing through thousands of years and several historical ages! Vratza is one of them. More information about Vratza you may find at the web site: http://visit.vratza.com/

Weather:

The second half of September is considered as early autumn season in Bulgaria . Average day temperature range usually 15 - 25 o C.

Currency: The Bulgarian currency is “Bulgarian Leva (BGN)” , the rate is around 1.50 BGN = 1 US $

Travel: The foreign conference participants may take flight/train/bus to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia , where the Sericulture Experiment Station, Vratza will arrange their meeting at the airport/railway or bus station and transportation to Vratza and back. The travel details should be strictly indicated in the Registration form.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Registration Form – by 1 August 2007

Abstract submission form – by 1 August 2007

Papers – by 1 September 2007

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