The stage has been set for next year's World Potato Congress, scheduled to take place May 27-30 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board of the Potato Council announced the location in late June, giving delegates from around the globe time to plan to attend the prestigious global potato research session.
The aim of the meeting is to bring together the top potato researchers in the world to share their study results with the industry.
WPC 2012 will focus on the potato as an important crop with a significant role to play in global nutrition and food security.
"Involvement in WPC 2012 will enable the industry's competitiveness to be improved," says Allan Stevenson, Potato Council chairman. "Active involvement of growers, potato industry stakeholders and representatives of research and development facilities will allow exploration of international opportunities.
"I can see the potential to initiate and broker research projects through contact with scientific and technical communities. And, just as importantly, through the extensive program of keynote presentation, practical business in the short term."
Ian Crute, chief AHDB scientist, says that members of the scientific community attending WPC 2012 "will exchange vital knowledge with peers and commercial organizations to enable short-term potato sector gain as well as to secure the potato supply to help feed the world's estimated three billion extra mouths by 2050."
Already, speakers are being lined up for the 2012 session, with Sir John Beddington, the UK government's chief scientific adviser, high on the docket.
"Beddington will examine the global challenges of food security in the coming decades and how policymakers can influence more substantial intensification of agriculture with crops like the potato," says Stevenson.
Beddington will discuss recommendations for the UK Government Office for Science Global Food and Farming Futures report and how it has been taken forward globally.
For more information, visit the World Potato Congress website at www.potatocongress.org.