The event will take place at the Marriott Paris – Opera Ambassador Hotel, Paris, from 18-19 March 2015 with the following schedule:
- 18 March – AIPH Spring Meeting and dinner
- 19 March – AIPH Expo Conference and dinner
The spring meeting will offer information from expert speakers with plenty of opportunity to discuss the big issues facing the industry. It will also feature the unveiling of the new AIPH strategy and brand.
Welcoming guests, Isabelle Descamps, director general, PromoJardin will make a presentation on the ornamental plant market in France. There will also be a discussion surrounding the issues of concern to growers in France and initiatives to tackle these.
Following a general meeting, AIPH Committees will present on current activities:
The Environment & Plant Health Committee will discuss the certification of growers in particular. In many countries growers have been forced to or chosen to be part of certification schemes. Jeroen Oudheusden, executive officer of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative will provide an update on FSI, explain how schemes compare and where the future lies for grower certification.
The Novelty Protection Committee will see a presentation by Martin Ekvad, president of CPVO (EU Community Plant Variety Office) who will be speaking about involving stakeholders in the EU PVR system as well as an update on AIPH EU lobbying work for growers in this area.
The Green City Committee will review international developments in promoting the importance of trees and plants in urban areas and review plans for future Green City conferences.
The Marketing Committee will review the new AIPH guide for organisers of international horticultural expos as well as well ways to further promote the sector through these major events.
The event will also see the first ever AIPH Expo Conference filled with talks from experts providing valuable help and support to those organising expos or considering making an application.
AIPH is aiming to change to be even more "relevant and vital" for grower and landscape associations with an interest and involvement in ornamental horticulture. In line with this, AIPH has just launched a new affiliate member category.