International Soft Fruit Conference – Thursday 12 January 2017

BVB Substrates and Delphy will organize the seventh ‘International Soft Fruit Conference’ in ‘s Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands on Thursday 12 January 2017. The ISFC 2017 will include a wide range of presentations that cover many different aspects of the soft fruit industry. Simultaneously to the presentations we will have an exhibition where soft fruit related companies and organizations present their newest developments and services. 

Following the conference, we will organize a Conference Dinner on Thursday evening and a Field Trip on Friday.

Please note that, on request of many visitors, we have changed the hotel. We have made special arrangements with the Van der Valk Hotel in Vught. This will also be the location for the Conference Dinner on Thursday evening.

In 2016 we had 600 attendees, originating from 26 different countries, what make the ISFC ‘the place to be’ for everyone who is involved in the soft fruit industry!


Register now!

Participation at the International Soft Fruit Conference costs € 70,- pp (incl VAT). This includes lunch and beverages during the entire day. After registration, we will send an invoice by E-mail. Your name badge will be ready at the entrance.

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 Sub Sponsored by:

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7 January 2016

Exhibition open from 08.30 until 18.00.

08.00 – 08.45

Arrival of guests and visit exhibition

8:45 – 9:00

Eric Boot, BVB Substrates / Campag GmbH & Co. KG / Swissgrow AG

9:00 – 9:20

Development of soft fruit production in Spain and Morocco
Karel Bolckmans, Business Development Director, Special Fruit

9:20 – 9:40

Quality and production in strawberry tunnel cultivation: the importance of the plastic foil
Peter Melis, Researcher Strawberry, Research Centre Hoogstraten

9:40 – 10:00

Biology, behaviour and control of Drosophila suzukii in Trentino region, Northern Italy
Alberto Grassi, Instituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige, Italy

10:00 – 11:00

Break + Visit exhibition

11:00 – 11:20

Fysical foil qualities. Practical guideline to handle plastic film.
Elsner von Burkhard Dr.-Ing. Sachverständiger für Gartenbau,

11:20 – 11:40

Everbearers, influences of day length and average temperature
Gianluca Savini,  techical coordinator, Sant’Orsola

11:40 – 12:00

Everbearer Flower Mapping in practice
Bert Meurs, Researcher, Plant Research International, Wageningen UR
Harrie Pijnenburg, specialist crop protection, DLV Plant

12:00 – 14:00

Lunch + Visit exhibition

14:00 – 14:15

Biological thrips and white fly control
Bart Sels, Filip van Langenhove, Koppert Biological Systems

14:15 – 14:35

Molecular testing of soft fruit plant material
Frank Hoeberichts, researcher,N-sure

14:35 – 14:50

Analysis and performance of raspberry plants after storage
Ellis Meekes, Naktuinbouw

14:50 – 15:00

Raspberry flower initiation pattern
Prof. Davide Neri, CREA – Fruit research center, Rome

15:00 – 16:00

Break + Visit exhibition

16:00 – 16:15

History and future of the tissue culture of blackberry
Hagen Thoss, Fachstelle Obst, Strickhof.

16:15 – 16:30

Everything you always wanted to know about calcium
Erwin Weening, Com. Directeur, DCM Nederland

16:30 – 16:45

Biological disease control in Raspberry, practical experiences of 2015
Bart Joosten, Biological Cropprotection Specialist, Biobest.

16:45 – 17:00

Willem van Eldik, Senior advisor, DLV Plant

17:00 – 18:00

Visit exhibition and depart 

Field Trip 13 January 2017

Following the conference, we will organize a field trip on Friday 13. January.

Last year we visited two farms close to Breda.

First visited v/d Avoird Trayplant ( in Molenschot. V/d Avoird Trayplant is specialized in propagation of raspberry and strawberry plants (June bearers and everbearers).

The second visit was at “Aardbeikwekerij Verpaalen” in Rijsbergen, a producer of strawberry fruits, strawberry motherplants, strawberry trayplants and raspberry longcanes.

We will inform you here about the 2017 Field Trip in the near future.

Participation to this FIELD TRIP is exclusively for ISFC visitors only and completely free of charge.

Conference Dinner

Like the previous years, we will organize a conference dinner again in 2017. This conference dinner will take place on Thursday evening after the conference and will be open for ISFC participants only.

The conference dinner will be held at the Van der Valk Hotel in Vught (please note that this is NOT the same location as before), starting at 19.30 hours.

For hotel details, please check at ‘where to stay’. Joining the conference dinner costs € 40,- per person. Registration is required to obtain access to the conference dinner. You can register for the dinner at the visitor registration form. We will deal with the registrations for the conference dinner in order or receipt.

Travel Info

Direction 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen

1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen
Oude Engelenseweg 1
5222 AA  ‘s-Hertogenbosch
The Netherlands


By car

1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen is easy to reach by car, it is about one hour driving from Apeldoorn, Amsterdam, Dan Haag, Bergen op Zoom, Venlo, Roermond, Rotterdam and Antwerpen.

A2 from Utrecht

Follow the instruction to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. When you are at the transition take the A59 in the direction Waalwijk – ‘s-Hertogenbosch Noord Centrum, and follow signs ‘Brabanthallen’. Take the exit ‘s-Hertogenbosch Centrum – Maaspoort – Brabanthallen. After that you take the exit and take the left road to the Maaspoortweg. Follow that road till the Zanduigerstraat, take the first road on your left tot the Diezenkade. After that you take the second exit on your right, the Oude Engelenseweg. On your right you will see 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen.

A2 from Eindhoven

Follow the instruction to ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Keep at exit ‘s-Hertogenbosch Centrum the right direction, Tilburg Centrum – ring ‘s-Hertogenbosch West. At the beginning of the village ‘s-Hertogenbosch take the Vughterweg. Keep left to Wilhelminaplein. At Wilhelminaplein go left twice. Follow that road to the Vlijmenseweg. Go right at Onderwijsboulevard. Go straight ahead to stay at the Onderwijsboulevard. Take at the interchange, the second exit to Copernicuslaan. At the Oude Vlijmenseweg go right. Follow that road to the Oude Engelenseweg. On your left you will see 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen.

A2 from Nijmegen

Follow the instruction to ’s-Hertogenbosch – Heesch- Oss on the A-59. Follow the exit Rosmalen – Berlicum – ‘s-Hertogenbosch-Centrum and P+R Transferium. Follow the signs to s-Hertogenbosch – Centrum. Follow that way to De Grote Elst. Follow that way to Stadionlaan. When you arrived at the interchange go straight ahead. Follow that way to Aartshertogenlaan. Stay on that road till you reach the Orthenseweg and go left. Follow that way to Diezebrug. Go right at the Boschdijkstraat. The Boschdijkstraat turns slightly right and becomes Veemarktweg. Follow the road to Oude Engelenseweg. On your right you will see 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen.

Public transport

1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen is on a walking distance of the central station of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. You can reach 1931 Congrescentrum Brabanthallen in about 12 minutes walking from the central station. When you are at the station take the exit ‘Brabanthallen’ and follow the signs ‘Brabanthallen’.

By taxi

regular taxi, please telephone the numbers below.
Taxi Centrale ‘s-Hertogenbosch –  0031 (0) 73-6145444
Vervoerservice Van Driel B.V. –  0031 (0) 73-5033333
Hein Tax  –  0031 (0) 6-14725296
AAA Voordeel Taxi –  0031 (0) 73-6330000
James Drivers Service Taxi B.V. –  0031 (0) 73-5220643 –  0031 (0) 73-5030500
073 Taxi –  0031 (0) 73-8504857

Where to stay?

You will find plenty hotels in and around ‘s Hertogenbosch. We did however agree special conditions with Van der Valk Hotel in Vught.

If you want to stay in this hotel, you can download the reservation form here.

Please note that this is NOT the same hotel as the previous years!


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