Organizer: Maritsa Vegetable Crops Research Institute, Agricultural Academy
18th EUCARPIA International Meeting on Genetics and Breeding of Capsicum and Eggplant


18-21 September 2023



Boris Hristov House of Culture, Plovdiv
Onsite Event


Dear colleagues and friends,

We are very pleased to announce that the 18th EUCARPIA Meeting on Genetics and Breeding of Capsicum and Eggplant will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from 18 to 21 of September, 2023.

The meeting is being organized by Maritsa Vegetable Crops Research Institute (MVCRI) in collaboration with the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB), both engaged in research on pepper and other Solanaceous crops. Postponed with one year due to the COVID pandemic, the conference will be performed as on-site event. We believe this is the most efficient way for interaction and exchange of knowledge and ideas gained after the last meeting in Avignon, France in 2019. The EUCARPIA Capsicum and Eggplant meeting, 2023 will offer you rich scientific programme, inspirational keynotes, plentiful networking opportunities and social interaction.

Meet your peers and connect with the leading scientists in the field!

The region of Plovdiv, so-called Thracia valley, is known for its long-lasting traditions in growing peppers and creation of unique local forms. As inheritors, it is our obligation to preserve, improve and pass on this wealth to future generations. Since today actions could shape our future, we have chosen HERITAGE as a moto of the 18th EUCARPIA Meeting Genetics and Breeding of Capsicum and Eggplant.

Considered as the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe and one of the oldest cities in the world, for 8 millennia, Plovdiv has cumulated rich cultural heritage, raised warm-hearted and hospitable people, and has a great, carefree atmosphere to immerse yourself in during your stay.

We, the Organizing Committee, welcome you for an exciting and memorable meeting!

Kind regards,

Ivanka Tringovska

Chair of the local Organizing Committee


The conference is organized with the financial support of:


National Science Fund – Bulgaria

Събитието се организира с финансовата подкрепа на Фонд „Научни изследвания“ по договор: КП-06-МНФ/10 от 23.05.2023 г.

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Agrucultural Academy – a National Autonomous Budget Organization to the Minister of Agriculture and Food

Presentation of Agricultural Academy






All conference participants are welcome to publish their articles in two Bulgarian journals Bulgarian Journal of Agricultural Science (BJAS) and Bulgarian Journal of Crop Science (BJCS) as well as in Frontiers of Horticulture.

Please check the instructions below on how to submit your article.

Instructions for BJAS


Instructions for BJCS


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Boris Hristov House of Culture, Plovdiv

ul. "Gladston" 15, 4000 Tsentar, Plovdiv


TypeEarly bird fee (till 31 May 2023)Standard fee (1 June - 15 August)Late and on-site fee (after 15 August)
EUCARPIA member*440 EUR500 EUR600 EUR
Non-EUCARPIA member510 EUR570 EUR670 EUR
Student (PhD or MSc)300 EUR360 EUR460 EUR
Accompanying person160 EUR210 EUR310 EUR
Additional abstract fee100 EUR--

Registration fees for participants include:

  • Full access to the conference
  • Meeting proceedings
  • Coffee breaks through the conference
  • Three lunches
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Technical visit
  • Conference dinner

You can register using the “Register Here” button below.  Please select the respective language first before proceeding to create a profile and/or register.
Payment can be made by bank card or bank transfer. In case of paying by transfer, it is required to send a proof of payment.

Accompanying person’s (spouses, family members, etc.) registration fee include welcome cocktail, technical visit and conference dinner.

* EUCARPIA members will be asked for their membership number during the process of registration.

Cancellation policy:

  • cancellations received before 18 July 2023 – 100% refund less 30 EUR for bank and other charges;
  • cancellations received before 18 August 2023 – 50% refund less 30 EUR for bank and other charges;
  • no refunds will be given after 18 August 2023 or for no-shows.

Confirmation letter and invoice
An invoice with a letter of confirmation will be sent to participant on receipt of the respective registration and payment.


18/09/2023, Monday

19/09/2023, Tuesday

20/09/2023, Wednesday

21/09/2023, Thursday

  • 16:00 – 19:30Registration
  • 19:30 – 20:20Opening ceremony
  • 20:20 – 22:00Welcome cocktail
  • 8:00 – 09:15Registration and poster set up
  • 09:15 – 09:30Welcome message
  • 09:30 - 10:50Session Genetic resources
  • 10:50 - 11:00Family photo
  • 11:00 – 12:00Coffee-break and poster session
  • 12:00 - 12:40Session Genetic resources
  • 12:40 - 13:30Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:00Session Climate change resilience – breeding for biotic and abiotic stress resistance
  • 15:00 – 16:00Coffee-break and poster session
  • 16:00 – 18:10 Session Climate change resilience – breeding for biotic and abiotic stress resistance
  • 08:10 - 13:00Technical visit
  • 13:00 - 14:00Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30Session Integrated omics – new tools and applications for crop improvement
  • 15:30 - 16:30Coffee-break and poster session
  • 16:30 - 18:00Session Integrated omics – new tools and applications for crop improvement
  • 20:00Conference dinner /Grand Hotel Plovdiv/
  • 09:00 - 10:50Session Pre-breeding and breeding – agronomic and fruit quality trait
  • 10:50 - 12:00Coffee-break and poster session
  • 12:00 - 13:00Session Pre-breeding and breeding – agronomic and fruit quality trait
  • 13:00 - 14:30Lunch
  • 14:30 - 15:50Session Pre-breeding and breeding – agronomic and fruit quality trait
  • 15:50 - 16:30Coffee-break and poster session
  • 16:30 - 16:50Session Breeding for ornamental/urban gardens and organic systems
  • 16:50 - 17:10Awards
  • 17:10 - 17:30Closure and next meeting announcement


Yuling Bai

Giovanni Giuliano

Véronique Lefebvre

Ilan Paran

Richard Pratt

Jaime Prohens

Madhavi Reddy Kambham

Organizing Committee

Assoc. Prof. Ivanka Tringovska

Prof. Daniela Ganeva

Assoc. Prof. Stanislava Grozeva

Assoc. Prof. Velichka Todorova

Dr. Amol Nankar

Assoc. Prof. Gancho Pasev

Assoc. Prof. Dimitrina Kostova

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for either oral or poster presentations are welcome. Abstracts should be submitted by clicking on the button no later than 15 March 2023 20 April 2023.

Guidelines for Abstract preparation

Each author can submit a maximum of 2 presentations (oral or poster) as first author; however, co-authorship, is not affected by this limit. An additional fee of 100 Euro should be paid for each abstract above that limit.

The abstract must be written in English and should not exceed 300 words including the text and acknowledgements (if any).

Author(s) should indicate the preferred type of presentation: oral or poster presentation and the preferred session.

Abstracts that are not properly prepared (according to the abstract preparation guidelines) will be returned to the authors for subsequent revision.

Authors will be notified via email about the outcome of the review process by 30 April 2023 15 May 2023 with an acceptance/rejection letter. The authors of all accepted abstracts (in the case of multiple authors, the author designated as the presenting author) must register with an Early Bird fee to be included in the final conference program

Abstracts cannot be corrected or modified after the submission deadline.


Please note that the number of sessions and sessions’ titles are still preliminary. Final programme will be elaborated after receiving all abstracts.

Session 1. Genetic Resources

Session 2. Pre-breeding and breeding – agronomic and fruit quality traits

Session 3. Climate change resilience – Breeding for Biotic and Abiotic Stress resistance

Session 4. Integrated Omics – New Tools and Applications for crop improvement

Session 5. Breeding for Ornamental/Urban Gardens and Organic Systems

If you have any questions regarding your abstract, please write to:

Book of Abstracts

Instructions for presenters

1. Oral presentations

  • Presentation times are as follows: 30 minutes for invited speakers (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) and 20 minutes for regular speakers (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion).
  • Acceptable file formats are either PPT/PPTX (i.e. PowerPoint presentations). Please use a 16:9 aspect ratio. The file should be handed over to the technical assistants in the hall on the day of/before your session.
  • Please bring your presentation on a USB-key and not on your laptop. Changing laptops takes valuable time and might cause technical difficulties.
  • To ensure smooth running of the conference program (and to avoid interrupting the flow of your talk by the session chairs), please kindly make sure in advance that your lecture fits to the respective time slot.


2. Poster presentations

  • Participants will be informed on the board number on which they should display their posters with the final programme. Please attach your poster to the panel with the corresponding number. Posters should be mounted on the assigned poster boards by participants themselves.
  • The dimension of the poster boards is PORTRAIT (the panel size is 1m width and 2m height) and it is recommended that your poster should be no wider than 80 cm x 120 cm (or A0 size).
  • Attachment materials will be available in the poster area for hanging the posters.
  • Poster authors are required to be available for questions and further information at their poster board during the poster sessions.


E-certificates will be sent to all participants within 2 weeks after the end of the conference.


Ramada Plovdiv Trimontium Hotel

ul. "Kapitan Raycho Nikolov" 2, 4000 Tsentar, Plovdiv

Stay Hotel

ul. "Patriarh Evtimiy" 13, 4000 Tsentar, Plovdiv

Puldin COOP Hotel

bul. "Tsar Boris III Obedinitel" 130, 4000 Tsentar, Plovdiv

Social Events

Opening Ceremony

Welcome cocktail

Technical tour

Conference dinner

City tour of Plovdiv

Useful Information


Getting to Plovdiv

The main airport for Plovdiv is Sofia airport. Plovdiv has an existing air transport infrastructure, however the current traffic at Plovdiv Airport is pretty low and it operates mainly charter and low cost flights.

From/to Sofia there are many daily buses and trains. Buses heading to Plovdiv operate almost every hour of the day and the bus ride takes less than the train one.

Getting to the venue

The address of Boris Hristov House of Culture is 15 Gladson str.


Re-open EU platform (or the App) provides information on the various national restrictions in place, including on quarantine and testing requirements for travellers and mobile contact tracing and warning apps across Europe. The information is updated frequently and available in 24 languages. This should help you plan your travel in Europe, while staying safe and healthy.


Bulgaria has the European Union’s Common Visa Policy as a member country accepting European citizens freely. All non-EU citizens are required to have a passport to enter the EU with the appropriate visas. Conference attendees are personally responsible for making their own visa arrangements. You can find out more about visas at

However, if you need an invitation letter, please send a mail to


The national currency is the Bulgarian Lev. Bank notes of the following denominations are in circulation: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Levs. 1 Euro = 1,95583 BGN.

There are foreign exchange offices and ATMs everywhere in the city. It’s always prudent to carry a little cash, however, in case you can’t find an ATM or bank office nearby. You can always change cash at the hotel, though the commission will be higher.

Make sure you have enough of the national currency when you plan to visit local markets and shops.


When a gratuity is not included in your bill, which is usually the case, 10% is customary. If service is outstanding, you could go as high as 15%. With taxi drivers, you usually just round up the sum if you have been happy with the ride or for the sake of convenience.


The climate in Bulgaria is moderate continental with beautiful blooming spring, dry and hot summer, long and pleasant autumn, and mild winter with lots of opportunity for skiing.

The weather in the middle of September is still warm, even hot in some days with daily temperature of around 25ºC. The weather in Plovdiv is usually milder and sunnier than the rest of the country.

You may check current weather in Plovdiv HERE.


Summer time: GMT + 3 hrs. (March through October)


220 Volts, 50 Hz

Bulgaria uses CEE 7/4 (German “Schuko”) power plugs and sockets.


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