14 20 August 2022


IHC2022 - International Horticultural Congress

The International Horticultural Congress (IHC) is the most important scientific event in the fields related to horticulture under the auspices of the ISHS (International Society for Horticultural Science). It has been organised every 4 years since 1959. More than 3000 participants from all over the world are expected to attend the IHC2022. It is an excellent platform for scientists, technicians, students, consultants, engineers, extension agents, growers, industrialists, trade and consumer organizations, policy makers and other professionals interested in horticulture.

illustration IHC2022 - International Horticultural Congress

The spirit of the congress

A high scientific level

with a unique opportunity for meeting and debating on the main topics:

  • Competitiveness and skills for the horticultural sectors
  • Food, public health & well-being,
  • Sustainability of production systems
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions

Making value from Research - Education - Industry

IHC2022 is an opportunity to boost links between research, education and industry in an effort to facilitate the transfer and application of research for industry. It is also the place to motivate and encourage the new talents of tomorrow's horticulture.

Developing international collaborations, in particular between South and North

Promoting experience - sharing and bringing together different types of horticulture..

François Laurens, President of IHC2022, presents this congress in a few words and pictures

This congress brings together the world's largest scientific community in the horticulture sector around major issues.
From 14 to 20 August 2022, the congress will include 25 symposia, workshops and much more.
Angers is the first green city in France with a centre of excellence in plants. It makes good sense for this 31st edition to be held in France and more precisely in Angers.

ISHS - International Society for Horticultural Science

The ISHS is a worldwide network of over 7000 members. The purpose of this learned society is to promote and foster research and education in the field of horticultural sciences and to facilitate cooperation and knowledge transfer on a global scale through events and publications.

By meeting every 4 years on a different continent (Lisbon in 2010 - Brisbane in 2014 - Istanbul in 2018), the IHC addresses all topics related to Horticulture during 1 week.

Find out more: https://www.ishs.org/


More than 3000 participants, ISHS members and non-members, from around the world are expected to attend IHC2022:
Scientists, technicians, students, consultants,  engineers, producers, industry, representatives of trade and consumer organizations, media, policy makers, professionals.


During one week, in August 2022, participants will meet in the spirit of discovery and interaction on the occasion of plenary sessions, symposia, an exhibition, networking, BtoB meetings, an exceptional social programme and technical visits.

14-18 August 2022 - Angers Convention Center

  • Plenary Sessions
  • About thirty symposia
  • Workshops
  • Meetings
  • Exhibition
  • Social programme (opening and closing ceremony, parties, visits...)
  • Side events

19-20 August 2022

Technical and tourist visits

Angers, Plant Capital

Angers enjoys one of the mildest climates and the highest density of players in the French plant sector: research and training establishments (INRAE, University of Angers, Agrocampus Ouest, etc.), industries (farmers, cooperatives, seed companies, suppliers, processors), but also experimentation centers, associations, unions and the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO). These actors work together for development and innovation within the Vegepolys Valley competitiveness cluster.

Angers is the scene of many exhibitions and congresses in the various fields of horticulture. As the first green city in France, Angers has many botanical gardens and Terra Botanica, the first European park dedicated to plants from the five continents.

The plant sector in Pays de la Loire

  •   4,000 companies
  •   450 researchers
  •   30,000 jobs
  •   3,000 students


Congress organizers

organisateurs du congrès mondial d'horticulture - IHC2022

Nathalie Mansion Communication department INRAE Pays de la Loire centre


François Laurens President of IHC2022 Research Institute on Horticulture and Seeds - IRHS (INRAE - Agrocampus Ouest - Université d'Angers)