Social Events

Welcome Party

A fun and informal get-together to enjoy local culture and network opportunities

Date: Monday,  5 June 2023

Time: 19:00 – 22:00
Venue: CTICC, Ballroom West and Foyer, Level 2
Dress code: Business casual

Photo: ISF WSC, Welcome Party, Nice 2019
Women Luncheon

On day 2, we are putting the spotlight on women in the seed sector to inspire leadership, effect lasting change, and create more opportunities for inclusiveness in our industry. 

Date: Tuesday, 6 June 2023

Time: 12:00 – 14:00
Venue: CTICC, Jasminum, Level 0

Future Generation corner

Over the three days of the congress, we are offering a unique space for exchange among young professionals in our industry. 

If you are 40 and below, don’t miss this chance to meet, mingle and network in a cozy, casual environment within the congress.

Date: Monday – Wednesday,  5 – 7 June 2023

Time: 19:00 – 22:00
Venue: CTICC, Exhibition area (hall 2-3), Level 0

Photo: ISF WSC, Farewell Get Together, Barcelona 2022
Farewell Get Together

It marks the official close of the World Seed Congress. A modern event, with seated and standing tables to enjoy a last evening together. 

Date: Wednesday, 7 June 2023

Time: 20:00 – 02:00

Venue: Cabo beach
Dress code: Business casual
The venue is a beach club, be careful at your shoes! 

Golf Tournament

Get involved! Join the fun!
The golf tournament will be held on Sunday, 4 June 2023
The program will be shared at a later stage.

If you have always been ‘afraid’ of joining the Golf Tournament, this year you will be able to enjoy the sport whether you are an amateur or a pro. If you sign up to our Golf Clinics, you will receive a series of golf lessons and discover more about this activity. The basic package consists of a green fee, lunch and transport. Clubs, caddies or anything else related to this fantastic sport can be rented or bought on-site according to your needs.

Incotec will provide a cash prize that the winning team can donate to their favorite charity. In addition, there will be prizes for hole-in-one, closest to the pin and longest drive.

Register for ISF World Seed Congress 2023 Golf Tournament or Golf Clinics upon submitting your registration for the Congress. Please indicate your handicap by emailing our Core PCO K.I.T. Group GmbH at after submission of your Congress registration request.

Price for registered golfer is EUR 280 including green fees, transportation, and lunch.

A limited number of golf clubs can be rented as follows:
– Golf club rental – Full set standard RH – Lady EUR 50
– Golf club rental – Full set standard LH – Lady EUR 50
– Golf club rental – Full set standard RH EUR 50
– Golf club rental – Full set standard LH EUR 50
– Golf cart rental EUR 50
– Golf trolley rental EUR 15

For registering to the Golf Tournament is the 26 of May 2023 (same as the registration process) 

Cancellation Policy
For information on cancellation requests and refunds, refer to the Cancellations section.

The golf Tournament will take place at DeZalze Golf Estate

The 2023 Golf Tournament is generously sponsored by:

Accompanying Persons Program

We are pleased to present the program that has been designed for Accompanying Person. All tours include transfers, lunch, entrances, guides, gratuity, and drinks allowance during lunch. 

Monday, 5 June 2023

Cape Town City tour & Table Mountain

Half day tour

Description: The group will depart hotel at 08:30 to arrive at 08:50 and spend an hour on the mountain. From Table Mountain the group will journey to various places of interest like the Slave Museum, Company Gardens, and National Museum before stopping for lunch at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The tour will finish around 13:30.

Timing: 08:30 – 13-30

Lunch: included

Tuesday, 6 June 2023

Peninsula tour - Cape of Good Hope - Cape Point

Full day tour

Description: The group departs at 9:00 for the Cape Peninsula Tour. The journey time to the Cape Point Nature Reserve is about 1,5-hour with the coach traversing along a scenic Cape Town route. On arrival, the group will have a photo opportunity at the Cape of Good Hope sign and enjoy a ride on the funicular a motorized tram that takes them to a lookout point. Lunch will then be enjoyed followed by a visit to Boulder’s Beach where the group will have the opportunity to walk through the Penguin Colony and see these African Penguins in their natural breeding grounds. The tour will finish around 17:00 – approximate arrival time back in the city.

Timing: 09:00 – 17:00

Lunch: included

Wednesday, 7 June 2023

Cultural Cooking tour - Bo Kaap

Half day tour

Description: The group departs at 9:00 for the Cultural Cooking Tour in Cape Town. The group will visit various places of interest like the Bo Kaap Museum, the oldest Mosque in South Africa (when open), pass the oldest house, the first farmhouse, the Scotches-Kloof Apartments (sub economic housing), take a walk past the famous colorful houses, step into the aromatic spice shop to learn about the origin of wares. After the walk, the group will stop at a Cape Malay home and learn how to cook an authentic pot of curry, fold a samosa, and learn how to knead, spin, and roll perfectly flaky roti. Finally, the group will sit with their hostesses and taste their scrumptious cooking, the perfect end to their journey.

Timing: 09:00 – 15:00

Lunch: included


An ideal place for business !

Photo: CTICC

The ISF World Seed Congress 2023 will provide many opportunities to conduct business in small or large group settings.

From the Trading Floor to the Exhibition area and Private Meeting Rooms, delegates will find exceptional meeting facilities that meet their needs.

During the annual ISF World Seed Congress, ISF organizes panel discussion on ISF key topics. These meetings are open to all ISF members and provide the participants with an update of what has been done over the past years.

These meetings also serve to set the positions that ISF will be taking in its outreach efforts to external stakeholders. Should you wish to make your voice heard, these would be the meetings to go to.

Congress venue

The CTICC prides itself of being a leading convention center on the African continent, which continually settles the benchmarkin terms of global best practice within the meetings and events industry. 

Getting to the CTICC is straight forward as it is located in the business and entertainment hub, where  Cape Town well-established transport systems is at its best. 

Venue address:

Complimentary Wi-Fi will be available for all participants throughout the Congress venue.

Internet connection kindly sponsored by :



Channel World Seed 

Chanel World Seed is ISF’s own live broadcast platform with a studio set in the Congress venue. It will air content to both the onsite attendees (exhibition area) and the virtual audience. 

As a sponsor, you can book a 30-minute time slot on our programming schedule to broadcast your own content such as live interviews, product promotions, panel discussions on specific topics, and other content. 

Contact ISF Secretariat to have more information:

Photo: WSC 2022 - Channel World Seed Studio in Barcelona


Opening ceremony

MICHAEL KELLERSecretary General , ISF
DAVID MALANChair, National Organizing Committee (NOC)

panel 1 - How to enhance farmers access to quality seed in africa

panel 2 - digitalization in the agri supply chain

panel 3 - intellectual property in africa: is there hope for upov 91?

panel 4 - plant breeding innovation: hopes, dreams, and reality

panel 5 - agri food value chain opportunities in africa and beyond

panel 6 - phytosanitary frameworks and strategies in africa and beyond

Michael Keller

Michael is a German national based in Nyon, Switzerland where the ISF headquarters is located. After his legal training at the University of Manheim, he completed a Master’s degree in European Law and post-graduate studies in Political Science.

Michael joined the French Senate (Paris, 1999) as Parliamentary Advisor then joined the Mayors Association of France as Head of European and International Affairs. He later became Director of Regulatory and Public Affairs at DuPont Pioneer (2008-2014). During this period Michael served in the Board of Directors of the Union Française des Semenciers (UFS).

As founder-member of the French seed trade association, Michael’s move to the International Seed Federation (ISF) was a natural progression. ISF represents the seed sector internationally, acting as the industry’s voice on global issues. As ISF Secretary General Michael brings extensive experience in agriculture and food chains and is a prolific speaker on public policy and regulatory issues.