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Dear Colleagues,

The upcoming Congress of the Mediterranean Phytopathological Union entitled “Safeguarding Mediterranean Plant Health” will be held in Limassol, Cyprus, on March 23-27, 2020. The meeting promotes dissemination of the latest scientific advances and encourages dialogue and collaboration between researchers interested in all aspects of Phytopathology. The conference language is English.

The year 2020 is announced by FAO as Plant Health Year and we plan a large event to showcase the role of Mediterranean Agriculture and Phytopathology, in safeguarding our food, traditions in Mediterranean Diet as well as food security for the whole planet. Plenary, concurrent and poster sessions will be held on key topics such as Genome Analysis; Invasive Emerging Pathogens; Integrated Disease Management; Food Safety, New Tools in Diagnostics and Management; Molecular Pathogen-Host Interactions; Impact of Climate Change; Biocontrol, Natural Compounds and Plant Stimulants; Epidemiology and Modelling; and Microbiomes In Plant Health. This conference will also have a session for Abiotic Stresses and in particular drought and salinity stress as well as methods to mitigate these stresses. The meeting proceedings will be published in the international journal Phytopathologia Mediterranea.

A number of abstracts presented as poster contributions will be selected for short oral presentation and discussion. Participation of young researchers is strongly encouraged, and reduced registration rates are available for students and fellows. Awards will be given to best student posters and presentations.

We are looking forward to welcome you in Limassol. Your attendance will contribute to the fruitful exchange of scientific ideas and help to forge new friendships and future collaborations. We are sure that your participation in the conference and your experience in our city will be scientifically rewarding, highly enjoyable and truly unforgettable.

What is MPU?

The Mediterranean Phytopathological Union (MPU) is a regional Society of plant pathologists founded by the late Professor Antonio Ciccarone in 1962. MPU was founded in response to the invitation of Professor Israel Reichert (“On research and co-operation of Mediterranean Phytopathologists”) published in the first issue of the international journal Phytopathologia Mediterranea.

The aim of the Society is to stimulate the co-operation among plant pathologists working in the Mediterranean area considered as an ecological region; to facilitate the spread of information and news, of scientific material and bibliographical data on plant diseases occurring in the area; to increase contacts among plant pathologists working on similar problems in various parts of the region, and to create opportunities for them to meet; to promote studies and researches on diseases of Mediterranean crops and their control under comparable conditions; to encourage joint research projects, comparative experiments, and exchange of students among different countries; to publish scientific papers dealing with problems related to diseases of Mediterranean crops in a journal specifically devoted to these problems.

More information about the Society can be found on our website:

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Host City

Lemesos (Limassol), is the second largest city in Cyprus after the capital Nicosia. It is located on Akrotiri Bay between the ancient towns of Amathus and Kourion. It is the largest city in geographical size, as well as being the biggest municipality of Cyprus. Limassol is a home to around 179,900 people.

Limassol has progressed into one of the largest commercial ports in the Mediterranean, as well as one of the most important maritime, tourist, commercial and service centres in the wider region. It is the business and financial centre of Cyprus with a large number of local and international companies surrounded by a further network of hotels, restaurants and other venues for entertainment and leisure. Hundreds of shipping, as well as financial companies have their headquarters in the city, which is also the largest ship-management centre in the European Union.

Did you know

Despite its small size, Cyprus has been at the crossroads of history for millennia. Its location is no less strategic today - add to that, its unique combination of world class hotels and resorts and Mediterranean charm and weather and you have the perfect setting for holding productive and successful meetings.

Luxurious accommodation facilities

Richness of see-sights and attractions

Ideal for conferences, dining, shopping and nightlife

Boasts a variety of throbbing beach resorts

With high levels of service and experience, modern and quality facilities, Cyprus is a distinguished setting for conferences of all sizes.


MPU 2020 will take place at St. Raphael Resort - 5* .

The St. Raphael Resort is located on one of the most renowned and largest beaches in Limassol, only a short coastal drive from the lively centre of town, approximately 10 minutes away. The Larnaca International Airport is 35 minutes away, and Paphos International Airport is 55 minutes away. There are shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance and a bus stop exactly outside the hotel.

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Travel Information

Cyprus is served by two International Airports; Larnaca International Airport, (LCA) and Paphos International Airport, (PFO). More than 50 International Airlines connect Cyprus to the whole world; for more details regarding flights to/from Cyprus, please visit the official website of both airports at Furthermore, domestic communication between both airports and all the major cities on the island is very quick and easy via an extensive highway system. ‌

For more details on how to travel to Cyprus, getting to the venue, visas and local information visit the conference website.

For any queries regarding Academic Matters please contact Dr. Dimitris Tsaltas at