The 13th International Citrus Congress was closed this afternoon full of acknowledgments and emotion. Awards and plaques were granted to researchers, collaborators and organizers of this congress.
First, the International Society of Citriculture awarded dr. Dirceu Mattos for his outstanding contribution to citricultre with an ISC Honorary Memmership. Then, it was announced the change in their secretary/treasurer position, in which Dr. Carol Lovatt delivered her position to Dr. Michael Roose. There was also an award for the ISC photo contest on the topic “Citrus Trees and Orchards”, which was won by David Karp.
The International Citrus Congress, for the first time, created the Young Scientist Award, in order to foster efforts of early-career researchers. The first prize was awarded to dra Raquel Caserta. The other two prizes were awarded to Dr. Ruanitto Ferrarezi and dr. Wu Xiao-Meng.
The Executive Comittee of ISC awarded Giuseppe Reforgiato-Ricupero received the ISC Fellow plaque for his significant contributions to the worldwide citrus industry. Dr. Carol Lovatt received the Honorary Fellow plaque for her work to the growth, welfare, functions and activities of the ISC.
Other acknowledgments were made to the communication coordinator, Dr. Paulo Zaccheo, to the Scientific Committee Coordinator Dr. Helvecio Della Coletta Filho and to Eduardo Fermino Carlos, the co-chair to this event.
The host of the next ICC Congress, which will be held in Turkey, in the city of Mersin, gave a speech about the experience of being in this congress and his expectations for the ICC 2020.
The closing speeches given by Dr. Eduardo and dr. Dirceu were very emotional, followed by a surprise present given to them by the staff. Also, Dr. Eduardo and Dr. Dirceu invited Dr. Gene Albrigo and Paulo Pratinha to go on stage and make a toast on this congress and on the future congress in 2020 in Turkey.