Irish Seed Savers Association is proud to announce that it will be hosting the 12th European Forum of the European Coordination of Let’s Liberate Diversity (EC-LLD) at Trinity College Dublin from October 26th to 28th, 2023. The conference will be inaugurated by Pippa Hackett, Minister for State, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The European Coordination Let’s Liberate Diversity (EC-LLD!) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to bringing back diversity in the food system through the dynamic management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. The Coordination boasts 20 members with a network of 170 national organizations operating across 19 European countries with a membership base exceeding 35,000.

This three-day conference offers a unique opportunity for participants to come together, share ideas, and collectively explore the vital theme of cultivated diversity and dynamic seed management. This platform encourages local actions to promote diversity within our food systems. To achieve this, ECLLD! connects the experiences and efforts of different individuals and groups, including farmers, gardeners, researchers, and small seed companies.

Elaine Bradley, Executive Director at Irish Seed Savers Association says;

In a time of climate crisis with all the implications for our food systems, this event presents a unique opportunity to bring together some of the key actors across Europe working towards sustainable food systems based on open pollinated seed – it is vital that this is more than just a conference – but a starting point for us to come together and find real solutions to the challenges to our food security that the climate crises represents’.

The diverse conference programme is filled with engaging social events, enlightening workshops, participatory activities, and field visits, that include Mud Island urban community garden, a farmers market and the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

The forum’s collaborative spirit, along with its diverse participant base, fosters an ideal setting for individuals and organisations to unite, exchange knowledge, and take actions towards a future where diversity isn’t only celebrated but also managed and utilised in a sustainable way to benefit us all. The event promises to be a crucial milestone in advancing the cause of seed diversity and sustainable agriculture in Europe and around the world.

For more information about the 12th European Forum of ECLLD and to register for the event please visit:

Download the ECLLD 12th Forum Programme