On the 2nd of November 2012 the Symposium on the Benefits of Plant Variety Protection for Farmers and Growers, organized by UPOV took place. Mia Buma attended this symposium on behalf of AIPH. The 12 presentations and the CV’s of all the speakers are published on the UPOV-website (http://www.cpvo.europa.eu/main/en/home/news; see under Seminars & Symposia). There is webcasting as well on the UPOV-site on which the full symposium is recorded (length: 8 hours). The presentations of the next speakers may have the special interest of the AIPH-members: Philippe Toulemonde, President of Star Fruits (France) Mr. Yoshiteru Kudo (Japan) Mr. Derk Gesink (Netherlands).