Is an annual event organized by and for graduate students across the country interested in organic plant breeding and sustainable agricultural systems: http://www.soseeds.org/
SOSS has seen a total attendance of 137 students since its inception, coming from 23 states as well as Canada and Germany.
SOSS is focused on connecting students of organic plant breeding and seed systems to each other and to a community of potential academic and professional mentors. A primary goal of SOSS is to help students put their research in context; to illuminate the intersections between their particular seed work and the broader universe of seed work they operate within. In this sense, SOSS is rooted in an academic context, but tasked with inviting the full spectrum of diverse seed professionals into conversation with that academic foundation. The result is likely to be challenging, but also uniquely meaningful to the students and professionals working to understand their role within the organic seed community.