Seed Ecology

Conference venue
The seventh edition of the Seed Ecology Conference of the International Society for Seed Science took place in Gijón/Xixón, Asturias (Spain) from September 6 to September 9, 2022.

The conference will be held at the Gijón/Xixón campus of the University of Oviedo, in the premises of the Polytechnic School (Edificio Polivalente EPI).

The city

Gijón/Xixón is located in the centre of the Asturias coast, in south-western Europe, facing the Cantabrian Sea (Bay of Biscay). It is the most populated city in Asturias with a population of 280,000. It is also one of the safest cities in Spain, which is itself one of the safest countries in Europe.

The local climate is oceanic temperate, mild and humid, with an average annual temperature of 15º and gentle oscillations between the annual maxima and minima. In September, the average temperature is 18ºC, with an average maximum of 22ºC and a minimum of 14ºC. Annual rainfall varies between 800 and 1000 mm, and it is distributed evenly, without very dry periods or heavy rain episodes. You should bring informal and warm clothes and footwear.

The time zone will be Central European summer time (GMT+2). Electrical current is 230 V – 50 Hz, with type C plugs (two round jacks). The official currency in Spain is the Euro. The greater part of banks offer currency exchange services, and the majority of establishments admit payment with Visa and Mastercard credit cards.

Getting to the Campus

To move between the city centre and the conference venue, you can use the local bus (€1.50, tickets are bought on board) or taxi (€10). It is a 45-50 min walk (3.7 km) from the city centre to the conference venue.

Local bus routes 2 and 18 stop by the conference venue at the University Campus (stop name “E.U. Ingenieros Técnicos”), and also continue onwards to the Botanic Garden (stop name “Jardín Botánico”), where the welcome party and conference dinner will be held.

  • Line 2 – El Corte Inglés – Hospital de Cabueñes see route 
  • Line 18 – Nuevo Gijón – Hospital de Cabueñes see route


Routes 1 and 26 have a bus stop at the Escuela de Marina, a 10 minutes walk from the conference venue (and also continue to the Botanic Garden).

  • Line 1 – El Cerillero – Hospital de Cabueñes see route 
  • Line 26 – Gijón – Deva see route


Finding accomodation

The best option is to find a hotel close to the stops of bus lines 2, 18, 1 or 26 (see above).

Hotel Zentral (en is offering a 10% disccount when booking in their web and using the promotional code SEEDECOLOGY. There is an aditional 5% disccount if the booking is made using a mobile phone. Disccounts are valid for accomodation or accomodation + breakfast.