SOI: about us

The SOI (Italian Society for Horticultural Science) has been working to advance Italian horticulture through extensive cooperation between the scientific community and growers for over 60 years. 

Areas of interest include fruit trees, vegetable and flower crops, nursery production, the design and management of urban areas, turfgrass, and the management and preservation of agricultural landscapes.

SOI is one of the largest horticultural societies in the world in terms of number of associates and activities, and one of the main scientific societies dealing with agriculture in Italy. 

Our members include a vast array of professional categories, such as scientists, professors, graduate students, growers, consultants, nursery owners, producer boards, public administrators, and companies marketing horticultural products. 

The SOI is managed by a General Board (Consiglio Direttivo Generale) coordinated by a Chairman (Presidente Generale), and the General Secretary. It is divided into two sections (Fruit section and Vegetable-Ornamental section), many Working groups and Regional Delegates.

SOI activities

SOI promotes study and research, organizes symposia, workshops, technical meetings, and highly qualified courses for graduate students and young scientists.

SOI publishes: 1) an open access journal (Italus Hortus) (ISSN 1127-3496), peer-reviewed, indexed by Scopus®; all accepted articles are published free of charge and have a DOI;
2) the proceedings of symposia (Acta Italus Hortus); 3) technical handbooks. 

Members also receive a periodical newsletter reporting SOI activities and current views on issues of horticultural interest. 

SOI Membership

Manage/Renew your membership – SOI members and returning users

To renew the membership, simply access the reserved area by entering your username or e-mail address and password and then scroll through your page to the "go to payments" button. The fees to be paid will be displayed and you can choose wheter to pay immediately via Paypal or credit card or make a bank transfer using the IBAN code.

Sign up for membership - New users

To apply for SOI membership it is necessary to download, complete and send the registration form to the email address, together with the receipt of the bank transfer. The annual fee is of 60 (sixty) euros for ordinary members; 30 (thirty) euros for students, scholarship holders, PhD students, post-doc fellows and holders of project collaboration contracts; 100 (one hundred) euros for companies.

The transfer must be made to the SOI bank account at Intesa San Paolo, agency of Viale Macchiavelli in Sesto Fiorentino (FI) and identified by the codes:

IBAN IT 27 Q 03069 18488 10000 0008151