The International Lupin Association (ILA) was established
formally, with the approval of its constitution, at the 2nd International Lupin Conference
that was held in Torremolinos, Spain in May 1982. The constitution was amended at the 8th
meeting held in the United States in 1996.
The meeting at Torremolinos followed the 1st International
Lupin Workshop, which was held in Lima and Cuzo, Peru in April 1980 due to the efforts of
Dr Erik von Baer of Chile (the current president of ILA) and Dr Rainer Gross of GTZ,
Germany who was at that time working in Peru.
The constitution of ILA called for a Board and a Secretary
General. The initial Secretary General was Professor Luis Lopez Bellido from Cordoba in
Membership of the ILA Board has usually been multinational
and has represented a range of scientific interest in the biology, growing and utilisation
of lupins. Any financial member of ILA is eligible to stand for election to the Board of
ILA at the ILA General Assembly, which is held at each International Conference. Besides
the publication of the Proceedings of the various conferences, a
major function of ILA is to obtain the agreement of host countries to hold the
International meetings of the Association.
Since the meetings in Lima and in Torremolinos, conferences
have been held in a number of lupin growing countries and have also tended to move between
the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
In 1984 the meeting was in La Rochelle, France; in 1986 it
was in Geraldton, Western Australia; in 1988 in Poznan, Poland; in 1990 in Temuco-Pucon,
Chile, in 1993 in Evora, Portugal; in 1996, Asilomar, Ca, in the
United States, and in 1999 in Klink-Muritz in Germany. There are national lupin
associations in Chile, Germany, North America and in Poland, and these are all affiliated
The association awards fellowships from time to time to
those who have made an outstanding contribution to the growth and utilisation of lupins.
The current Fellows of the Association are Dr. John Gladstones of Western Australia, Anna
Christine Jordan of Germany and Professor Luis Lopez Bellido of Spain.
The association receives no subsidy from any source and is
entirely dependent on the subscriptions of its members and the voluntary labour of the
Board and is Editors for its continued existence.