Past BSPP Meetings and Conferences

This page provides summaries of and links to abstracts/proceedings of BSPP sponsored meetings. A list of planned meetings can be found by clicking here.

Practical Sci Comm workshop at MBPP2019

JIC Conference Centre, Norwich, 19 Mar 2019
An opportunity for young scientists to hone their science communication skills for working with a non-specialist audience
Link to website

Molecular Biology of Plant Pathogens 2019 (MBPP)

JIC Conference Centre, Norwich, 18 to 19 Mar 2019
MBPP will take place at the JIC Conference Centre, Norwich, on the 18-19 March 2019, with the conference dinner at Norwich City FC restaurant
Link to website

BSPP 2018 Presidential Conference: Imaging Plant Microbe Interactions

Scarman House, University of Warwick, 10 to 11 Dec 2018
The conference will move beyond “omic” studies to explore imaging of plant-microbe interactions at the whole plant, tissue, cellular and sub-cellular levels.
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Free Plant Disease CPD And Enrichment Event

Scarman Conference Centre, University of Warwick, 10 Dec 2018
Teacher/VIth form mini-conference about Plant Diseases – damaging and deadly. 5 pm- 7pm.
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Practical Course Plant Pathogen Diagnostics

NIAB EMR, East Malling, Kent, 06 Nov 2018
We would like to invite PhD students, researchers, agronomists, farm managers and all members of public interested in plant diseases to attend a one day workshop in the “Garden of England”
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2018 Grand Challenges in Plant Pathology Study Group

Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, 25 to 28 Sep 2018

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Applications of plant pathology: from field to clinic

Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London, WC1N 2JU, 18 Apr 2018
BSPP members will need to enter the following code BSPP2018 in order to get the same price as SfAM members (£100).
Link to website

BSPP & BMS Joint Presidential Conference 2017 - Fungal Control and Exploitation

University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus, 11 to 13 Sep 2017
Joint meeting with BMS.
Link to website

Training: RHS Course on Practical diagnosis of plant pathogens

RHS Harlow Carr, North Yorkshire , 03 May 2017
The British Society for Plant Pathology, in association with CABI, Defra and the RHS, is providing a one-day training course.
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Molecular Biology of Plant Pathogens (MBPP)

St. Aidan's college, Durham, UK., 29 to 30 Mar 2017
Molecular Biology of Plant Pathogens (MBPP) is a general pathology conference aimed at PhD students and early career researchers
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Grand Challenges in Plant Pathology Interdisciplinary Study Group

St Hugh's College, Oxford, 14 to 16 Sep 2016
The Grand Challenges in Plant Pathology Interdisciplinary Study Group aims to bring together a group of outstanding graduate researchers who have the motivation, creativity and skills needed to tackle the most important challenges in plant disease research.
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Food Security Biosecurity & Trade - The Role of Plant Health

St Hugh’s College, Oxford, UK, 12 to 13 Sep 2016
The presidential meeting in 2016 will examine the role of plant health in the interactions of food security, biosecurity and trade and the significant role plant pathology and plant pathologists have to play in these challenges at the start of the 21st century.
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BSPP 2015 Presidential Conference

University of Bristol, 13 to 15 Sep 2015

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BSPP 2014 Presidential Meeting - Some like it hot

St Andrews University, 01 to 02 Sep 2014
Presidential Meeting 2014
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7th ISTA Seed Health Symposium

Edinburgh, 12 to 14 Jun 2014
Bringing together scientists, technicians, managers and policy makers from research institutes, government, the seed trade, and international organisations who are involved with the health status of seed.
Link to website

BSPP 2013 Presidential Meeting: Visions of plant disease management in 2050

University of Aston, Birmingham, 17 to 18 Dec 2013
As well as invited speakers and contributed posters, this meeting will provide extended opportunities for group discussion and brainstorming of the issues involved, looking to the future of applied plant pathology and improving networking. Registration and further information..
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Protecting our woodlands: tackling tree pests and diseases

University of Reading, 16 to 17 Sep 2013
This meeting will focus on the scientific work that is currently investigating the many pest and disease threats to our woodlands. As well as talks on a wide range of relevant topics there will also be opportunities to discuss issues on a more informal basis. Registration is now closed.
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Presidential Meeting 2012: Fitness Costs and Trade-offs in Plant-Parasite Interactions

Norwich UK, 16 to 18 Dec 2012
The BSPP 2012 Presidential Conference will focus on fitness costs and trade-offs involved in plant disease. It will cover a range of areas from molecular biology and physiology to ecology and evolution, as well as the relevance of fitness costs to disease control. Registration now closed
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BSPP Presidential Meeting 2011: The Impact of Bioactive Small Molecules in Plant Pathology

Clare College, Cambridge, UK, 15 to 16 Dec 2011
The meeting will address how microbes use small molecules in their assault on plants, how plants retaliate with their own molecular arsenal, and how bioactive molecules may be exploited in disease control. A full list of speakers is now online and the registration deadine is now 23rd November.
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Fourth International Workshop on Barley Leaf Blights (4IWBLB)

West Park, Dundee, Scotland, UK, 27 to 29 Jun 2011
Click here for the IWBLB Programme and Abstracts

8th International Conference on Pseudomonas syringae pathovars and related pathogens

Oxford, UK, 31 Aug to 03 Sep 2010
This conference will cover a wide range of topics including: pathogenicity and virulence mechanisms, genomics and bioinformatics, evolution, taxonomy and systematics, ecology and epidemiology, plant responses, diagnostics and disease control, insights from related pathogens.
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Presidential Meeting 2009: Darwin to Disease; Crops and their pathogens

Oxford University Museum, 22 Sep 2009
Celebrating Darwin's 200th birthday, this special event was held in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Speakers included Robert Zeigler, Nick Talbot, Gero Steinberg, Ralph Panstruga, Paul Birch, Howard Atkinson, Ian Toth, Peter Dodds, Franck Takken, Jurriaan Ton and James Brown.
Abstracts and other info available

BSPP Presidential Meeting 2008: Cereal Pathosystems

Queen Mary College, London, 16 to 17 Dec 2008
Two-day joint meeting with HGCA (, providing an exciting and wide-ranging view of current understanding of cereal pathosystems.
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Potato Workshop

SASA, Edinburgh, 02 Jul 2008
This was a one one-day workshop organised by the BSPP, under the auspices of the International Year of the Potato (, with sponsorship from the Potato Council (
Abstracts (pdf file)

Break Crops Workshop

Processors & Growers Resarch Organisation, Peterborough, 24 Jun 2008
A one-day workshop organised by the BSPP in association with HGCA and PGRO
Abstracts (pdf file)

2007: Attack and Defence in Plant Disease

University of Bath, 12th-14 September 2007
President: Dr Richard Cooper

2006: Sustainable disease management: the European perspective

KVL - The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen from 13-17 August
Joint meeting with EFPP. President: Prof. Peter Mills

2006: BSPP 25th Anniversary Meeting

Abstracts, downloads and related articles

2005: Plant Pathology with a Purpose

Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, UK from 19-21 December
President: Prof. Phil Russell

2004: Discovery, Development and Delivery in Plant Pathology (joint EFPP 2004 meeting)

Old Aberdeen Campus, University of Aberdeen, Scotland from 5-10th September
President: Dr Stuart Wale.

2003: Plant Pathogen Genomics - From Sequence To Application

Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, UK from 15-18 December.
President: Prof. John Lucas

2002: Plant Pathology and Global Food Security

Imperial College, London, UK from 8-10 July. 
President: Prof. Roger Plumb

2000: Plant-pathogen interactions: understanding mechanisms of resistance and pathogenicity for disease control

Wye College, 18-20 December 2000
President: Prof. John Mansfield

1999: Biotic interactions in plant-pathogen interactions

Hertford College, Oxford, 19-22 December 1999
President: Prof. Mike Jeger

1998: Detection, isolation and manipulation of soil and rhizosphere micro-organisms

University of Warwick, 15-17 December 1998
President: Dr David Ingram

1997: Plant Pathology - Global perspectives of an applied science

University of York, 15-18 December, 1997
President: Dr Nigel Hardwick

1996: Unlocking the future: Information technology in plant pathology

University of Kent, 16-19 December, 1996
President: Dr Peter R Scott

Other  Meetings

2001: The 11th International Sclerotinia Workshop 2001

Abstracts, pictures and reports.

1998: Biodiversity and Plant Pathogens and Conservation

1998: The International Congress of Plant Pathology

held in Edinburgh

1997: Abstracts of the Potato Pathology meeting

(BSPP/Scottish Plant Pathology and Mycology Club) held in Edinburgh