Presidential Meeting 2012: Fitness Costs and Trade-offs in Plant-Parasite Interactions

16th to 18th December 2012
Norwich UK

The P.H. Gregory Prize

The Board of BSPP wishes to encourage young plant pathologists and others who are eligible to take part in the P. H. Gregory prize, which is awarded for the presentation of an oral paper at the Presidential Meeting each year. The P.H. Gregory Competition is open to: (a) members of BSPP who have not previously presented a paper to a meeting of a learned society, and (b) to all registered postgraduate students, whether or not they are members the society, or have presented a paper before to a meeting of a learned society. Contestants should not have entered the P.H. Gregory competition previously. Based on the abstracts submitted, up to eight speakers will be selected to give oral presentations in the PH Gregory competition. This year, talks for the PH Gregory prize will be held on 17th December, and the winner will be announced at the Presidential Dinner, also on 17th December. Those wishing to take part in this year's competition should indicate this on the abstract form.

John Colhoun Poster Prize

Posters from Postgraduate students may be included in the BSPP-sponsored John Colhoun Poster Competition. To be eligible, the work presented must form part of a research project conducted by the entrant in support of a PhD or Masters degree, and the entrant must not have been awarded the degree prior to the deadline date for abstracts. Students need not be members of BSPP. Posters will be judged on 17th December, and the winner will be announced at the Presidential Dinner, also on 17th December. Those wishing to take part in this year's competition should indicate this on the abstract form.

Posters from meeting delegates

We welcome poster presentations from all delegates attending the BSPP Presidential Meeting. Those wishing to present a poster at the meeting, please indicate this on the abstract form as a ‘general poster’, including your poster abstract.

Deadlines for receipt of Abstracts

The deadline for receipt of abstracts for all oral and poster presentations including the competitions is 16th November, 2012. Abstracts received after this date can not be accepted for publication in the Abstract Book. Abstracts must be sent using the standard abstract form and returned by email to Steve Whisson (meetings@bspp.org.uk).

Instructions for posters

Posters should not exceed 100 cm height by 70 cm width (portrait) in size. Posters should be put up during the Presidential Meeting opening reception (16th December) and left until the lunch break on the afternoon of December 18th. There will be a viewing and judging session (J Colhoun posters) after the talks on 17th December, and presenters will be required to be at their posters at this time.

Accomodation

Delegates are advised to arrange their own accommodation. Early booking is recommended. A special rate has been arranged at the Maid's Head Hotel; sales@maidsheadhotel.co.uk; 01603 272008). Please contact the hotel directly and mention that you will be attending the BSPP meeting. Norwich has a wide variety of hotels, and bed and breakfast accommodation. Websites such as www.tripadvisor.co.uk are useful to search for hotels and other accommodation in the Norwich area.