Presidential Meeting 2013: Visions of plant disease management in 2050: metropolis, arcadia or dystopia?

17th to 18th December 2013
Birmingham UK

Provisional programme

17 December (11 am -)

  • Opening talk: the presidential address :'Prediction, metaphor, scale and purpose in pathology' (Michael Shaw)
  • Presentations for the PH Gregory prize for best talk by an aspiring or newly graduated PhD 2-3 h
  • Poster session (including Colhoun prize): Think what work do you want to s how the rest of the conference?
  • What feedback do you want? What kind of possible collaborator would you like to meet? Ideas or novel concepts welcome.
  • Garrett Memorial Lecture and APS speaker'Disease management futures: the political and economic landscape'[Chris Mundt, Oregon State University ]
  • Social and mixing dinner

18 December (9am 5pm)

  • Talk:'Trade, stability and invasions: the world in 2040' [Clive Brasier, Forest Research]
  • Talk:'Disease control chemistry in the longer term' [Naomi Pain, Syngenta ]
  • Talk:'GM for plant disease resistance: where will we be in 2040?' [Ann Osborne , John Innes]
  • Coffee, tea and conversation
  • Facilitated discussion (and discovering what we do) in rotating small groups,'world caf' style. General theme: Is it realistic to imagine stable absence of disease? By what means? What means are best for society? Most likely to arise?
  • Talk:'Land sharing (agri-environment) or land sparing (sustainable intensification) futures? ' [Ben Phalan, Cambridge]
  • Interactive talk/discussion:'Pathology education: farmers, advisors, researchers. Who needs to know what? How will they learn it?' [Eric Boa, CABI]
  • Talk:'Precision pathology: the technological options' [Jon West, Rothamsted Research]
  • Talk:'Future environments, plant community change and disease management' [Adrian Newton, James Hutton Institute]
  • Coffee, tea and conversation
  • 1615 Closing discussion in new small groups: career path ambitions and reflections. The aim here is to swap visions and experience, especially between newer and older entrants to plant pathology.
  • 1700 Departure