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Meetings and Conferences

The BSPP holds an annual Presidential Conference which BSPP members can attend for a reduced fee. The conference always incorporates the PH Gregory Prize which is awarded for the best presentation made by a young scientist and the J Colhoun prize which is awarded for the best presentation of a poster. BSPP also supports a number of other meetings throughout the year. Suggestions of themes for these generally come from BSPP members.

This list of meetings here is by no means comprehensive. If you wish to publicise a plant pathology-related meeting, please contact the webmanager. Meetings are also announced in BSPP News and Plant Pathology: please contact the Programme Secretary, for further information.

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September 1996

BSPP1996: Unlocking the Future: Information Technology in Plant Pathology

1st September 1996

President: Peter R Scott The BSPPs Presidential Meeting in December 1996 was Unlocking the Future: information Technology in Plant Pathology, the President…

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December 1997

BSPP1997: Global Perspectives of an Applied Science

16th December 1997 - 18th December 1997

President: Nigel Hardwick The BSPP Presidential meeting in 1997 was entitled 'Plant Pathology - global perspectives of an applied science'…

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December 1998

BSPP1998: Detection, Isolation and Manipulation of Soil and Rhizosphere Micro-organisms

15th December 1998 - 17th December 1998

President: David Ingram The 1998 BSPP Presidential conference was held at at the University of Warwick, from 15 - 17…

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December 1999

BSPP1999: Biotic Interactions in Plant-pathogen Associations

19th December 1999 - 20th December 1999

President: Mike Jeger The 1999 BSPP Presidential conference was held at at Hertford College, Oxford, UK from 19 - 22…

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December 2000

BSPP2000: Plant-pathogen Interactions: Understanding Mechanisms of Resistance and Pathogenicity for Disease Control

18th December 2000 - 20th December 2000

President: John Mansfield The 2000 BSPP Presidential conference was held at at Wye College (University of London), Wye, Kent, UK…

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July 2002

BSPP2002: Plant Pathology and Global Food Security

8th July 2002 - 10th July 2002

President: Roger Plumb The 2002 BSPP Presidential conference Plant Pathology and Global Food Security was held at at Imperial College,…

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December 2003

BSPP2003: Plant Pathogen Genomics – From Sequence To Application

15th December 2003 - 18th December 2003

President: John Lucas The BSPP Presidential meeting was held on 15-18th December, 2003 at the Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham…

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September 2004

BSPP2004: Discovery, Development and Delivery in Plant Pathology

5th September 2004 - 10th September 2004

President: Stuart Wale 7th Conference of the European Foundation for Plant Pathology & BSPP Presidential Meeting 2004: Discovery, Development and Delivery…

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December 2005

BSPP2005: Plant Pathology with a Purpose

19th December 2005 - 21st December 2005

President: Professor Phil Russell As part of my introduction to the theme of the 2005 presidential meeting ‘Plant Pathology with…

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December 2006

BSPP2006: 25th Anniversary Celebratory Meeting

19th December 2006

President: Peter Mills Imperial College, London 19th December 2006 To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the foundation of the British…

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September 2007

BSPP2007: Attack and Defence in Plant Disease

12th September 2007 - 14th September 2007

President: Richard Cooper Secretary: Gerry Sadler This three-day international meeting was designed to provide an exciting and wide ranging view…

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December 2008

BSPP2008: Cereal Pathosystems

16th December 2008 - 17th December 2008

President: Graham Jellis Queen Mary College, London, 16 to 17 Dec 2008 The Group Ooh La La The rise in…

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September 2009

BSPP2009: Darwin to Disease: Crops and their Pathogens.

21st September 2009 - 22nd September 2009

President: Sarah Gurr The BSPP Presidential Meeting in 2009 had a very special theme: to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Darwin…

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December 2011

BSPP2011: The Impact of Bioactive Small Molecules in Plant Pathology

President: George Salmond We have lined up an exciting list of speakers who will address the topics of how microbes…

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December 2012

BSPP2012: Fitness Costs and Trade-offs in Plant-Parasite Interactions

16th December 2012 - 18th December 2012

President: Prof. James Brown Disease resistance involves trade-offs with many other aspects of a plant's phenotype and may cause reduced…

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December 2013

BSPP2013: Visions of plant disease management in 2050

17th December 2013 - 18th December 2013

President: Prof. Mike Shaw It will be hotter, the weather more varied and the world more populous. Unmanaged vegetation will…

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September 2014

BSPP2014 – Some Like It Hot

1st September 2014 - 2nd September 2014

President: Prof. Lesley Torrance Global warming will affect disease incidence, the emergence of new strains and effectiveness of control measures.…

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September 2015

BSPP2015 – The Impact of Plant Pathogens on Everyday Lives

13th September 2015 - 15th September 2015

  President: Prof. Gary Foster The theme of the meeting will be centred around 'the impact of plant pathology on…

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September 2016

BSPP2016: Food Security, Biosecurity and Trade: The Role of Plant Health

12th September 2016 - 13th September 2016

President: Dr Julie Flood The doubling of cereal and livestock production in the last half of the 20th century should…

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Grand Challenges in Plant Pathology Interdisciplinary Study Group

14th September 2016 - 16th September 2016

St Hugh's College, Oxford 14th to 16th September 2016 This conference directly follows the BSPP presidential conference which runs from…

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March 2017

MBPP2017 – Molecular Biology of Plant Pathogens 2017

29th March 2017 - 30th March 2017

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

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September 2017

BSPP2017: BMS Joint Presidential Meeting – Fungal Control and Exploitation

11th September 2017 - 13th September 2017

President: Prof. Richard Oliver Sponsored by Elsevier and CABI About the conference The meeting will be a joint venture with…

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December 2018

BSPP2018 – What Lies Within: Imaging Plant Microbe Interactions

10th December 2018 - 11th December 2018

President: Prof. Murray Grant Registration is invited for the BSPP Presidential meeting to be held at Scarman House, Warwick University…

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September 2019

BSPP2019: Arms race: Evolution of plant pathogens and their hosts

President: Dawn Arnold PROGRAMME: click here VENUE: Exhibition and Conference Centre, University of West England, Frenchay campus. ARRIVING BY CAR:…

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September 2020

BSPP Plant Pathology Outreach Workshop 2020-2021

17th September 2020 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST

During the lead up to UK Plant Health Week (21st- 27th September) please join us for an online workshop to…

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BSPP WEBINAR: Biocontrol of plant disease – the use of living organisms to suppress the effects of disease

21st September 2020 at 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm BST

To mark UK Plant Health Week 2020, David Collinge (BSPP President Elect) presented our first live webinar on Monday 21st…

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BSL webinar – Visualising how plants and microbes function in sign language

24th September 2020 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BST

During Plant Health Week 2020, we had the pleasure of welcoming a team from the Scottish Sensory Centre to present…

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March 2021

Plant Health Summit for Future Leaders – Royal Society of Biology

2nd March 2021 - 4th March 2021

The Summit will be a national virtual conversation operating in three stages between October 2020 and January 2021, culminating in…

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April 2021

BSPP Plant Health Club: Science Communication for outreach activities

27th April 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm BST

James Piercy will present on the theme of Science Communication for outreach activities. His first role, in 1995, was as…

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May 2021

Write Now! Residential course on popular writing about plant health

18th May 2021 - 20th May 2021
Free – £260.00

Write Now! is aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers. We welcome applications from plant pathologists and others with…

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BSPP Plant Health Club: ‘Living Science’ personal careers and experiences in plant pathology

26th May 2021 at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm BST

‘Living Science’ - Santa Olga Cacciola (University of Catania, Italy), Lucy Carson-Taylor (APHA), and Eric Boa (BSPP) will discuss personal…

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June 2021

BSPP Plant Health Club: Publishing a paper in Plant Pathology

8th June 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm BST

Prof. Matthew Dickinson – Senior Editor of Plant Pathology will talk about the process of publishing a paper - including…

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September 2021

BSPP Plant Health Club: Collaborative working in Plant Pathology

8th September 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm BST

Presenter: David Collinge BSPP Chair: David Collinge Co-chair: Dr Helen Rees, Researcher at SRUC Registration to close 6th Sept Meetings…

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October 2021

BSPP Plant Health Club: Entrepreneurship in Science

5th October 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm BST

Speaker: Ale Maiano BSPP Chair: Trisna Tungadi Co-chair: Lauren Chappell Meetings are recorded and are available for BSPP Members here…

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British Society for Plant Pathology LGBTQIA+ Networking Event

28th October 2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm BST

We would like to invite LGBTQIA+ BSPP members to join us for a virtual discussion. The focus of this event…

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November 2021

BSPP Plant Health Club: ‘Living Science’: Personal careers and experiences in plant pathology – 2

9th November 2021 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm GMT

Siân Deller (Syngenta) and Adrian Fox (Fera) will discuss personal careers and experiences in plant pathology  BSPP Chair: Gail Preston,…

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December 2021

BSPP2021 – Our Plants, Our Future (OPOF) – Joint conference from BSPP and the EFPP

6th December 2021 - 8th December 2021
Free – £550.00

Edgbaston Conference Centre, University of Birmingham, UK. All presentations will be streamed live and VIRTUAL REGISTRATION is now available. See…

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6th December 2021 at 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm UTC+0

The forthcoming annual general meeting of the British Society for Plant Pathology will be held on Monday 6th December at 12.15…

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February 2022

BSPP Plant Health Club: Plant Health Policy

8th February 2022 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm GMT

Nicola Spence will discuss plant health policy. BSPP Chair: Gail Preston, BSPP Vice President and Chair of the EEDI committee…

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March 2022

BSPP Plant Health Club: Research Fellowships

15th March 2022 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm GMT

Sebastian Eves-van den Akker and Beatriz Orosa will share their experiences of applying for and securing research fellowships BSPP Chair:…

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April 2022

IOBC-WPRS PR-IR 2022: Priming the Future for Healthy Plants

4th April 2022 - 7th April 2022
The Edge, Sheffield., Endcliffe, 34 Endcliffe Crescent,
Sheffield, S10 3ED United Kingdom
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May 2022

BSPP Plant Health Club: Biosecurity at RHS Events

10th May 2022 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm BST

Anna Platoni of the Royal Horticultural Society will share her knowledge and experiences in biosecurity at RHS events BSPP Chair:…

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June 2022

BSPP Plant Health Club: Mentoring Inexperienced Researchers

21st June 2022 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm BST

Gail Preston and David Studholme will lead a workshop that will provide advice for researchers who are involved in mentoring inexperienced researchers,…

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