The British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) was founded in 1981 for the study and advancement of plant pathology.
Originally the Society was registered with Companies House and with the Charity Commission. In 2020 we successfully converted to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
The BSPP welcomes members from all over the world and from all branches of plant pathology. We support the professional interests of plant pathologists worldwide and provide information and communicate with our members via a newsletter, website and annual meeting.
We organise regular scientific meetings, edit three international pathology journals and make funds available to members for both travel expenses and short term undergraduate and masters level studentships.
The Board of BSPP meets four times each year to plan for the annual Presidential conference and other scientific meetings, to oversee awards for bursaries, fellowships and travel grants (this is where most of the Society’s expenditure goes), to agree the policy for Society publications, to discuss and agree the annual budget and, generally, to manage the affairs of the Society. The Board also discusses and develops new ideas and initiatives to promote and support plant pathologists. BSPP is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with the Charity Commission. To meet the legal requirements of the Charity Commission a short Annual General Meeting, at which the President provides feedback to members on the Society’s year, is usually held each year in conjunction with the Presidential conference. All of this may sound a little dry but Board meetings are conducted in a relaxed manner and everyone is encouraged to contribute ideas to ensure the wellbeing of the Society.
The Board comprises a President, who chairs Board meetings, a President Elect, a first Vice-President, second Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Programme Secretary, Membership Secretary and three other elected members. The President, President Elect and Vice-Presidents each serve for one year, with the Vice-President then becoming President Elect and the President Elect taking over as President. The Treasurer usually serves for five years, and the Secretary, Programme Secretary, Membership Secretary and other elected Board members each serve for three years. Elected members are nominated by members of the Society and, if the number of nominated members exceeds the number of Board vacancies, elections are held, usually in the Autumn, and each member of the Society is invited to cast a vote. The Senior Editors of the Society’s publications, Plant Pathology, Molecular Plant Pathology, New Disease Reports and the Newsletter, together with the Society’s Webmanager, Policy and Publicity Officer and Administrator usually attend Board meetings too.