Welcome from the IAPB President

As the President of the International Association of Plant Biotechnology (IAPB), I would like to thank you for visiting our website. I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our Executive Team and ask you to 'save the date' for the next IAPB congress which will be held from 19th to 24th August 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

The island of Ireland, on the western fringes of Europe, is ideally placed to hold this presidency and to host this congress both from a geographic and scientific perspective, offering as it does, a gateway between America and Europe (the last time this congress was held in Europe, over 2000 delegates were in attendance). The agri-food and marine sector in Ireland is a major part of our economy with an annual output of close to €26 billion. We have a vibrant forestry sector where annual afforestation rates are in the region of -7000 hectares per annum with > 10 % of land area in Ireland now under forest cover.

We think it is timely that this large congress comes to Dublin in 2018 to continue to highlight awareness globally about the main issues in Plant biology/biotechnology particularly, but not limited to food security, micronutrient deficiency, biodiversity and sustainability and to offer convincing discussion based on sound scientific evidence to national Governments and the wider public, that these are serious threats that must and can only be addressed by sufficient investment in research, innovation and development. This is also an ideal opportunity for us to raise awareness about IAPB as an organisation and to publicise the opportunity for membership across the world.

If you are not already a member, can I encourage you to join us and engage with our core aims. The tenure of this executive committee runs until late 2018 and we are committed to improving the IAPB, its communications with members and encouraging new membership during that tenure.

Dr Barbara Doyle Prestwich

IAPB President

University College Cork, Ireland