News 2014

UCC Plant Scientist appointed as President of International Association of Plant Biotechology

29 Aug 2014
At the recent IAPB meeting in Melbourne, out-going President of the IAPB, Professor German Spangenberg congratulates Dr. Barbara Doyle Prestwich, newly appointed President.

Dr. Barbara Doyle Prestwich has been appointed as President of the International Association of Plant Biotechnology (2015 to 2018) at the 2014 meeting held recently in Melbourne, Australia.

The International Association of Plant Biotechnology (IAPB) the largest society of its kind,was founded in 1963 and boasts greater than 1800 members across 85 countries.  The official publication of the IAPB is   In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology - Plant.  Barbara recently successfully bid to host the next IAPB meeting in Dublin’s Convention Centre in August 2018, supported by the Minister of Agriculture, Simon Coveney, alongside scientific colleagues in Ireland, Austria, Germany, USA and International Potato Research Centre (CIP) and with Conference Partners in Dublin. The society meets every four years and attracts up to 2000 delegates at its meetings.   

This appointment is a great honour for me and I am delighted, with the support of my colleagues, to be bringing the next IAPB meeting to Ireland in 2018.  This is a great opportunity, as recognised by the Minister of Agriculture , Simon Conveney, for Plant Science researchers in Ireland’ said Barbara Doyle Prestwich. 

Writing in advance of the bid, Minister Simon Coveney saidThe   plant   biotechnology  field   is  clearly  of  importance  to   Europe's  agri-food   and  wider bioeconomy sectors.  Hosting the IAPB conference in 2018 would bring further international focus to the expertise of plant  scientists  in  Ireland.  As a result of State investments, exciting  science is being undertaken in  Ireland.  Research  organisations,  the  Government  and  industry  are  working closely   together   in  the  agri-food  area.    Over  the  past  20  months,  my  Department   has committed  in  excess  of   €64m   to   agri-food,   marine   and   forestry  research  across  my Department's three competitive research funding programmes. I firmly believe that investing in agri-food research  is crucial  to  the  growth and  development of  our  industry’.

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