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02.03.21 - 04.03.21
Start time
02.03.21 13:00
End time
04.03.21 17:00

Help shape future policies and create a lasting legacy of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020. Whatever your career aspirations, background and experience, if you play a role in plant health, we want to hear from you.

As part of the IYPH2020 celebrations, the UK is organising a national conversation for international impact. If you have up to 10 years work experience in plant health and have ideas about how we can do things better in the future - join us; share your thoughts and grow your network.

The Summit

This summit will be the culmination of the online conversations that have been operating over the last few months between a community of participants who applied to take part in the autumn of last year. The conversations have been conducted and visualised by the CreativeConnection team working with Celia Knight Consulting.

The summit meeting, taking place from 2nd-4th March, is now the opportunity for the participants to meet each other, the UK chief plant health officers and other facilitators, and for the participants to begin to shape their future careers. Visit the dedicated website to see how the conversation is going so far, and for further information. Full details of the summit will be available soon.


The summit meeting will be addressed by keynote speakers including Lord Gardiner, Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity, Professor Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer, Defra, and Professor Gerry Saddler, Chief Plant Health Officer for Scotland and Head of SASA. Read more about our speakers.

Who should attend?

The summit is intended for participants who have been part of the pre-summit conversation in autumn 2020. If you have not been part of the pre-summit conversation, you are welcome to register your interest in attending the summit. However, your place at the summit will not be guaranteed. Places will only be offered to those who have not been part of the pre-summit conversation if capacity allows. We will aim to get back to you by Monday 15th February if attendance is possible.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Plant Health Summit is approved for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Royal Society of Biology. Participants can claim 20 Royal Society of Biology CPD credits for participation in the national conversation and the summit.


Thank you to our event supporters: The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, British Society for Plant Pathology, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Syngenta, SASA, Biochemical Society, Microbiology Society, Plants People Planet, Society for Experimental Biology. The full list of sponsors are on the dedicated website.


For general enquiries, please contact Dr Jonathan Carruthers at
For booking and event queries, please contact Beth Morgan at