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An online conference focusing on different aspects of plant health

As part of the Royal Society of Biology's Plant Health Series, this symposium will involve lectures and short flash talks from a range of professionals within the industry. There will also be opportunities to engage with different members of the plant health community, and build bridges across the many disciplines within this sector.

Attendees will get the opportunity to hear from industry experts, learn about exciting new or ongoing projects and discuss the challenges and opportunities that arise within the area of plant health.

An agenda will be made available in due course.

Speakers include

  • China Williams, senior science officer (science policy), Kew
  • Dr Tom Pope, reader in entomology & integrated pest management, Harper Adams University
  • Abby Buckle, University of Sheffield
  • Harriet Foster, University of Bristol
  • Dr Charles Lane, plant health consultant, Fera
  • Dr Julian Smith, science director, Rothamsted Research
  • Ryan Simpson, sales manager, Boningale Nurseries
  • Pauline Jordan, plant health and seed inspector, APHA
  • Vasili Tsourekas, University of Bristol
    with more to come.


  • 10:00 - Welcome address
  • 10:05 - China Williams, Kew - The Nagoya Protocol
  • 11:00 - Refreshment break
  • 11:15 - Plant Health Undergraduate Studentship flash talk session
  • 12:00 - Dr Charles Lane, Fera - Updates on the Plant Health Register
  • 12:20 - Lunch break
  • 13:20 - Career overview panel discussion and Q&A
  • 14:10 - Refreshment break
  • 14:40 - Ryan Simpson, Boningale Nurseries - The Importance of good plant health practice in nurseries
  • 15:40 - Summary
  • 15:45 - Close

This event is open to all, but will be particularly relevant to scientists including those working in areas related to plant health.

Cost and booking
This event is free to attend and open to all. Advance registration is essential through the event page. The Zoom joining details will be sent to all registered guests ahead of the meeting.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
This event is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 18 CPD points.

Special requirements
If you have accessibility requirements, please let us know during your booking, and we will do what we can to accommodate your needs.

For booking, website or event queries, please contact Ellie Barrand at or on 020 3925 3444.