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The Alan Walters Building, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2SB

A conference focusing on different aspects of plant health

The second event in the Royal Society of Biology's Plant Health Series, this symposium will involve lectures and short flash talks from a range of experts in within plant health industry. It will also give attendees the opportunity to network and engage with different members of the plant health community, and build bridges across the many disciplines within the area of plant health.
More information and a full agenda will be available on this page in due course.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Wolfson Advanced Glasshouses and Winterbourne Gardens. There will be guided tours taking place in 1 hour sessions during the lunch break in small groups, and spaces are limited so be sure to book in advance to secure your place.

Speed networking session

We are looking for a few attendees to participate in a speed networking session during the conference. Participants will have around 5 minutes to present their talk to the audience with the aim of using this time to promote any ongoing work or projects they are doing that they may want feedback or support in, or the opportunity to collaborate with someone from another area of plant health with.
Speakers would provide contact details for delegates, either in their presentations if using slides, or another way. This way, any delegate who is interested in their work can contact the speaker following the event and set up a means of collaboration or facilitate an opportunity for networking that way.
There will also be a networking lunch after the session, during which speakers can continue to promote their work on a one to one basis to continue to build on these potential collaborations.
If this is something that you would be interested in doing, please contact Eleanor Barrand at with your name and a brief summary of what you would like to discuss by Friday 3rd June.

The Wolfson Advanced Glasshouses

The Glasshouses offer state-of-the-art facilities for accelerating research into a wide range of areas including food security, sustainability and climate change. They allow advancements in food security and forest science research, addressing both the threat of climate change and that of food crop and tree pathogens. 
For more information, please visit the facility website

Winterbourne Gardens

Winterbourne is one of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian Arts and Crafts suburban villa garden in Birmingham which offers colour and interest throughout the year. The lawns are fringed with striking colour themed borders and beyond lies an original rock garden and woodland walk through Gunnera leaves and Rhododendron displays. The gardens contain plants from around the world with collections of plants from China, North and South America and the Alpine areas of the world. 
For more information, please visit the Winterbourne website


This event is open to all, but will be particularly relevant to plant health professionals and professional bioscientists working in areas related to plant science. 

Cost and booking 

This event is free to attend and open to all. Both in person and virtual attendance is available and spaces are limited so advance registration is essential. 

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. 

COVID-19 guidance

The RSB intends to run this event in line with Government advice and will notify registered guests should the event need to be cancelled due to COVID-19 health and safety guidance. Please read our full guidance on COVID-19 at RSB events


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

Further Opportunities

After the conference, Professor Jérôme Chave, University of Toulouse, will be delivering a keynote speech from 16:00 - 17:30 BST in the Teaching and Learning Building, University of Birmingham  as part of the 2022 BiFOR Annual Meeting. Located just a 5 minute walk from The Alan Walters Building, this free lecture is on the topic of "Taking stock of the world's tropical forests" and is part of a larger symposium taking place on 22nd and 23rd June which aims to address our current capacity to observe, and protect the future of the world's forests and give perspectives on how we can leverage, bring together and expand efforts to transform our understanding of those forests. 
For more information on the topic and speaker, please visit the event page
Both online and in person attendance for the lecture is available and interested attendees are encouraged to register through the event registration page. The Plant Health conference will finish at 15:50 to give attendees enough time to make their way to the other lecture theatre.