It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the IAPB congress website, thank you for taking the time to stop by. It seems almost trite to say that we are living in challenging times. Advances in science and technology have continued apace through the early parts of the 21st century, but still in our ‘global village’ millions of people go hungry every day with millions more suffering from the effects of ‘hidden hunger’. Norman Borlaug, an agricultural scientist, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work and was credited with saving a billion people from starvation. He once said that you can’t build peace on empty stomachs. How to feed a burgeoning world population in the face of global climate change, loss of biodiversity, reduced land and water availability, large scale food waste and emerging pests and pathogens are amongst many of the challenges facing us today. To achieve global food security, in an increasingly insecure world, demands cooperative effort between the public and private sector and strong commitment from Governments worldwide to invest in innovative research and development in areas such as Plant Science.
Founded in 1963, the International Association for Plant Biotechnology (www.iapbhome.com ) is the largest international professional organisation representing the interests of the world-wide plant biotechnology community and has been hosting successful symposia around the world since the early 60’s. It has been 25 years since this symposium was last held in Europe and we are excited to be bringing this meeting to a world class venue in the city of Dublin for the 14th IAPB quadrennial symposium from August 19th to 24th 2018 where we promise you a truly memorable experience.
Since the last meeting in Melbourne in 2014, we have been active in building our membership base and engaging with colleagues across the globe. For IAPB 2018, our local committee has been busy on the ground with conference logistics whilst our International Committee, with membership drawn from four continents, has been busy planning the scientific themes and keynotes to include sessions from the latest innovations in precision breeding, in vitro culture and morphogenesis, food security, plant nutriomics, biopharmaceuticals, roots and tubers, and many more.
We are planning for a truly vibrant, scientifically challenging and socially engaging meeting where colleagues can meet and discuss the latest developments in the area of Plant Biotechnology. In addition to keynotes (morning and afternoon) and concurrent sessions, we have dedicated poster sessions including one session for the oral presentation of a limited number of posters. We also have dedicated industry sessions which will allow researchers to interact with and experience the latest technologies in a workshop format. The conference dinner on Wednesday the 22nd August will be held in the historic Mansion House (www.mansionhouse.ie/round-room/) where the first Irish Parliament sat. Throughout the week there will be ample opportunity to experience Dublin’s vibrant social scene. The social programme on Friday 24th August will offer visitors the chance to experience the best of Irish culture, from galleries, museums, scenic country tours, beautiful gardens, breweries, technology tours and, if so inclined, the opportunity to have a game of golf on one of our many award winning courses.
Join us in Dublin for what promises to be a truly remarkable conference.
Barbara Doyle Prestwich
President, International Association for Plant Biotechnology