Vacancy: BSPP Programme Secretary 2018-2023

30 Jan 2017

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The BSPP are looking for a new Programme Secretary for a five year term commencing in January 2018.  The Board wishes to recruit a new Programme Secretary in advance of the official start date of 1st January 2018 to allow for 6-12 month overlap with the current Programme Secretary, Dr Elizabeth Orton.

The main duty of the Programme Secretary is to organise the annual Presidential meeting.  This is held either in September or December as the President decides.  The main tasks involved in this are usually to schedule the programme, set up the registration website, organise a venue, catering and accommodation, compile abstracts, select abstracts for the PH Gregory Prize and J Colhoun Prize, liaise with invited speakers and answer delegate queries including letters for visa requirements.  The Programme Secretary also operates a bank account into which registration fees are paid and speaker’s expenses are paid out.

The Programme Secretary is also involved in assisting with promotion and setting up registration for the Grand Challenges in Plant Pathology workshop and the Molecular Biology of Plant Pathogens meeting.

The Programme Secretary prepares a report for each of the Board’s four meetings a year and the annual general meeting and, of course, contributes to the discussions at Board meetings on the direction and activities of BSPP.

The total time involved in the position is on average 2 days per month over the year; in the run up to and over the period of the Presidential Meeting the time commitment is greater, with a quieter period following the conference.  It is important to note that the post is not (and under our charitable status cannot be) remunerated but does give the satisfaction of contributing to the premier Plant Pathology Society in Europe and contributing to its smooth running and influencing its future.

Further information on the role can be obtained from Elizabeth by emailing  To apply for the position please contact BSPP President Dr Julie Flood,