Nothing happens at APS without the ideas, energy, and commitment from APS members. Whether you are new to the society, haven’t served on a committee before, or it’s just been a long time since you last were involved—now is the time to volunteer. We have numerous opportunities to have your expertise benefit plant pathology and APS.
Your Engagement Makes Things Happen
APS committee members tackle important issues. We have committees that cover the breadth of our science from diagnostics to genomics to modeling to keeping members informed on the latest scientific and public-policy developments. With several committees from which to choose, it’s easy to become involved in APS and all members are encouraged to participate. Committee participation is also a great way to meet others with similar areas of interest.
Your Level of Commitment Is Flexible
Committee members serve a three-year term, which is renewable. They participate in committee meetings, usually held at the APS Annual Meeting, and are encouraged to be involved in discussions and projects with other committee members throughout the year. The nature and extent of the activities of each committee depends on the committee mission and current priorities as well as the imagination, enthusiasm, and dedication of the committee members. As an active committee member, you can make a difference and have the flexibility to be involved at the level that is right for you.
Your Interest Is Key
Whatever your area of interest in plant pathology, there is a good fit waiting for you.Visit the website and contact the chair of the committee that interests you. During the APS Annual Meetings, attend the committee meeting(s) that interest you most. If you make it to a meeting, you can still contact the chair to join a committee and become involved in planning for the next year.
Still not sure which APS committee is right for you? Stop by any of the committee meetings at the annual meeting and see for yourself what your fellow plant pathologists are discussing. These are open meetings--no commitment is required to participate, and any APS members can attend these committee meetings. Check them out and learn about the committees areas of focus, where the science is going, and what makes them tick. You will be glad you did! Your expertise and enthusiasm are needed. Be part of the most active, talented, and engaged group of member-leaders—join an APS committee this year!