We are pleased to provide the results of this important workshop that brought together representatives of several professional societies, government agencies, private-sector employers, early career professionals, and students to discuss the future of education in plant science-related disciplines. During this workshop, we reviewed credible data regarding the current and projected status of the plant sciences in the United States, identified strategies for strengthening vulnerabilities in education and research training opportunities, and developed action plans for working together to carry out the proposed strategies. Special thanks to all of our presenters, our early career and graduate student education fellows, the breakout session facilitators and recorders, the sponsors, and the committee members who helped to make this program possible.
James MacDonald, University of California, Coordinator of the 2009 National Workshop on the Future of Education in Plant Pathology and Related Disciplines
Program Download a PDF of the workshop program.
Presentations Each of the presenters' PowerPoints are provided here as PDF files.
Workshop Report A brief summary of speaker presentations and a recap of points made during the breakout discussions. These notes are not a complete record of the comments made by individuals, but convey a general overview of the discussions that took place.
Attendees List of invited participants who attended the workshop.
Voices from the Future Quotes from many of the student and early career professionals who applied to be APS Education Fellows, but who could not be accommodated.
Education Fellow Biographies Biographies of the six education fellows selected for participation in the workshop.
APS President Jim Moyer welcomed the attendees to the workshop and encouraged their active involvement in the two days of presentations and discussions.
The 2009 APS Education Fellows presented their perspectives on the state of plant pathology education and provided new approaches for consideration. Pictured left to right (standing): Tim Durham, Caitilyn Allen (committee member), Kristina Owens, Michelle Moyer, Jim MacDonald (workshop organizer), and Olufemi Joseph Alabi; (seated): Lindsay Triplett and Kim Webb.
Open discussion on the various presentation focus areas provided participants the opportunity to collaborate on new ideas for addressing the key issues.
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Small groups spent time assessing the educational challenges and what roles the various stakeholders should be taking.
Identifying best practices and areas of common interest helped participants develop a list of actionable items for implementation.