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​APS Vision & Overview

APS Mission

Discover and disseminate new knowledge of plant systems worldwide to meet humanity’s need for safe and nutritious food, affordable fiber, sustainable forests, and verdant landscapes; and promote the development and adoption of economically and environmentally sustainable practices to ensure plant health. 

APS Vision

APS will be a diverse global community of scientists that: provides credible and beneficial information related to plant health; advocates and participates in the exchange of knowledge with the public, policy makers, and the larger scientific community; and promotes and provides opportunities for scientific communication.

2020-202​1 Strategic Goals

APS Value Statement

APS is a global community of individuals with a shared interest in plant health. Our diversity is represented in our international membership, professional interests, cultural and educational backgrounds, as well as diversity in age, racial, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other social dimensions. This diversity ensures a wealth of perspectives and enhances the quality of our work and interactions. The locations and venues selected for our annual meeting must support this overall experience through state and local laws, policies, and practices.

APS Overview

Who Belongs to APS?​

Members, located in nearly 100 countries, represent a broad section of the scientific community. Members are employed in professional areas such as teaching, research, industry, government, and private consulting, and they may specialize as...

Agricultural Chemists
Arborists
Bacteriologists
Biochemists
Botanists
Cell Biologists
Consultants
Diagnosticians
Ecologists
Entomologists
Epidemiologists

Extension Professionals
Farmers/Growers
Foresters
Greenhouse Growers
Group/Project Leaders
Horticulturists
IPM Specialists
Microbiologists
Molecular Biologists
Mycologists
Nematologists

Pathologists
Physiologists
Plant Breeders
Private Practitioners
Soil Scientists
Students
Teachers
Tech Advisors/Reps
Technical Managers
Technicians
Viticulturists
Virologists

Advancing Plant Health Science

APS publishes six journals​ on fundamental, applied, transdisciplinary, practical, and molecular aspects of phytopathology. APS also manages Grow: Plant Health Exchange, a freely available, online resource of timely, science-based information on plant health.  More than 300 APS PRESS titles on various plant science topics as well as slides and multimedia products provide hands-on tools and references for plant health research and management. New titles are released regularly and are available via the APS online store.

Supporting Plant Health Science

APS offices, boards, and special initiatives work to create greater pub​​​lic awareness and understanding of plant health science, lobby for increased funding of plant health research, and provide needed support to students and researchers worldwide. Learn more.​

Keeping the Plant Science Community Connected

APS offers members the opportunities to connect online and through a variety of events throughout the year. Read the APS News Capsule or Phytopathology News, and learn more about the APS Annual Meeting​ and Divisions.

Professional Development Opportunities

APS provides members with several professional development resources to grow their knowledge and careers in plant pathology. Members can publish manuscripts in our journals, or author an APS PRESS book in addition to presenting at annual or division meetings. The niche APS Job Center provides employers and job seekers with the best tools to find the perfect position. You can also learn more about various awards and honors, ca​reer development, and volunteer opportunities.

APS Commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

APS Council members and the APS Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion remain committed to identifying and exploring meaningful ways to confront racism more effectively within our scientific communities while providing support for our Black colleagues, students, and staff, as well as the communities and families they serve. Initiatives to address these commitments include the Black Lives Matter Task Force, the Lafayette Frederick Diversity in Mentoring Award, the Lafayette Frederick Diversity in Mentoring Fund, and an upcoming program to provide registration fee support to student and early career professionals from underrepresented groups in an effort to break down financial barriers to attending Plant Health 2021 Online, among others.

Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 
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