ISPP Subject Matter Committees
Current Status of the ISPP Subject Matter Committees
The ISPP Subject Matter Committees (SMCs) are
specialist committees established (or endorsed) by the International Society
for Plant Pathology to address and report on special fields or problems in
plant pathology (ISPP Statute 5 (b)).
Subject Matter Committee generally aims at the following objectives:
- Consider or establish in relation to their
function within a particular field of plant pathology key norms,
benchmarks and recommendations for their peers as well as national and
- Provide advice to ISPP, associated societies, or
other national and international bodies,
- Liaise as necessary with other ISPP Committees
and national and international interest groups to optimize
- Assist and advise the ISPP Executive and the
organizers of the International Congress of Plant Pathology (ICPP) in
the development of (ICPP) technical sessions, workshops and field visits
relevant to their specialist field,
- Organize specialist workshops, conferences and
publications relevant to the field of plant pathology addressed by the
Subject Matter Committee,
- Develop and maintain web related materials
relevant to the subject, and
- Provide news items of relevance for the ISPP
Additionally, an ISPP Subject Matter Committee must:
- Provide a report to ISPP Council at the
International Congress of Plant Pathology.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I enquire about a Subject Matter Committee?
Subject Matter Committees are small groups of
individuals variously chosen by a Committee Chair, the ISPP Executive and/or
the Committee with a view to geographic diversity and breadth of expertise.
Generally a Committee might consist of six to 24 members.
Some Committees also have a larger mailing list of
interested individuals and any enquiries about a Committee should be
addressed to the Committee Chair, the ISPP Business Manager or the Vice
President responsible (Dr Serge Savary in 2013-2018).
For established Committees, the ISPP Business Manager
can also setup a mailing list form on the web page for the Committee to
allow other people to register interest in receiving emails about the
How does ISPP decide the topic for Subject Matter
The ISPP Executive (through the ISPP Vice President
responsible) considers topics for Committees based on suggestions from
individuals, and advice from Council or the Executive, with a view to
focused attention on perceived priority topics and 'interested scientists',
as demonstrated by recent international congresses and other plant pathology
forums. Some topics have remained a propriety since the establishment of
ISPP (e.g. Fusarium)
In considering proposals to establish a new Committee
the ISPP would also review whether the proposed group might overlap with
responsibilities of an existing ISPP Committee or other working groups (such
as International Society for Horticultural Science Commissions and Working
The Subject Matter Committee in which I am
interested does not appear to be active. What can I do about this?
Contact the ISPP Vice President (Dr Serge Savary in
2013-2018) and the ISPP Business Manager, and raise the concern or query.
FAQ for Committees
Who do I contact to expand our Committee webpage?
ISPP Business Manager
How often do I need to prepare reports?
The report to ISPP Council is required prior to each
International Congress. A Committee Chair (or other members) might also be
sending information and informal reports to Committee Members and the
Executive at least once a year and also sending news items of interest to
the ISPP Newsletter Editor.
Can I use the ISPP logo when writing letters as the
Provided that the letter strictly concerns the ISPP
Committee business, the ISPP logo can be used for Committee correspondence
and for activities organized by the Committee. The ISPP Business Manager can
provide a high resolution image.
Under what circumstances will a committee be
An ISPP Committee could be dissolved when it becomes
inactive, or when the Committee and /or the Executive recommend such action
How much activity is required between conferences
This will depend on the topic and is up to the
If your question is not answered or the answers do not
adequately clarify your query, please
ISPP Statutes and Rules
The ISPP Statutes and Rules that relate directly to
the SMCs and their operation are listed here. This allows the Committee to
focus on their work!
- The ISPP Statutes and Rules concerning Subject
Matter Committees specify:
- The Committees are one of the constitution bodies
of ISPP (Statute 14 (e)).
- The Subject Matter Committees are appointed by
the President after approval of the Executive Committee and the ISPP
Council, and work under the direction of the ISPP President and
Secretary General (Statute 18).
- Within the ISPP Executive, the responsibility for
liaison with, and co-ordination of the Subject Matter Committees has
been delegated to one of the ISPP Vice Presidents (in 2013-2018, this is
Dr Serge Savary).
- The Executive Committee establishes or provides
for the continuation (or dissolution) of committees (ISPP Rule 10 (d)).
The function of the ISPP Council relating to Statute16 (The Council
shall determine general policy and respond to recommendations of the
Executive Committee in the organization and management of the ISPP)
includes provision under ISPP Rule 6 (g) for Council to 'determine
general policy and respond to the recommendations of the Executive
Committee' in relation to the establishment of committees and to approve
the appointment of their officers.
Here are the key ISPP statutes related to Subject
Statute 5: To achieve its
purpose the ISPP shall: a) sponsor a series of International
Congresses of Plant Pathology, hereinafter referred to as "The
Congresses", and other international meetings on plant pathology and
closely related subjects; b) establish committees to consider
and report on special fields or problems in plant pathology;
and c) use other means as approved by the Council.
Statute 14: The Constitution Bodies of the ISPP are:
- a General Assembly;
- the Council;
- an Executive Committee;
- a Secretariat;
- Committees appointed by the
These bodies shall be constituted in accordance with the Rules of
Committees, appointed by the President after approval of the
Executive Committee and the Council, shall work under
the direction of the President and the Secretary-General.
The function of the Council relating to Statute16 shall be: (a)
to direct the Executive Committee in matters of policy and
management; (b) to determine the place and date of the next
Congress; (c) to elect Fellows of the ISPP; (d) to recognize
societies, bodies and organizations in accordance with Articles 6-13
(e) to determine procedures for representation of individual members
on the Council; (f) to elect the Officers; (g) to establish
committees and to approve the appointment of their officers*;
(h) to review and approve, or when deemed necessary, to amend
reports prepared by the Executive Committee.
Rule 10: The
Executive Committee, in accordance with Statute 17, shall (a)
implement the decisions and resolutions of the Council and conduct
the business of the ISPP according to general directions from the
Council. Thus, it is responsible to the Council for the activities
of the ISPP and for the expenditure of available funds; (b) take the
necessary steps to initiate and assist in the organization of the
Congresses; (c) submit to the Council annual reports on the
activities and finances of the ISPP, and prepare a budget
for the following year; (d) establish or provide for the
continuation or dissolution of committees of the Council*;
(e) prepare the agenda for meetings of the Council and the General
Assembly and submit to the Council matters for consideration and
action. (f) carry out any other tasks and activities
appropriate to and in accordance with the purpose of the Society.
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