Newly Elected Executive Committee for 2018-2021

Nominations for elected positions on the new committee closed at the end of November. We received one, but only one, nomination for each of these positions. Because none of the positions was contested it was not be necessary to conduct elections. You may also recall that the committee approved the addition to the next committee of all Global Executive members from our region to be ex officio members of the Asia-Pacific committee. I am delighted to say that all three accepted our invitation to join the committee. The new committee for 2018-21 is as follows:

There are three new faces on our committee (details and photos see Contacts):

Geoff Gurr (Charles Sturt University) is professor of applied ecology. His work over the last three decades has spanned biological control of insect pests, plant defence, insect-vectored plant pathogens, chemical and molecular ecology (see more below). Toni Withers is a forest entomologist with Scion and has worked on insect and weed biological control in both Australia and New Zealand. Jianqing Ding has been vice-president of the Global Executive for several years and is well known in weed biological control circles. A very warm welcome to these people.

Leigh Pilkington is stepping down from the next committee after very many years as Treasurer, President and Past President (and IT guru). We thank him for all his work for IOBC and hope that he will remain involved.


Seasons Greetings from the departing Executive Committee

Seasons Greetings from the departing Executive Committee

During the term of the current members of Executive Committee of APRS-IOBC, who are spread across Australia, New Zealand and China, there has never been the opportunity to physically assemble all members at the same location, at the same time. This is the closest we have got so the opportunity was taken to photograph (left to right) Mike Cripps (Treasurer); Mark McNeill (Vice-President); Barbara Barratt (Secretary General) and Yulin Gao (Vice-President). President Bill Palmer (who looks the most like Santa), and Past President Leigh Pilkington are shown as inserts. Ronny Groenteman was our Treasurer for most of the current term before Mike took over, and remained on the committee. This photo was taken during the visit of members of the Institute of Plant Protection (CAAS), Beijing to New Zealand to further develop opportunities for research collaboration between our countries in the area of biosecurity and pest management, including biological control.

The out-going committee would like to wish all our members all the very best for the festive season, and we wish the new Executive Committee all the very best for the next four years. We would like to thank all our members for their support and participation and we hope for the future that your biological control activities are productive and most of all, enjoyable and rewarding.