Dr. Yafan Huang has been elected to serve as President and National Correspondent of IAPB Canada/Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology...
It is a great honor to be elected to serve as the new President and National Correspondent of IAPB Canada. Before moving into the new President’s “virtual” office, I would first like to offer my sincere congratulations to Dr. Lining Tian for the wonderful and tireless work he has done for our association as the National Correspondent and President of IAPB Canada for the last 4 years. I first got to know Lining during the 2010 IAPB Conference in St. Louis, and have been very impressed by his hard work, organizational skills and dedications to this vibrant association. Working with his executive committees and local conference organizing committees, Lining helped to organize two highly successful biennial conferences in Guelph (2012) and in Montreal (2014).
IAPB Canada has been around for more than 40 years, and it has been serving very well as an association that provides one of the best forums for scientific discussions and promotion of plant research and biotechnology development. As we all know, Canada is one of the largest agricultural producers and exporters in the world, and agriculture is a key pillar for our economy. In order to maintain high productivity, sustainability and output in agriculture, plant scientists in Canada will need to work together to convert some of our major research discoveries into plant biotechnologies that will have significant impacts. Even though most of us focus our work on basic research, it is fundamentally important to ensure smooth translation of the knowledge we learn from the lab to our farmers and consumers. I believe that this knowledge translation process is where we, as plant biotechnologists, can contribute the most and make major impact on.
It is in the areas of research and collaboration, knowledge translation, product development and commercialization that I envision IAPB Canada to excel on. My role as in-coming President will work to continue the great tradition of this association, and to further build on what we have done in the past few decades. I am fortunate that through your election and volunteering, we have established an excellent and experienced executive committee to work for our association. The committee is consisting of senior researchers and also for the first time, postdoctoral and student representatives. This is going to be a productive group and I look forward to working with them closely. Currently, we have already identified several key working areas of our association that require immediate attention. We will work on these and will also like to hear from you regarding any comments and suggestions on how to improve our association.
Finally I would like to thank you for your continuous support and I wish everyone a very best holiday.
Dr. Yafan Huang, New President/National Correspondent, IAPB-Canada, www.canadianplantbiotech.ca