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Minutes, Interim meeting 14 January 2013 (PDF ... - Wheat Initiative

Interim Scientific Board lunch, January 14, 2013 - 12:30 – 14:00

San Diego, USA

Participants: Peter Langridge, Stephen Baenziger, G. Moore, Curtis Pozniak, C. Feuillet, R.

Mc Kibbin, H. Lucas.

Excused: Hans Braun, Viktor Korzun, Ramesh Sharma, Steve Visscher.

ACTION LIST

# Action Who Deadline

1 Contact IWGSC and the WheatIS EWG

proposers and ask them to develop revised

EWG proposals to reflect new timelines

2 Attract new members and engage with RC

members to provide potential contacts

Hélène

Lucas

Hélène

Lucas

3 Prepare first drafts for 2 Strategic Agendas Hélène

Lucas in link

with all ISB

members

4 Provide feedback on 2012 annual report Peter

Langridge

5 Provide feedback on draft workplan All ISB

members

6 Recruit PA and Communication and

programme manager officer

7 Investigate establishing an EWG on

phenotyping – Approach possible proposer

8 Investigate support for establishing an EWG

on disease resistance including identifying

potential leaders

9 Organise meeting of the Research

Committee (one day) and Scientific Board at

the IWGS in Yokohama

Organise presentation of the Wheat

Initiative during the IWGS

10 Discuss the opportunity to organise RC

meetings separate from major wheat

conferences at next RC meeting

Hélène

Lucas

Peter

Langridge

Hélène

Lucas in link

with all ISB

members

Peter

Langridge

Hélène

Lucas

Revised documents

1 month prior to

ICC meeting

(planned mid-­‐april)

=> mid-­‐March

Continuous

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2013/02/15

2013/03/01

2013/02/28

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11 Seek approval of the Research Committee to

modify the timing of election of Scientific

Board members

12 Update Wheat Initiative presentations on

ISB private workspace

13 Update information on wheat research per

country on website

14 Modify budget to include accumulation of a

reserve fund

Hélène

Lucas

Hélène

Lucas

Hélène

Lucas in link

with BBSRC

web-­‐team

Hélène

Lucas

2013/01/14

Continuous

Continuous

Continuous

MINUTES

1. Report on last ICC meeting

The ISB members having participated to the last ICC meeting in Mexico expressed a very

positive feeling about the way it went.

2 major outcomes were recorded:

- The priorities identified by the Wheat Initiative Research Committee will be

considered by the ICC members to set up national priorities

- Completion of the wheat genome sequence and construction of an Integrated Wheat

Information System were identified as priorities by the ICC, but they would like to

obtain results in a shorter time-frame than proposed by the two working group

proposals.

Action 1: Develop revised EWG document for IWGSC and the wheat database to reflect new

timelines – EWG proposers

2. Progress report / last Scientific Board meeting

Update on country participation: India has joined the research committee officially

Action 2: Attract new members (countries, private companies, growers associations) and

engage with RC members to provide potential contacts – HL

The actions planned at the last ISB meeting have been carried out. The only major topic

where no progress was made is the preparation of the Strategic Agenda.

It was suggested two strategic plans be prepared, both with targets, milestones, and

performance indicators:

- a scientific research plan defining research priorities and objectives at 5, 10 and 15

years, based primarily around the outputs of Expert Working Groups

- a strategic plan on the development of the Wheat Initiative as an international

collaborative platform for wheat research (including operational mode,

communication strategy etc...)

Action 3: Prepare first draft of strategic agenda documents

3. Comments from the Interim Scientific Board on:

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- Introduction of Vision Document

- Charter

- Annual report

- Workplan draft (see Research Committee meeting documents)

No major comments on the documents at present but feedback is still needed.

Action 4: Provide feedback on Annual Report – PL

Action 5: Provide feedback on Workplan draft – all ISB members

4. Recruitments:

Recruitment is underway for a personal assistant (1/2 FTE) and a job description is ready for a

communication expert and programme manager

Action 6: Recruit personal assistant and communication expert and programme manager - HL

5. EWGs:

- Set up of EWGs

The ISB modified the process to develop EWG.

It was recommended that the creation of EWGs in the research field should be decided by the

Research Committee. The research priorities identified by EWGs will be prioritised by the RC

and submitted to the ICC members.

- Phenotyping: was identified as an important EWG, and a request for someone to

lead the effort was discussed.

Action 7: Investigate establishing an EWG on phenotyping – PL to approach possible leaders

- Disease resistance /BGRI:

The ISB suggested establishment of a biotic stress EWG rather than a disease resistance

EWG.

It may be difficult to interact with the BGRI, since they are currently revaluating their

position and role.

Action 8: Investigate support for establishment of an EWG on biotic stress or disease

resistance including identifying potential leaders - HL

6. Research Committee meeting Yokohama:

- One day meeting if possible

- Agenda:

o Presentation of wheat research in countries and companies

o Presentations of EWGs

o Discussion of draft strategic agenda

o Elections (Research Committee chair and co-chair, Scientific Board)

Action 9: Organise meetings of the Research Committee and Scientific Board at the IWGS in

Yokohama plus presentation of the Wheat Initiative at IWGS – PL to liaise with the local

organising committee.

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The pros and cons of organising RC meetings in combination with a scientific conference

were discussed.

- pros: less travelling, less costly

- cons:

o Representation of RC members by people from their organisations

attending the conference, with a risk of poor continuity.

o Longer travel

No consensus was reached.

Action 10: Discuss the organisation of future RC meetings in Yokohama

7. Elections of SB:

- 8 members

- Declaration of interest of current ISB members

- Firm proposals in May

- Who else could/should we invite to participate to the elections if necessary

The ISB asked the election process agreed in Fargo in 2012 be revised, in order to maintain

corporate memory and continuity. Only part of the ISB should be replaced in the first and

second year.

Action 11: Seek approval of the Research Committee to modify the timing of election of

Science Board members – HL

8. Strategic agenda

-­‐ Method

Point not addressed during the meeting

9. Next Scientific Board meeting (s)

Point not addressed during the meeting.

10. Other points

- The ISB requested they be supplied with updated presentations on the Wheat Initiative

for use at conferences. Presentations are already available on Scientific Board private

workspace.

Action 12: HL to update Wheat Initiative presentation on website.

The national representatives should continue to feed in information on wheat research from

their countries onto the website.

Action 13: HL to work with BBSRC to post downloadable forms for pdf files and to set up

searchable database.

- The ISB recommended a reserve be established in the Wheat Initiative budget.

Action 14: Modify budget to include accumulation of a reserve fund

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