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 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
3 Prepare first drafts for 2 Strategic Agendas Hélène
Lucas in link
with all ISB
4 Provide feedback on 2012 annual report Peter
5 Provide feedback on draft workplan All ISB
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
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
Lucas in link
with all ISB
1 month prior to
11 Seek approval of the Research Committee to
modify the timing of election of Scientific
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
Lucas in link
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
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
- 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:
- Introduction of Vision Document
- 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
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
- 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
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
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
The pros and cons of organising RC meetings in combination with a scientific conference
- pros: less travelling, less costly
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
Action 11: Seek approval of the Research Committee to modify the timing of election of
Science Board members – HL
8. Strategic agenda
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
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
- The ISB recommended a reserve be established in the Wheat Initiative budget.
Action 14: Modify budget to include accumulation of a reserve fund