ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH COMMITTEE - 2008
The International Committee met had a large and enthusiastic meeting and has
decided to do a series of activities for direct outreach:
We are strongly moving forward with meaningful activities for all our members,
young and old, researchers and educators and of all disciplines within botany.
- We made contact with nations around the world and are working on a series
of articles nation-by nation which outline major Universities, Botanical societies
and researchers in these nations, for the information of BSA members, to be
put on the web.
- We have a site on the web page under meetings " International Meetings"
Our members and bill's staff are updating this regularly. We hope that BSA
members when traveling and when looking for meetings in various nations, will
- We are deciding on nations to give complete sets of the Amer. Journal of
botany to. Many developing nations do not have a complete set inside the whole
country. We will also give an on line subscription to a key botanist who can
share the information with students and researchers. Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Peru, and Bulgaria, Thailand and being considered now. There have been needs
from nations and offers from BSA members for equipment to be sent to these
" special " nations such as microscopes, etc. We have a subcommittee
looking into this.
- After discussion at our meeting, the first nation with whom we will have
a formal exchange will be Peru. We plan to have exchanges each 2-3 years on
various continents ( South Africa or Tanzania, Thailand, Papua New Guinea,and
east Europe were runners up and are being explored for 2010 and beyond with
distribution throughout regions being key). We have made contact with the
Peruvian Botanical society and nine outstanding botanists (from biodiversity
to forestry to agriculture to ecology). We have submitted a planning grant
and have an invitation to plan a workshop to learn about one another's research.
(Peru has more species than USA and Canada combined, has the largest number
of endangered species in South America, has 28 ecosystems, has excellent paleo-botanic
resources, has 85000 km sq marine and coastal waters almost unexplored botanically,
has agriculture 11000 yr old with hundreds of cultivated species we do not
presently eat in USA, has 50% of the nation covered with forests, the large
part of which is intact and some virgin). This is a botanical treasure , it
is safe for researchers, and funded by US government agencies. We hope this
BSA -Peru alliance will yield many years of joint research for our BSA members
in all disciplines. We plan a workshop in Peru for BSA members either 2009
or 2010. We have a committee composed of 9 distinguished Peruvian scientists
and 9 BSA . We have a draft program. We will produce a book " Botany
in Peru " on the web after the meeting . The Peruvians are very anxious
to learn about our web site, software for organization of meetings, all our
new technologies including distance learning. They specialize in systematics,
biodiversity, seed physiology, ecosystem description . They are very receptive
to an Alliance with the BSA. We are seeking further funding including airline
reduced fares, and grants.
- I was in India in December and have an offer to put our web site link on
an India Universities web site. We have good contacts there. This nation is
ripe for an exchange workshop with BSA. There are thousands of Botanists in
- I have been asked to speak about riverine and marine pollution at a meeting
of Academy of Sciences and Club of Rome in Romania in May followed by Bulgarian
Academy the next week. I am making links with botanists there for the BSA
future. These two nations have mountains, riverine, coastal, marine ecosystems
and great unexplored botanical resources. These nations are anxious to work
with us at the BSA.
- Our committee members have written excellent articles about Botany in their
nations “ Botany in Bulgaria: and “Botany in Pakistan “
and range from Europe to Australia & New Zealand, and Peru which have
been prepared for the web site and for Plant Science Bulletin to educate members
about universities, research, environment, forests, journals, and societies
and meetings in these nations.
- Two of our women members, volunteered their biographies to Women in Science.
One from Pakistan and one from Sri Lanka, making our Women profiles international.
- At the Vancouver meeting , have organized the first in what we hope are
a series of BSA symposia " How to work Internationally" with international
funding information, access of International internet resources of Plant science
information, and how to chose international journals and publish international
work , how to import or export living or specimen material internationally
other important facts for working abroad. HOpefully these will be articles
for Plant Science bulletin.
- We have nominated a series of persons for Corresponding members from developing
nations around the world.
Anitra Thorhaug, Chair BSA International Outreach committee