Launch of the ISHS Young Minds Committee

The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Board has launched the ISHS Young Minds Committee, a new and innovative program aimed at Students and Early Career Professionals.

The  ISHS  is a  global network comprising over 70,000 individuals, universities, governments, institutions, libraries and commercial companies, thousands of whom joined as Individual Members,

It  aims to promote research in all branches of horticulture and encourages the development of international co-operation, bringing together scientific and technical professionals to stimulate, facilitate and co-ordinate global research and scientific activities.

After online meetings and a public call for candidates, many interested young minds with a keen interest and commitment to Horticulture stepped up as candidates for positions on the young Minds Committee.

A Selection Commission, composed of ISHS members from all regions worldwide, had a hard job selecting the committee members because all candidates showcased outstanding qualities.

The 12 candidates who made it successfully through the selection procedure and are now part of the ISHS Young Minds Committee (2022-2026) are::

  • Africa: Student: Winnie Wambugu (Kenya) and Early Career: Keanu Martin (S. Africa)
  • Asia: Student: Lijun Zhou (China) and Early Career: Hyungmin (Tony) Rho (Taiwan)
  • Europe: Student: Isabella Righini (The Netherlands) and Early Career: Marta Silva (Portugal)
  • North America: Student: Chayce Griffith (USA) and Early Career: Scott Orr (USA)
  • Oceania: Student: Navneet Kaur (Australia) and Early Career: Claire Scofiel (New Zealand)
  • South America: Student: Rayan Vargas (Argentina) and Early Career: Sofia Flores (Peru)

The formal establishment of the ISHS YMC took place last month.

A YMC President has yet to be elected and  the first operational steps such as defining the committee’s priorities  have yet to be taken.

Source: International Society for Horticultural Science 



Author: Bob Edlin

Editor of AgScience Magazine and Editor of the AgScience Blog