Mentoring Program

8ICPPS – 2nd Pre Conference Mentoring Program
Mentoring early career plant pathologists – A strong foundation for capacity building and overcoming barriers in research collaboration

Organized by
Pakistan Phytopathological Society (PPS) &
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Department of Plant Pathology
Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
The Islamia University, Bahawalpur, Pakistan

What is mentoring early career plant pathologists program?

Pakistan Phytopathological Society (PPS) in Collaboration with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is offering a two days mentoring workshop for early career young plant pathologists. The workshop is aimed to;

  • Identify mid-career plant pathologists – asking about their ongoing work through an online survey
  • Presentation by each participant for their ongoing work & challenges
  • A brief history of Plant Pathology & Current trends & Challenges 
  • Plant Pathology in the modern era: innovations and trends in disease management
  • Capacity building for carrier development & emerging opportunities
  • Develop effective networking for diffusion and promotion of scientific knowledge
  • Philosophy of research and research ethics
  • Opportunities of collaborative research for a productive output and
  • Overcome barriers in research collaboration
  • Communicate science to media & public

The mentoring workshop will also include a visit to different labs. at The Islamia University, Bahawalpur, lead talks by senior plant pathologists on their personal pathways to success and a brief Introduction to ACIAR and opportunities for researchers by its country representative Dr. Munawar Raza Kazmi.

Expected outcomes

The focus on mentoring and leadership development of early and mid-career plant pathologists, to support their professional career, personal growth, and capacities, empower with their inspirational experience and success stories, facilitate women access to the recent development in agriculture research, enable participants to increase their perceived legitimacy in research and overcome barriers in research collaboration for a productive output.

Impact on international agricultural research and development activities

  • Mentoring program and conference activities will provide an opportunity to bring faculty, researchers, students, scientists, farmers, and industrialists together in open dialogue under one roof.
  • Deep and detailed knowledge of plant-pathogen-environment interactions will be strengthened by integration across different disciplines and the awareness about new analytical tools, experimental models, and information system
  • The participants will be able to discuss the issues related to plant health with special reference to changing climate and the possible strategies to overcome the problems, through this participants can get knowledge which will enable to get ideas for secure a safe food and energy supply for the growing world population, to sustain natural ecosystems, and to promote quality of life.

Who is eligible to apply?

Early-career plant pathologists (Ph.D. scholars, lecturers, assistant professors and researchers) from public sector units from Pakistan are eligible to apply. The applicant must be lifetime/ regular/ student member of Pakistan Phytopathological Society. A minimum of 25 participants will be selected to join this program. Female candidates are encouraged to apply as 50% seats will be reserved for females.

Registration Fee

There is no registration fee. The program is funded by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

What can a participant receive funding for?

ACIAR is offering funding for the complete programmatic implementation of this mentoring program. The award will cover return tickets, program registration fee, accommodation, meal, and local travel during the workshop and 8th International Conference of Pakistan Phytopathological Society (8ICPPS).

Registration fees for already registered 8ICPPS participants will be refunded if selected for the PPS-ACIAR mentoring program

Application process

The applicants are invited to fill in an online form available on Pakistan Phytopathological Society on or before November 17, 2023.

The applicants should also submit completely filled online application, a single-page CV and a recommendation letter from their direct supervisors/ HODs via email to on or before November 17, 2023.

The application period is closed.

Key dates

October 30, 2023: PPS-ACIAR Call opens
November 17, 2023 (EXTENDED): Call closes
November 18, 2023: Notification to the selected candidates
November 20, 2023: Acceptance and confirmation of selected candidates
November 22, 2023: Needs assessment and pre-course
November 23, 2023: Program orientation
November 25, 2023: Program launch

Post-workshop report

Each applicant is expected to write a one-page report on mentoring program learning outcomes to be presented at the concluding session and submitted to the program focal person to receive a successful completion certificate.

Focal Person
Dr. Amjad Shahzad Gondal