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Ruth Bastow

Executive Director

Ruth was appointed the Executive Director of Global Plant Council in 2013 and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Global Plant Council. From 2004–2013 she worked as the Coordinator for the UK Arabidopsis Research Network, GARNet. In collaboration with colleagues Ruth established the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) in 2009 and was awarded the Society of Biology President’s Medal for her support of the UK plant sciences community.

Before pursuing a career in science administration and policy Ruth worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the labs of Professor Caroline Dean (John Innes Centre) and Professor Julie Gray (University of Sheffield). She carried out her PhD in the lab of Professor Andrew Millar (University of Edinburgh).

In addition to her role at the GPC, Ruth continues to support GARNet, is a scientific advisor for the UKPSF, a member of the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee, and a past committee member of the International Arabidopsis Informatics Consortium.


Lavagi I, Estelle M, Weckwerth W, Beynon J, Bastow RM. (2012)
From bench to bountiful harvests: a road map for the next decade of Arabidopsis research.
Plant Cell 24(6):2240–7

Bastow RM, Leonelli S. (2010)
Sustainable digital infrastructure. Although databases and other online resources have become a central tool for biological research, their long- term support and maintenance is far from secure
EMBO Reports 11(10):730–4

Bastow RM, Mylne JS, Lippman Z, Martienssen RA, Dean,C. (2004)
Vernalization requires epigenetic silencing of FLC by histone methylation.
Nature 427:164–7

Lisa Martin

Outreach & Communications Manager

Sarah Jose

Communications Officer