Current Committee Members

  • Shengchen Shan (2024), Chair
  • Oluwatobi Oso, Graduate Student Representative (2024)
  • Julie Barcelona (2025)
  • Funmilola Ojo (2025)
  • Susanne S. Renner (2025)
  • Veronica Di Stilio (2026)
  • Shelley James (2026)
  • Heather Cacanindin, Executive Director, ex officio
  • Melanie Link-Perez, (2026) Program Director, ex officio
  • Brenda Molano-Flores, (2024) President, ex officio

International Affairs Committee

About the Committee

The International Affairs Committee aims to link BSA with other national botanical societies outside the U.S. and connect BSA members to international botanical events, including the International Botanical Congress (IBC) which is held every six years. The committee seeks to support young botanists attending the IBC, as well as other important international meetings. The committee informs the society regarding international activities impacting the study of plants through articles in the Plant Science Bulletin, symposiums and colloquium at the annual Botanical meetings, and other activities. Each year, new members join the committee as the same number of members rotates off. This committee is chaired by a member serving their third year on the committee.


This committee has one student as part of its composition.

Member Criteria

Committee membership is open to all BSA membership categories. The committee seeks members that can contribute unique international perspectives. Committee members are expected to participate and be engaged in committee activities and have a genuine interest in the mission of the committee.

Time Commitment

At least one meeting per year which normally takes place during the Botany conference, but open to virtual meetings as needed. Members serve three-year terms, except for student members whose terms are for two years.

Interested in Applying?

Those interested in being considered for committee service should complete a short application (200 words or less) that includes a statement of interest highlighting your expertise, experience, and interest in serving on this particular committee. Applications are accepted December 1 – February 1 and will be reviewed by the Committee on Committees. Committee appointments are typically made in May to begin in July. Questions about committee membership? Send an email to

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