Vote for new Governing Board members

Please cast a vote for new Governing Board members before 21 February 2018.

Two members of the board (Jim Baldwin and John Jones) have come to the end of their mandate and need to be replaced. We have received three nominations, so please vote for a maximum of two candidates among the following (in alphabetical order):

-       Dr Raquel Campos-Herrera (Portugal)         Yes / No

-        Dr Catherine J. Lilley (UK)                          Yes / No

-        Dr. Sara Sánchez-Moreno (Spain)               Yes / No

Please send your ballot by mail to Eric Grenier ( who will collect, count, and retain them.

This ballot is  available  here


Short bio of the three candidates:


Raquel Campos-Herrera

Investigador Programme FCT (~Asistant Professor, non-ternure track), Centro para os Recursos Biológicos e Alimentos Mediterrânicos (MeditBio), Campus Gambelas, Universidade do Algarve, Faro (Portugal)

Dr. Raquel Campos-Herrera is currently under the “Investigator Programme” (Portuguese Government, FCT, Portugal, 2015-18), and will join the ICVV-CSIC in 2018 into “Ramon y Cajal” program (Spanish Government, Spain, 2018-2023). She received her PhD in 2006 from University Complutense of Madrid (Spain) thanks to her work at the CSIC, supported by two competitive grants: FPU (2002–05), and I3P postgraduate (CSIC, Spain, 2006). Her PhD was awarded with the European Mention and Annual Extraordinary Award (UCM, Spain). Subsequently, she worked as postdoctoral associated for >7 years at University of Florida (USA), Agricultural Sciences Institute (CSIC, Spain) and University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), supported by fellowships from the Ramón Areces Foundation (Spain), the Marie Curie Program (7FP, European Union) and the Swiss National Science Foundation. Besides self-funding her whole career, she has been Principal Investigator (PI) in various grants: 2 as PhD student (La Rioja Government, Spain 2002, 2003), the IOF Marie Curie lab-associated grant (EU, 2010-13), and one IF-Exploratory Grant (FCT, Portugal, 2015-18), collaborating in 12 national/international projects (EU, USA). She co–supervised various undergraduate students/short stages, co-advised 2 PhD students (defended on June 30th 2016 and October 26th 2017) and 2 PhD student more are ongoing. She team–taught formal courses in Biology, Master and PhD program in Entomology and Nematology, participated in summer schools and short postgraduate courses and enjoys developing outreach activities for high school students, farmers and the general public, accounting with > 20 invited lectures (Brazil, USA, France, Spain and Portugal). She serves as international expert for numerous project evaluation panels (U.S.–Egypt, U.S.-Israel, Joint Science and Technology Program USA, NWO Open program-The Netherlands, Science Centre Poland, CONICYT Chile and ANECA Spain). Also, she receives frequent invitations as symposium and workshop organizer (SON, ONTA, SIP), and serves as chair and vice–chair of Entomophilic Nematode Divisions (SON 2010-12 and SIP 2016-2018). She has been keynote speaker in two meetings, the “Sociedade do Nematologia do Brazil” (2012) and the “Nematological Society of Southern Africa” (2017). She is Editorial Board member of three international journals (Frontiers in Plant Science, Journal of Nematology and Journal Nematoda) and regularly serves as reviewer for >25 international journals (e.g., Applied Soil Ecology, Biological Control, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology). As recognition to her scientific career as young scientific she was recently awarded “Syngenta Crop Protection Award 2017” for her contributions in Nematology, not previously recognized, which has led to significant advancement in agriculture (SON, Virginia, USA, 2017).


Catherine J. Lilley

Centre for Plant Sciences, School of Biology, University of Leeds

After graduating with a degree in Botany I completed a PhD at the University of Durham in 1991, investigating how inducible gene expression in Agrobacterium could be harnessed to deliver plant protection in the rhizosphere. A postdoctoral position working on regulation of seed storage proteins in oilseed rape was followed in 1994 by a move to the University of Leeds, where I joined the group of Howard Atkinson and began my long association with Plant Nematology. I still work within the Plant Nematology Group, now led by Peter Urwin. During my time at Leeds I have been involved in a wide range of research projects with many collaborators and have witnessed the huge progress that has been made in the understanding of plant-nematode interactions and nematode genomics.

From my earliest work to characterise proteinase genes of soybean cyst nematode through to the more recent genome sequencing projects for potato cyst nematode, I have always had a keen interest in the molecular aspects of the research. However, the beauty of the job is its varied nature that has taken me from field trials of GM potatoes in the UK to nematode problems of bananas on smallholder farms in Uganda to working with agribusiness in China. My current research projects span the application of biofumigation for nematode control and investigating the function of novel effectors of cyst nematodes. One of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of my job has been the opportunity to support and encourage many postgraduate students over the years and introduce them to nematology. Student participation at ESN meetings is of enormous benefit both for the students themselves and the wider nematology community.


Sara Sánchez Moreno

Researcher at the National Institute of Agriculture and Food Research and Technology (INIA, Madrid, Spain).

I am a doctor on Biology by the University of Alcalá, Spain. I developed my PhD at the Natural History Museum in Madrid studying soil nematode communities in heavy-metal polluted areas, and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of California at Davis, where I started working on agroecosystems focusing on the role of soil nematode diversity on various soil functions. Back in Spain, I joined the National Institute of Agriculture and Food Research and Technology, in which I was granted a Tenured Scientist position in 2010.

My research focuses on the role of beneficial nematodes in ecosystem services and the use of nematodes as bioindicators. I have been the PI of several projects, and I have been an invited speaker in national and international events (USA, UK, France), and supervised PhD and MSc students. I enjoy very much sharing my interest on nematodes and soil diversity with undergrad students too, and I have collaborated with the industry in the search of environmentally friendly pesticides. Currently, I am involved in several projects at national and international levels focused on long-term effects of tillage on soil communities, nematodes as indicators in tropical systems, and nematodes as indicators of climate change effects on the soil system. One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is meeting international students and colleagues and sharing with them interests and experiences, and becoming a member of the ESN governing board would be a wonderful way of doing so.