The Scientific Programme
The Scientific Committee (SCICOM) is responsible of the scientific programme of the Society.
Of the 7 Research Groups inherited from EWRC, only the Annual Grassweeds Group was really concerned with arable agriculture so an initial task of the SCICOM was to stimulate the development of others. By the end of 1981 there were Groups for Herbicide Application, Herbicides in the Soil, Laboratory Biotests, Mediterranean Weeds and Environmental Effects on Herbicide Performance in addition to 5 of the 7 EWRC groups. Also Joint Committees were established with the European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) for the control of volunteer potatoes and with EPPO regarding the evaluation and registration of herbicides. The Education Committee, initially a Standing Committee reporting directly to EXCOM. was reconstituted as a Working Group of SCICOM.