Professor Anupam Varma is the Ex- President (2018-2020) of the World Society for Virology and the ex president of the Indian Virological Society, INSA Emeritus, Scientist, Advanced Centre for Plant Virology Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India. Prof. Anupam Varma (b. 1940), graduated and obtained M.Sc. degree in Botany from Allahabad University in 1961, and Ph.D. from London University in 1967. Working at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India, since 1967 in varying capacities; Professor of Virology, (1984-86), Professor of Plant Pathology (1986-88), Head, Division of Plant Pathology (1988-95), Dean, (1995-2000), and ICAR National Professor, Advanced Centre for Plant Virology (2000-2005); INSA Emeritus Scientist, Advanced Centre for Plant Virology, IARI 2005 – till date; he also served as Applied Plant Virologist FAO Nigeria 1979-81; currently, he is assisting in establishment of the first Agricultural University of Afghanistan at Kandahar. Prof. Varma has made important contributions to fundamental and applied aspects of plant virology, which are widely quoted and acclaimed. He has established a strong school of molecular virology in the country, which has provided the lead to our understanding of the complexities of the devastating diseases caused by viruses in horticultural and field crops. Prof. Varma’s researchers have played a key role in developing technologies for the management of viral diseases, through conventional and biotechnological approaches. Awards/Honours: FAO/IAAS World Food Day Award, 1985; VASVIK Award, 1989; O.P. Bhasin Award, 1992; James Wallace Award, Int. Org. Citrus Virol., 1999; NASI: R.N. Tandon Award (2000) and Dr. B.P. Pal Memorial Award (2013); INSA: T.S. Sadasivan Award (2002) and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Medal (2010); ISCA Millennium Plaque of Honour Award (2006); IVS: K.S. Bhargava Award 2007; PNASF Gold Medal Award, 2009; IPS: A.P. Misra Lifetime Achievement Award (2011); Chair, International Council of for Science Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific, 2006-08; he is an elected Fellow of Indian National Science Academy; National Academy of Sciences, India; National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Indian Phytopathological Society; and Indian Virological Society.