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SPPS Newsletter March 2017
Index of Issue I 2017
- CPSC PhD summer course 2017: SYNBIOSYS
- Register for SEB Gothenburg 2017!
- Meeting: New breeding technologies in the plant sciences
- Registration open for the 18th International Plant Nutrition Colloquium
- SPPS Award winners announced
- SPPS President receives the Åforsk’s “Kunskapspriset”
- Register for the Nordic Plant Biology days 2017 – 27th SPPS Congress!
- Staff changes in the SPPS/Physiologia Plantarum offices
- SPPS supports the Fascination of Plants Day! May 18th 2017
- PhD course: Successful Partnerships between Academia and Industry in Plant Protection
SYNthetic BIOlogy: From pro- to eukaryotic SYStems (SYNBIOSYS), 21–25 August 2017.
Synthetic biology is the engineering of biology: the deliberate (re-)design and construction of novel biological and biologically based parts, devices and systems to perform new functions for useful purposes, drawing on principles elucidated from biology and engineering. In this context, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms such as bacteria (e.g. B. subtilis or E. coli), yeast, microalgae or plants are currently being engineered to address a variety of pressing societal needs, among them the truly sustainable production of high-value compounds like pharmaceuticals, commodity chemicals or even fuels.
Registration is now open for the meeting “New breeding technologies in the plant sciences – Applications and implications in genome editing”, which will be held 7–8 July 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is a satellite meeting to the SEB Gothenburg 2017 meeting.
Registration is now open for the International Plant Nutrition Colloquium (IPNC) 21 – 24 August 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark. The venue will be the Tivoli Hotel and Congress Center, situated right in the middle of Copenhagen.
In a call to members last year, the SPPS council invited nominations for the biennial SPPS Awards. After examining the nominees, and after careful consideration, the council selected the four winners, which we are proud to hereby announce:
- SPPS Award: Prof. Michael Broberg Palmgren, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- Physiologia Plantarum Award: Dr Chuanxin Sun, Department of Plant Biology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
- SPPS Popularisation Prize: Prof. Kurt Fagerstedt, Department of Biosciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
- SPPS Early Career Award: Dr Olivier Keech, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, Sweden
Registration for the Nordic Plant Biology days 2017 – the 27th SPPS Congress to be held August 16–18, 2017 in Naantali, Finland is now open at http://plantworld.fi/SPPS2017.
The Fascination of Plants Day is a worldwide initiative to spread knowledge about plants. During this day, many research facilities open their doors for the public and introduce their research. There are activities for all ages and levels of education; great fun for the whole family! Check now if Fascination of Plants day is being celebrated in your town as well!
A 5-day intensive PhD course (3 credits) for PhD-students & post-docs
13th–17th November 2017, Alnarp, Sweden
- Communicating your research to industry and stakeholders
- Marketing yourself and your research
- How Research & Development (R & D) works in industry & how to form collaborations
- Technology transfer, safeguarding your intellectual property (IP) and patents
- Practical experience in solving industry problems (case studies)
- The course will also include a one day industry-researcher meeting in connection with the annual “Södra Sveriges Växtodlings- och Växtskydds-konferens” which will be held in Växjö early December 2017.
Students will work closely with industry experts gaining practical experience of R & D and problem solving in industry.
Costs: There is no course fee and a limited number of stipends is available for attendees from SLU to cover accommodation and travel costs – please contact the course organisers if you are interested.
Application: Apply by 31st of March, 2017. Only 20 places are available on a first come, first served basis.
More information: www.slu.se/platformplantprotection/phd-course-2017
Flyer in PDF-format can be found here.