SPPS Newsletter March 2017

Index of Issue I 2017

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.

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Abstract submission and registration are now open for SEB’s annual meeting, which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 3–6 July 2017, with parallel sessions in plant, cell and animal biology.

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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.

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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.

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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

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SPPS President Stefan Jansson, plant scientist at the Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) and Professor at Umeå University, has been awarded the 2017 ÅForsk “Kunskapspris”. He is being honoured for his commitment to transfer scientific knowledge to the public.

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Naantali, Finland.

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.

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Leif Nord has retired from Physiologia Plantarum and Anke Carius is the new SPPS secretary. The Physiologia Plantarum editorial office has also seen some changes in staff roles.

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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!

Fascination of Plants Day international

Fascinerade Växters Dag Sverige

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.

Course organisers:
Laura Grenville-Briggs, Laura.Grenville.Briggs@slu.se
Margareta Hökeberg, Margareta.Hokeberg@slu.se