The scene was set in a cold and winterly Denmark but in hospitable surroundings on an old ‘sort of boarding school for young people’ in the southern part of Zealand. Approx. 50 PhD students mainly from Scandinavia, but also from Estonia, Germany, Spain, Canada and USA, were gathered for four days of scientific discussions and social interaction.
The conference organizers had succeeded in inviting great speakers within the plant biology field: Heribert Hirt, Cathie Martin, Poul Erik Jensen, Marten Koornneef, Edgar Peiter and Rebecca Schwab. They inspired both in scientific discussions and, not the least, gave good advice on how to proceed in a career within plant biology. The students’ own presentations as well as the poster sessions showed the enthusiasm of the students and gave good promise for the future life of plant biology in Scandinavia.
The social program was formed to promote interaction among all participants – including the invited speakers. The previous secretary, Cherry Nielsen, of SPPS guided everybody through folk dancing. The conference finished off with a conference dinner which got even more intimate and atmospheric as the electrical installations were cut off due to the outside storm and everybody had to get by in the light of candles. Altogether, the conference was a big success – with valuable scientific discussions and newly established networks.
You can find more information about the 5th SPPS PhD Conference here. Information about the upcoming 6th SPPS PhD Conference, which will be held in Espoo, Finland, 2-5 September 2010, will also be posted here soon.