SPPS Newsletter March 2016

Index of Issue I 2016

Photo: Wilhelm Joys Andersen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Oslo city centre. Photo: Wilhelm Joys Andersen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The 9th SPPS PhD Student Conference is now open for registration! This time the conference will be held on June 21–23, 2016, in Oslo, Norway. Prepare yourself to meet distinguished guest speakers and international PhD students working in plant sciences!

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Chlorophyll fluorescence analysis is one of the most powerful and widely used techniques by plant physiologists and ecophysiologists. The course, hosted by the University of Gothenburg May 9–13th, 2016, will consist of lectures related to the theoretical background of this method and practicals to illustrate the types of information that fluorescence can provide. Practicals will be given for groups of 5 students on available instruments (DUAL-PAM-100, Phyto-PAM, Water-PAM, Junior-PAM, Pocket- and Handy-PEA). The analyzed samples will be from cyanobacteria, algae and plants.

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Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) invites promising early career scientists for a postdoc project symposium. The aim of the symposium is to bring together postdoc candidates and UPSC group leaders to identify common research interests and to develop a project together. The prospective postdocs and group leaders are expected to submit a postdoc fellowship application.

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The EPSO/FESPB 2016 Congress will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, June 26–30, 2016. Poster submission is open until March 31, and early registration ends on April 15. Please find all relevant information on the congress website.

Dario Leister has resigned, and Poul Erik Jensen has been appointed new Head of CPSC from 1 April. The centre is now entering a new phase with focus on facilitating collaboration as well as attracting even more funding and international profiles.

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The National Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure (NaPPI) is a strategic Finnish Research Infrastructure (FIRI) situated on the Viikki campus at the University of Helsinki and in collaboration with the University of Eastern Finland on the Joensuu campus. The facility consists of motorised plant transportation and maintenance, such as weighing and watering, in combination with imaging tools for RGB, thermoluminescense and chlorophyll fluorescence. These tools allow comprehensive analysis of plant growth and physiology, aimed at facilitating fundamental and applied plant research not only at the Viikki campus but in collaboration with any interested plant research site in Finland.

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The 13th Nordic Photosynthesis Congress is to be held in Copenhagen from 25 to 28 October 2016. The Nordic Photosynthesis Congress (NPC) has been a meeting point for photosynthesis researchers in the Nordic and Baltic countries since its first edition in 1991, and has thus become an occasion to meet friends and colleagues.

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Jens Stougaard

Jens Stougaard

Professor Jens Stougaard of Aarhus University has received Denmark’s largest individual research award, the 2016 Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award for Technical and Scientific Research, valued at DKK 5 million. The foundation has chosen to honour Stougaard with the award in recognition of his extraordinary work on plant biology.

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The third evaluation report for centres financed by Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA) and the Swedish Research Council (VR) is now published and ranks UPSC Berzelii Centre at the first place out of 20 evaluated centres. The international evaluation committee ranked UPSC Berzelii Centre on the first place as the only centre with “exceptional” performance.

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For the fourth time Carl Kempe, the chair of the Kempe Foundations, presented the Gunnar Öquist Fellows during a ceremony at the Chemical Biological Centre KBC. This year, two researchers at UPSC received each a SEK 3 million research grant and a SEK 50,000 personal funding. Judith Felten, researcher at the UPSC-department for Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology (SLU), and Olivier Keech, associate professor at the UPSC-department of Plant Physiology (UmU), are the two awardees.

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