SPPS Newsletter June 2016

Index of Issue II 2016

A network of SPPS contact persons has been established.

The SPPS board would like to welcome you to the new SPPS newsletter. In our work to promote plant science this newsletter provides an important communication and news forum for people working in experimental plant biology in Nordic countries. In the future we expect SPPS to become increasingly visible in this role. The new board is full of ideas how to make it happen, but we also welcome ideas and initiatives from you – member or not. Engaged scientists are essential for the SPPS to gain in influence and visibility. One of the first things the new board has done is to identify SPPS contact persons across the region. We now have 20 SPPS ambassadors in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Estonia, who will actively promote SPPS in their home institutions.

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Downtown Tromsø. Photo: Yngve Olsen Sæbbe. (CC BY 2.0)

Downtown Tromsø. Photo: Yngve Olsen Sæbbe. (CC BY 2.0)

Next SPPS Early Career PI (ECPI) meeting will be arranged in Tromsø, Norway in November 2016. The SPPS ECPI network was established in 2014 with kick-off meeting held in Naantali, Finland. The aim of this network is to bring together “next generation” scientists working in Scandinavia to increase the collaboration and improve the competitiveness of Nordic plant scientists for gaining Scandinavian and European research funding in the future.

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Central Oslo. Photo by John Christian Fjellestad (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Central Oslo. Photo by John Christian Fjellestad (CC BY-SA 3.0).

The 9th SPPS PhD Student Conference took place in Oslo 20–23 June 2016 and offered attendants four days of interesting scientific talks, mixed with workshops and social events. The congress was attended by around 60 participants, including eight invited keynote speakers, well known for their work within their respective field.

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It is a pleasure to invite you to submit your abstract for the upcoming 13th Nordic Photosynthesis Congress (NPC13), Copenhagen, 25–28 October 2016.

You can submit abstracts in one of the following topics:
– Structure and function of photosynthetic reaction center and antennae complexes
– Biogenesis of the photosynthetic machinery and retrograde signaling
– Regulation and acclimation of photosynthesis
– Renewable energy: biological and chemical approaches

Submit your abstract here.

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Registration is now open for the next Swedish Developmental Biology Organization (SWEDBO) 2016 conference which will be held at Lund University on October 20th – 21st, 2016.

SWEDBO is a scientific community based organization run by representatives form 7 universities throughout Sweden. Its aim is to foster interaction and exchange of ideas between Swedish – based researchers focusing on basic, translational or technological areas with interests connected to developmental biology. The main areas of current members are animal and plant developmental biology, evolution, stem cells and regeneration.

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The FESPB Awards are the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology’s most prestigious awards. Two FESPB Awards are presented at each FESPB Congress to young scientists. This year the awards were given to Rikard Fristedt, currently at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, previously UCLA and Linköping University, and Miguel De Lucas, Durham University. The award winners were invited to give a lecture on their research during the FESPB congress, this year held in Prague, Czech Republic, 26 – 30 June 2016.

The “European Molecular Biology Organization“ (EMBO) announced on May 23 the election of 58 new EMBO Members. Ove Nilsson, director at Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) and professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Umeå, is one of the researchers that are recognized with their election for their achievements in life science.

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Two new colleagues will join the Department of Plant Biology of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala.

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Resolving the role of Kinesin-separase complex (KISC) in cells
The postdoctoral position will be based at the Department of Plant Biology, Uppsala BioCentrum, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the Linnean Center for Plant Biology. The department undertakes fundamental research on model organisms, agricultural crops, forest trees and bioenergy crops. We offer a creative and stimulating international environment, interacting with four other departments that make up the cluster ”Uppsala BioCentrum” at SLU. For more information, please visit our homepage http://www.vbsg.slu.se. For topics studied in our department and groups: Link; our group: Link.

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A postdoctoral opportunity is available in the group of Dr Judith Felten at the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at the Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden from early fall 2016 for two years.

Project
We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to discover the molecular mechanisms behind the establishment of the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis in Populus and Picea tree roots with a selection of ectomycorrhizal fungi. The aim of the project is to uncover the cell wall modulations that are required for the symbiosis to form. The candidate will analyse ectomycorrhizae generated with a variety of existing wildtype and mutant fungi using techniques ranging from Raman micro-spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy and carbohydrate microarrays to immunolocalization of cell wall polymers. The candidate will also generate and analyse transcriptome data and auxin–metabolome data for the different ectomycorrhizal partnerships, correlate those data and reveal the molecular key actors for the cell wall modulations observed.

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