SPPS Newsletter September 2016

Index of Issue III 2016

An Assistant professorship (4 years position) in photosynthesis is now available at the Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University. Last day to apply is November 15, 2016.

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award_starThe call for nominations for the biannual SPPS awards are now open. We welcome all members to propose a candidate for any of the four awards: the SPPS Early Career Award, the SPPS Award, the Physiologia Plantarum Award, and the SPPS Popularisation Prize.

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crispr-cas9_lunchThis summer, professor Stefan Jansson of Umeå University, and also President of SPPS, has grown gene-edited cabbage plants in his garden. Together with the journalist Gustaf Klarin from public service broadcaster Sveriges Radio he has harvested and prepared a lunch from the plants that were modified using the “genetic scissors” CRISPR-Cas9. This news motivated even the prestigious journal Science to write a news message about it.

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The Society for Experimental Biology’s Annual Meeting 2017 will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 3 – 6 July 2017. During the meeting a two-day symposium entitled “Photosynthetic response to a changing environment – Towards sustainable energy production” will be held.

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rooting2017The 8th International Symposium on Root Development will take place in Umeå from May 29th to June 1st 2017. Registration will open in autumn 2016. Put the dates in your diary and get ready for an impressive symposium next year!

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icar2018The International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) is a yearly conference rotating between North America, Australasia and Europe, centered on all aspects of modern plant biology using thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) as a model system. The 2018 conference will take place in Turku, June 25-29, 2018.

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The longawaited new Biotron facility at SLU Alnarp will be inaugurated on November 7, 2016. PlantLink will highlight this with a scientific symposium on Tuesday 8 November at SLU Alnarp (the day after the official inauguration) with speakers from Lund, Alnarp and beyond! Confirmed speakers: Karl-Johan Bergstrand, Anders Lindroth (SITES/LU), Linda-Maria Mårtensson (SITES/SLU) and Heliospectra.

The 5th annual PlantLink Day will be held in the Blue Hall, Ecology building, Lund, in the afternoon of Thursday 6th of October.

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From the 15th until the 17th of June 118 attendees from 18 countries participated in the NorPlantBio conference in Realfagbygget on the Gløshaugen campus of NTNU in Trondheim, making it probably one of the largest and most international plant biology conference ever taking place in Norway.

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