First of all, we are very pleased to announce that we have an incoming new director for PlantLink, Federico Gomez! Federico is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition at LU and has been a researcher in the PlantLink network since the very start. During the spring, Federico and Erik Alexandersson will work in parallel to ensure a smooth transition.
In addition, this newsletter contains information about a number of upcoming meetings and courses, links to videos of the recently concluded “Bioeconomy Parliament” and a spotlight of researcher Øystein Opedal.
- NordCrop meeting “Climate resilient crops in the North and beyond!”, 10 March
- NordPlant teams up with INRAE and WUR for common data standards in plant phenotyping.
- The 7th Annual NPPN Workshop, 1 February 2022
- Virtual lunch tour of the NaPPI phenotyping facility in Helsinki, 14 March
- The 25th Biannual International Plant Resistance to Insects Workshop (25IPRI)”, 31 May-2 June in Malmö
- Update on Fascination of Plants Day, 18 May
- Last reports from the ESCAPAdE program available
- Registration for the ELLS summer schools 2022 are open!
- Registration open for ELLS MSc/PhD course PLG0035 “Plant Protection Biology: improving plant health under climate change and other stresses”, 8-19 August
- NOVA PhD course in Plant Pathology: Biological control and the role of plant biomes in plant health, 4 ECTS, May 9-13
- Videos from “Bioeconomy parliament” (Bioekonomiriksdagen 2021) online
- The Swedish Energy Agency has approved the application for a new 5-year period of the Biogas Research Center.
- Save the dates for PlantLink day and NordPlant annual meeting this fall!
- Position as Plant breeder in Sugar Beet at DLF Beet Seeds
- PlantLink researcher in the spotlight is Øystein Opedal
1. NordCrop meeting “Climate resilient crops in the North and beyond!” on 10 March
The NKJ NordCrop meeting “Climate resilient crops in the North and beyond!” on 10 March will take place either as a hybrid or fully online meeting depending on the covid situation. Keynote speakers are Erik Murchie, (University of Nottingham) and Ebe Merilo (University of Tartu). Full program and sign up here.
2. NordPlant teams up with INRAE and WUR for common data standards in plant phenotyping
We have good news from the NordPlant university hub. Phenotyping facility coordinators Dr Kristiina Himanen and Prof. Thomas Roitsch joined a network of European phenomics facilities at INRAE, UCPH, UH and WUR to obtain access to the EGI-ACE as a user case. The project offers access to infrastructure and platform services as well as dedicated user support and training. This will greatly contribute to the NordPlant common data standards project. Read more about it here.
3. The 7th Annual NPPN Workshop, 1 February 2022
The 7th Annual NPPN Workshop will be held as a half-day, online seminar on 1 February 2022. The program includes presentations from the 6P3 work package leaders as well as invited keynote speakers. The meeting will be followed by a Daisy workshop on 2 February, where you can also join a half-day, online workshop about the flexible Soil-Plant-Atmosphere system model Daisy on 2 February. The workshop is organized in collaboration between the 6P3 and the RadiBooster project. More information and registration is available here.
4. Virtual lunch tour of the NaPPI phenotyping facility in Helsinki, 14 March
On the 14 March at 12:00-12:00 CET you are welcome for a virtual lunch tour of the NaPPI phenotyping facility in Helsinki. More information here.
5. The 25th Biannual International Plant Resistance to Insects Workshop (25IPRI)”, 31 May – 2 June in Malmö
The 25th Biannual International Plant Resistance to Insects Workshop (25IPRI) will be arranged 31 May – 2 June in Malmö. More information on this event here.
6. Update on Fascination of Plants Day, 18 May
PhD course in plant imWe are planning an event during the Fascination of plants day 18 of May. The theme is ”Plants to mitigate climate change” and it will be an open meeting in Lund where we hope to attract students and other interested members of the public. We have some confirmed speakers already, including Marie Nyman who is the retiring Chief Secretary of Gentekniknämnden. More information to come.
7. Last reports from the ESCAPAdE program available
The last reports from the ESCAPAdE program are now available on their homepage. For example, you read about the pan-European Job fair for plant science PlantLink helped arranging last summer. Find the reports here.
8. Registrations for the ELLS summer schools 2022 are open!
The page for the 2022 summer schools is online and the application window is open! Please help us spread this to students and PhDs. Find all the courses and how to register for them here.
One of the courses is the course Digital breeding at BOKU, Austria for which more info can be found here!
9. Registration open for ELLS MSc/PhD course PLG0035 “Plant Protection Biology: improving plant health under climate change and other stresses”, 8-19 August in Alnarp
The registration is now open for the ELLS MSc/PhD course PLG0035 “Plant Protection Biology: improving plant health under climate change and other stresses”, 8-19 August in Alnarp, Sweden. This bi-annual course focuses on plant health and abiotic stresses this time around.
10. NOVA PhD course in Plant Pathology: Biological control and the role of plant biomes in plant health, 4 ECTS, May 9-13
This course provides an advanced insight and understanding of biological plant disease control and plant microbiome function related to plant health. A journal club February-May weekly at Zoom will be followed by a physical course May 9-13, 2022 at a conference centre close to Uppsala. More information.
Application: Sign up for the course by e-mail to the course coordinator Professor Dan Funck Jensen: email@example.com
11. Videos from “Bioeconomy parliament” (Bioekonomiriksdagen 2021) are now available online
If you were not able to attend the “Bioeconomy parliament” (Bioekonomiriksdagen 2021) in Lund, 7-8 December, you can now see the recording here.
12. The Swedish Energy Agency has approved the application for a new 5-year period of the Biogas Research Center
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is the other academic partner in the consortium where Linköping University is the host to more than 50 companies and public organizations as partners.
The new competence center called Biogas Solutions Research Center (BSRC) was one of eleven centers that were funded out of 28 applications. The center will be funded for ten years in two 5-year stages and the total cash flow will be ca 180 million SEK within a 5-year period. The remaining funding comes from the more than 50 partners, both companies and public organizations. The center will co-produce knowledge developing biogas solutions and their capacity to solve large societal challenges.
The Swedish Energy Agency´s motivation: ”The goal with the Biogas Solutions Research Center (BSRC) is to increase knowledge about socio-technological energy systems that include biogas solutions. Biogas-based solutions have often a good sustainability performance because they simultaneously treat waste, produce renewable fuels and renewable plant nutrients. The Swedish Energy Agency Energimyndigheten assesses that BSRC clearly contributes to an increase sustainability in the structural changes that are necessary for the transformation both within the transport sector and the industry.”
13. Save the dates
Please save the date for the next PlantLink day, which will be 5 October at SLU Alnarp with the theme “New plant products”, and the next NordPlant annual day which will be 30 November in Lund in conjunction with the Göte Turesson jubilee, commemorating 100 years since the term Ecotype was coined.
14. Position as Plant Breeder in Sugar Beet at DLF Beet Seeds
In this role, it is crucial to have deep knowledge and experience in working with plants and the ability to develop and implement latest breeding methods in a commercial breeding program. It is a diverse role where the plant breeder needs to have a flexible personality, be easy to collaborate with and have a willingness to do routine work as well as having the competence and energy to drive and be responsible for a breeding program, aiming at bringing new improved germplasm to the market.
Employer: DLF Beet Seed Research AB
Location: Landskrona, Sweden
Scope and day of admission: Full time with start as agreed
Last day for application: 2021-04-01
If you have any questions about the role profile please contact Joakim Herrström, 0418-43 72 06
If you have questions regarding the recruitment process please contact Human Resources, Jean Lundin, Send your application with CV and a personal letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will make a continuous selection, so please send you application as soon as you have the opportunity.
15. Researcher in the spotlight: Øystein Opedal
This month’s PlantLink researcher in the spotlight is Øystein Opedal at LU. You can read more about him here.