PlantLink News May

The registration is open for PlantLink’s 10 year anniversary day! Also find information on new webinars and courses and an invitation to a plant art exhibition.

  1. Sign up for PlantLink 10-year anniversary day 27 September
  2. Higher education and stakeholder webinar 11 May
  3. ESCAPAdE Job Fair – MSc, PhD and post docs sign up!
  4. MSc summer school 17-21 August + tutors
  5. New round of PlantLink’s industry mentor program
  6. PlantLink lunch seminar series spring 2021
  7. NordPlant 3rd annual meeting 25-26 November
  8. Succesful NordCrop meeting
  9. Plant Biology Europe Conference (PBE 2021) – extended deadline to 30 April!
  10. XVIII Ecoflor 27-28 May
  11.  Positions at SLUs Forest damage centre
  12.  Exhibition on Invasive Alien Plants, Lund sustainability week
  13.  The Swedish Bioinformatics Workshop 20-21 October
  14. Researcher in the Spotlight – Alf Ceplitis!

1. Sign up for PlantLink 10-year anniversary day!

This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary with a special PlantLink annual day called “PlantLink 10 year celebration – a look at the past 10 years and into the future”. The day will take place on 27 September in Lund. The day starts off with presentations on past collaborations, including former PlantLink Bioinformatician Estelle Wera (NBIS), PlantLink seed money projects and the PlantLink industrial representative in our steering committee, Lantmännen. After lunch international speakers will talk about future challenges and possibilities within their respective topics: “Plant-microbe interactions and their effects on the plant immune system”, Corné Pieterse (Utrecht University), “Botanical gardens and their role for food production in the future”, (Kew gardens) and “Gene editing of plants for biomanufacturing”, Julia Jansing (Maastrich University). This is a great occasion to meet with plant researchers in the region! Register here.

2. Higher education and stakeholder webinar 11 May

Students, teachers, researchers and the industry are all welcome to join the ESCAPdE webinar “Stakeholders expectations from higher education in Applied Plant Sciences in Europe“, 11 May at 9-11:30CET. The webinar is organized by the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague on behalf of ESCAPAdE project consortium. The registration is here.

3. ESCAPAdE Job Fair – MSc, PhD and post docs sign up!

MSc and PhD students as well as post docs please register your interest in participating in the ESCAPAdE job fair at SLU Alnarp 23-24 August at SLU Alnarp here.

We are also looking for more companies and stakeholders to join the Job Fair,. Companies are also welcome to join in the course that will be given before the job Fair. Email to Sofia Marmon.

4. MSc summer school 17-21 August + tutors

More information, schedule and registration here. PhD tutors needed for MSc summer school 17-21 August. TheMSc summer school “Host Plant Resistance Breeding as a part of Integrated Pest Management”, 3.0 ECTS, takes place on 17-21 August at SLU Alnarp. In the course teachers will bring a variety of innovative pedagogics for plant science. Registration for MSc students until 15 May is still possible here. For the summer school we are looking for PhD students who can tutor a group of MSc students. More information here.

5.  New round of PlantLink’s industry mentor program

The fifth round of the PlantLink Industrial mentor program will kick off at the MSc summer school. The program is for both PhD students and post docs. We tailor the mentors after the PhDs and post docs who apply. We recommend participants to receive 2 ECTS at their home university to participate in this program. If you supervise students please let them know of this initiative. PhDs and post docs please sign up here.

6. PlantLink lunch seminar series spring 2021

You can still sign up for this series here. Next week we meet Partnerskap Alnarp. In the PlantLink lunch seminar series, NordgenLUCSUS and LU Land have held their presentations. You can find the recorded lectures following the links. The following organisations and networks are still to present:

24/3NordgenLise Lykke Steffenssen
7/4LUCSUSLennart Olsson
21/4LU LandJuliana Dänhardt
5/5Partnerskap AlnarpCarl-Otto Swartz
19/5A new Sweden-Central America networkNélida Leiva Eriksson
2/6Food Tech LinkLena Ekelund Axelsson
16/6Tankesmedian Movium vid SLUHarald Klein, Fredrik Jergmo & Anders Rasmusson

7. NordPlant third annual meeting 25-26 November

The theme of the third NordPlant meeting is ” Successful Plant Modelling and Phenotyping for the Nordic Countries – What is Needed”. The third NordPlant annual meeting will take place on 25-26 November, 2021. This year, we expect to finally be able to go to Tromsø for a physical meeting, but the presentations will also be available via the web.

We are still inviting speakers, but a preliminary program is available here. More details will be announced as we receive confirmations from the invited speakers.

Register for the meeting is here. We look forward to seeing you in November in Tromsø or online!

8. Successful NordCrop meeting

On 14-15 April, PlantLink co-hosted the NKJ network Resilient Northern Crops Network (NordCrop), with prominent presenters such as Rod Snowdon (Justus Liebig University), John Doonan (Aberystwyth University) and Rick van de Zedde (Wageningen University and Research). The PlantLink associated researchers Aakash Chawade, Mulatu Geleta, Anders Carlsson and Olivier Van Aken also presented at the meeting, to which more than 130 researchers signed up. Next event will be mid-October in Alnarp and online. Watch this space for more information!


9.  Plant Biology Europe Conference (PBE 2021) – extended deadline to 30 April

The early bird registration for Plant Biology Europe Conference (PBE 2021) has been extended until 30 April. All researchers at LU and SLU are EPSO members through PlantLink’s memberships. Therefore, you can register as a fill member. This joint EPSO and FESPB conference will take place online on 28.6. – 1.7.2021. Preliminary program, registration details and deadlines, and abstract submission information is available on the Conference website

10. XVIII Ecoflor 27-28 May

In 2021 the ECOFLOR  meeting  is organized by the ​Area of Biodiversity and Conservation of Rey Juan Carlos University. Registration for attendance is open 25 April-8 may. Find more information here:

11. Positions at SLUs Forest damage centre

Please notice that the following advertisement for assignments for one director/manager and two deputy directors/managers for SLUs ‘Skogsskadecentrum’ (Forest damage centre) is now available on the employee website with the last application date being 15th May.

The application is only in Swedish  and because Swedish is a requirement for the job we chose not to translate it.

Attached is SLU’s plan for the establishment and operation of SLU Skogsskadecentrum.

And here is a link to news about SLU Skogsskadecentrum, with further information:

12. Exhibition on Invasive Alien Plants, Lund Sustainability week

Welcome to the outdoor exhibition “Who gets to stay? An exhibition on Invasive Alien Plants”. The exhibition is about the challenges and trade-offs we face when dealing with invasive alien species. It is produced by the Pufendorf Institute and the interdisciplinary Theme Perspectives on invasive plants. The exhibition is based on two questionnaires about invasive alien species sent out by the Folklife archives at Lund University.

The exhibition is available in the Pufendorf Institute’s garden during the Lund Sustainability Week 3–8 May, when the researchers behind the exhibition will be available for discussion, and continues until 31 May. Please find more information here. The exhibition is in Swedish and English.

 13. The Swedish Bioinformatics Workshop 20-21 October

The Swedish Bioinformatics Workshop, or SBW for short, is an annual event that has been organized by different universities in Sweden since 2000. This year it will be organized by Lund University and take place in Lund between 20-21 October 2021 (hopefully as a hybrid event at MatteAnnexet, or otherwise as a virtual event, depending on the circumstances). There is no fee to attend SBW2021 for people working in academia.

The target group for SBW is traditionally PhD students and postdocs working with any kind of bioinformatics and computational biology. This workshop aims to bring together talented students and young researchers across faculties and universities from throughout the country.

More about SBW2021 can be read here:

If you would like to attend SBW2021, please register at

14. Researcher in the Spotlight – Alf Ceplitis!

Read the interview with Group Manager Population Improvement at Lantmännen and new steering committee member at PlantLink, Alf Ceplitis here.