PlantLink summer Newsletter

PlantLink Seedmoney, PhD-positions, prolonged application for Grogrund and more!

PlantLink Summer News: June – August 2018

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PS #1. Thinking of a collaborative project to strengthen plant research in Skåne? Don’t forget to apply for our new round of PlantLink seed money – more info in the newsletter!

PS #2. Looking for a PhD or postdoc in plant science? Wow, this is the newsletter for you!



  1. Call for PlantLink Seedmoney
  2. PlantLink Day 12 September
  3. NordPlant new homepage
  4. NOVA PhD course
  5. ScanOats research positions
  6. Grogrund prolonged application time 31 August
  7. PhD position Alnarp Plant breeding
  8. PhD position Aarhus
  9. EPSO position on the next Framework FP9
  10. Upcoming meetings and events


1. Call for PlantLink Seedmoney

For the fifth time PlantLink announces Seed money to support collaborative projects strengthening plant research in Skåne. New for this time is that we open up for policy-related projects in addition to plant research projects. This time we want to emphasize that industrial partnerships are encouraged and will be evaluated favorably. The call including instructions is published on and the application deadline is 10 September 2018.

2. PlantLink Day 12 September, Lund

The next PlantLink Day will be in the afternoon of 12 September in Lund starting with lunch at 12:00. The venue is the Blue hall at the Ecology Building, Lund. The two themes are Plant phenotyping and Plant, People and Society. Invited speakers are Sebastien Carpentier from KU Leuven and Kristian Thorup from University of Copenhagen. Lars Eklundh at LU will present his work on remote sensing , Johanna Alkan Olsson, also LU, will talk about Urban Nature and Dawn Sanders will present the new journal Plants, people, Planet. To participate register here!

3. New NOVA PhD course

New NOVA course on “Plant communication and trophic interactions: from plant behavior to sustainable cropping” 18th – 23th November 2018 at Ekenäs. Find more information here [PDF].

4. NordPlant’s homepage is now live!

NordPlant – the new Climate and Plant Phenomics Hub for Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Production in Future Nordic Climates – now has a homepage. Even if it is still under constructions you can already now learn more about NordPlant’s aims, structure and coming focus groups. Visit

5. ScanOats is now recruiting staff!

ScanOats, an industrial research centre with oat in focus, is recruiting 3 PhDs, 3 post docs and 1 senior researcher in the area of plant pathology, biotechnology, molecular biology and bioinformatics. Find out more here!

6. Application time for GroGrund PhD positions pro- longed until 31st August

Plant Breeding within the program Grogrund GROUND – SLU’s Center for Plant Breeding of Food Crops is seeking 5-10 doctoral students to be part of Grogrunds research school with a focus on research questions within plant breeding. The time to apply has been prolonged until 31 August! Apply here.

7. PhD position in plant breeding, Alnarp

Plant breeding plays an important role in developing cultivars for sustainable agriculture. Developing new methods for selection can expedite the process of cultivar development. These new methods can be based on genomics, omics and high-throughput phenotyping combined with integrated data analysis. The goal of this PhD student project is to develop novel methods for selection of plants by combining high-throughput techniques using machine learning and deep learning to detect traits of interest in crops. Find out more here.

8. PhD position RobuCrop, Aarhus

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Food Science programme. The position is available from 1 November 2018 or later. The PhD is funded by iClimate and FOOD and is linked to research projects on effects of global change on physiological adaptation of wheat. The project will be conducted in close collaboration between AU, Dept. of Food Science, and Dept. of Agroecology as well as external research partners. Find out more information here.

9. EPSO’s position on the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, FP9

At the recent EPSO meeting, Swedish representative Jens Sundström attended the recent EPSO meeting and reported that EPSO has a new position letter on FP9. Find it here.

10. Upcoming meetings and events

Please see the calendar at, and the Department of Plant Breeding SLU Alnarp, the Biology Department at LU calendar and Copenhagen Plant Science Centre calendars for upcoming meetings:


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