Welcome to the March issue of the Global Plant Council’s e-Bulletin. We have some very exciting announcements for you this month!
1. Bursary available to attend State of the World’s Plants Symposium
The GPC, together with the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB), is pleased to announce that one travel bursary of up to £1000 is available to attend the State of the World’s Plants Symposium in London, UK, 25–26th May 2017!
To apply, you should be a PhD student or early career researcher within 5 years of your PhD, and a member of the SEB (or be willing to become one). For further information and how to apply, please see our blog post. Deadline is 18th April 2017.
2. GPC publishes four commentary papers in Food & Energy Security
Following our successful Stress Resilience Symposium in Brazil in October 2015, the GPC has published four commentary papers (1, 2, 3, 4) and an overview editorial in the Association of Applied Botany journal Food & Energy Security.
Based on the discussions held at this meeting, the papers outline recommendations on the strategies required to develop crops and cropping systems that are better able to cope with fluctuating and stressful environmental conditions. Read more here.
4. 20% discount on Transmitting Science courses for GPC members
And finally, training provider Transmitting Science has generously offered a 20% discount to members of all GPC Member Organizations on all its courses. Usually based in Barcelona, Spain, these postgrad/postdoc-level courses cover a range of interdisciplinary topics including statistics, genetics, ecology, and more. Book your place on the Transmitting Science website using the discount code GC237648.
Lots of new reports, and an archive of useful documents from the last few years, are available on our website. Head to the Resources page and click ‘Reports’.
World’s future food security “in jeopardy” due to multiple challenges, report warns.
Mankind’s future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report.
New EASAC report on genome editing
A new report by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council on genome editing gives advice to European policy-makers on groundbreaking research involving genome editing and plants, animals, microbes and patients.
John Maddox Prize for Standing Up for Science 2017
Do you know someone who “stands up for science”? The 2017 John Maddox Prize is now open to nominations from any science or engineering researcher, from any country around the world, who takes part in any kind of public activity, including all forms of writing, speaking and public engagement, in any of the following areas:
Addressing misleading information about scientific or medical issues.
Bringing sound evidence to bear in a public or policy debate.
Helping people to make sense of a complex scientific issue.
Click here for more information and to nominate. Deadline 31st July 2017.
The GPC is a coalition of plant and crop science societies and affiliates from across the globe. The GPC seeks to bring plant scientists together to work synergistically toward solving the pressing problems we face.