Dear ASPS Members,
Welcome to 2022. We had a surprisingly active year last year considering the difficult circumstances. The ASPS hybrid meeting and Science Week activities were the highlights. Fingers-crossed that the Covid clouds are lifting and that our lives will not be quite so hectic in 2022 and that more interactions are possible.
I want to emphasise two announcements that appear in the latest Phytogen newsletter sent to you all today (https://www.asps.org.au/archives/7828).
ASPS Awards for 2022: We encourage applications for our annual awards. These include the Goldacre Medal, the Jan Anderson Award, the Robertson Travelling Fellowship and Education and Outreach Award. Deadlines are 28 March and details are available in the Phytogen.
Meetings and Conferences for 2022: We are in for a treat this year because two exciting meetings are being organised and both feature a stellar line up of speakers.
- ComBIO 2022 (Melbourne, 27-20 September 2022) includes, among many others, a Plenary Address from Jennifer Doudna, the Nobel Laureate for her work on gene editing. ComBIO is a combined meeting organised by several societies involved in biological sciences. Details at https://combio.org.au/combio2022/information.html.
- 13th International Congress of Plant Molecular Biology (Cairns, 23-27 October 2022) will have 84 sessions with some wonderful speakers including Claudia Köhler, Caixia Gao, Pamela Ronald, Keiko Torii, Cyril Zipfel, David Baulcombe. Details here https://ipmb2022.org/ and see poster attached.
Importantly, student members of ASPS can apply for funding to attend these meetings and details will be released soon. Student poster prizes will also be awarded.
The organising teams assure me that every effort will be made for these meetings to go ahead as planned. So put the dates in your diary and register your interest to receive regular updates.
Dr Peter R Ryan
President, Australian Society of Plant Scientists
Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
PO Box 1700
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia