Welcome to Phytogen for May 2022.
Dear ASPS Members,
A reminder that the 2022 Annual Meeting for the Australian Society of Plant Scientists will be held in Melbourne (27-30 September) as part of ComBIO2022 (see ComBio2022 ).
ComBIO is the joint meeting of five biological and genetics societies from Australia and New Zealand. It provides us all with the opportunity to experience a much larger and exciting meeting and hear outstanding international and local speakers from the plant and animal worlds (including Nobel Laureate Jennifer Doudna). Among the wide range of symposia are streams dedicated to plant biology, signalling and evolution.
Deadline for Abstracts is Friday 24 JUNE – see the website. Please print off the attached POSTER and display it in your labs and tea rooms.
Note: Student members of ASPS who attend ComBio and present a talk or poster are eligible to receive funding to support their travel. See the attached Student-Travel-Grant-for-ComBio2022 – due 4th July 2022.
We encourage everyone to participate.
Taking a look at the Programme of Plenaries and Keynotes, 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Professor Jennifer Doudna is delivering the opening Keynote Lecture. Jennifer’s research field is gene editing and CRISPR, revolutionising agriculture and genetics. In early childhood in Hawaii, marvelling at plants is where it all began – will be very inspirational for all of us. There is also Professor Siobhan Brady from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California, UCDavis. Here is an amazing article about growing food despite drought. Plus Professor Niko Geldner from the Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, will be speaking about the root endodermis.
Root endodermis, Geldner Lab
In May there has been an interesting article growing plants with soil from the moon: Scientists Grow Plants in Lunar Soil from the 12th May 2022.
We wish students and teachers all the best in preparing for exams and semester assessments in coming months.
Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) is currently offering professional development scholarships for the Australian Society of Plant Scientists staff and members. The scholarships are open to women across all areas of the STEM sector and we encourage you to share this opportunity with your staff & members.
Women & Leadership Australia supports women leaders across all sectors and industries by providing world-class leadership development programs for emerging, middle and senior leaders. We believe that advancing gender equity, especially in leadership, is central to creating a more fair and inclusive society.
Through our Industry Partnership Framework, we work with over 500 associations and professional bodies to increase awareness and action around gender equity. With your support, we can continue to create meaningful opportunities for women leaders in your industry.
Scholarships of $1000 – $5000 per person available for women in the STEM Sector
- To encourage more women to step into leadership roles across the STEM sector, WLA is offering scholarships for 4 x leadership development courses. Apply by 10 June or find out more by clicking here – https://www.wla.edu.au/stem.html
PB2022 registration at lowest rates ends June 8 2022. On Demand Plant Biology Extended will be available for purchase for those not able to attend the meeting in person. More details to come…..
Please login and check your ASPS membership is up to date. Encourage your colleagues and students to join ASPS. Go to: https://www.asps.org.au/members/join
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