Upcoming Events, Funding Opportunities etc.

If you are hosting or know of an event of interest to the eXtremophyte research community, please let us know. Looking for post-docs or students? Have travel funds to give away? Let us know that, too, and we’ll pass it along.

Registration is open until April 1 for the UW-Madison Plant (and Animal) Proteomics/Metabolics Summer Workshop, August 6-9, 2018

According to the organizer, Mike Sussman, “In previous years the attendees have learned a lot about the mass spec based ‘omics’  technology and the course is designed especially to help folks that have not yet done proteomics and metabolomics to become familiar enough to ‘dive-in’ on their own later on. And… Madison is a very nice place to be in the summer. There is a big lake and delicious beer and great science.” Sussman promises to keep his bad jokes under control, for whatever that is worth. For more information, a flyer and application forms, click here.

FEBS Workshop: “Resurrection plants: Hope for crop drought tolerance (ReHOPE)” to be held 20-22 September 2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

From the conference website: The event invites established and up-and-coming researchers to share exciting new findings in ‘omics’ technologies which make possible in-depth understanding of the vegetative desiccation response of resurrection plants, providing a stimulating program featuring a diverse range of topics, including biodiversity and environment interaction of resurrection plants, physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms of drought tolerance, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics of resurrection plants, genomics-assisted breeding and bioengineering of drought-tolerant crops.

This will be a good occasion for young scientists to discuss, brainstorm, get inspiration and form research co-operations with the lead scientists in these respective fields.

Young Travel Fellowships are available for early career researchers from FEBS-represented countries.

Registration is open until June 1, 2018.

Vienna International Science Conferences & Events Association (VISCEA) has announced four conferences for July, 2018, to be run sequentially.

•       Plant Biotic Stresses & Resistance Mechanisms III (July 2-3, 2018, Vienna, Austria)
•       Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance V (July 5-6, 2018, Vienna, Austria)
•       Plant Physiology & Biochemistry (July 9-10, 2018, Vienna, Austria)
•       Plant Genetics & Breeding Technologies IV (July 12-13, 2018, Vienna, Austria)

The Conferences will provide a platform to communicate recent advances and an opportunity to establish multilateral collaborations. Information on all upcoming VISCEA Conferences can be found at www.viscea.org or by following the links above. The programs of the Conferences combine plenary lectures, poster sessions, unique Conference Dinner Parties and sightseeing tours of Vienna.

The organizers advertise a “very attractive registration fee”, with an Early Registration Deadline of April 1, 2018. The Abstract Submission deadline is April 15, 2018.

Ph.D positions available at U Birmingham, UK

From ENV-PHYSIOL@JISCMAIL.AC.UK (the environmental physiology mailing list):

Please could you I ask you to advertise the following two PhDs in metabolomics to any potentially interested candidates:

1. BBSRC iCASE with the Health & Safety Executive
Integrating metabolomics and physiological modelling to ensure food safety 
Details here

Quantifying community metabolomes within model freshwater ecosystems and their responses to pollutants
Details here

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the Research Support Administrator, David Epps.

Thank you,
Mark Viant
Professor of Metabolomics
University of Birmingham

Gordon Research Conferences Student Participation Support

The GRC has limited funds available through the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship program to support the participation of eligible minority students, faculty and scientists at Gordon Research Conferences. There are programs for both US citizens/permanent residents, and for international (post)graduate students and post-docs. Please follow this link to learn more about, and apply for this program.  Note: you may need to register on at the GRC site before actually accessing the page.

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Salt and Water Stress in Plants
Gordon Research Conference
Abiotic Stress and the Future of Agriculture
June 3 – 8, 2018
For details – follow this link

From the GRC conference announcement:

The availability and quality of soil water are the major environmental factors that limit the potential of a plant to maximize growth and reproductive productivity: the major components of yield for crop plants. The 2018 GRC on Salinity and Water Stress in Plants will focus on shoot and root adaptations to abiotic stress, crop productivity, and food security. The conference will bring together researchers from academia, government, and industry with expertise from molecular systems to trait development to discuss progress in elucidating mechanisms and managing challenges associated with water availability and salinity on both agriculture and ecosystems.

The meeting will address recent advances in understanding water and salt stress tolerance and resistance and will highlight insights emerging from natural genetic variation, advanced breeding and engineered solutions. Talks will consider mechanisms – from the molecular to the organismic level – that influence cellular activities, developmental programs and whole-plant physiology. Emphasis will be placed on the breadth of impact water and salinity have on plants, their relevance to world food security, and how information gained from model and non-model systems can be translated to crops. Topics will include new knowledge of stress signaling and transduction, ion and water homeostasis, photosynthesis, gene and response regulatory systems, as well as developmental plasticity. How we maintain plant productivity in the face of changing environments and shifting distribution ranges as the limits to plant plasticity are reached will also be addressed.

In addition to invited speakers, there will be presentations selected from submitted abstracts and applications, ensuring that late-breaking developments are fully represented.