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EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award

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EPSO wishes to encourage the development of ideas and imaginative thinking in the plant sciences and, therefore, offers two awards to young scientists planning on attending the Plant Biology Europe EPSO/FESPB joint congress to be held in Copenhagen on June 17th – 21st 2018. 

  • Call Text, published 17.8.2017
  • Application Form, submission deadline is 31.10.2017. Submissions will be evaluated and awardees will be announced 12.12.2018.

The awards will cover registration (waived by the Local organizing Committee) and travel (economy, max. 400 € reimbursed by EPSO) to the meeting and will include the opportunity to present a lecture on the winner’s research (15 minutes) during a parallel session of the congress; each awardee will receive 200 € from EPSO. Applications are invited from PhD students working on either fundamental or applied aspects of research on plants. One award will be offered in each category.

The selection criteria were:

  • The novelty of the idea or approach being taken
  • The potential of the research to improve understanding or outcomes in the selected field of plant science
  • The clarity with which the problem or research topic is conveyed to a non-specialist plant scientist.

PhD students wishing to apply should submit the completed application form which includes as well their abstract and their short curriculum vitae. Two EPSO representatives will select two candidates from the applications on fundamental aspects of plant biology and two other EPSO representatives will select two applications from more applied research topics. The final two winners, one from the fundamental research category, the other from the applied research category, will be selected by the 5 EPSO representatives including the jury chair.

Applicants can be nominated by others, and to be eligible they should be working in an institute/university that has EPSO institutional membership (check online). Please send your entry to epso@epsomail.org with the subject “EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award 2018”.

The two winners of the first EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award (in 2016) were:

  • Ruie LIU was selected on fundamental plant research and
  • Malaika K EBERT on applied plant research

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