Conference Grants - 10 Grant Initiative
Ten grants of up to 800 Euros are available this year to help fund your partipation in any relevant international scientific conference, seminar or meeting (oral presentation or poster presentation)
You can apply for this grant if:
- you belong to an EVOLTREE partner lab;
- you are a student;
- your abstract has already been accepted by the event organisers BEFORE applying for this grant;
- the content of your presentation or poster is related to EVOLTREE research topics;
- you agree to display the EVOLTREE logo in your presentation or poster
- you agree to provide a PDF of your presentation or poster and a short report about your participation at the event - along with a photo or two - to publish in these web pages and in the newsletter.
The EVOLTREE Events page gives an indicative list of upcoming conferences and events; however, this list is not exhaustive.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit your accepted abstract to Marjana Westergren (marjana.westergren @ gozdis.si) or Delphine Grivet (grivet @ inia.es).
When doing so, please provide:
- the name of your EVOLTREE partner lab
- your student status
- name, date and web page link of the event you wish to attend
Your application will then be assessed by the EVOLTREE Executive Committee and you will be informed of its decision within a week.
For more information send an email to: Marjana Westergren (marjana.westergren @ gozdis.si) or Delphine Grivet (grivet @ inia.es)
Photo by Ania Ejsmond
The European Meeting of PhD Students in Evolutionary Biology (EMPSEB) took place in Poland at Krasiczyn Castle from 10th to 15th September 2017.
During the meeting, PhD students in the field of Evolutionary Biology had the possibility of presenting their work and to meet their peers from all over Europe. Several invited speakers presented very interesting talks about hot topics in Evolutionary Biology. Moreover, several workshops were organized.
I would especially like to emphasise the workshop led by Dr Schinichi Nakagawa from the University of New South Wales in Australia about open and reproducible science. Dr Nakagawa insisted on the fact that many scientific studies were not reproducible; thus in order to improve the reproducibility of science he insisted on good practices in science such as blinding the experimental design, making a complete reporting preocess, pre-registering the study, self-replicating the experiments, and providing data on open center of resources. To this end, he presented the web site open science framework that is dedicated for making science more reproducible.
I also had the opportunity to present my research on the invasive tree species Robinia pseudoacacia. I’m looking for genetic differentiation on juvenile traits among invasive and native ranges to understand the introduction history of the species; moreover I am endeavouring to disentangle the role of directional evolutionary forces versus neutral forces (i.e. drift, migration, mutation) during the invasion process.
My presentation gave me the opportunity to have interesting discussions about my work with other scientists. Moreover, I had an interesting discussion with Dr Nakagawa about the analysis of my quantitative data and he presented me interesting ways for going deeper in their analysis.
I am very grateful to the EVOLTREE committee that allowed me to participate in this conference. Thanks to the EVOLTREE funding, I had the opportunity to present my work to other evolutionary biologists from all Europe and I had very interesting discussion about my project with participants that will help fulfill my PhD project.
Photos by Xavier Bouteiller
Vera Inácio, ISA, Portugal
I presented my work as a poster entitled “Differential DNA methylation patterns in Quercus suber are related to cork quality” which was developed as collaboration between my institute (LEAF - Institute of Agronomy) and ITQB (Universidade Nova de Lisboa).
Throughout the week, there was a series of high quality talks dealing with local adaptation and species boundaries, tree genomics and climate change, phylogenetic and genomics evolution, and genomic selection, which led to interesting discussions.
There was a genomic selection workshop where the organisers interspersed theoretical and pratical sessions (after a theoretical session alone) which allowed us to keep up with data processing. In addition, it was possible to have a look at several posters during the coffee/lunch breaks, as well as to meet and discuss with other researchers.
Last, but not least, the organising committee has done a great job with the arrangement of great receptions, with excellent wine and cheese tastings.
Joanna Warmbier, UKW, Poland
I had the possibility to present my work, entitled “Using RAD sequencing to identify cpDNA polymorphisms in Fagus sylvatica” in a poster session.
Overall, the conference was an excellent experience which broadened my knowledge of forest tree genomics. It was many interesting speakers and plenty of opportunities for sharing ideas and new scientific findings.
I’m extremely grateful to the EVOLTREE for awarding me this travel grant which allowed me to meet leading experts in the field.
Bartosz Ulaszewski, UKW, Poland
During the inspiring lecturers such as Sally Aitken, Aaron Shafer, Paul Manos or Rishikesh Bhalera, I could learn about cutting-edge research, in the field of forest tree genetics. Many of them also showed how much despite our effort is still unknown and what we can discover in the near future.
But the biggest possibility to learn was in the poster sessions, during which I presented 'Using RAD sequencing to identify cpDNA polymorphisms in Fagus sylvatica' and had the occasion to directly contact with other scientist and to exchange information and to discuss about key issues in my and their research.
Wonderful people which I met as well as knowledge and gained experience thanks to this conference are priceless and will boost my own research. I would like to thank EVOLTREEE for the conference grant thanks to which I could attend in such significant event.
Sonja Kujala, University of Oulu, Finland
I presented a poster (Apuli et al.: Local adaptation in Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) – fitness in relation to timing of bud set) in the second session.
I also attended the Genomic Selection workshop that was offered on top of the programme. The talks and practicals in this workshop gave me good tools to learn more on this interesting field of research.
The conference venue was located right on Arcachon beachline with fresh sea breeze, and we were treated with excellent French cuisine to match the science.
Paloma Torroba-Balmori, INIA Spain
The objective of the conference was “to present and discuss new scientific findings in the area of population, quantitative and evolutionary genetics and how they could be applied in genetic resource conservation and breeding”.
This scenario was excellent for the training of a PhD student in population genetics and genomics, like me.
During this meeting I had the occasion to present my findings, allowing me to discuss my methods with people with similar aims.
I could also exchange ideas and discuss different topics of my interest with experienced researchers and met some co-authors of my own work. I even met again people from courses I have done during my PhD.
Overall, I consider those talks really useful to advance in my own research. Therefore, from a scientific point of view, the attendance to the IUFRO conference was really comprehensive.
The possibility to attend this conference thanks to EVOLTREE was a great opportunity, not only to discover different and interesting fields of research but also to have a view of the state of the art in forest tree research.
Teresa Sampaio, ISA, Portugal
I’m a PhD student in the framework of the Doctoral program SUSFOR - Sustainable Forest and Products of the School of Agriculture (Instituto Superior de Agronomia - ISA) of the University of Lisbon, and an EVOLTREE member. My PhD focuses on Forest Genetics, in particular the study of growth and adaptative traits and cork quality in cork oak genetic trials (provenance and progeny field trials).
The participation in this conference was a great opportunity to present my work in a poster “Population differences in cork oak for growth and survival under contrasting environmental conditions” and also to learn from and discuss genetic topics with other researchers and students.
In this conference, excellent talks related to adaptation and species boundaries, tree genomics and climate change, phylogenetic and genomics evolution, and genomic selection were presented. A workshop about genomic selection, with theoretical sessions and exercises where we practiced with a real data, was an interesting component of this conference. The conference was very well organized.
Thanks to the conference organizers for their great job on the conference sections (talks and posters), on the workshop and on the delicious food and to EVOLTREE who provided me financial support to attend this conference.
Sanja Mrmić, Forest Research Institute, Croatia
During the conference there were two poster sessions where it was possible to have a look at the many presented posters and to meet and discuss with other scientist about the topics introduced by the presentations.
My poster, named "Genetic variability of common beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) in a provenance trial 'Medvednica'"was part of Session 1 (Genetic architecture of local adaptation and species boundaries).
In addition, I attended a Genomic Selection Workshop which was very useful and covered a lot of ground in a very short time. It consisted of theoretical lessons and guided exercises with computing tools.
I am very grateful to EVOLTREE for providing me with a conference grant to attend the conference and Genomic Selection Workshop. It was a very worthwhile experience and it was good to meet and speak with other researchers.
I am very grateful to EVOLTREE for the travel grant, which allowed me to attend the IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference “Forests: the importance to the planet and society” in Florence from 8th to 12th June. Walking the streets of Florence, which have seen the great Renaissance men was very inspiring. Even more inspiring was it to see many great scientists of our time doing timely research on forest trees.
The EVOLTREE workshop "Metagenomics of the tree microbiome" was especially interesting to me. The development of high-throughput sequencing technologies unveiled the enormous diversity of microorganisms associated with forest trees - the tree microbiome. Christopher Schadt presented the assembly mechanisms of populus microbiome and its implications for plant ecosystem functions. And Anna-Maria Pirtillä presented the tripartite interaction of mountain birch-moth-microbiome and spoke about moth mediated effects on the microbiome.
The number of posters presented at this conference was overwhelming and the conference booklet was indispensable aid to navigate during the poster sessions. Overall it was a great conference in a great venue and I am looking forward to the next IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference.
5th International Workshop on the Genetics of Tree-Parasite Interactions, Orléans, France, 23-28 August 2015
There were more than 80 delegates at the 5th International workshop on the Genetics of Tree-Parasite Interactions with over 50 talks and 20 posters presented by researchers from across Europe, North and South America and Asia. The conference was organised into six main topics:
- Emerging or non-native pests and pathogens
- Resistance/ tolerance and virulence / aggressiveness mechanisms and their genetic determinants
- Host-parasite co-evolution and durable breeding
- Population genetics of parasites and their vectors
- New genomic tools and resources
- From genetics to innovative strategies
There was a discussion session one evening on the integration of host resistance for long term, large-scale management of tree-killing invasives. A tour of the local area was also organised on Wednesday where we visited managed forests, including Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Corsican pine (Pinus nigra var laricio), poplar (Populus deltoides x Populus trichocarpa) and oaks (Quercus robur, Quercus petraea and Quercus pubescens). Additionally we were welcomed by mayors of Orléans, Sully sur Loire and Chateauneuf-sur-Loire and had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Chateauneuf-sur-Loire and Chambord castles.
The conference was a valuable opportunity to stimulate discussion between forest breeders, geneticists, entomologists, phytopathologists, forest managers and evolutionary biologists and to hear about ongoing work, progress and successes in a range of different pathosystems across the world.
My PhD research has focussed on Dothistroma needle blight (DNB) in native Scottish Scots pine. I therefore presented some results from an artificial inoculation experiment designed to establish how much adaptive variation in susceptibility to DNB is present in Scotland and whether these native forests are able to survive DNB. My results show that there is extensive genetic variation in susceptibility to DNB in native Scots pine, and that there is both high heritability and evolvability in this trait. However the long-term resilience of native Scots pine forests depends not only on their adaptive potential, but also on the severity of the threat and their ability to respond rapidly to it.
More information about the workshop: https://colloque.inra.fr/tree-parasite-interactions2015
The conference organisers did a fantastic job of creating an interesting and balanced programme of speakers. The content and quality of talks given generated much discussion, which continued throughout the week, especially during the field trip to several of south Iceland’s woodlands and other tourist attractions. This field trip culminated in a visit to an impressive Sitka spruce forest which offered an excellent opportunity for informal discussion over hakarl and brennivin. I gained some valuable feedback on my talk, "Challenges to evolution oriented forest management in Great Britain", and poster during the course of the conference.
On the first day of the summer school, students took it in turns to lead discussions on an array of topics related to forest genetics. This was an effective way to exchange ideas and experiences. Discussions were interspersed with very informative lectures given by Sally Aitken from UBC. On the final day, we had an introduction to the software package “ASReml” from Gunnar Jansson from Skogforsk, which is a powerful tool for analysis of phenotypic traits of forest trees.
A spectacular view of Aurora borealis on our final night at the hotel rounded off the event very nicely.
I am very grateful to EVOLTREE for providing me with a conference grant to attend the conference and summer school. It was a very worthwhile and enjoyable experience and it was good to meet and speak with other researchers.
The 5th Workshop in Genetics of Tree-Parasite Interactions, was held in Orleans (France), from the 23rd to the 28th of August 2015. The main topics of the conference were:
- Resistance / tolerance and virulence / aggressiveness mechanisms.
- Breeding and management strategies for durable resistance in a changing environment.
- Host-parasite co-evolution.
- Novel host-parasite interactions due to emerging or non-native pests and pathogens.
- Population genetics of pests, pathogens and vectors.
- New frontiers in tree-parasite interactions: from genes to landscape and communities.
Thanks to the EVOLTREE group, who supported economically my stay, I had the opportunity of presenting my work as a talk entitled: “Aleppo pine provenances vary in susceptibility and secondary chemical response to Gremmeniella abietina infection” which was developed as a collaboration between my institution, the Sustainable Forest Research Institute, University of Valladolid-INIA and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
The conference had great invited speakers such as Anna-Liisa Laine, Carole Kerdelhué and Mathieu Fournié as well as many other forest pathologist. A discussion forum was also performed about the best strategies to fight against forest pathogens. A marvelous field trip was organized, and we had the opportunity of visiting several forest stands and forest in the region, as well as some nice castles.
I want to express my gratitude to the EVOLTREE group to give me the opportunity of assisting to this workshop.
I attended the IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference “Forests: the importance to the planet and society” that was organized in Florence from 8th to 12th June. I am from the Institute of Biosciences and BioResources (IBBR) - National Research Council (CNR) , Italy, and I presented a poster on the contemporary seed and pollen immigration in an altitudinal transect of silver fir (Abies alba Mill.) in a fragmented area in Central Apennines.
The conference started with the introductory and outstanding lecture by Sally Aitken (University of British Columbia, Canada), who addressed the topic of how to detect patterns of local adaptation using genomic data and correcting for neutral population structure. In the following days, there has been a succession of highly interesting talks dealing with tree genomics and climate change, biodiversity and conservation of forest ecosystems, and tree biotechnology. In particular, I really appreciated the talk by Michele Morgante (University of Udine, Italy) who focused on the evolutionary history of genomes.
In addition, during the conference breaks it was possible to have a look at the many posters presented in the poster session, to directly talk to the authors, and to meet and discuss with other scientist about the topics introduced by the presentations.
This conference was very inspiring and very useful for me and I am really grateful to EVOLTREE for providing me financial support to attend it.