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Plant Development – a Combined on-Site and Virtual Workshop


3 September 2021


Johanna Krahmer, Dr., Univeryity of Lausanne
Ana Lopez-Vazquez, PhD student, University of Lausanne


Edwige Moyroud, Dr., Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Marja Timmermans, Prof., ZMBP, University of Tübingen
Enrico Coen, Prof., John Innes Centre, Norwich


This is a one-day workshop on plant development with a journal club, lectures, interactive discussions, and a poster session.


The lectures will be given by three established group leaders covering different aspects of plant development with a focus on above-ground parts: Dr Edwige Moyroud (Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge), Prof Marja Timmermans (ZMBP, University of Tübingen) and Prof Enrico Coen (John Innes Centre, Norwich). The speakers will give an introduction to their research area and present their own research. Therefore students will not only learn about plant development but also about current research topics, they will be encouraged to think about and discuss the research process and challenges involved.

Students will be asked to prepare for a journal club on a paper published by one of the invited speakers. This means reading a paper thoroughly in advance to be able to explain it and discuss with other students. The papers will be sent out at least 1 month in advance. The journal club will take place on the day of the workshop, before the lectures, in small interactive groups and will be chaired by the organisers. The purpose of this is to make students familiar with the research of the speakers ahead of their presentations and will therefore facilitate discussion of recent, potentially unplublished, results.

The meeting will finish with a poster session and time for more discussion of students with the speakers and among themselves.

As an additional feature of this workshop, virtual hubs will be set up at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. These hubs will be two-way interactive during the lectures and discussions and one-to-one virtual meetups during the poster session will be possible. This is to allow students at these other universities to benefit and to give an opportunity for interaction between students in different countries as we realise that these days graduate students do not have much opportunity to do this due to the pandemic. This hybrid on-site / virtual strategy is also a chance for students and organisers to become familiar with novel conference formats that allow international participation with local in-person meetings but without the need for time-consuming travel and associated CO2 emissions.


If required due to the pandemic, this meeting will be converted to an entirely virtual format.





University of Lausanne, Room TBA


Reimbursements for CUSO MPS Students: Train ticket, 2°class, half-fare from your institution to the place of the activity.
NO reimbursement for your meal expenses.

Reimbursement form attached with original tickets has to be sent to the MPS coordinator Zoia Debora at University of Lausanne, Department of Molecular Plant Biology, Biophore - quartier UNIL-Sorge, 1015 Lausanne.
For any question concerning reimbursement please contact the CUSO MPS coordinator Debora Zoia.


Deadline for Registration: TBA


30 on-site places available (25 CUSO PhD Students, 5 PostDocs or 'others' participants)

20 virtual places (external non-CUSO participants) *please mention 'virtual participation' in the commentary box at the moment of registration



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