EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award

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 Prague on June 26th–30th, 2016.

The awards will cover registration and travel to the meeting and will include the opportunity to present a lecture on the winner’s research (15 minutes) during a plenary session of the congress; each awardee will receive 200 €. 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 will be:

  • 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.

Awards will be chosen based on submitted abstracts, and applicants should submit a short curriculum vitae to accompany their abstract and the application form if they wish to be considered for an EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award. 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 four EPSO representatives.

Students wishing to apply should complete the application form and submit a short curriculum vitae (two pages maximum) as well as their abstract for the meeting before November 30, 2015. 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”.