News from EVOLTREE

27.08.2018 17:26

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Some changes are in store for the European Research Group EVOLTREE as it draws towards the end of another four-year phase and looks forward to a new period.

Alongside its usual activities, the highlights for EVOLTREE from 2015-2018 have been its extension across Europe to welcome 12 new partner research institutes and Universities, new funding initiatives, a publication to celebrate 10 years of the network, and a new website.

With these achievements tucked under its belt, the EVOLTREE Governing Board will meet in September in Sardinia during the EFI 2018 Annual Conference in order to plan the network’s activities and initiatives for the coming years. Its decisions will be largely based on the results of an EVOLTREE user survey that was completed earlier in the year by members.

This is also a pivotal time for EVOLTREE as its present coordinator, Antoine Kremer (INRA) will be stepping down from his position after 12 years of dedicated and energetic direction.  Originally coordinator of the network when it was a European Commission funded project, Antoine Kremer spearheaded and nurtured its successful transition into the self-sufficient research group it is today.

A new coordinating body will therefore be elected during the 2018 Governing Board meeting. This meeting will also be the first since 2012 without Stephanie Hayes, dedicated staff member for the EVOLTREE network secretariat, who is leaving EFI to go freelance in the field of scientific communications.

The outlook is bright for EVOLTREE members (which comprise all staff of the partner laboratories), with similar funding initiatives to be maintained and training courses to be continued, alongside new initiatives in store, thus ensuring the network’s contribution to capacity building and knowledge transfer.

As for the remainder of this year, EVOLTREE members can still make the most of the 10 Grant Initiative (funding to attend scientific events), and training reimbursement when signing up for the summer school on Modern physiological measurements and data analysis taking place in the Czech Rebublic in September this year.

Furthermore, EVOLTREE has joined forces with EUFORGEN and EFIMED to organise two scientific seminars during the 2018 EFI Annual Conference in Sardinia on 25 and 26 September: one on applying tree genomics to sustainable development and the other on the genetics and products of Mediterranean stone pine and oak (registration is still open).

EVOLTREE is a European Research Group facilitated by the European Forest Institute.

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Stephanie Hayes

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