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Published on: March 11, 2014

Software Carpentry countdown

It’s been all systems go for our Software Carpentry bootcamp, which is getting startlingly close now – just over a month away! We’re delighted to have confirmed another sponsor, the Company of Biologists, with thanks to Journals Development, Journal of Cell Science, the Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open.

We’re also pleased to confirm our instructors, Aleksandra Pawlik and Christina Koch, who are fine-tuning the programme at the moment. We’re very grateful to our local helpers too: Leonor Garcia-Gutierrez, Krzysztof Polanski and Jason Piper, all PhD students from the University of Warwick.



Two plant scientists from our community became Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellows last week. GARNet Advisory Committee member David Salt (Aberdeen) and former Committee member Claire Halpin (Dundee) are two of 53 new elected Fellows. David Rae of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was the only other plant scientist on the list. Congratulations to all of them!


Jobs and workshops for early career researchers

This must be prime plant science recruitment season, because there are a lot of post-doc and other job opportunities out there at the moment – Oxford Brookes, , Birmingham, John Innes Centre and East Malling (not Arabidopsis) research are all recruiting. Further afield, I’ve spotted Arabidopsis research post-doc vacancies in Wageningen and Alabama.


Synthetic Biology review

Chloe Singleton presented her research on synthetic metabolons at our Plant Synthetic Biology workshop last year – you can see slides from her presentation here. A review article on the subject from Singleton and her colleagues is out now under Advance Access at the Journal of Experimental Biology (doi: 10.1093/jxb/eru050). The review discusses types of synthetic metabolons that have been built in vivo and in vitro to date, and explains how they might be used in chloroplasts to improve photosynthetic efficiency.

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