Stefan Jansson, professor at UPSC, was elected as new member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. At the General Meeting on 15 January 2014, The Academy elected six new members, one of them is the scientist at the department of plant physiology at Umeå University.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is an independent organisation whose overall objective is to promote the sciences and strengthen their influence in society. The Academy awards every year the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, the Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, and the Crafoord Prize
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and has in recent years been very active in the GMO debate." Furthermore the committee mentions in it's laudatio that Stefan Jansson has internationally a strong research position especially in the area of regulation of photosynthetic light harvesting in plants. Especially Jansson's field studies are of very high-quality and internationally widely recognised.
Stefan Jansson's research group:
UmUs press release (in Swedish only):
Kungliga Fysiografiska Sällskapet i Lund (in Swedish):
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Article at UMU
Article at Nature
The UPSC Berzelii Centre for Forest Biotechnology has recently been assessed for the second time by an international evaluation team. The centre receives funding from the Swedish Research Council (VR) and the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA).
The Centre's success is due to many contributing causes, but the investigators stress that the most important reason is "an exceptional leadership" that has the vision, focus, commitment and skill that is necessary to make success possible.
The former metabolomics platform at KBC has expanded. All interested people, experts and non-experts, who want to learn more about the new established centre and its service and research are
welcome to an inspiring symposium at KBC.
Ove Nilsson, director of UPSC and professor of forest genetics and plant physiology, is one of 16 Wallenberg Scholars who were appointed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation on Tuesday, 11th December. The Wallenberg Scholar programme is supporting extraordinary scientists in Sweden and ensures economic security for longterm reseach projects.
Professor Nilsson's research is focused on regulation of meristem identity and flowering time in Arabidopsis and poplar. He will be funded with 15 million SEK during a period of 5 years.
A UPSC scientist became the first Gunnar Öquist Fellow at Umeå University
During a ceremony at KBC on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012, Dr Edouard Pesquet was awarded the first Gunnar Öquist fellowship by Carl Kempe, chairman of the Kempe Foundations. Pesquet, a group leader at Umeå Plant Science Centre, received the diploma from Professor Gunnar Öquist, former permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, In presence of vice-chancellor Lena Gustafsson and Marianne Sommarin, deputy vice-chancellor for research at Umeå University. The Gunnar Öquist fellowship amounts to a research grant of three Million SEK and 50.000 SEK for personal use.
Press release of Umeå University (in Swedish language)
picture by Malin Grönborg
4+2 UPSC researchers were granted funding from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) this year.
Stephanie Robert was assigned a Young Researcher Grant of 4,2 million SEK, Åsa Strand received 4,55 million SEK, Rishi Bhalerao 2,6 million SEK and Stefan Jansson 5 milllon SEK.
Associate UPSC-PIs Christiane Funk and Johannes Messinger will get funding for "Energy related basic research", financed by Energimyndigheten but evaluated by the Swedish Research Council "
Web page on Radio Sweden (in Swedish)
Markus Grebe and co-applicants Karin Ljung, Rishikesh Bhalerao, Stéphanie Robert from UPSC together with Magnus Berggren (Linköping University) and Henrik Jönsson (Lund University) have been granted 31.3 Million SEK from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundaton for their proposed project "ShapeSystems - Systemsbiology of Plant Cell Shape". With this financial support the plant scientists will study the mechanisms that regulate how cells find their shape, important for the understanding of plant growth, development and biomass production. This project is one of 25 projects in Sweden funded by the foundation within this call.
Press release of the Wallenberg foundation
Press release of Umeå University (in Swedish)
Press release of SLU (in Swedish)
Picture: Markus Grebe (left), Karin Ljung, Rishikesh Bhalerao, and Stéphanie Robert (from left on the right picture). Photographer: Kjell Olofsson, UPSC