Maria Eriksson has been awarded a 3-year-grant to strengthen her research career by carrying out strategic research at Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge University and UPSC, Umeå University. The aim of this initiative is to create the best possible conditions for gifted female researchers to be able to fortify their careers.
In one of the latest issues of Science there is a News of the Week article about the new Science for Life Lab (SciLifeLab) in Stockholm. The whole article is full with information about the ground breaking DNA sequencing of the Spruce genome, a collaboration between UPSC and SciLifeLab. Science quotes Pär Ingvarsson of UPSC saying that “It´s one of the largest, most complicated genomes to be sequenced. We want to identify genes that control wood properties”.
The journal "The Scientist" publishes every year the results of a survey among postdoctoral researchers in Life science and - amazingly - UPSC is, in several categories, on the list for the third time.
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research announces its decisions for distributing SEK 400 millions to strategic research in biosciences. Among the 4 prioritized areas, a research team led by Professor Stefan Jansson receive a grant in the field of "Parasite resistance in trees and crops".
The French minister of research and universities, Valérie Pécresse, visited UPSC on the 16th of october, to discuss with french scientists, after she attended the informal meeting of the Competitiveness Ministers that was held in Umeå on 14-16 October.
The Swedish Research Council Formas has chosen a UPSC-lead research consortium as one of the seven new "Strong Research Environments". The consortium, which consists of 11 scientists from Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, will share 25 miljon SEK during the five years' period 2010-2014. The project is called "Bioimprove-Improved biomass and bioprocessing properties of wood", and it is lead by Hannele Tuominen.