Portrait photo of Petra Marhava standing in an in vitro growth room fetching a square plate with green Arabidopsis seedlingsPetra Marhava is awarded the SPPS Early Career Prize (photo: Andreas Palmén)

The Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society (SPPS) awards Petra Marhava with the SPPS Early Career Prize. The prize recognises her progress and contributions to plant biology over the past few years and will be awarded to her at the SPPS2024 Conference in Copenhagen in August this year.

Petra Marhava started to establish her research group at UPSC in 2022 when she became Assistant Professor at SLU. Her research focuses on plant acclimation to temperature stress. Right at the beginning, she secured starting grants from the Swedish and the European Research Councils. With the Early Career Prize, SPPS acknowledges Petra Marhava’s achievements over the past years and aims to further support her career.

The motivation for the prize highlights Petra Marhava’s “excellent track record with publications in top tier journals such as Nature and Cell” and that she “has been able to quickly secure funding from important sources”. This is reflected in the size of Petra Marhava’s research group, which currently comprises four postdoctoral researchers and one PhD student, as well as project students.

The SPPS Early Career Prize is awarded every second year to an early career plant scientist based in a Nordic country if nominations of sufficient quality are received. It is a monetary award and will be officially presented to Petra Marhava during the SPPS2024 Conference in Copenhagen in August this year where she will also present her research. This is the fourth time that the SPPS Early Career Prize has been awarded to a UPSC researcher.

More information about the SPPS Early Career Prize and other prizes awarded by SPPS

For more information, please contact:

Petra Marhava
Umeå Plant Science Centre
Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
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Twitter: @MarhavaPetra