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In January 2020 we are planning a rejuvenation and expansion of the Edinburgh Plant Science (EPS) network that brings together > 600 plant scientists from across the Capital. I would like to warmly invite you to attend the EPS relaunch meeting on Wednesday 29th January at the King’s Buildings campus of Edinburgh University. The meeting agenda will provide opportunities for old and new members to get to know our partner institutes better. The meeting will include brief talks from partner institutes, after which we will have a round table discussion with all speakers and network members. The meeting agenda will provide opportunities for old and new members to get to know our partner institutes better. Three key goals of the meeting are to:

i) Identify shared areas of interest/potential collaborations for young researchers, PIs and industry representatives.

ii) Discuss how we can take advantage of the current shifting research funding...

Edinburgh Plant Science Summer Event, hosting Syngenta

15th June 2017, Waddington Building, Room 1.08, King’s Buildings Campus, University of Edinburgh, EH9 3BF


Edinburgh University was delighted to host the Edinburgh Plant Science Summer Event featuring Dr Dave Hughes, our special guest speaker from Syngenta. News on EPS funding successes, on-going funding applications and projects was provided by Professor Karen Halliday, EPS Director (SBS, UoE), Professor Mat Williams (GeoSciences, UoE) and Dr David Kenyon (SASA). Our Internationalisation agenda was presented by Professor Geoff Simm, Director of the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security (UoE), Dr Alexanra Schlenzig, (SASA) and Dr Peter Doerner (SBS, UoE). Industry and Innovation talks were delivered by Dr Dave Hughes, Head of Global Technology, Syngenta, Professor Joyce Tait FRSE, Director, Innogen Insitute,  Professor Gary Loake (SBS, UoE) and Dr Alistair McCormick (SBS, UoE).


Edinburgh Plant Science and the University of Edinburgh Plant Science Society are hosting a student-organised event primarily targeted at undergraduate and postgraduate students and those early in their careers. We are showcasing some of the varied and fascinating places an interest in plants can lead to. 

To register and for more information:

SynthSys – Centre for Synthetic & Systems Biology
Seminar Series
C.H Waddington building, Seminar Room 1.08, King's Buildings Campus
12noon, Thursday 23rd June 2016

System-level mechanisms in plant development, plasticity and evolution: From regulatory networks and epigenetic landscapes to morphogenesis

Professor Elena R. Álvarez-Buylla
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Institute of Ecology & Center for Complex Studies

A system-level mechanistic approach to plant development has been explored using regulatory network and epigenetic landscape models in various Arabidopsis thaliana organs and life-stages: Shoot apical transitions, flower development and floral organ specification, epidermal cell sub-differentiation, stem cell niche patterning, root development and cell cycle regulation. I will provide an overview on how such models have illuminated our...