Spring Networking Event

Venue: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon innovation (ECCI), Conference room

High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

Date: Friday 1st May 2015
Time: 13:00 – 17:00
This is a free event but registration is essential as space is limited.


13:00 – Welcome, EPS Director, Karen Halliday

Update on GENbIOME (the EPS integrated phenotyping facility) and other EPS activities.

13.15 - Keynote Speaker

Professor Duncan Cameron, Chair in Plant and Soil Biology, University of Sheffield

“The P3 Centre of Excellence for Translational Plant Science”

14.00 - Networking Activity 1: Creating Opportunities for EPS

How can we capitalise on the expertise across EPS? An aim of this informal session is to identify research themes / initiatives that require the transdisciplinary expertise offered by EPS partners.

           - Networking Activity 2: Capturing EPS Student/PDRA ideas

Central to EPS is our strong student body. Stacia Stetkiewicz (SRUC) will coordinate a discussion on the formation of an EPS student/PDRA network; involvement in outreach, e.g. public engagement, blogging, twitter; membership of the EPS steering committee; EPS student/PDRA events.

15.00 - Coffee/Tea

15:30 - Keynote Speaker

Dr Andy Evans, Applied Practice Team Leader, Crop and Soil Systems, Scotland’s Rural College

“SRUC involvement in the UK Agritech Innovation Centres”

16:00 - Roundtable Discussion/Challenge “Building the Future”

With a number of forthcoming funding opportunities (e.g. Leverhulme/NERC) aimed at building centres of excellence, this roundtable aims to generate concepts for ambitious plant science-focussed centres. To spark ideas the session will start with summary feedback from the Networking Activities.

16.45 - Summing up, Dr Liz Fletcher, SynthSys Centre Manager, University of Edinburgh

17.00 Refreshments and networking

with wine, beer and nibbles.