A great and unforgettable meeting is over! The conference was perfectly organized by Wolfgang Bilger and Frauke Pescheck with the technical support of Carina Lietz and Christiana Anagnostou from the University of Kiel, Germany. There were 125 participants from 30 countries. It was conducted using Zoom and the Mattermost platform, which provided space for formal and informal chats. The meeting consisted of 6 sessions and two discussion panels. The organizes have even provided a Musical Dinner, which served great music from Germany, Poland, and Ireland, instead of meals. It was a formidable get-together party. Out of posters and presentations prepared by ESR researchers, four of them: Zheng Zhou, Aneta Bazant, Laura Díaz-Guerra, and Alicia Perera-Castro were awarded 100 Euro bursary (to be used for a future UV4Plant event). The meeting was preceded by a successful Virtual Training School, with 25 participants.
During the last joint ESP-IUPB World Congress (17th International Congress on Photobiology and 18th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology), held in Barcelona on August 25-30th 2019, UV4Plants members presented several talks and posters dedicated to the role of UV in plants. Novel findings and perspectives of UV-research were covered by a key note lecture by Dongping Zhong and on several sessions devoted to plant, photosensory and environmental photobiology: “UV Radiation and Rapid Climate Change: Implications for Plants and Ecosystem”, “Blue Light and UV Receptors. In Memoriam Winslow Briggs”, “Effect of UV Light on Plants”, “Reactive Oxygen Species in Photosynthetic Organisms: Sensing and Defense”, “Photoreceptors and Plant Development”. Additionally, on Wednesday 28 August, a social event for UV4Plants members was held in the Ayre Hotel Gran Via to strengthen the collaboration in a nice and friendly atmosphere.
Plant Responses to UV Themed Collection of articles published by Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences A collection of articles on Plant Responses to UV contributed by UV4Plants members and edited by Gareth Jenkins has now been published. It can be accessed at the journal’s web site. The collection is based substantially on presentations given at the 2018 Network Meeting of UV4Plants in Bled and includes the wide-ranging perspective article coordinated by Matthew Robson that was based on workshop discussions at the meeting. The collection highlights the breadth of research being undertaken by UV4Plants members to understand how plants respond to UV radiation in the environment. Some articles focus on the mechanisms of UV perception and the consequent regulation of gene expression and downstream responses, while others are concerned with ecological perspectives and applications in crop production. Some additional articles that have not yet completed the review and revision process can still be added to the collection when they are accepted.
UV4Plants wishes to encourage members to host short workshops on specialist topics, for example, a particular technical approach or aspect of UV-B research. These workshops will be valuable in spreading expertise and promoting collaborations. Workshops would likely attract 10 to 25 people and could be held at any time.
UV4Plants invites expressions of interest from the membership to host the 2018 Conference The Conference will be held over 3 days to give ample time for informal discussion as well as a full programme of lectures and poster sessions and possibly an excursion. In addition, a Training School for early-stage researchers will be held immediately before the Conference at the same venue. Those interested in hosting the Conference should send expressions of interest to the Secretary, UV4Plants (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 3 February 2017, including the names of the proposed organisers, possible venues, accessibility (travel options), a provisional indication of costs for the venue and for attendees, and any other information that will help the UV4Plants Managing Committee to select the venue. There is no need to give details of the proposed programme as this will be discussed in detail with the organisers. As a reminder some statistics from the successful UV4Plants 2016 Conference in Pécs Conference: 64 participants from 17 countries and 27 institutes oral presentations: 28, posters: 22 Training school: 23 participants from 7 countries and 11 institutes The book of abstracts is available for download as well as galleries of photographs from the conference and photographs from the training school.