BSA Announcement Board


  • A Symposium on Plant Developmental Biology - April 11, 2014 - UCLA, Los Angeles, California
    The symposium will focus on the most pressing and timely issues in plant developmental biology, with emphasis on the seed. Topics will range from basic mechanisms that underlie development, including transcriptional networks and epigenetics, to food security and the enhancement of crop plants for human nutrition. The symposium will also celebrate Professor Bob Goldberg’s 40 year career in plant molecular biology. Contact: Lauren Bowman

  • 33rd New Phytologist Symposium - May 14-16, 2014, Zurich, Switzerland
    Networks of Power and Influence: A symposium on the ecology and evolution of symbiotic associations between plants and mycorrhizal fungi
    In this symposium, we will bring together a wide range of scientists from different disciplines working on mycorrhizal fungi and plant-microbe interactions. We aim to provide an overview of the advances in mycorrhizal ecology in the last decade. In addition to this, specific talks will highlight new research areas and address the big questions for future research.

  • Native Plants in the Landscape Conference - June 5-7, 2014, Millersville, Pennsylvania
    We invite submission of abstracts/summaries for poster presentations at the 2014 Native Plants in the Landscape Conference. Posters may address any aspect of native plants and their use in the landscape. (Examples include: research on wildlife utilization of native plants vs. exotics; results of native plant trials; documentation of projects including residential landscape installation, schoolyard gardens, ecological restoration; educational outreach or innovative curricula.) For more information or to submit an abstract, contact Candy DeBerry at by May 1, 2014. Mission of the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference: To increase the knowledge, propagation, cultivation and use of native plants in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. To promote methods of land management and design that respect “sense of place” by preserving and restoring species and natural processes as well as to engender an appreciation of regionally appropriate, sustainable landscapes that are harmonious for people and nature. While the subject of the conference pertains to native plant communities, the spirit of the conference is to build human communities among a broad range of participants by designing a conference affordable to all, encouraging formal and informal exchanges of information and providing opportunities for social interaction. The conference is held on the campus of Millersville University in picturesque, historic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 

    Assistantship awards cover registration and lodging for the entire symposium. Awardees will be required to assist with the running of the conference by helping to set up and tear down vendor displays, act as "go-fers" during presentations and workshops, and staff the plant-sitting area and the conference vendor table. Work schedules will be planned to maximize opportunities for assistants to attend presentations and workshops. Awardees will be responsible for their own transportation. To apply, please submit (1) a cover page with name, address, telephone, email, and position, and (2) a one-page statement on how the conference will be of value to you in your research/work with gardens/farms, landscapes, environmental protection/restoration, and/or public education, especially with regard to the use of native plants. Send to Candy DeBerry at by April 15, 2014. Notification of awards will be made by April 30.

  • 5th International Society for Applied Phycology Conference - Sydney, Australia, June 22-27, 2014
    The ISAP 2014 conference will provide a high profile platform for public awareness of the importance of macro and micro algae in human society and the sustainability of our environment. This is the first time that this important conference has been in Australia.  This conference will bring together more than 700 of the world’s experts to discuss the key issues associated with the productivity and welfare of algae species that are so important for world ocean security and alternative fuel source development.   This topic is of great importance to Australia’s industries as industry leaders formulate ways of assisting government policy in this area.

  • New Phytologist Symposium - July 15-18, 2014, Lake Tahoe, CA
    Systems biology and ecology of CAM plants
    We aim to promote basic research in crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) by integrating functional genomics with biochemistry, physiology, development, ecology, and evolutionary studies to gain new insights into the regulatory mechanisms and evolutionary origins of the pathway. We will highlight the potential of CAM research for tackling bioenergy and environmental challenges pertaining to water security and resource limitation and the maintenance of productivity and ecosystems services in a changing world. In addition to this, specific talks will look at new research areas and address the big questions for future research.

  • New Phytologist next generation scientists - July 29-30, 2014 - Norwich, UK
    A special event exclusively for early-career scientists (up to 5 years’ experience post-PhD, excluding career breaks). Featuring four high-profile, inspirational speakers. Selected delegates will also be invited to give talks about their work. Networking and social events will provide an opportunity to build collaborations with peers and to receive advice and feedback from leading scientists. An extended poster session will give delegates the opportunity to present and discuss their work. Fully funded registration. Successful applicants will be awarded a registration consisting of access to all sessions, meals and one nights' accommodation. Some travel assistance will be available. Application deadline Friday 2nd May 2014.

  • Botanists of the Twenty-first Century: Roles, Challenges and Opportunities - September 22-25 2014, Paris, France


  • New England Botanical Club, Graduate Student Research Award

    The New England Botanical Club offers each year up to $2,000 total in support of botanical research to be conducted by graduate students. The awards are made to stimulate and encourage botanical research on the New England flora, and to make possible visits to the New England region by those who would not otherwise be able to do so. It is anticipated that two awards will be given, although the actual number and amount of awards will depend on the proposals received.

    The awards are given to the graduate student(s) submitting the best research proposal dealing with systematic botany, biosystematics, plant ecology, or plant conservation biology.

    Information about the award and how to apply can be found at the following website:
    Proposals should be received no later than March 1, 2014.

  • The Anne S. Chatham Fellowship
    This fellowship provides a grant of $4,500 annually to promote the study of medicinal botany. The fellowship was established to protect and preserve knowledge about the medicinal use of plants, and thus prevent the disappearance of plants with therapeutic potential. Eligible candidates include students currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs at recognized universities and recent graduates who have received their degrees in the last five years. Fellowship recipient will be selected by a panel of botanists appointed by the Missouri Botanical Garden and is subject to approved by the Garden Club of America Scholarship Committee.
    Information about the fellowship and how to apply can be found at the following website:
    Proposals should be received no later than January 31, 2014.

  • Rupert Barneby Award
    The Rupert Barneby Award, named in honor of the late NYBG scientist and renowned legume expert, consists of US$2000 granted annually to assist researchers to visit The New York Botanical Garden to study the rich herbarium collection of Leguminosae. Graduate students and early career professionals with research in systematics and/or legume diversity are given special consideration. Projects that will result in the improved curation of the collection are desirable. Anyone interested in applying for the award should submit their curriculum vitae, a two-page (not including literature cited) proposal describing the project for which the award is sought, and contact information for two individuals who can vouch for the qualifications of the applicant. The application should be addressed to Dr. Benjamin M. Torke, Institute of Systematic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden, 1900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126, USA, and received no later than December 1, 2013. Submission by e-mail is preferred (send to: Travel to NYBG should be planned for some period during 2014. Recipients are asked to give a presentation about their research at NYBG.

    Proposals for Sabbaticals and for collaborative working groups (Working Groups and Catalysis Meetings) are now being accepted at The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). We are looking to support innovative approaches to outstanding problems in evolutionary biology. In particular, proposals that have a clear interdisciplinary focus, or involve evolutionary concepts in non-traditional disciplines, are strongly encouraged, as are proposals that demonstrate international participation and a mix of senior and emerging researchers, including graduate students. Proposals for Working Groups and Catalysis Meetings are accepted twice a year, with deadlines on July 10 and December 1. Proposals for Sabbaticals may be one semester to a full year (deadlines June 10 and December 1) or they may be for short-term visits (2 weeks to 3 months; deadlines on January 1, April 1, July 1 and September 1). NESCent is also now seeking to include graduate traineeship to our portfolio by offering one-semester fellowships for graduate students to pursue research either with a NESCent sabbatical scholar or with a NESCent Working Group. For more information, please see our website at

  • IRES: Molecular Ecology and Evolution of Marine Photosynthetic Organisms - Station Biologique de Roscoff, France
    This NSF-funded International Research Experience for Students (IRES) will provide US graduate students with opportunities to gain international research experience at the Station Biologique de Roscoff  (SBR) in France, a research and training center in marine biology, oceanography, and marine genomics operated by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie. Students will work closely with SBR researchers on the molecular ecology and evolution of marine photosynthetic organisms.  SBR is located in Brittany, a western region of France.  Students interested in the program can apply for stays up to 6 months.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information regarding the IRES project and the application process please contact:


  • Special Award Announcement 
    2014 Archive Vision and Change Scholars Program for Undergraduate Educators
    March 10 - May 4, 2014

    Are you an undergraduate educator teaching Anatomy, Physiology, A&P, or Developmental Biology who is interested in transforming your classroom into a student-centered learning environment? Would you like to learn how to use the Archive of Teaching Resources to effectively find free, scientifically accurate resources for your classroom? Consider taking part in our 8-week online Archive Scholars Programs. You will learn how to:

    • Find and evaluate electronic resources to use with students
    • Effectively use electronic resources in student-centered learning
    • Apply the core concepts and competencies of Vision and Change in Science Education to existing classroom materials
    • Find and evaluate existing resources and resource collections centered around Vision and Change
    • Further your professional development by participating in an online community

    This program is held entirely online using Blackboard Learn and the Archive of Teaching Resources. The program is asynchronous, so you can complete weekly activities and participate in online discussion boards at the time of day that works for you. There will be one lesson per week for you to complete. If you are accepted into the program, you will receive a $250 stipend*, a certificate of completion, and a letter of completion upon finishing all program requirements.
    (* the program stipend is provided by the National Science Foundation and can only be awarded to US citizens; additional stipends may be available to non-US citizens but are not guaranteed)

    Applications due February 26, 2014.
    Visit for application instructions and more information or e-mail Miranda Byse, PhD, Program Manager at

  • The Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST,, originally funded by the EC in the framework of the EDIT project, has launched two types of training courses at various European research facilities and universities. The programme is open to participants from Europe and from outside of Europe. The Modern Taxonomy programme 2013-2014 offers intensive theoretical courses in subjects as varied as nomenclature and DNA-barcoding. The Expert-in-training programme 2013-2014 enables graduate students and early career researchers to develop and strengthen their taxonomic research skills through on-the-job-training. The programme includes a great diversity of topics and covers various groups such as diatoms, rotifers and tropical plants.

  • New training providers are most welcome to participate in training delivery within the Distributed European School of Taxonomy. For more information, please mail us at or have a look at: 

  • Go Botany!
    New England Wild Flower Society announces Go Botany, a suite of new on-line tools for anyone interested in plants. Use Go Botany in the field or on your desktop computer to identify and learn about thousands of native and naturalized plant species of New England. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this innovative website is free at Go Botany features an interactive Simple ID Key to 1200 of the more common vascular plants of the region, covering all species groups from aquatic plants to graminoids to trees. In three easy steps, users home in on the identification of a plant species while increasing observational skills. All technical terms are linked to illustrated, pop-up defintions. Users can visit informative species pages to learn more: fun facts and uses, maps of the species range, gorgeous images, information about all its features, look-alike species, and whether it is native, invasive, or rare in New England. Coming soon will be a set of advanced tools for more experienced botanists, including a Full Key, which uses the same friendly interface as the Simple ID Key to identify all 3,500 species, subspecies, and varieties of plants in the New England flora, and a clickable, technical Dichotomous Key that allows users to trace their steps, change their choices, and key out families or genera. A growing body of teaching resources will also be available. Later this summer, the site will introduce PlantShare, an online forum that connects users with other plant enthusiasts to create and share checklists and photographs of species they have seen. New England Wild Flower Society has tested the Simple Key with beginners and experts, students and teachers, aged 8 to 80, and it is welcomed by a broad audience as a way to learn and teach about plants. Go Botany is a user-friendly, comprehensive, and sophisticated web application that allows many people to identify and learn about the plants of our region. Although our emphasis is on the New England flora, botanists throughout the northeast will find it very useful. The Society is also working with several organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, to customize the Go Botany database and software for other regional floras. For more information, contact



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