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FIRST COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS CALL OF THE SINO SPANISH CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR PLANT-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS (CEPEI)

The Center of Excellence for Plant-Environment Interactions (CEPEI), an international research center created to maximize the synergies between Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA) SPAIN, the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of Beijing (IGDB) CHINA and the Shanghai Centre for Plant Stress Biology (PSC) CHINA announces the first CEPIE´s collaborative projects call.

CEPEI offers 5 PhD contracts (4 years duration) of the Spanish FPI of the Spanish Research Agency (2019 and 2020 calls associated to the Severo Ochoa (SO) project of the CBGP). The collaborative projects will be integrated in the CBGP SO Strategic plan and in the areas that CBGP-IGDB-PSC agreed to focus in: 1) Plant Response to Biotic Stresses-TSP1; 2) Plant Adaptation to Environmental Changes-TSP2; 3) Empowering Plant Nutrition-TSP3; 4) Computational/Systems Biology and Genomics-CsBGP.

The application deadline for CEPEI-SO-EoI call is May 4th 2020 at 14:00 (CEST Spain time). More info.
 

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About CEPEI

The Center of Excellence for Plant-Environment Interactions (CEPEI) is an international research center created to maximize the synergies between Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP, UPM-INIA) SPAIN, the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of Beijing (IGDB) CHINA and the Shanghai Centre for Plant Stress Biology (PSC) CHINA. This initiative brings together three world-leading plants research institutes to tackle the global challenge of producing enough food for the world population by generating science of excellence and developing technologies for a sustainable agriculture.
 

About CBGP (UPM-INIA)

The Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP) is a joint research centre of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA). The CBGP (UPM-INIA) holds the recognition of centre of Excellence Severo Ochoa. The strategic objectives of CBGP (UPM-INIA) are the generation of fundamental knowledge on the genetic and molecular bases of key biological and physiological processes in plants and plant-interacting organisms, and on genomics of plants and plant-interacting organisms. The Centre also aims to develop new Computational Biology technologies for the functional analysis of plants/microorganisms. CBGP researchers are grouped into four Research Areas/Themes: Plant Development (8 groups); Interactions of Plants with Environment (8 groups), Biotechnology (4 groups) and Computational/systems Biology and Genomics Program (CsBGP, 5 groups). CBGP has attracted talented scientists since its foundation, including 15 Tenure-track positions and 3 ERC Starting Grants. The centre has a remarkable Translational Biology activity within the innovation ecosystem of the International Campus of Excellence of Montegancedo-UPM, that has resulted in the creation of four CBGP based spin-off enterprises and in the development of new products/processes for the bioeconomy sectors.
 

About IGDB

The Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was founded in 2001, through a merger of three institutes: the Institute of Genetics, the Institute of Developmental Biology, and the Shijiazhuang Institute of Agricultural Modernization. The merger has created a modern, thriving Chinese institution of scientific research, with about 90 principal investigators and more than 360 researchers and technical staff. IGDB uses research on plant and animal models to help solve relevant challenges in China, such as those of food security and human health, or crippling water shortages for its vast population of more than one billion people. The institute has five research centers in the fields of genome biology, molecular agrobiology, developmental biology, molecular systems biology and agro-resources, respectively. The institute also homes to three state key laboratories including the State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics, the State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, and the State Key Laboratory of Molecular Developmental Biology. Researchers in the institute have achieved breakthroughs in crop genomics, wide hybridization, molecular breeding, and regenerative medicine. It also has relationships with institutes and universities around the world to tackle the global challenges of food security and sustainable healthcare. Together with 10 other CAS institutes, in 2018 IGDB established the College of Advanced Agricultural Sciences at the University of CAS and has also been working on the establishment of the Innovative Academy for Seed Design (INASEED) of CAS, which includes members from 19 other institutes of CAS, to support the national seed industry.
 

About PSC

The Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology (PSC) was created in 2012 as a research unit of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with funding from CAS. With 16 principal investigators and more than 250 researchers and staff members, PSC aims to become an international leading center for plant research, focusing on the study on plant responses to environmental stresses, plant nutrition, epigenetics, and genome editing. It fosters innovative, vibrant, and interactive research groups synergized by a battery of state-of-the-art core facilities, including genomics, metabolomics, proteomics, microscopy and transformation facilities. PSC strives to develop fundamental and applied knowledge to achieve sustainable solutions to protect plants from environmental challenges.
 

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