Friday, April 19, 2013

CU Botanic Garden Festival of Plants

18 May, 10am to 4pm

The new Festival of Plants at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden brings together horticulture and science in a day devoted to all things plant, from propagation to pollination, from seed to shopping! Join our team of horticulturalists, plant experts and scientists from across the region for a garden event with a difference.

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SCI Young Researchers in Agrisciences 2013: Crop Production, Protection and Utilisation

University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, Reading, UK

02 July 2013, 09.30 - 18.00

Organised by SCI’s BioResources Group

Registration is now open!

To book for this event and for more information, please go to

This event is for early career scientists working in biological, chemical, environmental and other relevant sciences and all interested in learning about progress and meeting new talent in agrisciences.

  • Experience presenting to a multidisciplinary audience
  • Raise your profile, build networks, find ideas and inspiration
  • Hone your career skills

The previous three events in this annual series have included a wide range of disciplines such as agronomy, crop and plant physiology, environmental sciences, molecular biology, plant nutrition, soil science, crop protection, analytical chemistry, biofuels and biomaterials.


PhD students and first post-docs wishing to present have three options:

  • Oral paper (20 minutes)
  • Poster (A0: 1189 mm x 841 mm, portrait)
  • Poster plus Flash presentation (5 slides, 5 minutes)

An abstract of 300 words (max.) indicating title, authors and preference for presentation option should be sent to by 10 May 2013.
Oral presentation slots are inevitably limited and will be allocated to achieve a balanced programme. Topics may be results, reviews or plans and may have been already presented elsewhere. Prizes will be awarded, focusing on quality of science and clarity of communication.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vacancy at NIAB


(Fixed term, 1 year maternity cover)

Applications are invited for the post of Glasshouse Research Assistant in NIAB’s Genetics and Breeding Team, based in Cambridge. NIAB is an independent plant science organisation with a research focus on crop improvement.

This post provides technical support for all aspects of genetics research in the glasshouse and will also involve some lab-based activities.

You will need to be very well organised and able to manage workload peaks. Some experience of working in a glasshouse and laboratory environment and knowledge of plant genetics would be an advantage, but is not essential as full training will be provided. The role requires computer literacy, meticulous record keeping and a full driving licence or access to independent means of transport.

This is a fixed term post of 1 year to provide maternity cover. Starting salary in the range £14,500-£15,500 dependent on skills and experience. Company benefits include Group Income Protection, Stakeholder pension, generous holidays and free car parking. Further details and an application form are available on our website: or from the HR Office, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE, Tel: 01223 342282, Email:, quoting Ref: T/262. Closing date for applications: 1 May 2013.