Harvest program:

HARVEST is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, sponsored by the 7th Framework Program of the European Union. It exists from 1 October 2009 until 1 October 2013, and consists of 14 groups from academia and industry from 9 European countries.
The network will employ 19 Early Stage Researchers (Ph.D. students) for 36 months and 4 Experienced Researchers (young post-docs) for 18-24 months. The network will also organize a series of courses, meetings and workshops, which will be open for researchers from outside the network as well.
This research program is oriented on the Control of Light Use Efficiency in Plants and Algae - From Light to Harvest.

Link: Harvest

Towards BioSolar Cells program

The research program Towards Biosolar Cells aims to develop background knowledge regarding solar cells that are based on the primary steps in photosynthesis. This knowledge should contribute to sustainable energy applications. The programme, in which FOM, ALW and NWO participate, attracted 25 million FES funds.
The program has three main goals: increasing the photosynthetic efficiency of plants, resulting in more biomass and higher energy yields per given surface area with more, larger or heavier plants; producing fuels directly and bypassing the biomass phase with microorganisms for direct conversion; and combining natural and technological components to create solar collectors that supply fuel rather than electricity. The last goal includes producing artificial leaves, the most advanced area of the program's concentration.
The program is a collaboration of six universities (Wageningen University Research Center, Free University of Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Technical University of Delft, University of Groningen and Leiden University), 30 companies, three leading institutes, a higher vocational education institute and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

Link: BioSolar Cells

The PhenoDays 2012 - October 10th – 12th 2012
Hosted by PhenoFab in Wageningen, NL
In the era of Plant Genomics the amount of DNA information of crops has increased enormously. As a consequence, more effective and reliable phenotyping data has become the bottleneck for modern genetic crop improvement. Therefore Plant Phenotyping has become a major field of research in plant breeding.
In order to meet the challenges of this very new and promising field of research new technologies such as greenhouse automation and plant imaging systems are needed.
The PhenoDays 2011 International Symposium exactly addresses the Phenotyping bottleneck by providing stimulating talks from internationally renowned keynote speakers from the seed industry, breeding institutes and academic breeding groups working in the Plant Phenotyping research area.
This will surely be a great opportunity for the researchers from all over the world to meet and exchange their ideas, approaches and results in Plant Phenotyping research.
Besides the interesting scientific presentations the PhenoDays will also offer the opportunity to participate in practical workshops at one of the biggest Plant Phenotyping Research Facilities in Europe: The PhenoFab in Wageningen only 10 min. from the conference venue Hof van Wageningen.
Registration via and more information on:

Link: Phenodays

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