Conference Grant call 7

Seventh call for a Conference Grant from the COST Action EuroXanth


Call

Dear colleagues,
 
We are delighted to announce the opening of the 7th call for a Conference Grant from the COST Action EuroXanth. Conference grants are intended to support the participation of Early Career Investigators[1] from Inclusiveness Target Countries[2] at international conferences.
 
We are receiving applications for the 14th International Conference on Plant-Pathogenic Bacteria in Assisi, Italy, from June 7 to 12, 2020. This conference aims to promote and disseminate the latest scientific advances in all aspects of phytobacteriology and encourage dialogue and collaboration between researchers. The latest developments in the field, either basic or applied, will be presented and discussed at the conference. Keynote and invited talks, oral and poster sessions will be held on key topics including:
  • Disease Epidemiology and Pathogen Ecology;
  • Disease Emergence and Pathogen Evolution;
  • Disease Control and Prevention;
  • New Tools in Disease Diagnostics and Pathogen Identification;
  • Molecular Plant – Bacteria and Insect Interactions;
  • Bacterial Pathogens and the Phytobiome;
  • Natural and Engineered Plant Disease Resistance;
  • Nanotechnology in the Disease Control; and
  • Plant-bacteria interactions in the vascular system: Xylem/ phloem dwellers (planned EuroXanth COST Session). 

In addition, a round table on Seed-Borne and Seed-Transmitted prokaryotes is planned.

Invited speakers:
  • Gabriele Berg, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria
  • Nico Horn, European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO)
  • Kostas Konstantinidis, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Steven E. Lindow, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Emilio Montesinos, University of Girona, Girona, Spain
  • Cindy Morris, Institut National de Recherche pour l’Agriculture, l’Alimentation et l’Environnement, Avignon, France
  • Neha Potnis, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA
  • George W. Sundin, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
  • Cyril Zipfel, University of Zurich, Zürich, Switzerland
To apply for support by the EuroXanth COST Action, please send a letter of motivation (including a budget request), the abstract of your presentation and your CV (max. 2 pages plus list of publications, if applicable) to the ITC Conference Grant Coordinator (Dr Katarina Gasic, gasickatarina@yahoo.com) and to the Chair (Dr Ralf Koebnik, ralf.koebnik@ird.fr) until March 8, 2020. In addition, you need to hand-in the confirmation of acceptance of your presentation as soon as you receive it (foreseen by March 31, 2020).
 
All applications will go through selection by the STSM/ITC Conference Grant Committee and successful applicants will be made aware of the decision by April 15, 2020. Evaluation criteria are the scientific quality of the presentation, a clear link to the EuroXanth COST Action and how the mission can support the Action in achieving its scientific objectives.
 
Successful applicants will receive a EuroXanth COST Action Conference Grant. A Conference Grant is a fixed financial contribution which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the application by the delegated person(s). Conference Grants do not necessarily cover all of the expenses related to participating in a given conference. A Conference Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the selected Grantee.
 
The calculation of the financial contribution for each Conference Grant must respect the following criteria:
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 in total can be afforded to each successful applicant;
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 160 per day can be afforded for accommodation and meal expenses;
  • Up to a maximum of EUR 500 can be claimed for the conference fees to be incurred by the selected Grantee.
Please consult the relevant COST website for more details on eligibility for application and the reimbursement rules. Please be aware that you need to submit either a certificate of attendance or a report about your mission, all travel documents and relevant receipts (registration fee) within 30 calendar days from the end date of the conference in order to receive the Conference Grant.
 
If you are aware of other conferences with relevance to the EuroXanth COST Action, please feel free to share your suggestions with us so that we can include them in future Conference Grants calls.
 
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
 
With kind regards,
Katarina Gasic (ITC Conference Grant Coordinator)
Ralf Koebnik (Chair)

[1] An individual who is within a time span of up to 8 years from the date they obtained their PhD/doctorate (full-time equivalent).

[2] Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (countries in red did not join the EuroXanth COST Action yet and are therefore not eligible for support by this COST Action).