Open calls: ForMaP TRAINING SCHOOL-PhD COURSE and III Call for Short Term Scientific Missions

MaP FGR COST Action aims to bring together experts in forest genetic resources (FGR) to collect knowledge on FGR in Marginal and Peripheral (MaP) populations throughout Europe. The effects of climate change are likely to be stronger and more rapid in MaP populations than elsewhere. MaP forest populations are at the edges of species ranges where conditions are less suitable for survival. Studying adaptive processes in these populations is crucial and of mutual interest for European and neighboring countries for understanding the evolution of species and developing gene pool (FGR) conservation and management strategies and networks to cope with global changes. These populations are not only threatened by modern climate changes but also by other disturbances arising from human pressures and they may prove invaluable for adapting the European forestry sector.

The training school, 18 January 2016 – 22 January 2016, focuses on how to analyze data on genetic structures developed as results of the interplay between local adaption (response to selection), genetic drift and gene flow. The training school targets PhD students and other young scientists involved in on-going studies of genetics of woody plant species. MSc students can also benefit from the course provided if they already have some background knowledge in population genetics or quantitative genetics, and are working with genetic analysis of populations in their MSc thesis.

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers. A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action, whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions / organisations. STSM applicants must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD Student or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed by, or affiliated to, an Institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research. The institutions / organisations where applicants pursue their main strand of research are considered as Home institutions. The Host institution is the institution / organisation that will host the successful applicant. Applications will be accepted until end of February 2016 and evaluated case by case. Missions must be concluded by March 31, 2016.

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