Celebrating Achievement at Plant Biology 2017

In the Awards Symposium at Plant Biology 2017, delegates will be treated to lectures from 2016’s prize-winning scientists and cheer this year’s winning crop of plant scientists making a difference in the field of plant biology and beyond.

Pioneering Plant Science: The Stephen Hales Prize

Named for a British reverend who, in 1927, published pioneering ideas about plant physiology, the ASPB’s Stephen Hales Prize is awarded annually to a scientist who has likewise “served plant biology in a noteworthy manner”.

The 2016 recipient of this award was Gloria Coruzzi (New York University), who takes a systems biology approach to understanding the dynamics of gene regulatory networks linking plant metabolism and development. Her lecture will explore the “fourth dimension” of transcriptional networks: time.

Early Career Achievement: Charles Albert Shull Award

Honoring outstanding young and/or early career plant biologists each year since 1971, the 2016 recipient of the Charles Albert Shull Award was Jiri Friml – a cell and developmental plant biologist leading interdisciplinary research at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria. His lecture will provide insight into the intricacies of auxin transport on polarity and patterning in plants.

Promoting Public Service: ASPB Leadership in Science Public Service Award

Kevin Folta, a Professor and Chair of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, is also a passionate advocate for science communication. ASPB’s Public Affairs Committee awarded him the 2016 Leadership in Science Award in recognition of his exemplary science communication and outreach work. In his lecture, Professor Folta will provide guidance on how and where to effectively engage public audiences in conversations about science.
The “Awards Symposium and Presentation of 2017 Awards” will be held 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Plant Biology 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration is open now. For more information and a full list of the multidisciplinary sessions on offer, visit Plant Biology 2017.

*Look for talks by the winners of the 2017 awards at Plant Biology 2018 in Montreal, Canada.*


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