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Programme BLAM 2022

6–7 April 2022 in AF-borgen

Wednesday 6 April

09.00 Workshops in AF-Borgen's conference rooms
PhD students & Senior workshops (senior workshop starts at 9.30)
12.00 Registration & lunch
13.15–13.30 Opening
13.30 Plenary I
Maria Jose Ruiz Lopez, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC (external website) – "Conservation and host-parasite interactions"
14.45 Poster session & fika
1. Abraham Ontiveros Cisneros – “Plants as biofactories for the production of insect sex pheromones”
2. Ashish Ashish – “Studying chemical and fungal modifications of cellulose by the use of Raman spectroscopy”
3. Carl-Johan Hörberg – “How 3D Neuronal Cultures Can Improve In-Vitro Brain Models”
4. Dima Massri – “Conserved operons cvn1 and cvn2 are involved in cell polarity in Streptomyces venezuelae
5. Emma Kärrnäs – “Closely related flies have closely related host plants”
6. Etka Yapar – “Towards a better understanding of the Lepidoptera phylogeny”
7. Jessica Jennerheim – “Circular use of construction materials - cornerstones of environmental risks and their assessment”
8. Meng Li – “Identify insect pollinators based on spectral fringes produced by clear wing
9. Mingyue Yuan – “Resource limitation in the changing Subarctic”
6. Sofia Blomqvist – “Road verges- suitable replacement habitats or ecological traps for pollinating insects?”
16.15 Oral presentation session 1
1. Robin Pranter – “Do neural crest cells cause correlated trait evolution in wall lizards?”
2. Johanna Stedt – “Group hunting in harbour porpoises”
3. Hongkai Zhang – “Estimating the mutation rate in the great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus)”
4. Gróa Valgerður Ingimundardóttir – “‘Dress accordingly!’ - Plants' ability to adjust to changed temperature”
Flash Talk (3 minutes)
5. Susana Garcia Dominguez – “The toxic effects of soot on birds”
6. Sara Winterfeldt – “Soil microbial responses to drying and rewetting”
7. Josefin Winberg – “Bioenergy and biodiversity”
17.15–21.00 Dinner followed by mingle and pub
Hosted at AF Borgen immediately following oral presentation session 1

Thursday 7 April

09.00 Plenary II
Felipe Cava, Umeå University (external website) – "D-amino acids shape the microbial biodiversity".
10.15 Coffee break and poster session continuation
11.00 Oral presentation session 2
1. Twinkle Biswas – “Characterization of olfactory sensory neurons for fungal-, plant-, and pheromone compounds in T. lineatum
2. Zachary Nolen – “Genetic diversity in a changing landscape - Responses from a generalist and a specialist species”
3. Huy Cuong Tran – “mTRAN1 and mTRAN2 are plant-specific proteins required for mitochondrial translation initiation”
12.00 Lunch
13.15 Oral presentation session 3
1. Yun-Ting Jang – “The relative importance of predation and competition on adaptive radiation cascades”
2. Samantha Mellinger – “Transgenerational expression patterns of MHC-I genes in the great reed warbler”
3. Johan Kjellberg Jensen – “Quality or quantity: a field experiment on the urban food limitation hypothesis”
Flash Talk (3 minutes)
4. Katie Laschanzky – “Macrophages and neutrophils: two homes for nontuberculous mycobacteria”
5. Dániel Tájmel – ““Microbial temperature dependences in soil: feedback to climate change”
6. Qinyang Li – “How to compare fitness between biological levels?”
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Oral presentation session 4
1. Judith Matavacas – “A volcano-like biofilm structure: a consequence of defects in bacterial cooperation?”
2. Kalle Nilsson – “How is evolvability affected by niche shifts?”
3. Isidora Loncarevic – ”Chemical characterization of moss exudates”
4. Pedro Rosero – “Land-use change effects in the short and long term on biological control in agricultural landscapes”
Flash Talks (3 minutes)
5. Mridula Nandakumar – “Do alleles under selection influence host immune response?”
6. Marie Inger Dam – “Biotech production of insect pheromones in yeast cells - for pest control”
7. Sandra Rabow – “Cyanobacterial blooms like it hot - or not”
17.00 Closing Ceremony
18.00 – 21.00 Dinner served at Grand Hotel in lund
Winners of best poster, oral presentation and flash talk will be announced during the meal

Contact information

Sara Winterfeldt

E-post: Sara [dot] Winterfeldt [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Johannes Rousk

Telephone: +46 46 222 37 45
E-mail: Johannes [dot] Rousk [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


Stress management and relaxation

Stress is a natural reaction to challenges. However, feeling continuously stressed without periods of rest can lead to health issues. This workshop is organised with the university occupational health services in order to provide resources and start participant-led discussions on topics such as work/life balance, avoiding burnout, mental health and more. Includes a guided yoga session.

How to review an article

The workshop will focus on how to successfully review an article and give insights of the reviewing and publishing process. 

Data management

Reproducible research for biologists: How to become your own best collaborator. Get introduced to the most popular tools for organizing, documenting and sharing your research with your future self as well as the rest of the scientific community. 

Communicate with posters

We focus on how to learn to make and design a scientific poster, a graphic representation capable of explaining briefly and in a pleasant and light way, a project, a research or a scientific experience. The importance of this type of communication and some useful keys. The focus will be on graphic design and typography.

Senior workshop

Creativity and independence are emphasised in the goals towards a doctorate degree, and it is an ability and approach that we set high value to when evaluating the progress of doctoral students. The theme of this workshop is how we can supervise doctoral students to promote development of creativity and independence. It will be led by Anders Sonesson from the Division of Higher Education Development. It is open to those who are or planning to supervise PhD students and will last from 9.30-12.