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Programme BLAM 2023

13–14 April 2023 in Palaestra

Preliminary schedule

Thursday 13 April

09.00 Workshops at the Department of Biology
12.15 Registration & lunch at Palaestra
13.30 Opening
13.45 Plenary I
Ludovic Orlando, Centre for Anthropobiology and Genomics of Toulouse (CAGT), France (external website) – "The genomic history of the domestic horse"
14.45 Poster presentation introductions (1 min each)
14.50 Poster session 1 and fika
1. Karla Iveth Aguilera Campos – “Predicting metabolic interactions of Arcobacter species with breviate protists”
2. Chuyu Cheng – “Why having roosts close to foraging sites matters: from an energetic perspective”
3. Meng Li and Hampus Månefjord – “Stratification of insect populations and species richness in the Taï tropical virgin forest”
4. Valeria Palma – “Resistance induction in Chenopodium plants”
5. Johanna Stedt – “Porpoise Activity in Space and Time within a High-Density Area Provides Important Insights for Conservation Actions”
6. Huy Cuong Tran – “Mitochondrial translation in plants is initiated by a unique mTRAN-mRNA interaction mechanism”
7. Erica Winslott – “Should I Drop or Should I Duck - Predator avoidance in the tortoise beetle Cassida viridis
8. Siyuan Zhou – “How is the balance of soil carbon and nitrogen mineralization affected by repeated drying-rewetting cycles?"
16.00 Oral presentation session 1
Full talks (12 minutes)
1. Elin Dirlik – “Cue integration in an insect compass system”
2. Victor Kalbskopf – “An Abundance of SNPs - More variation than expected in avian malaria infections”
3. Johanna Yourstone – “Effects of honeybee competition on bumblebee foraging behaviour”
4. Nima Mohseni – “‘Morphometrics in the Age of Machine Learning”
Flash Talk (3 minutes)
1. Mingyue Yuan – “Australian soil microbes need more phosphorus compared to their Swedish folks!”
2. Jöran Klink – “Genetics and systematics of two orchids: Nigritella nigra and Pseudorchis albida
3. Pedro Rosero – “The importance of evolution to understand long-term biological control”
4. Emma Kärrnäs – “A holistic approach to describing new species”
18.00 –20.00 Dinner and mingle at Palaestra

Friday 14 April

09.15 Plenary II
Ellen Decaestecker, KU Leuven, Belgium (external website) – "Phenotypic mediated switches induced by host genotype x microbiome interactions".
10.45 Oral presentation session 2
Full talks (12 minutes)
1. Valentin Gillet – “A novel navigation circuit in the central complex of the insect brain”
2. Esther Nobs – “Mycobacterial manipulation of host macrophages”
3. Shahrzad Shaverdian – “The role of the antennae during wind-guided straight line orientation”
4. David Gómez Blanco – “Connections between telomere length, infections and life history trade-offs in a wild bird population”
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Oral presentation session 3
Full talks (12 minutes)
1. Mridula Nandakumar – “Balancing selection on innate immune genes in bank voles: the case of TLR2”
2. Theodor Kindeberg – “Carbon cycling in restored seagrass meadows”
3. Sofie Nilén – “Opposites attract? The damselfly dating guide”
4. Cecilia Kardum Hjort – “Genomic divergence and lack of introgression between commercial and wild bumblebees (Bombus terrestris)”
Flash Talk (3 minutes)
1. Dima Massri – “Polar Growth in Streptomyces””
2. Etka Yapar – “Using phylogenomics to place the rogue superfamily Gelechioidea (Lepidoptera)”
3. Katie Laschanzky – “When soil microbes find a home in the lungs: a tragedy in two parts”
14.30 Poster presentation introductions (1 min each)
14.40 Poster presentation 2 and fika
1. Frida Alenius – “How air flow affect pitch behaviour in a flight feather”
2. Susana Garcia Dominguez – “Particle deposition and their physiological effects on birds: an experimental approach”
3. Janka Kluge – ”Unravelling the transformation of skylight polarization signals into a neural compass in the bumblebee brain”
4. Pablo Macías Torres – “Metabolic costs of flight in a long-distance migratory songbird”
5. Elin Persson – “Physiological consequences of growing up during a heatwave”
6. Agnieszka Rzepczynska – “Microbial nitrogen mining across soils from a tundra forest ecotone”
7. Josefin Winberg – “The impact on farmland plant diversity from land abandonment and bioenergy production”
8. Jorge Yaniquez – “Production of Recombinant and Modified Enzymes for Biocontrol and Improvement of Bolivian Food Production”
15.30 Oral presentation session 4
Full talks (12 minutes)
1. Ye Xiong – “Pre- and post-natal development is critical to determination of early-life telomere length”
2. Carsten Kost – “Forest(ry) and the lesser spotted woodpecker in Sweden”
3. Twinkle Biswas – ”Ips typographus aggregation pheromone receptor”
4. Carl-Johan Hörberg – “Neuronal cultures - Neuronal soup or self-assembled minds?”
Flash Talks (3 minutes)
5. Elana Engert – “Correlations and constraints forming the metabolic phenotype”
6. Simon Jacobsen Ellerstrand – “The dark side of genetic diversity”
7. Iain Moodie – “What can Ecotoxicology and Evolutionary Biology learn from each other?”
16.45 Closing Ceremony
18.00 Department of Biology 10 Anniversary Party (pre-registration required) In the Ecology Building

Contact information

Katie Laschanzky
Functional Zoology

Telefon: 076 875 77 08
E-post:Katie [dot] Laschanzky [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Stanley Heinze
Senior Lecturer
Functional Zoology

Telefon: 072 323 24 11
E-post: Stanley [dot] Heinze [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


All workshops are held on 13 April between 9.00 and 12.00.

Reproducible research & Data management

Led by Dag Ahrén

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

Publication process and academic career

Led by Eran Elhaik 

The workshop aims to provide PhD students with an understanding of the publication process and the academic world. The first section will focus on the importance of publishing research, addressing questions such as the number of papers needed to establish oneself as a reputable researcher and how to choose the right journal for their work. The second section will focus on life after the PhD program and the steps necessary for climbing the academic ranks, including postdoctoral positions, tenure-track positions and becoming a full professor. The workshop aims to provide students with a clear understanding of the expectations and requirements of a successful academic career.

CVs, Research Funding, and you: Strategies and best practice

Led by John Phillips

Writing funding applications is a key part of any academic career, and presenting your own achievements in the best possible light is very important for many funders. But what do these funders actually look for in your CV? What is essential, and what is irrelevant? At this interactive workshop, you will learn about how CVs are assessed by funding agencies, how best to present your own, and how to consider the requirements from funders when developing your career. The workshop will include presentations and small group work, and you will need to submit material in advance (details will be made available after registration has closed).

Communicate with posters and scientific figures

Led by Inger Ekström and Deepak Anand

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 or a scientific experience. The importance of this type of communication and some useful keys. The focus will be on graphic design, typography and scientific figures. We will use Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape during the workshop.

Ideation: Find new ways and new ideas- with LU Innovation

Led by Lisa Evyr

Are you curious about innovation and entrepreneurship but don’t know how to start? Would you like to see your research become implemented in society? Do you wonder how people come up with business ideas? This workshop will give you the knowledge and tools to get started!

During this workshop, you will get insight into different tools and tricks to create ideas, figure out if the idea can work and how you can find your users or customers that can benefit from your research. You do not need to prepare anything before the workshop, nor do you need to have an idea. Join the workshop and get inspired! The innovation developers Lisa Evyr and Peter Franck from LU Innovation are looking forward to meeting you.

Supervising the writing of PhD students and providing constructive feedback

Led by Anders Sonesson, Division of Higher Education Development

The workshop is about supervising PhD students’ writing and giving constructive feedback. It is open to those who are supervising PhD students or planning to do so.