Ethics and Research Integrity Course

Ethics and Research Integrity and ethical behavior are an integral part of scientific excellence

Dr. LL. Montoliu from CNB-CSIC explains to the fellows the ethical challenges and issues related to research integrity, as well as how to address these challenges and issues.

Introducing our External advisory Board

Episeedlink has an External Advisory Board (EAB) comprising six subject matter experts coming from academia and industry.

Our EAB Members are experts in the Episeedlink topics such as seed development, plant breeding, abiotic stresses, molecular markers, or epigenetics.

  • Anna Amtmann, Molecular Plant Physiology (Molecular Biosciences) Professor at the University of Glasglow. Research in her group has continued to unravel the molecular mechanisms that enable plants to adapt to mineral nutrient deficiency, salinity and drought. Current projects investigate the genetic and epigenetic determinants of plant stress tolerance and of root architectural changes under mineral nutrient deficiency.
  • Ales Pecinka, Group Leader at the Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics from the Institute of Experimental Botany, v. v. i. (IEB). His research focuses on Chromatin, Epigenetics, DNA damage repair, SMC5/6 complex, DNA protein crosslinks, Seed development. His works mainly use Arabidopsis and barley
  • Jon Falk, Managing Director at Saaten-Union Biotec GmbH talked to us about his company in relation to plant breeding, how to improve it, and how to improve The utility of molecular markers for those purposes.
  • Leonie Bentsink, Personal Professor at Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). Her research focuses on fundamental aspects of seed traits, like seed dormancy, seed longevity, and germination, concerning their ecological importance and application prospective for the industry.
  • Löic Lepiniec. Research Director at Institute Jean-Pierre Bourgin from the INRAE (Institut national de recherche pour l’agriculture, l’alimentation et l’environnement) His research focuses on the regulations of seed development and metabolism.
  • Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid, Senior Group Leader at Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology to the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). Her research focus is: “Epigenetic changes contribute significantly to diversity in gene expression, differentiation, and adaptation potential. Using the model plants Arabidopsis thaliana and Aethionema arabicum, her group investigates how environmental factors like heat, light, or genotoxic stress influence chromatin features, gene expression, and epigenetic inheritance, within plants and between generations”.