Become a part of the FutureArctic network!

This call closed on the 31st of August 2019

FutureArctic offers a training at the inter-sectoral edge of environmental science, computer science, artificial intelligence, online sensor engineering and social sciences, by building a pioneer ‘ecosystem-of-things’ at the http://Forhot.is  natural laboratory.

We recruit 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), who will be incorporated in a multidisciplinary and international research team. Each ESR will be hosted in a beneficiary institution and will receive additional training during secondments at the industrial and/or other academic partners’ facilities.

http://www.futurearctic.be/phd-positions/

https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/396806

 

ESR8: Plant and soil metabolome in a warming subarctic.

Host: CREAF, co-host: IMEC. Contact person: josep.penuelas@uab.cat Expected start date: between September 2019 to January 2020

Location: Barcelona. Profile: Ecology and metabolomics

Vacancy at CREAF ESR8b

Please send your job application (motivation letter & CV  in English) to josep.penuelas@uab.cat

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ESR 1: Microbiome structure of warmed grasslands.

Host: UAntwerpen, co-host: ILVO. Contact person: erik.verbruggen@uantwerpen.be. Expected start date: January 2020

Location: Belgium. Profile: Biology, Ecology.

ESR 2: Visual, NDVI and hyperspectral assessment of grassland plant and vegetation traits.

Host: ILVO, co-host: UAntwerpen. Contact person: peter.lootens@ilvo.vlaanderen.be. Expected start date: January 2020

Location: Belgium. Profile: Agriculture, Biology, Plant Sciences, Remote Sensing

ESR 3: The functional rhizobiome in warming grasslands.

Host: UTARTU, co-host: VSI. Contact person: ivika.ostonen@ut.ee Expected start date: September 2019

Location: Estonia. Profile: Biology, Plant Ecology, Microbiology, Soil Science

ESR4: Microbiome physiology and microbial interactions.

Host: UNIVIE, co-host: UAntwerpen. Contact person: andreas.richter@univie.ac.at, christina.kaiser@univie.ac.at Expected start date: January 2020

Location: Vienna. Austria. Profile: Ecology, Microbiology, Ecological Modelling

ESR5: Diel, synoptic and seasonal variability in sources of soil CO2 emissions.

Host: UIBK, co-host: MIRICO. Contact person: Michael.Bahn@uibk.ac.at,  Expected start date: January 2020

Location: Austria. Profile: Ecology, Biology, Biogeochemistry

ESR6: The carbon balance in sub-arctic ecosystems.

Host: UCPH, co-host: SVARMI. Contact person: ksl@ign.ku.dk. Expected start date: 1 October 2019

Location: Denmark. Profile: Greenhouse gas exchange, Biogeochemistry

ESR7: Plant phenology and plant stress evolution.

Host: LBHI, co-host: ILVO and CREAF. Contact person: bjarni@lbhi.is Expected start date: January 2020

Location: Iceland. Plant Ecology, Ecophysiology, Environmental Sciences

ESR9: Fast prototyping platform to enable sensor communication technology.

Host: IMEC, co-host: DMR. Contact person: Maarten.Weyn@uantwerpen.be Expected start date: January 2020

Location: Belgium. Profile: Applied Engineer Electronics – ICT / Computer Science

ESR 10: Development of an autonomous UAV application for image based (e.g. hyperspectral) ecosystem climate response assessment.

Host: SVARMI, co-host: LBHI and CREAF. Contact person: victor@svarmi.com Expected start date: January 2020

Location: Iceland. Profile: Remote Sensing, Environmental Sciences, Plant Ecology

ESR11: Development of an automated sampler for subsoil nutrient flows.

Host: DMR, co-host: UCPH. Contact person: pla@dmr.dk Expected start date: 1 september 2019

Location: Denmark. Profile: Hydrogeology, Environmental Engineering

ESR12: Smart root imaging technology for root phenological studies.

Host: VSI, co-host: UTARTU. Contact person: l.seehra@vienna-scientific.com or boris.rewald@boku.ac.at Expected start: date: September 2019

Location: Austria. Profile: computational image analysis, data science, bioinformatics

ESR13: Design and Evaluation of Learning Algorithms for complex ecosystem interaction analysis (“Ecoalgorithm”).

Host: IMEC, co-host: UAntwerpen. Contact person: steven.latre@uantwerpen.be. Expected start date:

Location: Belgium. Profile:

ESR14: Optimizing storage & analysis of ecosystem data both on the edge & in the cloud.

Host: IMEC, co-host: SVARMI. Contact person: steven.latre@uantwerpen.be Expected start date:

Location: Belgium. Profile:

ESR15: “Big data” and shifts in research practices.

Host: UNIVIE, co-host: ILVO. Contact person: ulrike.felt@univie.ac.at Expected start date: February 2020

Location: Austria. Profile: science and technology studies or a related social science discipline, solid knowledge of qualitative social science methods

Does the Amazon rainforest slow down man-made climate change?

A new study published in Nature Geosciences highlights a very important feedback in the Amazon rainforest that current climate models are not considering, but may, in fact, accelerate climate change. The article was written by an international team of 27 scientists, including Daniel Goll from the Department of Geography, and lead by Katrin Fleischer from the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Current climate change projections assume that the Amazon rainforest removes large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere storing it in biomass, thereby dampening man-made climate change. The models is used for climate change projections assume that elevated carbon dioxide concentration have a stimulating effect on plant growth. There is evidence that this fertilization effect operates in temperate forests, however, it is not clear if tropical forest respond in similar ways. To test how tropical vegetation response to elevated carbon dioxide an ecosystem-scale experiment is needed. Currently, such an experiment, the first of its kind, is being established in Brazil (AmazonFACE: https://amazonface.inpa.gov.br/), but because ecosystems respond slowly it will take many years before we will know it’s outcome. In the new study in Nature Geosciences an ensemble of state-of-the-art ecosystem models was used to simulate this experiment before-hand. The results indicate that the commonly low soil phosphorus availability in the Amazon region can lead to a much more dampened response of tropical vegetation to elevated carbon dioxide than currently assumed. This finding has still to be confirmed by the real life experiment, but it shows that current climate models which omit phosphorus effects on plant growth are likely overestimating the carbon dioxide removal by tropical forests. The findings also suggest that the Amazon forest could be even more threatened by climate change than currently thought – adding further pressure on of the most rapidly diminishing ecosystems on Earth.

You can find the paper here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-019-0404-9

amafacestudyTechnical illustration of the AmazonFACE experiment in a highly diverse, primary rainforest in Brazil.

You can find further information here:
https://www.carbonbrief.org/amazon-carbon-sink-could-be-much-less-due-to-lack-of-soil-nutrients
https://www.tum.de/nc/die-tum/aktuelles/pressemitteilungen/details/35637/

 

German version

Verlangsamt der Amazonas-Regenwald den vom Menschen verursachten Klimawandel?

Eine neue in Nature Geosciences veröffentlichte Studie hebt eine sehr wichtige Rueckkopplung zwischen Amazonas-Regenwald und dem Klimasystem hervor, die derzeitige Klimamodelle nicht berücksichtigen, aber die möglicherweise den Klimawandel beschleunigt. Der Artikel wurde verfasst von einem, von Katrin Fleischer von der Technischen Universität München (TUM) angefuehrtem, internationalen Team von 27 Wissenschaftlern verfasst, darunter Daniel Goll vom Institut für Geographie.

Aktuelle Klimaprojektionen gehen davon aus, dass der Amazonas-Regenwald der Atmosphäre große Mengen an Kohlendioxid entzieht und diese in Biomasse speichert, wodurch der vom Menschen verursachte Klimawandel gedämpft wird. In den dafuer genutzten Klimamodellen wird angenommen, dass eine erhöhte Kohlendioxidkonzentration sich positiv auf das Pflanzenwachstum auswirkt. Ein solcher Duengeeffekt konnte in gemäßigten Wäldern nachgewiesen werden, aber es ist nicht klar, ob er in tropischen Wäldern tatsaechlich existiert. Um zu testen, wie die tropische Vegetation auf erhöhtes Kohlendioxid reagiert, ist ein Experiment im Ökosystemmaßstab erforderlich. Derzeit wird ein solches Experiment, das erste seiner Art, in Brasilien errichtet (AmazonFACE: https://amazonface.inpa.gov.br/). Da Ökosysteme jedoch nur sehr langsam reagieren, wird es viele Jahre dauern, bis wir das Ergebnis haben. In der nun veroeffentlichten Studie wurde ein Ensemble modernster Ökosystemmodelle verwendet, um dieses Experiment vorab zu simulieren. Die Ergebnisse deuten darauf hin, dass die üblicherweise geringe Verfügbarkeit von dem Pflanzennaehrstoff Phosphor im Amazonasgebiet zu einer deutlich geringere Reaktion der tropischen Vegetation auf erhöhtes Kohlendioxid führen kann, als derzeit angenommen wird. Dieser Befund muss noch durch das reale Experiment bestätigt werden, aber es zeigt, dass aktuelle Klimamodelle, bei denen Phosphoreffekte auf das Pflanzenwachstum weggelassen werden, die Kohlendioxidentfernung durch tropische Wälder wahrscheinlich überschätzen. Die Ergebnisse deuten auch darauf hin, dass der Amazonas-Wald noch stärker vom Klimawandel bedroht sein könnte, als derzeit angenommen wird. Dies erhöht den Druck auf die am schnellsten abnehmenden Ökosysteme der Erde.

Bildunterschrift: AmazonFACE-Experiment in einem artenreichen Regenwald in Brasilien.

5th IMBALANCE-P Annual Meeting is over: looking forward to the 6th

Lots of interesting presentations, discussions and meetings took place in Sitges during last week. The warm and sunny weather helped the imbalancers to come up with new bright ideas for the project. Hopefully, next year it will be even better! See you all soon!

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5th Annual Meeting – Final program ready!

On Monday we will all gather together to enjoy a whole week of very interesting talks, discussions and fruitful collaborations.

You can find the official program here.

Looking forward to seeing you all next week!

Everything ready for the 5th Annual Imbalance-P Meeting!

We have everything prepared to start the 5th Annual The IMBALANCE-P meeting next February (11th – 15th) in Sitges. Like previous years, we expect it to be a succesful meeting full of new collaborations and synergies.

Here you can find the program of the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

5th Annual Imbalance-P Meeting in Sitges (Barcelona)

Five years after the kick-off meeting in Barcelona, the Imbalance-P project comes back to Catalonia to celebrate the fifth annual meeting. We will gather together in Hotel Port (Sitges), where the sun and the sea breeze will help us having a nice time.

Just a few updates about the next annual meeting:

Call for presentations

From now on you can submit the titles of your presentations. Remember, they are about 14 minutes with 4 for discussion.
Preliminary program

Monday 11th
– Morning: 4 PI’s will discuss the current status and perspectives of the project
– Afternoon: Guyana meeting to prepare next campaign (2019).

– All day: Meetings of different working groups
– Social activities

Tuesday 12th
– Presentations all day (~ 9 – 18h) [Experimental - Synthesis blocks]
– Social activities in the evenings

Wednesday 13th
– Presentations in the morning [Synthesis - ESM blocks]
– Meetings in the afternoon
– Social activities in the evenings

Thursday 14th
– Presentations all day (~ 9 – 18h) [ESM - IAM blocks]
– Social activities in the evenings

Friday 15th
– Presentations in the morning [IAM block]
– Goodbyes in the afternoon

We hope to see you all there!

Sitges

 

Josep Peñuelas rep una Menció especial dels Premis Ciutat de Barcelona 2017

Menció especial dels Premis Ciutat de Barcelona 2017 en la categoria de Ciències de la terra i ambientals. La cerimònia tindrà lloc el proper 15 de febrer al Saló de Cent de l’Ajuntamnet de Barcelona.

Enhorabona a la resta de premiats.

Josep Peñuelas named Distinguished Scientist by Chinese Academy of Sciences

This award distinguish well established and internationally recognized scientists in their respective research fields, having obtained outstanding scientific accomplishment and prestigious international honors, awards or prizes.

The fellowship aims to create or strengthen partnerships between CAS host institutions and the recipients’ home institutions.

Phosphorus in Soils and Plants, PSP6

6th symposium on Phosphorus in Soils and Plants, PSP6

Monday 10 September 2018 – Thursday 13 September 2018, Leuven (Belgium)

The symposium will be hosted by the KU Leuven, Belgium and will take place from 10 to the 13 September 2018.

The symposium will deal with such pressing matters as phosphorus scarcity, which can limit crop production in many agronomical ecosystems, and management of excess phosphorus, which gives rise to problems of eutrophication mostly in aquatic ecosystems. The scope of the topics will range from fundamental insights of phosphorus biogeochemical cycles to applications such as crop breeding, fertilizer development, soil management and performance of environmental impact assessments. The conference also aims to attract a large number of scientists from developing countries where phosphorus scarcity is a major issue.

You can find more information here: https://kuleuvencongres.be/PSP6/

Nature commends four Spanish scientists for outstanding mentoring

Four Spanish scientists have been recognised by Nature, the leading, international weekly journal of science, for exemplary personal mentoring of other scientists. The Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science have been hosted since 2005 in various countries and regions to champion the importance of mentoring and inspiring a generation of young scientists. The 2017 awards have for the first time taken place in Spain.

Chair of the judges: Josep Penuelas, Center for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) – National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona

Judging panel:
Alison Abbott, Nature, Munich, Germany
Emilia R. Solano, CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain
Juan Lerma, Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante – UMH, Alicante, Spain
Mariano Barbacid, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas, Madrid, Spain
Pilar Ruiz Lapuente, Institute of Cosmos Sciences, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

At the ceremony held at the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences in Madrid, Sir Philip Campbell PhD, the Editor-in-Chief of Nature, presented the awards and congratulated the recipients on their laudable contributions.

The joint-recipients of the lifetime achievement award are:

  • Professor Carlos Belmonte, founding Director of the Institute of Neuroscience of Alicante
  • Professor Margarita Salas, former Director of the CSIC Centre for Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa in Madrid

 

The joint-recipients of the mid-career achievement award are:

  • Professor Carlos López-Otín, a molecular biologist from the University of Oviedo
  • Professor Lluís Torner, a physicist and founding Director of the ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) in Barcelona.

 

Carmen Vela, the Spanish Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation commented on the importance of the awards: “Nature is an internationally renowned science journal in which researchers from around the world seek to publish their work, so it is very important for us to receive the ‘Nature Mentoring Awards’ here this year. Spain is a country full of talented scientists, and many of them have been guided by Margarita Salas, Carlos Belmonte, Carlos López-Otín and Lluis Torner, four great Spanish researchers. I would like to express my gratitude for their work over these years”.

Sir Philip Campbell, who established the awards, said: “These awards have taken place in 13 countries or regions, including the western United States, Nordic countries, South Africa, Japan and China. These are very varied cultures, and yet the key characteristics of outstanding mentors are remarkably similar. Spain’s great examples are no exception – they are extraordinary in their ability to nurture emerging scientists of great diversity.”

Through the Nature Awards for Mentoring in Science Nature recognises outstanding scientific mentors in different regions around the world. Each winner receives a prize of €5,000.

More information about the panel of judges and eligibility criteria for this year’s awards can be found here.

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