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Visit of the Delegation from Istituto di Scienze della Vita della Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (ISV SSSA), Pisa, Italy, to ITQB NOVA, 3-4 May 2017

A delegation of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (ISV SSSA) was visiting the ITQB NOVA to establish a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aiming to strengthen cultural, educational and scientific cooperation between both institutions.

Cooperation will have a strong focus on several of the GREEN-IT areas (e.g. Agroecology and Agrobiodiversity; Biomass and Bioenergy; Molecular Plant Physiology; Sustainable Agricultural Systems).

Nelson Saibo, member of the GREEN-IT Research Unit and head of the Plants for Life Ph.D. Program, is the contact person from ITQB NOVA that together with Paolo Bàrberi from ISV SSSA is responsible for catalyzing the established MoU.

  

   

 

Organization of International Events

 

1. Martins LO, Member of the Organizing Committee “5th International Iberian Biophysical Congress” Porto, 15-17th June 2016

2. Martins LO, Member of the Scientific Committee: Oxizymes in Wageningen – 7th European Meeting of OXIZYMES Wageningen, The Netherlands, July 3-6, 2016

3. Summer School Theory and Practice in Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands, July 2016.

4. EYSF 2016 (EMBO Young Investigators Science Forum); September 1-2; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal. Co-organized by Raquel Oliveira, Monica Bettencourt Dias, Lars Jansen, Ana Domingos and Elena Baena-González

5. Martins LO, CHAIR of the Joint WG1 + WG3 Meeting of COST Action FP1306, Lisbon, 26-27 Sep 2016

6. XVI Simposio Hispano-Luso de Nutrición Mineral de las Plantas – NUTRIPLANTA 2016 (Murcia, Spain, 25-28 Sept. 2016). (Member of the Honours Committee: MM Oliveira)

7. 2016: Second International Legume Society Conference. Tróia, Portugal, 11-14 October (Fevereiro P, Vaz Patto C, and Araújo S– Co-organizers)

 

Organization National Events

 

1. Session: Biotechnology for a Sustainable Bio-economy. Ciência 2016 - Encontro com a Ciência e Tecnologia em Portugal. Centro de Congressos de Lisboa (4-6 July 2016) (Organizer MM Oliveira)

2. 11th Inorganic Chemistry Conference SPQ, Sintra, Portugal, 7-8 October 2016 (B. Royo, Member of the Scientific Committee)

3. 6 the National Meeting on Agrobiotechnology (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, 13 July). Organizer - Pedro Fevereiro.

4. Workshop on legume transformation (26 -30 Jun 2017). Organizers: Dr. Sofia Duque, Dr. Susana Araújo, Prof. Pedro Fevereiro

​5. Screening of the movie HOME, by YANN ARTHUS-BERTRAND (2009) and Debate: Sustainability and Science (12 Apr 2018). Organizers: Cristina Silva Pereira and Ricardo Louro, for the Master in Biotechnology for Sustainability

6. Open Workshop – “Plant Biotechnology for Sustainability and Global Economy” (13 Apr 2018). Organizers: M. Margarida Oliveira, Benvindo Maçãs

7. Open Mini-Workshop - GREEN-IT Alumni  (14 Nov 2018)

8. Open Workshop Plant Biotechnology for Sustainability and Global Economy (24 May 2019). Organizers: M. Margarida Oliveira, Benvindo Maçãs

9. II Simpósio Ibérico de Engenharia Hortícola 2020, International conference, Instituto Politécnico De Viana Do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Portugal (4-6 Mar 2020) Scientific Committee: Silvestre J

 

Annual Meetings of the GREEN-IT Research Unit

 

The 6th Annual Meeting of the Bioresources for Sustainability Unit GREEN-IT took place 24 Feb 2021, via ZOOM. The meeting counted with the presence of the Scientific Advisory Board and included several presentations, including the introduction of the most recent members, as well as discussions and debates.

The 5th Annual Meeting of the Bioresources for Sustainability Unit GREEN-IT took place 12 Nov 2019, at ITQB NOVA. The annual meeting of GREEN-IT included presentations of all research groups, discussions and debates. This year also included a workshop on Plant Phenotyping-Genotyping Data Management Biodata.pt and a hands on workshop on bioinformatics.

The 4th Annual Meeting of the Bioresources for Sustainability Unit GREEN-IT took place 13 and 14 November 2018, at ITQB NOVA and INIAV. The annual meeting of GREEN-IT included presentations of all Research Groups, discussions and debates, and Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board. This year also included an open mini workshop with GREEN-IT alumni.

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Bioresources for Sustainability Unit (GREEN-IT) took place at ITQB NOVA on the 20-22 September 2017. The annual meeting included presentations of GREEN-IT Research Topics, discussions and debates, meetings with the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), invited lectures and and feedback on GREEN-IT progress from the SAB.


 

Invited Lectures
 
   
Prof. Rodomiro Ortiz
Faculty [Chair] Professor, Genetics & Plant Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sundsvagen, Sweden, and renown expert on plant breeding, genetic characterization and precise phenotyping
  Prof. Diethard Mattanovich
Professor at University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria, and renown expert on metabolic engineering, microbial biotechnology, and systems biology and industrial biotechnology
 
Sketches by Cirenia Baldrich    

 

The 2nd Annual Meeting of the Bioresources for Sustainability Unit (GREEN-IT) took place at ITQB NOVA on the 7-8 July 2016. The annual meeting included presentations of all Research Groups, discussions and debates, poster presentations and Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board.

 

The 1st Annual Meeting of the Bioresources for Sustainability Unit (GREEN-IT) took place at ITQB NOVA and Hotel Aldeia dos Capuchos on the 13 November 2015. The annual meeting included presentations of all Research Groups, discussions and debates and team building activities.

 

Invited Speakers hosted by GREEN-IT Researchers

 

1. Joyce Boye, Science and Technology Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – “ On the digestibility of pulse protein ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 28 Jan 2016

2. Marc Van Montagu, Ghent University, Belgium – “Plant Sciences: Discover, Innovate, communicate with Society ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 07 Mar, 2016

3. Ana Campilho, CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Portugal – “ Plant vascular formation – a model for functional characterization of conserved genes ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 08 Mar, 2016

4. Phil Wigge, Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK – “Making a thermosensor- temperature perception mechanisms in plants ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 10 Mar 2016

5. Sonia Osorio-Algar, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department, University of Malaga, Spain – “The uncovering of new transcription factors involved in ripening and post-harvest life of tomato and strawberry fruits” , Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 14 Mar 2016

6. Andreas Weber, Universität Düsseldorf – “C3-C4 intermediate photosynthesis - a prerequisite for C4 photosynthesis ” 16 Mar 2016, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras

7. Julian Hibberd, University of Cambridge – “The evolution of C4 photosynthesis ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 18 Mar 2016

8. Christine H. Foyer, Centre for Plant Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK – “The functions of WHIRLY1 functions in stress and senescence ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 30 Mar 2016

9. Dierk Scheel, Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Germany - “Signaling in PAMP-triggered immunity ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 01 Apr 2016

10. Wout Boerjan, VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University - “Genetic engineering of wood quality to improve biomass processing ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 13 Apr 2016

11. Paul Christou, Applied Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, University of Lleida - “Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology for the creation of novel plant chemodiversity ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 14 Apr 2016

12. Hannele Tuominen, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University, Sweden - “Molecular control of xylem cell death and impact on plant performance ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 21 Apr 2016

13. Hendrik Poorter, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH - “General patterns in biomass allocation and allometry among higher plants ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 26 Apr 2016 Host: Nelson Saibo.

14. Bradley Lusk, Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Arizona State University – “Thermophilic Anode Respiring Bacteria ”, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 04 Jul 2016

15. Jose M. Pardo, Instituto de Bioquimica Vegetal y Fotosintesis (IBVF-CSIC), Spain - “Regulation of potassium uptake and storage ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 12 Jul 2016

16. Elspeth Mac Rae, Scion, New Zealand – “Forests, biorefineries and the bioeconomy in New Zealand ”, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 18 Nov 2016

17. Seminar with the participation of several public and private entities - The New Breeding Techniques: Scientific, Technical, Social and Legal Aspects, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 12 Dec 2016

18. Elizabete Carmo-Silva, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK - “Optimising CO2 assimilation and crop yields in fluctuating environments ”, Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 19 Dec 2016

19. Ottoline Leyser, Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University - “Dual mode strigolactone signaling and the bud activation switch” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 06 Mar 2017

20. Tom Beeckman, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium | VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Technologiepark, Belgium –“Cell communication determines root architecture” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 10 Mar 2017

21. John Lunn, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany - “Trehalose-6-phosphate and sucrose – A tale of two sugars” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 14 Mar 2017

22. Sara Magalhães, cE3c: Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa – “Spider mites aid to unravel the interaction between carbon-based and metal-based plant defences” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 20 Mar 2017

23. Cyril Zipfel, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, UK – “Regulation of receptor kinase-mediated immune signaling”- Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 23 Mar 2017

24. Zlatko Šatović, Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity and Molecular Plant Breeding, Zagreb, Croatia – “Genetic Demography of Dalmatian sage (Salvia officinalis L.): A Journey to the Past” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 29 Mar 2017

25. Ioan Negrutiu, ENS Lyon – “From low-cost to slow / sober Anthropocene - rethinking agriculture first” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 06 Apr 2017

26. Elena Monte, Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG), Barcelona – “New Insights into Light-Regulated Development” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 19 Sep 2017

27. Rodomiro Ortiz, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sundsvagen, Sweden – “Agro-biodiversity for improving crops and addressing development goals” – GREEN-IT 3rd General Meeting, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 22 Sep 2017

28. Diethard Mattanovich, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria – “Yeast biotechnology for biorefinery: new and reengineered production platforms for biochemicals and proteins” – GREEN-IT 3rd General Meeting, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 22 Sep 2017

29. László Szabados, Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary – “Gene mining in model and halophytic plants: functional identification of stress regulatory genes by random gene transfer and large-scale genetic screens” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 12 Dec 2017

30. Sónia Negrão, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division (BESE), Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – “Dissecting the genetic architecture of salinity tolerance using high-throughput phenotyping” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 18 Dec 2017

31. Nuno Morais, Unit Director, IMM, University of Lisbon, Portugal – “What transcriptomes tell us about disease” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 06 Feb 2018

32. Dirk Inzé, VIB-UGent, Center for Plant Systems Biology – “Growth of Plant Organs: From Molecular Networks to Higher Crop Yield” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 05 Mar 2018

33. Philip A. Wigge, Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University – “Temperature sensing in plants” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 08 Mar 2018

34. John Lunn, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany – “Trehalose-6-phosphate – a sugar signal linking plant development to metabolism” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 13 Mar 2018

35. Frank Van Breusegem, VIB - Plant Systems Biology - Ghent University, Begium – “Oxidative Stress Signaling in Plants. Towards the proteome and beyond” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 21 Mar 2018

36. Frank L.H. Menke, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, United Kingdom – “Targeting Post Translational Modifications in Plant Immunity Signaling” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 23 Mar 2018

37. Richard Finkers, Wageningen UR Plant Breeding – “Latest developments in the FAIR data ecosystem” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 17 Apr 2018

38. Arun Sampathkumar, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology – “Mechano-chemical basis of cellular and tissue level architecture in plants” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 20 Apr 2018

39. Hendrik Poorter, Plant Sciences (IBG2), Research Centre Jülich, Germany – “Pampered inside, pestered outside? Ways to bridge the gap between lab and field experiments” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 23 Apr 2018

40. Olivier Panaud, Plant Genome and Development Laboratory, University of Perpignan, France – “Transpositional landscape of a plant genome over 15 My of evolution” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 17 Sep 2018

41. Michael Purugganan, Faculty of Arts and Science, at the New York University, USA – “Environmental Gene Regulatory Influence Networks in Rice” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 17 Sep 2018

42. Alison Van Eenennaam, Genomics and Biotechnology, Dep of Animal Science, Univ of California, USA – “The Potential impact of the new breeding techniques to global agriculture” – Seminar, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 17 Oct 2018

43. Ralph Bock, Director Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology – “Taming plastids for biotechnology and synthetic biology” - Frontier Leaders Seminar, Oeiras, 01 Apr 2019

44. Yrjo Helariutta, Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK – “ Understanding the Morphogenesis and Functionality of Phloem” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 04 Apr 2019

45. James Locke, Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK – “Coordination of the plant circadian clock at the single cell level” - Plants4Life Doctoral Program Invited Speaker, ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 05 Apr 2019

46. Arun Sampathkumar, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, Germany – “Mechano-chemical basis of cellular and tissue level architecture in plants” – ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, 10 Apr 2019

47. Elizabete Carmo-Silva, University of Lancaster, UK – “The complex regulation of the CO2-fixing enzyme Rubisco” – Seminar, Oeiras, 29 Apr 2019

48. Maria Lois, Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics-CRAG. Edifici CRAG-Campus UAB, Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallés) – “SUMO conjugation in plants: mechanistic insights and biological implications” – Seminar, Oeiras, 3 May 2019

49. Susana Araújo, Plant Cell Biotechnology, ITQB NOVA – “Plant phenotyping stories: a quest to understand plant development and adaptation to a changing climate” – Seminar, Oeiras, 29 Jul 2019

50. Rubén Vicente Pérez, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology – “Carbon/nitrogen balance: coordination at plant level and response to environmental changes” – Seminar, Oeiras, 30 Jul 2019

51. Ryouichi Tanaka, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University - Photosynthesis of evergreen trees in wintertime - ITQB NOVA, Oeiras, Portugal, 20 Feb 2020

52. Maria Regina Menino, INIAV, Oeiras, Portugal - The role of insect larvae in the decomposition of organic products derived from agriculture and industry - INIAV, Oeiras, Portugal, 30 Oct 2020

 

GREEN-IT Researchers Institutional Seminars

 

1. Rita Abranches, Plant Cell Biology Lab, GREEN-IT Unit – “ Plant biofactories for the production of recombinant proteins ”, ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 20 Jan 2016

2. Inês Cardoso Pereira, Bacterial Energy Metabolism Lab, GREEN-IT Unit – “ A protein trisulfide couples dissimilatory sulfate reduction to energy conservation ”, ITQB NOVA SCAN Highlight Seminar, Oeiras, 27 Jan 2016

3. Isabel Abreu, UNIMS ITQB/IBET - UniMS: Mass Spectrometry for ITQB, iBET, and beyond, ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 02 Mar 2016

4. Liliana C. Tomé, Isabel Marrucho Lab - “Ionic Liquid-based Materials for Advanced CO2 Separation Membranes ”, ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 06 Apr 2016

5. Célia Miguel, Forest Biotech Lab – “Searching for molecular regulators of cork cambium in a cork non-producing model tree ”, ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 20 Apr 2016

6. Carla António, Plant Metabolomics Lab, GREEN-IT Unit – “Plant Metabolomics Laboratory: a three-year journey at ITQB NOVA ”, ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 21 Sep 2016

7. Pedro Fevereiro, Plant Cell Biotechnology Lab, GREEN-IT Unit – “Gene expression regulation in Eukaryotes: E pur si muove! ”, ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 16 Nov 2016

8. Isabel Abreu, Proteome Regulation in Plants Lab, GREEN-IT UNIT – “From signal perception to the regulation of metabolism, the story of a Ca2+-dependent protein kinase”, ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 05 Apr 2017

9. Carlota Vaz Patto, Genetics and Genomics of Plant Complex Traits, GREEN-IT UNIT – “Healthier Crops: the genomic approach to answer public concerns” – ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 31 May 2017

10. Olfa Zarrouk, Plant Molecular Ecophysiology Lab – “Impact of deficit irrigation on grape berry metabolism” – ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 18 Apr 2018

11. Margarida Oliveira, Plant Functional Genomics Lab – “Plants and environment: from developmental regulation to stress memories” – ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 6 Jun 2018

12. Rita Abranches, Plant Cell Biology Lab, ITQB NOVA – “Plant cell cultures for the production of recombinant proteins” – ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 26 Sep 2018

13. Pedro Barros, Plant funcional Genomics Lab, ITQB NOVA – “Decoding the barriers from the cork oak genome: the role of stress in peridermis development” – ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 09 Jan 2019

14. Carmen Santos, Genetics and Genomics of Plant Complex Traits Lab, ITQB NOVA – “Unlocking the potential of chickling pea as source of powdery mildew disease resistance for grain legumes: a genomic approach” – ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oeiras, 23 Oct 2019

15. Ana Milhinhos, Forest Biotech Lab – “SOBIR1/EVR prevents precocious initiation of fiber differentiation during wood development” – ITQB NOVA SCAN Seminar, Oerias, 13 Nov 2019

16. Cleverson Matiolli - The metabolic gears of plant circadian rhythms - SCAN Seminar, ITQB NOVA Virtual Auditorium, Oeiras, Portugal, 29 July 2020

17. Ruben Vicente - New avenues for increasing yield and stability in C3 cereals. The case of wheat. SCAN Seminar, ITQB NOVA Virtual Auditorium, Oeiras, Portugal, 24 June 2020