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BIO-TALENT Report Summary

Project ID: 621321
Funded under: FP7-REGPOT
Country: Poland

Periodic Report Summary 2 - BIO-TALENT (The creation of the Department of INTEGRATIVE PLANT BIOLOGY)

Project Context and Objectives:
The overall objective of the BIO-TALENT project is to upgrade, stimulate, unlock, develop and extend the research potential of the Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences through the creation of an excellent, international and interdisciplinary research Department on molecular genetics, genomics, resistance to stresses and bioinformatics.The main objective of the BIO-TALENT project is the integration of the Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences staff members with the European Research Area and strengthening its excellence through fostering human, partnership and technological capacities. The project is organised in 6 Work Packages: Recruitment of the ERA Chair holder (WP1), Brain gain (WP2), Enhancement of Research Excellence (WP3), Cooperation and transfer of knowledge (WP4), Dissemination and outreach (WP5), Management and sustainability (WP6).WP1 has resulted in the recruitment of the ERA Chair holder - Assoc. Prof. Robert Malinowski.
WP2 is intended to recruit 6 talented researchers with excellent skills and the innovation broker who will form the BIOTALENT team.
WP3 will assure excellence of research leading to the leverage of research performance of the Institute. The aim of this WP is to advance scientific discovery and enhance research excellence as well as to train young researchers
WP4 focuses on training of young and experienced researchers, exchange of knowledge, know-how and best practice, as well as the creation of international and inter-sector partnerships with other operatives within Europe. It is designed to stimulate innovation and technology transfer
WP5 concentrates on dissemination and outreach activities whereas WP6 is dedicated to the overall management of the project.

Project Results:
28 Choice of senior researchers [March 2015]
Jorge Paiva, Portugal
Franklin Gregory, Portugal-India
29. Choice of junior researchers [April 2015]
Karolina Stefanowicz, Belgium-Poland
William Truman, UK
30. Choice of PhD students:
Preeti Shakya, India [August 2015]
Fatema Bakro, Syria-Spain [November 2015]
31. Negotiations with Project Officer to employ three PhD students [December 2015]
32. Employment of extra PhD student: Sara Blicharz, Poland [March 2016]
33. Signing work employments and start of work of:
Jorge Paiva (senior researcher) 06/2015
Franklin Gregory (senior researcher) 06/2015
Karolina Stefanowicz (junior researcher) 08/2015
William Truman (junior researcher) 06/2015
Preeti Shakya (PhD student) 10/2015
Fatema Bakro (PhD student) 05/2016
Sara Blicharz (PhD student) 03/2016
Aleksandra Kempinska (innovation broker) 07/2016
34. Introductory lecture of Robert Malinowski, Jorge Paiva, Franklin Gregory [March 2016]
35. Arrival of the first trainee Carla Gualtieri (University of Pavia, Italy) – supervised by Jorge Paiva [March 2016]
36 Lectures of invited speakers:
Series:Integrative Plant Biology
Lecture 1: Andy Fleming, University of Sheffield, UK [04/2015]
Lecture 2: Daniel Kierzkowski, Max Planck Institute, Germany [03/2016]
Lecture 3: Christian Hardtke, University of Lausanne [04/2016]
Series: Plant Genomics
Lecture 1: Adam Lukaszewski, University of California, Riverside, USA [03/2015]
Lecture 2: Neil Jones, Aberystwyth University, UK [03/2015]
Lecture 3: Alan Schulman, University of Helsinki, Finland [11/2015]
Lecture 4: Matthew Nelson, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK [11/2015]
Series: Plant Systems Biology
Lecture 1: Dirk Inze, University of Ghent, Belgium [10/2015]
Lecture 2: Anne-Lise Routier-Kierzkowska, Max Planck Institute, Germany [03/2016]
Lecture 3: Jerzy Paszkowski, University of Cambridge, UK [05/2016]
Series: Biotechnology in plant genetics
Lecture 1: Vicki Vance, University of South Carolina, USA [05/2016]
37. Seminar on IPR [May 2015]
38. Soft skills seminars [May 2015, February and April 2016]
39. Writing up and submission of proposals:
European Union, Horizon2020:
Proposal 1: Robert Malinowski, partner in ISICROP (unsuccessful)
National Science Centre (NCN):
Proposal 1: Karolina Stefanowicz, leader SONATA (2016-2019)
Proposal 2: Jorge Paiva, leader SONATA BIS (2016-2019)
Proposal 3: William Truman, leader OPUS (2016-2019)
40. Meetings with business companies:
Limagrain: June 2015, March 2016, June 2016
DuPont Pioneer: June 2015
Plantico: November 2015, February 2016
Novazym: October 2015, March 2016
Innvigo: March 2016
Agrii: March and June 2016
41. Writing up papers:
Paper 1: Robert Malinowski, European Journal of Plant Pathology, paper accepted 2016
Paper 2: Jorge Paiva, Frontiers in Plant Science, paper accepted 2016
Paper 3: Franklin Gregory, International Journal of Nanomedicine, paper accepted 2016
Paper 4: Franklin Gregory, Frontiers in Plant Science, paper accepted 2016
Paper 5; Robert Malinowski, BMC Genomics, paper accepted 2016
Paper 6: Franklin Gregory, Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces, paper accepted 2016
Paper 7: Franklin Gregory, Planta Medica, paper accepted 2016
42. Meeting of Advisory Board [March 2016]
43. Introductory meeting of the BIO-TALENT team to Poznan research community [March 2016]
44. Visiting tours at national and local research institutions:
· Department of Genetics, Plant Breeding and Seed Science of the University of Varmia and Mazury, July 2015 and October 2015 (visit with Dr Jorge Paiva)
· Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Poznan University of Life Sciences April 2016 (visit with the whole team of DIPB)
· Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding Poznan University of Life Sciences, May 2016 (whole team)
· Institute of Dendrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, June 2016 (whole team)
· Institute of Agrophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, June 2016 (visit with Dr Franklin Gregory)

Potential Impact:
The BIO-TALENT project brings benefits both for research and for economy and society. The actions undertaken within the framework of BIO-TALENT project will have an impact on individual researchers, as well as on the Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences and the European Research Area. Moreover, the socio-economic impact may be discussed in terms of regional, national and European aspects.
BIO-TALENT will contribute to the overall objective of the Capacities work programme of "Stimulating the realisation of the full research potential of the enlarged Union by unlocking and developing existing or emerging excellence in the EU's Convergence regions and Outermost regions, and helping to strengthen the potential of their researchers to successfully participate in research activities at European Union level" by creating an interdisciplinary Department of Integrative Plant Biology chaired by a leading researcher (ERA Chair holder) and comprising an international team of high-quality researchers. Moreover, BIO-TALENT will also contribute to the overall objective of the KBBE work programme of "Building a European Knowledge Based Bio-Economy" by pulling together science and industry as well as stakeholders and policy makers. Thus, this project will address social and economic challenges listed in the Europe 2020 strategy.
The BIO-TALENT project will address this impact through various activities leading to the enhancement of research excellence and increase in research competitiveness.Such activities as exchange of best practice, know-how and experience, twinning, networking and intersectoral secondments will significantly contribute to the quality of research performed at the Institute of Plant Genetics PAS. Moreover, international and intersectoral cooperation as well as integrated approach to research together with the international composition of the BIO-TALENT team will lead the Institute to the position of an active player in Horizon 2020. Additionally, The BIO-TALENT project proposes an innovative BioTech unit and the position of Innovation Broker within the Department of Integrative Plant Biology. Research and innovation are fundamental drivers of competitiveness, jobs, sustainable growth and social progress as the Innovative Union initiative states. Therefore, a close co-operation between academia and industry planned in this project will lead to the increase of innovation potential, finally -resulting in sustainable economic growth. The BIO-TALENT will unlock the potential of researchers and management staff to be more involved in the activities and interactions of the “knowledge triangle”.

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