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Control of Light Use Efficiency in Plants and Algae - From Light to Harvest

Objective

Photoprotection against excess absorbed light energy is an essential and universal attribute of oxygenic photosynthetic organisms. This requirement has been a strong force in the evolution of plants and micro-organisms, and a diverse range of solutions have arisen. It has determined survival, productivity and habitat preference, and it determines the ceiling on the efficiency of energy conversion in photosynthesis in natural environment. Its investigation also provides insights into unique nanoscale switching processes. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of biological light adaptation will therefore have implication for many aspects of life, such as agriculture and food security, biodiversity and global climate change, biosolar energy and biofuels. This network brings together major high-quality EU centres with expertise in a wide range of disciplines – from plant physiology to molecular biology, structural biology and photophysics – and with great interest in interdisciplinary collaborative research. The network will thus provide a unique training opportunity for young researchers in key aspects of molecular biosciences and biophysical sciences in the context of practical applications in instrument development, agronomy, ecology and biotechnology. Researchers from within and outside this network will receive key research skills from several disciplines combined in a high-level and intrinsically collaborative research project, key transferable skills on information technology, written and oral communication and critical assessment, and key business and commercial skills on commercial exploitation and product development.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/agronomy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/energy conversion
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology/structural biology
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

STICHTING VU
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 600 136,11
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)

Participants (14)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 974 869,50
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josephine Ramon (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 205 452,50
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Keith Cann (Mr.)
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 194 704,40
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Claudia Büchel (Prof.)
RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 388 570,60
Address
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Egbert Jan Boekema (Prof.)
QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 391 922,30
Address
327 Mile End Road
E1 4NS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alexander Ruban (Dr.)
Klinik Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie
Germany
EU contribution
€ 194 704,40
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Hentschel (Mr.)
SZEGEDI BIOLOGIAI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 273 511,70
Address
Temesvari Korut 62
6726 Szeged
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gyozo Garab (Dr.)
TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 209 360,80
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eliisa Särkilahti (Dr.)
UMEA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 205 033,40
Address
Universitetomradet
901 87 Umea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefan Jansson (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI VERONA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 198 053,90
Address
Via Dell Artigliere 8
37129 Verona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roberto Bassi (Prof.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 194 285,30
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Herbert Van Amerongen (Prof.)
PSI (PHOTON SYSTEMS INSTRUMENTS), SPOL. SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 268 683,79
Address
Drasov 470
664 24 Drasov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Trtilek (Mr.)
Plant Dynamics BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 194 285,30
Address
Englaan 8
6703ew Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ad Schapendonk (Dr.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 189 986
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jan P Dekker (Dr.)