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Training School in 2016

Call for a training school on classical biological control of ragweed and other invasive weeds In the frame of SMARTER Task 5 on ‘Training, knowledge and technology transfer’.

Location: CABI Switzerland Centre, Delémont, Switzerland

Organizer: Dr. Urs Schaffner and Benno Augustinus, CABI Switzerland, together with Prof. Heinz Müller-Schärer, University of Fribourg

Date: August, 22nd – 26th 2016

Applicants: young scientists (ESR) and representatives of stakeholders involved in SMARTER and other interested persons

Application: by sending a motivation letter explaining the interest in and use of the training school and whether you would like to receive an individual grant (see below), along with a CV and SMARTER-questionnaire (to be downloaded from to Benno Augustinus () until March, 31st 2016.

Persons who are interested to attend should consult the SMARTER homepage to become familiar with the aims and activities of SMARTER.

Selection and preliminary acceptance of applicants by the organizers via e-mail sent by April, 8th 2016. Maximum number of participants: 10

SMARTER CABI summer school 2016

Call for students: field work on biocontrol and population dynamics of ragweed

The Müller-Schärer Group of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland invites students to apply for a research period to participate in field research on biological control of ragweed by the accidentally introduced ragweed leaf beetle Ophraella communa, and on the population dynamics of ragweed. This includes experiments in Switzerland, Italy and France, with different collaborators from the SMARTER Task Forces Ophraella and Population Dynamics.

Applications can be submitted until 15 January 2016.

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IRS Conference grants for young researchers

The 6th European Symposium on Aerobiology (ESA), the second under the aegis of the European Aerobiology Society EAS, will take place 18-22 July 2016 in Lyon, France. During this meeting, there will be a specific ragweed session in partnership with IRS-EAS-COST-SMARTER.

The International Ragweed Society (IRS) is pleased to offer 3 grants (for 2 oral presentations and 1 poster) for young ragweed researchers (under 35 years of age). Applications are expected from researchers studying any aspect of Ragweed. Those who are awarded a grant will receive a contribution for their participation to the entire European Symposium.

More information can be found on the Symposium website, and on the grant application in this pdf: IRS GRANTS.

We hope that that this is of interest. We look forward to receiving many applications, and hopefully to see YOU in Lyon next summer.

Grants – Training Schools in Aerobiology

COST SMARTER is offering individual grants of € 800 for participation in aerobiology training Schools with special emphasis on ragweed. The 12th European Course on Basic Aerobiology will be held on the 20-26 July 2015 at the Faculty of Biology and Agriculture of the University of Rzeszów in southeastern Poland, and the 8th Advanced Aerobiology Course will be held on the 16-22 August 2015 at the Šiauliai University, Šiauliai, Lithuania.

More information is contained in the attached pdfs:

Training School_2015_Basic Aerobiology Course

Training School_2015_Advanced Aerobiology Course

In brief, applicants must submit the following:

1. CV outlining the applicant’s qualifications and current course
of study or employment (one page maximum)
2. A statement showing how the course will help the participant
contribute to the improvement of the COST network and how the
participant can take part to the activities of the SMARTER Action,
bearing in mind that one of the final goals of the Action is to create
a permanent network against ragweed (maximum 150 words)
3. The supporting statement signed by the applicant’s supervisor or
employer (maximum 150 words)

Note that reimbursement will only be given after the course has been
completed and after the following have been completed: (1) receipt of
the official record of attendance; (2) confirmation by the course
organiser; (3) presentation of a short report from each attendee.
Deadlines for applications are detailed in the attached call.
Participants will need to submit a scientific report to the Host
Institution within 30 days from the end date of the course.

Priority for grants will be given to PhD students and Early Stage