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Das Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie hat regelmäßig herausragende Forscher zu Gast, die Vorträge über ihre aktuellen Projekte halten und so den Austausch unter den Wissenschaftlern fördern.

Eine Übersicht über die kommenden Veranstaltungen finden Sie hier. Seminare finden für gewöhnlich Mittwochs in der Zeit von 14:00 Uhr bis 15:30 Uhr im Seminarraum im Zentralgebäude (1.052 und 1.053) statt, Abweichungen in Zeit und Ort sind jedoch möglich.

March 2016

Thilo Rühle - Assembly of chloroplast F1F0–ATP synthases

F1F0-ATP synthases are multiprotein complexes, which are found in all living organisms. They meet the cellular demand for ATP and maintain ion gradients across membranes by an ion-flux-dependent, reversible ATP synthesis/hydrolysis reaction. Bacterial, mitochondrial and chloroplast F1F0-ATP synthases share the same core structure: a soluble F1 domain responsible for reversible ATP generation is connected by two stalks to the ion-translocating membrane domain. Correct assembly of F1F0-ATP synthases depends on multiple, intertwined cellular processes, and is even more challenging in eukaryotic organelles, since here – in addition to tight regulation of subunit transcription and translation – coordination of organellar import processes and two protein synthesis machineries is essential. Thus, biogenesis of F1Fo-ATP synthases requires the intervention of auxiliary factors, which carry out specialized functions in this highly concerted process. In a search for novel photosynthesis-relevant factors in Arabidopsis thaliana, proteins were considered that are shared by photosynthetic eukaryotes from the green lineage but that are not found in non-photosynthetic eukaryotes. Those proteins are called GreenCut proteins and are likely to be associated with chloroplast functions. Knockout mutant lines were isolated and analyzed with respect to photosynthetic perturbations using a chlorophyll fluorescence screening procedure. As a result, we could identify two GreenCut proteins, which are specifically required for chloroplast F1F0-ATP synthase accumulation and provided evidence that they are involved in chloroplast F1F0-ATP synthase assembly. [mehr]

March 2016

Alison Smith - Foresight Talk: Where the wild things are: the next destination for plant science?

Remarkable progress has been made recently in our capacity to ascribe functions to plant genes, and to measure and interpret large numbers of transcripts, proteins and metabolites. As a result, we have a detailed understanding of many plant processes that were largely unknown two decades ago. Generally speaking, this understanding has been acquired through study of Arabidopsis plants grown under closely defined, rather constant conditions that are very different from those in which plants evolved, and in which they normally grow. We now need to face the challenge of understanding plants in the real world. I will use examples from my own experience in plant carbohydrate metabolism to illustrate the complexity and magnitude of this challenge. How do plants cope with the fundamental problem of alternating day and night, and with the continuous fluctuations in temperature, light and availability of water and nutrients that occur in natural and farmed environments? To what extent can we extrapolate from Arabidopsis to – for example – grasses, and trees? Will the answers to these questions change as the Earth’s atmosphere is changed by human activity? Can we as plant scientists agree a set of priorities, and collaborate together to achieve them sufficiently rapidly to provide the sustainable sources of food and raw materials that will be required by a planet with nine billion people? [mehr]

Mary Wiliams - Publishing and reviewing papers

What do journal editors look for in a submission? Why is the cover letter so important? How does one respond to a negative review? Using The Plant Cell as an example, I will provide an overview of the editorial decision process and describe what happens after your paper is submitted. Guidelines for how to respond to peer review as well as how to be an effective peer reviewer will also be discussed, as will models of pre-publication peer review (e.g., BiorXiv) and post-publication peer review. [mehr]

Mary Wiliams - Career building: Where do you want to go and how will you get there?

“Career building: Where do you want to go and how will you get there?” Once upon a time, it was common for young scientists to be offered faculty positions immediately after completing their PhDs. Now the world is a different place, and statistically speaking most of you will not become a professor, although some of you certainly will. At this point in your career you should be thinking carefully about what career options are interesting and available to you, and how to position yourself to be qualified for those jobs. How do you decide what career would be best for you? How do you balance the demands of your research with skill building? How do you secure interviews for the hard-to-find professorships? I’ll share my knowledge of career building resources and strategies and help you to expand your career horizons. [mehr]

Mary Wiliams - Academic Teaching: How to be a great teacher

What does it take to be an effective university teacher? What resources are available to help plant scientists teach effectively? What does the science of teaching and learning tell us about best practices to enhance student learning? Can you be a good teacher and a successful researcher? This workshop is designed to introduce basic higher-education teaching skills to early career plant biologists. The workshop includes short presentations, but primarily is interactive and allows participants the opportunity to engage in, plan and practice diverse forms of teaching and learning. Topics include defining learning objectives, inquiry-based learning, scientific teaching, and integrating research into teaching. Participants will be given PDF packets of materials and resources discussed in the workshop. [mehr]

April 2016

Hans-Jörg Piepho


May 2016

Assaf Vardi


Maria Alabani


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