Events for 2020

Since 1995, The New Phytologist Trust’s symposia series has been held in different countries across the globe, focusing on emerging and key areas of plant science research. In 2019, we held symposia in Ghana and Zurich and our very first Plants, People, Planet symposium in the beautiful surroundings of Kew Gardens. This year, we are travelling to Campinas-SP, Brazil, in July to explore the ecological and evolutionary consequences of plant–fungal invasions at the 45th NPS and to Henan, China, in September for the 46th NPS: Stomata 2020. In addition to holding two exciting symposia, we will be at the University of Tartu, Estonia, in August for next generation scientists 2020, our fully-funded event for early career plant scientists.

Delegates at Kew Gardens, London, UK, for the Plants, People, Planet Symposium

At the 45th NPS, nineteen leading scientists will share insights into the biogeographic patterns, ecological/evolutionary dynamics, and ecosystem/biogeochemical consequences of plant­–fungal co-invasions­. In addition to a wide range of talks, there will be breakout sessions on topics such as career challenges and opportunities for early career scientists studying plant–fungal invasions and the impacts of unseen, invasive mutualists. On the fourth day of the symposium, delegates will visit the nearby Itirapina Ecological Station where the natural cerrado habitat is being invaded by slash pine (Pinus elliottii) and ectomycorrhizal fungi.

A view over the Itirapina Ecological Station Dhemerson Conciani, CC BY-SA 4.0

Bringing together a wide range of experts in stomatal research, Stomata 2020 will showcase the dramatic developments in our understanding of stomata in recent years, from how their function is controlled to the impact of manipulating stomatal function on plant water use efficiency. This symposium will also place stomatal research in the overarching context of global environmental change. Delegates will have the opportunity to explore the historic city of Henan with a guided tour of Henan Universities’ Minglun campus and the Iron Pagoda Park on the final day.

The Iron Pagoda against the skyline Lukasz Grabowski, CC BY-SA 3.0

Early career scientists interested in attending either of our symposia have the opportunity to apply for a travel grant to help them to attend. The grant deadline for the 45th NPS is Thursday 19 March 2020, and the grant deadline for the 46th NPS is Thursday 28 May 2020.

The deadline for submitting a poster abstract for the 45th NPS is Thursday 16 April 2020, and the poster abstract deadline for the 46th NPS is Thursday 25 June 2020. Prizes will be awarded for the best posters, and selected abstracts will be chosen for 15 minute oral presentations.

Next generation scientists 2020 is a unique event for early career researchers (ECRs) from across plant sciences. All delegates will be able to share their work in poster or talk format with both their peers and outstanding international scientists from the plant science community. Last year, the event was held at University College Dublin (UCD) and over 100 ECRs came together to share their work, hear new ideas and network with other ECRs from across the globe and all disciplines of plant sciences. The plenary lectures covered a wide range of topics from diminishing the climate footprint with exotic pine afforestation in Patagonia to mapping climate change with plant fossils. Watch all of the recorded talks, workshops and interviews with leading scientists here. In addition to the excellent talks, there was plenty of advice for ECRs looking to make the next step in their careers with workshops on publishing ethics, how to get published and the variety of careers that ECRs can move into, both in academia and beyond.

Delegates were also able to experience the spectacular Irish countryside around UCD during a particularly fortunate spell of good weather. A trip to Powerscourt Distillery gave everyone the opportunity to try some Irish whiskey, and the non-whiskey drinkers of the party were still able to enjoy the delicious canapes and drinks after the tour. Everyone was invited to a barbeque in the apple orchard of UCD Rosemount, where plenary speakers, members of the New Phytologist Trust central office and ECRs all joined in with the dancing as the evening progressed.

Next generation scientists 2020 is fully funded by the New Phytologist Trust and Wiley for successful applicants. Applications will be opening shortly. If you would like to be notified once regsistration has opened, please email me at

The delegates at next generation scientists 2019

Freja Kärrman-Bailey
Events and Promotion Coordinator
New Phytologist Trust

Freja Kärrman-Bailey is responsible for organising the New Phytologist Trust’s events, including the symposia series, workshops and the next generation scientists meetings. Freja is your first port of call for any event-related queries.