Looking ‘FOUR’ward...

Happy 2024, everyone!

Let’s start the year off with some job opportunities:

Jaswinder comments on the new gene editing regulations in Canada in this article. One of his current PhD students, Mehtab Singh, recently won the 2023 Lister Family Engaged Science 3-Minute Thesis Competition held at McGill University. His presentation appears about 15 minutes into this video. Congratulations, Mehtab!

Another opportunity, this time for funding, is being advertised by NKJ, which wants to facilitate collaboration between researchers in the Nordic countries. To be eligible for funding, groups must include partners from at least three Nordic countries. The deadline to apply is January 31st.

Opportunities such as the ones above tend to be advertised first via OatMail, on the Oat Newsletter ‘X’ account, or in the (usually) Weekly Web Harvest posts.

Don’t forget to check out the events advertised as well! As mentioned in the last newsletter update, the American Oat Workers’ Conference (AOWC) will take place in Saskatoon, Canada, this year, from July 21st-24th. The draft program can be accessed here, and abstracts can be submitted now. Registration will open soon.

I would expect that the Prairie Oat Growers Association will play a large role in the AOWC meeting! Their latest "Oat Scoop" newsletter is available here.

The last Oat Newsletter update also included links to information concerning the 1st CROPDIVA Symposium, which was held in Ghent, Belgium, in early December. An article summarizing the event can be found here, and a video was made as well. The proceedings have not been posted, but the program lists all of the speakers and their presentations. One of the speakers, PhD student Todd Jenkins, recently had his first peer-reviewed article as a first author published. The work looks at the evidence for ecosystem service provision and economic value of underutilised crops, including oats. Congratulations, Todd!

Cheers to a fabulous 2024!

Cheers from some of the CROPDIVA symposium participants!

(Steffen Beuch, Matthias Herrmann, and Selma Schurack enjoy a beverage after a long day of meetings in Ghent.)