In the context of Cost Action FP 1202 ‘’Strengthening conservation: a key issue for adaptation of marginal/ peripheral populations of forest trees to climate change in Europe (MaP-FGR)’’ the first call for Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) is now open.
MaP FGR Action aims to bring together experts in forest genetic resources (FGR) to collect knowledge on FGR in Marginal and Peripheral (MaP) populations throughout Europe.
The effects of climate change are likely to be stronger and more rapid in MaP populations than elsewhere. MaP forest populations are at the edges of species ranges where conditions are less suitable for survival. Studying adaptive processes in these populations is crucial and of mutual interest for European and non European countries for understanding the evolution of species and developing gene pool (FGR) conservation and management strategies and networks to cope with the global change.
The aim of STSMs is to contribute to the scientific objectives of a COST Action. These Missions (Exchange Visits) are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST country to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution/laboratory. They are particularly intended for young researchers.
STMSs aim at promoting scientific collaboration and exchanges between the institutions participating in the MaP FGR Action. STSMs in the context of MaP FGR Action are encouraged, paying particular attention to the following objectives:
- to collect, collate, analyze and synthesize information from past and ongoing projects related to genetic diversity and impacts of climate change;
- to record and list existing conservation efforts and status, in order to identify gaps and set conservation priorities;
- to analyze and raise awareness on the role of FGR in the adaptation of MaP populations;
- to perform meta-analysis of collected data to identify common trends on the dynamics of genetic diversity in relation to the adaptation to the effects of the global change.
STSMs can vary from 1 week (5 working days) to 3 months (and up to 6 months for Early Stage Researchers - less than PhD + 8 years). The STSM’s granted in the current call must take place by October, 31 2013.
All applications must be submitted to the STSM Coordinator Valentina Garavaglia valentina.garavaglia (at) fao.org by 15 June 2013..
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