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March 31, 2021

Continued nGICE activities under corona restrictions

We have now recruited new co-workers for 18 nGICE projects. The researchers have all been selected in stringent international competition. To date 15 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers have arrived at their respective nGICE labs. We continue with monthly zoom seminars and a journal club. Board meetings and PI meetings are also continuously organised, mainly via Zoom.

Since over 80% of the new co-workers have started on site and there is no good prognosis allowing physical meetings between the sites before the summer 2021, a Zoom on-boarding meeting, including all nGICE co-workers, will be organized April 15, 2021.

Happy Easter 2021!

The nGICE board

Program nGICE Zoom Onboarding, April 15 2021


09:00    Bill S Hansson: The Max Planck Center nGICE, vision and reality + MPI Department of Neuroethology.    

09:30    Silke Sachse: Studying the neuronal basis of olfaction in insects.

09:50    Markus Knaden: Watch your body odour: lessons from Drosophila.

10:10    recorded tour at the Hansson lab and MP-CE     

10:20    Coffee break

10:40    Rickard Ignell: SLU Department of Plant Protection + The chemical ecology of mosquitoes.

11:10    Sharon Hill: Mosquito chemical ecology, part 2

11:30    Peter Anderson: Host plant choice decisions in a generalist moth.

11:50     Mats Sandgren: Structure function characterisations of insect olfactory receptors.

12:10     recorded tour at Alnarp

12:20    Lunch meetings            

(the “department lunch groups” discuss problems, ideas and improvements at local and general nGICE scales, good ideas can be forwarded at the last program point)


12:30    Lunch break
           
“Department Lunch” eaters need to sign up in advance, deadline Tuesday April 13 at 13:00.
Jena, please contact Swetlana ;    
Alnarp, please contact Rickard
Lund please contact Erling for local instructions.

13:30    Christer Löfstedt: LU Department of Biology +
From gene discovery to metabolic engineering: Moth pheromone production in cell and plant factories

14:00    Martin Andersson: Bark beetle olfaction and chemical ecology.

14:20    Marcus Stensmyr: Excursions in insect sensory neuroecology.

14:40    Niklas Wahlberg: Lepidoptera phylogenomics and the uses of museomics

15:00    recorded tour at the biology department in Lund

15:10     Bill S Hansson: Summary and future plans, time for questions and suggestions.

15:30     End of Meeting


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“Next generation” Max Planck Center opened

January 31, 2020

Anthropogenic changes in the environment also affect insects. The Max Planck Society, the University of Lund and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences now work together to study interactions between insects, the climate and humans at the ...

The official opening of the Max Planck Center next Generation Insect Chemical Ecology was held on January 26-27, 2020, in Lund and Alnarp, Sweden.

Here are some impressions.

Torbjorn von Schantz, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University, Martin Stratmann, President of Max Planck Society, and Maria Knutson Wedel, Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, sign the contract for a new Max Planck Center on "next Generation Insect Chemical Ecology" (nGICE). In the background: Bill Hansson, head of the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, who is one of the nGICE co-directors. Photo: Mårten Svensson

Grand Opening, January 2020.

Torbjorn von Schantz, Vice-Chancellor of Lund University, Martin Stratmann, President of Max Planck Society, and Maria Knutson Wedel, Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, sign the contract for a new Max Planck Center on "next Generation Insect Chemical Ecology" (nGICE). In the background: Bill Hansson, head of the Department of Evolutionary Neuroethology at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, who is one of the nGICE co-directors. Photo: Mårten Svensson

The co-directors (cd) and group leaders (gl) of the Max Planck Center "next Generation Insect Chemical Ecology" (from left to right): Silke Sachse (gl, MPI-CE, Jena), Martin Andersson (gl, Lund University), Christer Löfstedt (cd, Lund University), Rickard Ignell (cd, SLU Alnarp), Mats Sandgren (gl, SLU Uppsala), Peter Anderson (gl, SLU Alnarp), Bill Hansson (cd, MPI-CE Jena), Markus Knaden (gl, MPI-CE Jena), Sharon Hill (gl, SLU Alnarp), Susanne Erland (nGICE coordinator). Photo: Mårten Svensson

Grand Opening, January 2020.

The co-directors (cd) and group leaders (gl) of the Max Planck Center "next Generation Insect Chemical Ecology" (from left to right): Silke Sachse (gl, MPI-CE, Jena), Martin Andersson (gl, Lund University), Christer Löfstedt (cd, Lund University), Rickard Ignell (cd, SLU Alnarp), Mats Sandgren (gl, SLU Uppsala), Peter Anderson (gl, SLU Alnarp), Bill Hansson (cd, MPI-CE Jena), Markus Knaden (gl, MPI-CE Jena), Sharon Hill (gl, SLU Alnarp), Susanne Erland (nGICE coordinator). Photo: Mårten Svensson

In her presentation, Dr. Sharon Hill from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp asked "Are we making the most dangerous animal in the world more dangerous?" Photo: Mårten Svensson

Grand Opening, January 2020.

In her presentation, Dr. Sharon Hill from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp asked "Are we making the most dangerous animal in the world more dangerous?" Photo: Mårten Svensson

The Vice-Chancellor of Lund University, Prof. Dr. Torbjörn von Schantz, represented one of the three partner institutions. Photo: Mårten Svensson

Grand Opening, January 2020.

The Vice-Chancellor of Lund University, Prof. Dr. Torbjörn von Schantz, represented one of the three partner institutions. Photo: Mårten Svensson

Dr. Maria Knutson Wedel, Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), talked about the role and responsibility of her university in the light of climate change. Photo: Mårten Svensson

Grand opening, January 2020.

Dr. Maria Knutson Wedel, Vice-Chancellor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), talked about the role and responsibility of her university in the light of climate change. Photo: Mårten Svensson

The President of Max Planck Society, Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, explained the role of Max Planck Society in the world of Science. Photo: Mårten Svensson

Grand Opening, January 2020.

The President of Max Planck Society, Prof. Dr. Martin Stratmann, explained the role of Max Planck Society in the world of Science. Photo: Mårten Svensson

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