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Welcome to the KBC DAYS 2022 and Celebration of the 15th anniversary of KBC!

We cordially invite you to join us for the Celebration of the 15th anniversary of KBC on 8 November and to attend the KBC DAYS 2022 conference with the main theme "Big data" on 8-9 November!

Registration

Registration is closed!

Overview

When: Tuesday, 8 November - Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Where: Carl Kempe salen (KB.E3.03) (MAP) and other locations at KBC

We invite you to participate in the KBC DAYS, an annual interdisciplinary conference, which will be back to a physical format this year after two years of digital events! Our aim is to foster collaborations between different departments and research centres affiliated with the Chemical Biological Centre, KBC, including departments from two faculties from Umeå University as well as from the Faculty of Forest Sciences from SLU.

A scientific focus this year will be on "Big Data". We welcome you to listen to the plenary lectures and other presentations discussing different aspects, advantages and challenges of analysing, interpreting and handling big data.

Update yourself about the research infrastructures available in Umeå, get to know more about their services and join the guided tours to their facilities!

Come and listen to exciting scientific talks from new faculty members of the KBC environment, awardees and researchers that received major grants in the last year, presentations by PhD students and selected talks by young researchers from the Umeå Postdoc Society (UPS)!

This year, two special events will be dedicated to celebrating the 15th anniversary of KBC! Join the panel discussion with those who contributed to the establishment and development of KBC to reminisce about how it all started, highlight what has been achieved, and discuss future visions for research and collaboration at KBC! The celebration gala dinner will be held on the evening of 8 November.

In the frame of the celebration activities, we open a photo contest, “KBC is…” and invite you to express in 1-3 photos and share your vision of what KBC is for you.

Check your photo archives or shoot new ones and submit your photo(s) no later than Tuesday, 8 November (23:59h) following this link: https://pollunit.com/polls/kbc_photo_contest_2022. You will also find detailed rules of the contest on this webpage.

The voting will take place on Day 2 of the KBC DAYS, and the winner will be announced at the end of the conference.

The contest is open to the participants of the KBC DAYS and everyone else related to the KBC environment!

Important deadlines

10 October - registration deadline for the Science Communication: Elevator Pitch and Visual Abstract (2 ECTS) course (The registration is closed).

20 October - abstract submission deadline for the PostDoc Talks (closed).

25 October - registration deadline for the KBC DAYS 2022 and Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of KBC (closed).

Photo submission and voting for the KBC Photo contest (closed).

PROGRAMME

Times in the programme are:
Central European Time (CET): e.g. Stockholm, Umeå

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Oliver Billker, Research Area lead for Data-driven Epidemiology and biology of infections, DDLS (SciLifeLab & Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science), and Director of Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University

David Krakauer, President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems, Editor in Chief SFI Press, Santa Fe Institute, USA

 

DAY 1, Tuesday 8 November

8.30 Registration and poster mounting

SESSION 1: WELCOME, KEYNOTE LECTURE I and PhD STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

(Chairperson: Stefan Björklund)

9.00 Welcome
Stefan Björklund
Scientific Coordinator of KBC

9.10 Opening of the KBC DAYS 2022
Pernilla Christensen
Deputy Dean, Faculty of Forest Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

9.20 “Elevator talks” presentations by PhD students (part I) (2 minutes each)

    • #1 Chemistry in thin water films on mineral surfaces
      N. Tan Luong, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University
    • #2 Role of bacterial vesicle associated toxin in potential treatment of cancer
      Palwasha Baryalai, Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University
    • #3 Is the key of solving the plastic problem in a desert of salt in Bolivia?
      Diego Alejandro Miranda, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University
    • #4 How strongly do plant cells stick together?
      Léa Bogdziewiez, Umeå Plant Science Center, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
    • #5 Stopping nerves to stop cancer
      Luz Maria González Castrillón, Department of Integrative Medical Biology, Umeå University

9.30 Keynote lecture I: Data Driven Life Science
Part I: An update on the new Wallenberg program
Part II: Understanding molecular mechanisms of malaria transmission at genome scale
Oliver Billker
Member of DDLS Steering Group and Director of Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University

10.15 “Elevator talks” presentations by PhD students (part II) (2 minutes each)

    • #6 Unraveling the Secrets of Antibiotic Resistance Transfer
      Annika Breidenstein, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Umeå University
    • #7 Connecting phenotypes and genotypes in Swedish aspen trees
      Mikko Luomaranta, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University
    • #8 What makes a tree a tree?
      Eduardo Rodriguez Soldado, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University
    • #9 Secreting proteins, snatching nutrients, blocking the immune defense - Everyday life for Chlamydia
      Karsten Meier, Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University
    • #10 How do spruce and pine trees experience stress?
      Elena van Zalen, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University
    • #11 What does 8 months of snow mean to plants?
      Emil Andersen, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University

10.30 Coffee break

SESSION 2: NEW FACULTY MEMBERS, AWARD AND GRANT RECIPIENTS AT KBC

(Chairperson: Stéphanie Robert)

10.45 dNTPs and maintenance of genome stability
Andrei Chabes 
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Umeå University

11.00 How plants coordinate their development, healing, and immune responses
Peter Marhavý 
Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

11.15 Understanding signals of mitochondrial DNA instability
Paulina Wanrooij 
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Umeå University

11.30 Unwinding the function of four-stranded DNA structures
Nasim Sabouri 
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Umeå University

11.45 Catching up with climate: Natural and Assisted migration
María Rosario García-Gil 
Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

12.00 Lunch break

SESSION 3: PANEL DISCUSSION

13.00 Panel discussion "History and future perspectives of research collaboration at KBC"

Moderators: Stefan Björklund, Scientific Coordinator of KBC, and Selma Dahmane, Umeå Postdoc Society

Panel members:

Bernt Eric Uhlin, professor at the Department of Molecular Biology
Carl Kempe, Kempestiftelserna
Eva-Maria Diehl, communications officer for KBC 2009-2018
Göran Samuelsson, professor emeritus at the Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå Plant Science Centre
Hans Wolf-Watz, professor emeritus at the Department of Molecular Biology
Marianne Sommarin, professor at the Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå Plant Science Centre
Per Gardeström, professor emeritus at the Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå Plant Science Centre, scientific coordinator for KBC 2008-2018

INTERACTION SESSION: VISUAL ABSTRACT PRESENTATIONS by PhD STUDENTS and INFRASTRUCTURE CORNER

14.00 Visual abstracts presented by PhD students

and

Infrastructure Corner: Discussions with infrastructures representatives

and

Drop-in discussion with Olga Vinnere Pettersson, Scientific lead for the SciLifeLab Planetary Biology capability

Coffee and cake

SESSION 4: PRESENTATIONS and KEYNOTE LECTURE II

(Chairperson: Eric Libby)

15.20 Data – a legal point of view
Johan Nordlund
IP- and innovation lawyer, the Innovation Office, Umeå University

15.35 Life science data management at the SciLifeLab Data Centre
Johan Rung
Head of SciLifeLab Data Centre

15.55 "Rapid Cycling Breeding", a new SSF project
Ove Nilsson
Director of Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

16.10 PREDICT- modernising a cohort in the era of precision health
Beatrice Melin 
Head project leader PREDICT case cohort, Department of Radiation Sciences, Umeå University

16.30 Keynote lecture II: Consilience through Complexity: Moving Beyond the Interdisciplinary Cookbook
David Krakauer
President and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems, Editor in Chief SFI Press, Santa Fe Institute, USA

17.15 Visual abstracts viewing and mingling before the dinner starts

CELEBRATION of the 15th ANNIVERSARY of KBC

18.00 Gala Dinner

DAY 2, Wednesday 9 November

SESSION 5: BIG DATA and DDLS

(Chairperson: Teresa Frisan)

8.30 UmU Data Science Node
Johan Trygg
Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

8.50 Planetary Biology capability at SciLifeLab
Olga Vinnere Pettersson
Scientific lead for the SciLifeLab Planetary Biology capability

9.10 Arctic Ocean Big Data: A Polar bear view
Johan Wikner
Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences and Umeå Marine Sciences Center, Umeå University

CANCELLED 9.30 Mining microbiomes for novel secondary metabolites
Laura Carroll
Department of Clinical Microbiology, Umeå University

9.50 Coffee break

SESSION 6: UMEÅ POSTDOC SOCIETY (UPS)

(Chairperson: Maximiliano Estravis Barcala)

10.00 Career Paths: Presentations and open discussion with the former KBC Postdocs
Moderator: Maximiliano Estravis Barcala, Umeå Postdoc Society
- Shi Tang, Research fellow, Department of Physics, Umeå University
- Andrea Vincent, Professor, Biology School, University of Costa Rica

Research highlights: short talks from current postdocs:

11.00 Chloroplast signals modulate chromatin dynamics during plant greening
Marti Quevedo
Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University

11.15 Ultrafast Mid-Infrared Photothermal Imaging
Eduardo Maia Paiva
Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Umeå University

11.30 Turning up the notch on discovery of fitness factors in an enteropathogen
Atin Sharma
Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University

11.45 Predicting endocrine disruption with confidence - a prioritisation strategy to identify suspect compounds of emerging concern
Maria Sapounidou
Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

12.00 Lunch break

SESSION 7: INFRASTRUCTURE PRESENTATIONS

(Chairperson: Linda Sandblad)

13.00 Introduction
Linda Sandblad
Director of Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy (UCEM)

13.05 CASP – data analysis support for life scientists
Kate Bennett
CASP platform manager, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

13.15 Microscopy Facility at UPSC
Anna Gustavsson
Umea Plant Science Centre (UPSC), Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University
and Marta Derba-Maceluch
Umea Plant Science Centre (UPSC), Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

13.25 Gas Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Facility
Dmitry Shevela
IRMS lab manager, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

13.35 Panel discussion

Moderator: Linda Sandblad, Director of Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy (UCEM), Umeå University

Panel members:
Supapit Wongkuna, Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University
Karim Rafie, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Umeå University
Kathryn Robinson, Umea Plant Science Centre (UPSC), Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University
Niklas Söderholm, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

14.05 Coffee break 

SESSION 8: NEW FACULTY MEMBERS, AWARD AND GRANT RECIPIENTS AT KBC

(Chairperson: Christiane Funk)

14.15 Deep sequencing air to monitor entire ecosystems
Per Stenberg
Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University

14.30 How plants deal with heat and cold: Molecular mechanisms of auxin transport in response to temperature stress
Petra Marhava 
Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

14.45 GoodFib: Towards the establishment of trees with high-yield and high-quality wood fibers for more sustainable improved feedstock (Novo Nordisk Emerging investigator grant)
Stéphane Verger 
Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

15.00 ”Trees that grow better” - A new SSF project
Stefan Janson
Umeå Plant Science Centre, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University

15.15 Using AI for early identification of hazardous chemicals – PARC, a new EU funded research project
Patrik Andersson
Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

15.30 Concluding remarks

Announcement of the PhD student presentation prize winner (sponsored by Agrisera)
Announcement of the Photo contest prize winner

15.35 Guided tours to infrastructures' facilities

 

Organisers

Scientific Organisers

Stefan Björklund, Professor, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Scientific coordinator of KBC, Umeå University

Linda Sandblad, Researcher, Department of Chemistry, and Director of Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy, Umeå University

Ludvig Lizana, Associate professor, Department of Physics, Umeå University

Micael Jonsson, Associate professor, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University

Maximiliano Estravis Barcala, Postdoc, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, SLU, and Umeå PostDoc Society (UPS)

Stephane Verger, Researcher, Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, SLU

Conference Organisers

Stefan Björklund, Professor, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Scientific coordinator of KBC, Umeå University

Anna Shevtsova, Communications officer, KBC, Umeå University

Ingrid Söderbergh, Research coordinator, Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR), Umeå University

Hussein Haggag, Senior research engineer, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University

Daniela Goretti, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Umeå University

Contact: KBC Communications Office

Anna Shevtsova, PhD, Communications officer, KBC

E-mail: info.kbc@umu.se, anna.shevtsova@umu.se
Tel. +46 (0)70 547 2672

Personal page

Visiting Address: KBC-building, KB.J3(C3.25.25), Linnaeus väg 6, 90736 Umeå

Map

Sponsors

The best PhD presentation prize is sponsored by Agrisera.

Watch Agrisera's video presentation here: Agrisera - Your local antibody and reagent supplier

The best PhD presentation prize by public choice is sponsored by DC SciArt.

Beckman Coulter

BioNordika

Cytiva

Our sponsoring companies have the opportunity to present themselves and their products at a table in the mingling area during the two days of the conference.