I was invited to give a Departmental Seminar at the ZMPB in Tuebingen, where I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with former Monaghan Lab member and Queen's alum Danalyn Holmes who is now there working on her PhD. I enjoyed meeting with friends and colleagues at the ZMPB and discussing our ongoing work on the regulation of cytoplasmic protein kinases. I then travelled to Freiburg for a few days to join the Plant Proteostasis meeting, where I presented our work on the immune-induced ubiquitome.
Thanks for the bretzels, weizen, and great science - Prost!
After the IS-MPMI meeting in Glasgow, I headed south to Norwich to meet with colleagues at the Sainsbury Lab, where I did my postdoctoral research from 2010-2015. Former MSc student Lauren Grubb is currently working at the affiliated John Innes Centre as a PhD student with Myriam Charpentier - it was fantastic to see that she is doing so well and enjoying living abroad. Norwich is a well-preserved medieval city with lots of old-world charm.
Melissa and I recently attended the IS-MPMI congress in Glasgow, Scotland. This meeting is always a favourite because of the truly outstanding science, and the fact we get to visit with many friends and colleagues who live around the world. The opening reception was held at the Glasgow Science Centre - a perfect spot for nearly 1500 scientists to convene. Thank-you for a great meeting. See you in Jeju Korea in 2021!
The Monaghan Lab was well-represented at this year's Plant Canada meeting, held at the University of Guelph. It was four days of excellent plant science! I chaired a session on Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, where both Melissa and Irina gave seminars, and Carmen presented a poster. All three of them were recipients of Duff Travel Awards from the Canadian Society of Plant Biology to help offset their travel expenses - thank-you to CSPB for supporting these young scientists. I am so grateful to be a part of the community of plant scientists in Canada. We encourage and help each other work towards understanding as much as we can about the biology of plants while at the same time mentoring the next generation of scientists.Thanks to the meeting organizers for bringing us together to discuss our latest research. See you next year in Saskatoon!