Gordon Research Conference
Old Members’ Trust Graduate Conference and Academic Travel Fund Report – Beatriz Moreno García
Sunday River, ME, USA – 8-13 June 2019
This summer I had the privilege of attending the Gordon Research Conference “CO2 Assimilation in Plants from Genome to Biome”. This meeting is well known in photosynthesis research for its quality and prestige and it most certainly lived up to my expectations. I had an amazing week in Maine, meeting the experts in my field and learning from them. The theme was “Innovations in Photosynthesis for Global Challenges”, so it was of uttermost relevance to my DPhil research in photosynthetic improvement for food security.
A Gordon Research Seminar on the same topic, aimed at early career researchers, preceded the conference. For two days, Ph.D. students and postdocs had the opportunity to share and exchange new data in a relaxed atmosphere, joined by a few senior researchers acting as mentors. I presented a poster and had very interesting discussions with other attendees.
The conference then kicked off and I could hear about the whole range of topics currently being researched, with presenters often sharing unpublished results. Notably, I was selected to give a talk during the Late-Breaking Topics session. This was a unique opportunity to present my work and receive invaluable feedback from researchers that I look up to.
This meeting was very well organised and the atmosphere was very friendly. Participating in the Gordon Research Seminar and Conference was an unforgettable experience. I am extremely grateful to the Old Members’ Trust for contributing to my trip to the US to participate in such a prestigious event and to University College for continuous support.