Posted on 30/11/2016
Dr Devoto (front row 2nd from right) at the Award Ceremony at the Daiwa- Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London
Dr Alessandra Devoto, Reader in Molecular Plant Biology, Plant Molecular Sciences, Centre for Systems and Synthetic Biology, School of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway, was recently awarded a prestigious ‘Bridge Award’ by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in recognition of excellent achievements toward Japan-UK academic collaboration.
Dr Devoto attended the Award Ceremony at the Daiwa- Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London on 7th October and following this she has since been granted a Fellowship to visit Japan throughout November.
During a 35-day stay Dr Devoto is visiting four top universities in (Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya) and two world-leading research Institutes in (RIKEN CSRS (Centre for Sustainable Research Science), Yokohama) and ITbM (Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules), Nagoya.
Dr Devoto has long-standing collaborations with RIKEN CSRS (Functional Genomic and Cell Function Teams, led respectively by Dr Motoaki Seki and Dr Keiko Sugimoto, both F1000 Prime Faculty Members , that includes leading experts in all areas of biology and medicine.
During her visit in November 2016, Dr Devoto will participate and give seminars at two conferences, The International Plant Meeting in Kyoto on ‘Plants and Environment’ and the Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Latest Advances in Plant Development & Environmental Response. She is enthusiastic about her programme that will also include specialist seminars on ‘Plant responses to stress’ within the context of the ‘JSPS Plant Growth and Stress Network (JSPS PGSN)’ that she specifically set up with the intention of progressing the research in the field of Molecular plant Sciences also with societal implications in the light of food security and climate change.
Dr Devoto will be also giving lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students within the ‘Program for Leading Graduate Schools’ and ‘Global 30 International Program’ as well as one-to-one tutorials to researchers and students.
Dr David Morritt, Head of the School of Biological Sciences, said,
“I am delighted that the excellent achievement by Alessandra have been acknowledged by JSPS. Her enthusiasm and commitment to research and teaching has gained international recognition and it is a prime example of the research environment that we have created at Royal Holloway School of Biological Sciences."
Find out more about Dr Devoto's research here