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Workshop Opportunity for Early Career Researchers

Plant Health: Challenges and Solutions

Sponsored by the British Council under the Newton Fund Researcher Links scheme, this workshop takes place in Antalya, Turkey on 23-28 April 2017.

The workshop is being coordinated by Prof. Mahmut Tör from the University of Worcester, UK and Assoc. Prof. Kubilay Bastas from the Selçuk University, Turkey.  There will also be contributions from other leading researchers including Prof. Matthew Dickinson, University of Nottingham, UK; Prof. John Mansfield, Imperial College, UK and Prof. Ömür Baysal, Mugla University, Turkey.

We are now inviting early-career researchers (for eligibility please see below) from the UK and Turkey to apply to attend this workshop.

All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme.



Participants must be early career researchers, holding a PhD (or equivalent research experience) and have no more than 10 years post-doctoral experience (equivalent to ‘Recognised Researcher’ or ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers careers. Consideration will be given to researchers with more than 10 years post-doctoral experience who have taken extended career breaks.

Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship, etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or Turkey.


Download the workshop programme.

How to apply

To apply please download the application form.

Completed applications should be sent to by the deadline of 10 March 2017.



This workshop will highlight current developments in the field of plant protection against pests and pathogens. This will include the current problems in the field, latest tools and developments in detection and diagnosis, smart biologics, emerging and re-emerging microbial pathogens, mycotoxin contamination and resistance breeding.

The aim will be to connect research with practice and identify challenges in the field to provide advanced solutions to the problems encountered for food security. The workshop aims to bring together leading researchers, young scientists and industrialists from the plant protection sectors to exchange knowledge and share best practice in integrated pest management.

Presentations from experts in the field will provide delegates with an understanding of the latest problems in the plant health control. This will provide an opportunity for delegates to identify and exploit key technologies across the plant protection industry.

Early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of posters/short oral presentations and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Turkey. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants will be selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links.



  • Encourage confidence and capability in presentation and communication in a different environment
  • Increase ability to network with people from the same and different country and culture
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of the current job market beyond academia and what employers are looking for
  • Identify resources, networks and people for further help and support
  • Identify weaknesses and strengths in their career profile
  • Explore career opportunities within the field
  • Network with other researchers from beyond their immediate research team
  • Explore how to examine the range of possible career options available within the field
  • Be able to locate information about their professional development activities
  • Be able to evaluate their career interests
  • Understand how they relate to others in different or similar situations
  • Be able to evaluate their own skills, knowledge and abilities that enhance their performance in their own environment
  • Be able to see how their research interests fit within a global environment




Professor Mahmut Tör (University of Worcester)
Assoc. Professor Kubilay Bastas (Selcuk University)

Scientific Committee

Professor John Mansfield (Imperial College)
Professor Matthew Dickinson (Nottingham University)
Professor Ömür Baysal (Mugla University)
Professor Yiguo Hong niversity of Warwick)
Professor Carston Skjoth (University of Worcester)
Assoc. Professor David Studholme (University of Exeter)
Dr Alison Woods-Tör (University of Worcester)



Wind of Lara Hotel

Kemeragzi Mah.
Meydan Bulvari 1003 Sk. No:8
Lara Antalya, Turkey

Telephone: (0242) 212 1212