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Special call for plant protection and plant health

Published: 30 August 2021
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The SLU Plant Protection Network is launching a special call for PhD students, postdocs, and technicians at SLU for attending online conferences or pursuing alternative professional development opportunities relevant to their study subject or project work within the area of plant protection/plant health during 2021. Last day to apply: 22 November 2021.

The call aims to help PhD students, postdocs and technicians working within plant protection/plant health at SLU to cover the costs associated with participating in academic conferences or alternative professional development opportunities, including workshops, courses, licenses or books that enhance their professional development.

The SLU Plant Protection Network will give awards to as many as apply and are eligible on a first come first served basis, but not exceeding the limit of the SLU Plant Protection Networks budget for this call. Submitting an application for an award is not a guarantee of its acceptance.

Who can apply?

PhD students, postdocs and technicians working within plant protection or plant health at SLU, who are employed at SLU during the time of the conference or course or when pursuing the alternative professional development opportunity. The supervisor or work leader must agree on the attendance of the conference or the alternative professional development opportunity.

What can be applied for?

The SLU Plant Protection Network has a total amount of 50,000 SEK allocated to this call. A maximum of 5,000 SEK per person can be applied for, to cover conference fees or alternative professional development events as described below. Each person can apply once.

1) Conference attendance fee

The applicant can apply for the fee to attend an (online) conference in which the applicant is presenting a poster or a talk connected to plant protection/plant health in a wide sense. Other costs than the conference fee will not be covered.

2) Alternative professional development opportunities

  • The applicant can apply for the fee for attending an online workshop or course, which must be connected to plant protection/plant health in a wider sense. A course/workshop certificate that states the successful attendance of the applicant must be submitted after the course/workshop has taken place.
  • The applicant can apply for licenses or books that are of importance for the work and that are to be used under 2021-2022.

We look forward to receiving your application!

The Steering Committee SLU Plant Protection Network


Application procedure

The application should be made before the licence/book has been bought, or for conferences/courses that took place or will take place in 2021. Only actual costs up to the approved sum are reimbursed.

The applications are processed as they arrive. Last day to send in an application is the 22nd of November 2021. If the application is approved, the applicant will get a written approval stating that the SLU Plant Protection Network guarantees a grant up to a certain amount.

For the attendance of conferences, workshops or similar, it is recommended that all costs are paid by the department until the course is over and the applicant has received a conference/ course certificate. To get the reimbursement, the department sends an internal invoice based on the actual costs together with a copy of the course certificate to the SLU Plant Protection Network.

The application must contain:

  • The applicants name and workplace (department & faculty at SLU), as well as the supervisors/work leaders name and workplace
  • Short description of the work of the PhD student, technician or postdoc and why the conference or course is relevant to attend or why the licence or book are important in a plant protection/plant health work context (max. 1 A4-page Times New Roman 12 point, single line spacing, 2 cm margins)
  • Letter of approval from the supervisor (PhD students) or work leader (postdocs and technicians)
  • Information on the conference (date, fee, form of presentation), course (date, fee, credits), licence (costs for one year) or book (costs)

Where to send your application

Mail your application electronically as a single pdf-file to Katja Fedrowitz:

Further questions?
Please contact the coordinator Katja Fedrowitz,


Katja Fedrowitz

Coordinator SLU Plant Protection Network & SLU Breeding Network

Telefon: +46 018 67 21 96