Finnish Plant Science Days 2020

28.4.2020 9:00–29.4.2020 16:00
Arktikum, Rovaniemi
Pohjoisranta 4
96200 Rovaniemi

The XII Finnish Plant Science Days 2020 (Kasvitieteen Päivät 2020) takes place at Arktikum in Rovaniemi, Finland on the 28th - 29th of April 2020. The event is hosted by Natural Resources Institute Finland and the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland

The aim of the congress is to assemble students and researchers from all areas of plant biology in order to increase collaboration and networking among researchers and to give an outlook on the current status of plant biology research in Finland.

The program includes invited speakers, a number of selected talks (12 + 3 min) and a poster session. The official language of the symposium is English. The preliminary program can be found below.

Tuesday April 28, 2020

9:00-9:45 Coffee, registration and poster hanging

9:45-10:00 Opening

10-12 Session 1: Arctic and plant life
10:00-10:30 Invited speaker: Kari Saikkonen (University of Turku): Life in Arctic Light
10:30-12:00 Selected speakers

12-13 Lunch

13-15 Session 2: Plant-soil microbe interactions
13:00-13:30 Invited speaker: Taina Pennanen (Luke): Understanding selection dynamics of long-lived trees – role of associated fungi
13:30-15:00 Selected speakers

15-17 Poster session

17-18 Session 3: Practical applications of plants: from clothes to health
17:00-17:30 Invited speaker: Eeva Moilanen (University of Tampere): Health from the forest: spotlight on arctic lingonberries
17:30-18:00 Selected speakers

19- Dinner

Wednesday April 29, 2020

9-10:30 Session 4: Biodiversity
9:00-9:30 Invited speaker: Risto Virtanen (University of Oulu): Plant biodiversity in the Anthropocene: trends and drivers
9:30-11:00 Selected speakers

11-11:30 Coffee

11:30-13 Session 5: New methods: monitoring from cell level to remote sensing
11:30-12:00 Invited speaker: Markku Keinänen (University of Eastern- Finland): All the light we cannot see – hyperspectral imaging in plant biology and environmental research
12:00-13:00 Selected speakers

13-14 Lunch

14-15.30 Session 6: Plant stress and function
14:00-14:30 Invited speaker: Pedro Aphalo (University of Helsinki): Anticipatory acclimation: can plants use solar UV radiation as an ‘early- alarm’ cue of future soil drying?
14:30-15:30 Selected speakers

15:30 -16:00 Closing remarks

Registration and abstract submission will be opened in early March.
Welcome to Lapland!


The organizing committee includes representatives from Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the Arctic Centre of University of Lapland

Pasi Rautio, Luke (chair)
Minna Männistö, Luke
Francoise Martz, Luke
Rainer Peltola, Luke
Sari Stark, Arctic Centre
Minna Turunen, Arctic Centre
Marja Uusitalo, Luke

More information:

Pasi Rautio
Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Institute Finland
+358 29 532 4045, pasi.rautio(at)

Minna Turunen
Senior scientist, Arctic Centre
+358 40 539 1182,  minna.turunen(at)

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