September 2017: This month, our group held a week-long international PLANTPOPNET workshop at Trinity College Dublin, with network participants attending from Australia, USA, Finland, Italy, Germany, Ireland (Cork) and the UK.

We presented our results so far, made progress on analysis and manuscripts, overhauled the protocol and developed new projects for the future. I presented my work about how the environment shapes global genomic structure and genetic diversity in Plantago lanceolata. Dr Ruth Kelly hosted an Industry Workshop, attended by representatives from the Department of Agriculture, Bord Bia, Teagasc, Gold Crop, Alltech and Science Foundation Ireland, in which we exchanged ideas about the future of plants-based industries. 

I organised and MC'd the Inaugural PLANTPOPNET Awards Ceremony. It was a celebration of the vast achievements of the network, a chance to share some memorable moments from the field and, most of all, just a good bit of craic! Check out the full ceremony here.


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