Kick-off meeting of the PlantaSYST H2020 Teaming Phase 2 Project

April 25, 2017
“Establishment of a Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology for the translation of fundamental research into sustainable bio-based technologies in Bulgaria”

Plovdiv, 25 – 26 April 2017. Venue: Ramada Trimontium Plovdiv

Day 1: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Hall Puldin, 5 th floor

8:00 – 9:30 Registration of participants
9:30 – 9:40 Welcome address – Prof. DSc. Ivan Minkov, Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB); Ivan Totev, Mayor of Plovdiv
9:40 – 9:50 “Significance of the Widening measures and PlantaSYST in particular for Bulgaria” – Zlatina Karova, Director of Science Directorate, Ministry of Education and Science, Bulgaria
9:50 – 10:10 PlantaSYST Project OverviewAssoc. Prof. Dr. Tsanko Gechev, Coordinator of the Project, IMBB project leader and Director of the Center of Plant Systems Biology and Biotechnology (CPSBB)
10:10 – 10:20 Presentation of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB), Plovdiv, Bulgaria – Prof. DSc. Ivan N. Minkov, IMBB Director
10:20 – 10:30 Presentation of Maritsa Vegetable Crops Research Institute (MVCRI), Plovdiv,Bulgaria – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivanka Tringovska-Mendeva, MVCRI Deputy Director
10:30 – 10:40 Presentation of the laboratory of Applied Biotechnology, The Stephan Angeloff Institute of Microbiology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences(IMicB), Plovdiv, Bulgaria – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milen Georgiev, IMicB project leader
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:10 Presentation of Potsdam University (UP), Potsdam, Germany – Teresa Rodriguez, EU Research Officer/International research cooperation, UP
11:10 – 11:20 Presentation of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology(MPG), Potsdam-Golm, Germany – Dr. Saleh Alseekh, MPG
11:20 – 11:40 Presentation of the International Scientific Advisory Board(ISAB) and its role in PlantaSYSTProf. Dr. Stefan Hörtensteiner, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Prof. Dr. Frank Van Breusegem, Flanders Institute of Biotechnology (VIB) and University of Gent, Belgium
11:40 – 12:00 Questions and answers
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch break restaurant, 1 st floor)
13:30 – 14:20 Teaming Action within the H2020 Work Programme “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation”. EC – Policy aspects of Teaming – Deputy Director General, European Commission (EC) – Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (tbc); Ralitsa Atanasova, Policy Officer, Unit B.5, European Commission (EC). REA – Role and expectations from PlantaSYSTFederica Roffi, Deputy Head of Unit, Unit B.5, Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission (EC).
14:20 – 15:00 REA and PlantaSYST’s Implementation: Legal, Financial and Administrativea aspectsDr. Maria Korda, PlantaSYST Project Adviser, Unit B.5, Research Executive Agency (REA) of the European Commission (EC).
15:20 – 16:00 Round table – Representatives of the six PlantaSYST consortium beneficiaries, the Research Executive Agency (REA) and the European Commission (EC), the Bulgarian Government (Ministry of Education and Science), Plovdiv Municipality, the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) of PlantaSYST, and other stakeholders relevant to the action.
16:00 – 16:15 Questions and answers and closing remarks of day 1
16:30 – 18:30 Plovdiv guided tour(optional)
18:30 Dinner, Restaurant Odeon in the city entre


Day 2: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Hall Puldin, 5 th floor

Operational – Technical Part of the Kick-Off Meeting:

Detailed reviewing of the Work Packages (WPs), Deliverables, Milestones, and critical risks


9:00 – 9:15 WP1: Management – Prof. DSc. Ivan Minkov, (IMBB), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
9:15 – 9:30 WP2: CPSBB building – Dr. Tsanko Gechev (IMBB), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
9:30 – 9:45 WP4: Employment of personnel – Dr. Tsanko Gechev (CPSBB), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
9:45 – 10:00 WP3: Equipment and infrastructure – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milen Georgiev (IMicB), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
10:00 – 10:15 WP5: Fundamental research – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milen Georgiev (CPSBB),Plovdiv, Bulgaria
10:15 – 10:30 WP6: Applied research – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dimitrina Kostova (MVCRI), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
10:30 – 10:45 WP7: Services – Dr. Saleh Alseekh (MPG), Potsdam-Golm, Germany
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:15 WP8: Education and training – Dr. Tsanko Gechev (CPSBB), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
11:15 – 11:30 WP9: Funding and technology transfer (UP) – presented by Prof. DSc. Ivan Minkov, Head of Dept. Technology Transfer and IP Management at CPSBB, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
11:30 – 11:45 WP10: Dissemination – Dr. Veselin Petrov (CPSBB), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
11:45 – 12:00 Critical Implementation risks and mitigation actions – Dr. Tsanko Gechev (IMBB), Plovdiv, Bulgaria
12:00 – 13:00 Visit to the premises/facilities – prospective CPSBB campus site
13:00 – 13:20 Wrap-up session and closing remarks
13:20 – 14:30 Lunch, restaurant 1 st floor