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Auckland Early Career Masterclass | Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS

This is a rare opportunity to engage first hand with a world-leading figure in plant biology. This masterclass is open to all Early Career Researchers in this field.

This event is run in conjunction with the 2019 New Zealand Rutherford Memorial Lecture, proudly presented by Royal Society Te Apārangi in partnership with The Royal Society, London, and with thanks to Auckland Museum Institute.

To register for this free event please contact Membership@royalsociety.org.nz with your field and ECR status (Phd graduation year). Royal Society Te Apārangi defines an Early Career Researcher as up to 10 years post PhD (excluding career breaks). Limited to 15 ECR participants.

About the speaker

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS, Univeristy of Cambridge, Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory aims to understand how plants adjust their growth and development to suit the environmental conditions in which they are growing. In particular, she is studying how plants change the number of shoot branches they produce depending on factors such as nutrient supply and damage to the main shoot. She is particularly interested in the roles and mechanisms of action of plant hormones such as auxin.
One of her discoveries — the auxin receptor — has helped to explain how hormone signals shape the response of a plant to its environment. She began studying the growth of shoots in the 1980s in Arabidopsis, which at the time was an emerging model for plant biology.

Ottoline was awarded a CBE in 2009 in recognition of her pioneering work in plant science. In parallel to her research, and in conjunction with the Royal Society, she collated Mothers in Science: 64 Ways to Have it All, a book that highlights how female scientists have successfully combined parenting with their research careers.

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Dame Ottoline Leyser DBE FRS

Early Career Masterclass


Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Researcher Forum


The University of Auckland, City Campas 303-G13.

1:00pm Fri 17 May, 2019 - 2:00pm Fri 17 May, 2019