PlantEd – COST Action CA18111 – Genome editing in plants

Training School – How to work with genome editing in plants – experiment design, delivery and evaluation, and bioinformatics data flow

Training Schools are aimed at supporting training for researchers within the Action, with a particular focus on Early Career Investigators (ECIs). A Training School should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action.

This Training School is technically oriented and aims to give the trainees a thorough knowledge of how to prepare and carry out genome editing experiments in plants. It will include hands on laboratory sessions. In addition, training on workflows to handle large amounts of data will be provided.


  1. Hands on training on Cas9 cleavage and transfection into cells.
  2. Overview of genome editing tools, their delivery and phenotypic evaluation of different plants.
  3. Bioinformatic training on large genome editing data and its evaluation by predesigned workflows.
  4. Choose the right position, how to design your genome editing experiment and choose the right guides.
  5. How to extract data from the literature: An introduction to systematic reviews and the open access system CADIMA.

The training will take place through lectures and laboratory work.

The trainers will be experts from JKI in Germany, IPK Gatersleben in Germany and ILVO in Belgium.

Venue and dates

The Training School will take place at the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Quedlinburg, Germany. It is most conveniently reached through the airport Leipzig/Halle.

Call launched:                                                     20 February, 2020

Application deadline:                                       5 March, 2020

Expected decision:                                            8 March, 2020

Training School:                                                 30 March-1 April, 2020


This call is open to all Action participants, but priority will be given to Early Career Investigators (ECIs). An ECI is a researcher with less than 8 years of experience from the date of obtaining the PhD.

The number of trainees for this Training School is limited to 16. This number cannot be exceeded due to laboratory exercises.

Financial support

The financial support will be a fixed amount of maximum EUR 750 intended to help cover travel costs, including flight ticket, accommodation, local transport and meals.

There is no course fee applied to this Training School.

Following the COST rules, the grant is paid after the Training School has been completed and the participant has submitted a Travel Reimbursement Request (TRR) via e-COST. The grant will be paid directly to the bank account entered in the e-Cost system.

How to apply

Applications are submitted via e-mail to the local organiser PlantEd WG1 Leader Dr Thorben Sprink at

The application should contain the following parts:

  1. CV incl relevant publications (maximum 2 page)
  2. Short description of the field of work of the applicant, of the motivation for participating in this Training School and how the knowledge learned will be of future use to the applicant (maximum one page in total)

Evaluation of applications

The evaluation of the applications is performed jointly by the Training School local organiser, the Action Chair and the ECI Coordinator.

An important evaluation criterion is how the Training School will contribute to the professional development of the applicant. Also ECI status, geographical balance, and gender balance will be considered.

The local organizer will inform every applicant of the outcome of the evaluation by e­-mail. Selected trainees will receive further information on programme and logistical arrangements.


For more information and enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Training School local organizer, Dr Thorben Sprink (


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