CPS scholarship

We hereby announce three scholarships of 10.000 SEK to cover/supply fees and travel expenses in connection with the 9th European Palaeobotany Palynology Conference held in Padova, Italy, 26–31 August 2014.

The scholarship can be applied for by Master and PhD students or recently educated palynologists, who are members of CPS or would like to become a member.

To apply, an abstract and (for Master and PhD students) a recommendation from the supervisor should be forwarded. The poster or presentation must have palynological relevance.

The person who receives the scholarship is obliged to acknowledge the CPS on the poster or presentation, and to write a summary of their experience of the meeting for the CPS homepage.

The application, including the accepted abstract and a recommendation from the supervisor (for Master and PhD students) should be e-mailed to Karen Dybkjær, GEUS, before 20 June 2014.

Warmest regards!

The CPS board

Recipient of the CPS sholarship 2014: Johannes Bouchal

Johannes Bouchal, University of Vienna and Swedish Museum of Natural History, receives this years' scholarship to cover travel expenses for the 7th EPPC conference in Padova, Italy, in late August 2014.

Johannes Bouchal is a PhD student at the University of Vienna and Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, Stockholm. His PhD project started in April 2014. Johannes is working on Miocene palynofloras of south-western Turkey. The main focus of his research lies on the macrofossil-rich lignite opencast mines of the Yatağan basin. The aims of his study are (i) to comprehensively document the palynoflora using LM and SEM, (ii) to group taxa into representative vegetation units, and (iii) to reconstruct the palaeoenvironment.

From 26-31 August, the 9th EPPC was held in Padova, Italy. For me it was the first congress exclusively focused on Palaeobotany and Palynology. This congress was an ideal opportunity for meeting colleagues, discussing my preliminary results with experts in different fields and getting new impulses for my research. I attended several interesting sessions and talks.

During the congress, a CPS meeting was held and I had the chance to meet the present CPS members and the CPS board in person.

Johannes presenting his poster.
Johannes presenting his poster.

At this congress, I presented a poster with the title "An overview of the palynoflora of the Miocene Yatağan basin, Turkey". During the poster presentation, I had the opportunity to discuss my results with several congress participants; this was very stimulating. I also gave a talk in session 23 "Oligocene to Pleistocene vegetation oft he Eastern Mediterranean". Title of my talk was "A preliminary report on a combined method study of the palynoflora of the Miocene Yatağan basin, Turkey".

I want to take this opportunity to thank the CPS for granting me this scholarship. It made my participation to this congress possible and opened up new opportunities, new insights and new acquaintances.

The 10 000 SEK of the CPS scholarship were used to cover the conference fee, travel expenses from Stockholm to Padova and back, accommodation and food in Padova, and the printing cost of the poster.

Johannes M. Bouchal, Stockholm

Recipient of the CPS sholarship 2012: Niina Kuosmanen

Niina Kuosmanen, University of Helsinki, receives this years' scholarship to cover travel expenses for the PC XIII/IOPC IX 2012 conference in Tokyo in late August 2012.

Niina is PhD student at the Department of Geosciences and Geography at the Helsinki University. She started in summer 2010. The aim of her work is to produce more fossil data from northern Europe to reconstruct the changes of the boreal forest composition from the late-glacial to the early Holocene and throughout the Holocene. Special notice is given to the Holocene vegetation dynamics at the modern western range of the Siberian larch (Larix sibirica) and the migration of the Norway spruce (Picea abies). The title of the poster is "Long-term boreal forest dynamics at the modern western range limit ofthe Siberian larch (Larix sibirica), new insights from stomata and pollen records".

The IPC XIII congress was held in Tokyo 23.-30.8. in the Chuo University. Participating to IPC meeting was very exciting and inspiring. During the meeting I met many other scientists from the field of palynology. The congress was relatively big with over 500 participants. There were many parallel sessions, so it was not possible to follow all of them. However, the most interesting sessions in my point of view were organized in different days. So, it was possible to listen to almost all talks that were most important considering my research interest or were fascinating in general. It was also useful to see different kind of talks and to get some useful pointers for my own presentations in the future.

Niinas poster at PC XIII/IOPC IX 2012
Niinas poster at PC XIII/IOPC IX 2012

I had a poster in session chaired by Simon Brewer and Thomas Giesecke: Ecological insights from palynological and macrofossil analysis. There were several very interesting talks in this session. During my poster presentation I got many important questions and comments about my work. I also had a chance to meet scientists whose research topics are close to mine and I had valuable discussions with them.


During the congress I had chance to meet other PhD students from different countries. It is always great to have an opportunity to make new contacts and to hear experiences from other PhD students.

Niina on the fieldtrip to Mt. Takao and Hachioji, west of Tokyo
Niina on the fieldtrip to Mt. Takao and Hachioji, west of Tokyo

I participated to one of the mid- excursion fieldtrips, which went to natural beech forest in Mt. Takao and latest Pliocene fossil forest in Hachioji west from Tokyo. Trip was well organized and we had very nice guides who were experts on botany. During the trip we got lot of information about natural forests in Japan and also about Japanese culture.


The whole trip to IPC XIII in Tokyo was very successful and I ́m very thankful to CPS to have this opportunity to take part the IPC XIII and also to visit Tokyo. The funding of 15 000 SEK were used to cover accommodation and food expenses in Tokyo and also part of the travel expenses from Helsinki to Tokyo.


Niina Kuosmanen, Helsinki






Recipient of the CPS sholarship 2011: Kristina Mehlqvist

Kristina is a PhD student at the Department of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences at the Lund University in Sweden working on Silurian spores dispersed from early land plants. The geographical area of investigation includes mainly the Silurian deposits of Scania, Sweden. At the 44th Annual Meeting of the AASP in Southampton, she presented a poster with the title "Oldest preserved cryptospore containing sporangia and mesofossils from the upper Silurian of Baltica (Gotland, Sweden)". She has carried out this study in collaboration with Jonas Hagström from the Natural History Museum in Stockholm.

The material is from Gotland (Ludlow age) and consists of sporangia from early land plants with in situ cryptospores, a land plant axis, spore masses and coprolites. The material contains the earliest land plant mesofossils found from Baltica and is very well preserved. Land plant material, especially from the earliest cryptospore-producing plants is very rare from this period.

Participation in the AASP meeting was very important for her since a lot of researchers within her area were attending and she got the chance to meet them and discuss herwork. It is very important to receive feedback from more experienced researchers in this particular field, but also general comments are crucial for the development of her research. She made many important contacts during this meeting. It was also very interesting to hear all the talks and see all the posters from different aspects of palynology. She thinks going to conferences and meetings is very worthwhile since it’s a good opportunity for networking, discussions and it’s also very inspiring.

The AASP meeting was a relatively small meeting with no parallel sessions which made it possible to hear all the talks and this was great. It was also fun to meet other students from different countries in the world. Overall, she had a great time in Southampton and is very grateful that to receive the funding from CPS to have the possibility to participate at this meeting. It has been a great experience and she have met a lot of new people and had many interesting discussions and also the opportunity to visit Great Britain.

Economy: The funding of 4500 SEK was used to cover travel costs from Höör to Southampton, accommodation 4 nights in Southampton and food expenses.

Kristina Mehlqvist, Lund