Awards and prizes

In 2022, Sara was awarded the the Agrisera Prize for her significant scientific contributions and her commitment to create a positive and collaborative work environment at UPSC.

In 2019, Stéphanie was awarded the The Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg Foundation award for her outstanding research. She received the award from Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien (“The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences”) at a ceremony in Stockholm.

In 2019, we hosted Professor Natasha Raikhel when she received an honorary doctorate at our university, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), at a ceremony in Uppsala, Sweden.

In 2018, Sara won the best cell biology image competition at the Umeå Cell Biology Symposium.

In 2016, Siamsa was awarded the Agrisera Prize for her scientific excellence and her outstanding contribution to improving the UPSC work environment.

Outreach and popular science

We have participated in several “Fascinating Plants Day” events, during which the public are invited to take part in fun and educational live scientific demonstrations and experiments based on plant science. These events are particularly popular among children and we are proud to instill excitement and curiosity for plant science in our young visitors!

In 2017, Stéphanie gave an interview for a popular science article about plant research in the August 21st 2017 edition, pages 6-7, of Folkbladet (“The People’s Newspaper”).

In 2017, Siamsa gave a popular science talk entitled Using Chemicals to Dissect Plants, which was filmed by Utbildningsradio and shown on the TV channel Kunskapskanalen (“The Knowledge Channel”).

Conferences and meetings

Our research group is highly engaged in exchanges with the international research community. This includes establishing mutually beneficial collaborations, sharing our results with our peers and both giving and receiving feedback with the aim to improve research quality. We therefore send all group members to present their work at approximately one international conference per year.

Together with our colleagues, we also enjoyed organizing the 8th International Symposium on Root Development in Umeå in 2017 and the Umeå Cell Biology Symposium in 2018.

We have also had the honour of being invited to give a talk or to be keynote speaker at the following conferences and meetings:

Stéphanie – invited speaker and chair at the 24th International Conference on Plant Growth Substances, Gyeongju, Korea, 2023 (
Stéphanie – invited speaker at the online Saclay Plant Sciences seminars, Université Paris-Saclay, France, 2022 – watch the seminar here!
Stéphanie – invited speaker at the IUBMB-FEBS-PABMB Symposium, Lisbon, Portugal, 2022.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at the Auxin Meeting, Cavtat, Croatia, 2020, delayed to 2022.
Sara – invited speaker at Chemistry and Biology of Phytohormones and Related Substances, Luhačovice, Czech Republic, 2019.
Stéphanie (talk given by Siamsa) – invited speaker at Small Molecules In Plant Research: Chemistry and Biology Come Together, Valencia, Spain, 2019.
Stéphanie – invited plenary speaker at the International Plant Growth Substances Association (IPGSA) Conference, Paris, France, 2019.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at Auxin 2016, Haitang Bay, Sanya, China, 2016.
Stéphanie (talk given by Thomas) – invited speaker at Biostimulants, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016.
Thomas and Stéphanie – invited speakers at the International Plant Growth Substances Association (IPGSA) Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2016.
Stéphanie – invited keynote speaker at the Plant Development and Signaling Meeting, Wageningen, Netherlands, 2016.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at the CAPCEB Award Symposium, Riverside, California, USA, 2015.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at the workshop Cell Wall and Signaling, International Conference on Arabidopsis Research, Paris, France, 2015.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at the Second International Congress on Biostimulants in Agriculture, Florence, Italy, 2015.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at Trends in Natural Products Research, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2014.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at Plant Network Meeting, Uppsala, Sweden, 2013.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at WoW meeting, Umeå, Sweden, 2013.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at USPA meeting, Nottingham, England, 2013.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, Salzburg, Austria, 2012
Stéphanie – invited speaker at 5th Conference of Polish Society of Plant Biology, Wroclaw, Poland, 2011.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at Modelling Cell Elongation Workshop, Nottingham, UK, 2011.
Stéphanie – invited speaker at the Cell Biology session of the 15th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research, Berlin, Germany, 2004.