2016 ​IS-MPMI Congress: Shimamoto Travel Awards​​​​

IS-MPMI has awarded travel awards for eligible student, post-doc, and early career professionals to attend the IS-MPMI XVII Congress, July 17-21, 2016 in Portland, Oregon, USA. 

Awards up to $750 (U.S. attendees) or $1,000 (non U.S. attendees) were used to pay for registration, travel, and/or lodging expenses.  Award selection was based on the quality of the applicant's science reflected in the research abstract, impact statement and curriculum vita.
View awardees in the 2016 IS-MPMI Awards Brochure.


The application process closed on February 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm U.S. Central Standard Time. 


Students, post-docs, and early career professionals (i.e. individuals who have received a Ph.D. no more than 5 years prior to application) enrolled or employed in programs focused on molecular plant-microbe interaction research.  

Application Details

Applications must be submitted via the online application form and ONE (1) portable document file (PDF file) saved as last name, first name (example: SmithTom_travelaward.pdf) uploaded via the application. Each page in the PDF file should have the name of the applicant included in the page header.
Please include the following documents in your PDF file in this order:
  • An abstract of research to be presented at the XVII Congress
  • A statement (up to one-page) indicating how attending this congress will impact your research and/or career. Include with this statement the name and email of one faculty member as endorsement for your application. 
  • Curriculum vita  


Notification of Submission

After you submit your application, a screen will pop up on your web browser that your application has been received.  An e-mail message will also be sent to the address indicated in your application.  Please save a copy of one or both of these for your records.    

Award Results

The award jury will review and all applications received by the deadline and all applicants will be notified in mid-late February of the travel award results.  Ethnic and gender diversity, and disabilities - will be considered as well as veteran status (U.S. applicants) in order to achieve a broad and balanced awardee portfolio. IS-MPMI membership is also required prior to receipt of the award funds. 

Working Groups

Please see the attached Excel spreadsheet for working group assignments. We have grouped the 70 travel awardees into 16 working groups and assigned 1-2 mentors to each group based on your request. Each working group is also assigned to report findings from two plenary/concurrent sessions. Please note that a small group of mentors will meet you on Monday during lunch because travel arrangements precluded all from attending the Sunday workshop.
The IS-MPMI Congress Awards are named in honor of Dr. Ko Shimamoto. Dr. Shimamoto made notable contributions to the fields of flowering and plant immunity that brought him respect and recognition worldwide. The awards are named in recognition for his service as the chair and main organizer of the XV International Congress of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions that was held in Kyoto in 2012. He played a critical role in promoting and developing MPMI research in Asia. The Kyoto Congress, he so successfully organized, was the first that IS-MPMI held in Asia. He is fondly remembered for his kind and gentle character, his dedication to his students, and his role as an inspiring and caring mentor.