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The Gatsby Plant Science Summer School 2024

The Gatsby Plant Science Summer School (GPSSS) was established by the University of Leeds in 2005 and is now part of the Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme (GPSEP) at the University of Cambridge since 2014. The GPSSS is for bioscience students who haven't explored the world of plant science but are curious about it.

The 2024 GPSSS, in its 20th year running, will take place in late June/early July. 

You can see lectures from past years on the Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme YouTube channel.

Rootstock 2024

The Rootstock summer school was established by GPSEP in 2022. Rootstock is designed for plant enthusiastic bioscience students to delve deeper into the fascinating realm of plant science.

The 2024 Rootstock will take place in mid July.

The summer schools are a unique opportunity for first year (or second year in Scotland) students studying at the below UK universities, to discover the challenge and opportunities of studying plant science, through talks from leading scientists, careers sessions, eye-opening workshops and thought-provoking discussions with researchers and peers. Please find here a promotional poster with some information about the two summer schools.

The co-founder for the GPSSS is Dr Celia Knight. For both GPSSS and Rootstock the project manager is Claire Pennycuick, and the project coordinator is Sarah Barnert. If you have any additional questions about the GPSSS or Rootstock, please contact Sarah at

The recruitment of students for GPSSS and Rootstock is aided by Gatsby Mentors working in the participating Universities. A full list of the mentors is provided below.

Gatsby Mentor University
Professor John Doonan Aberystwyth University
Professor Jim Murray Cardiff University
Professor Keith Lindsey Durham University
Dr Tolga Bozkurt Imperial College London
Dr Mike Roberts Lancaster University
Dr Patricia Lopez-Calcago Newcastle University
Dr Verena Kriechbaumer Oxford Brookes University
Professor Alessandra Devoto Royal Holloway University of London
Dr Gareth Norton University of Aberdeen
Dr Paula Kover University of Bath
Dr Daniel Gibbs University of Birmingham
Dr Imogen Sparkes University of Bristol
Professor Julian M. Hibberd University of Cambridge
Dr Piers Hemsley University of Dundee
Dr Ben Miller University of East Anglia
Professor Andrew Hudson University of Edinburgh
Professor Tracy Lawson University of Essex
Dr Mike Deeks University of Exeter
Dr Eirini Kaiserli University of Glasgow
Dr Stefan Kepinski University of Leeds
Dr Sinéad Drea University of Leicester
Dr James Hartwell University of Liverpool
Dr Jon Pittman  University of Manchester
Professor Zoe Wilson University of Nottingham
Dr Francesco Licausi University of Oxford
Dr Jonathan Mitchley University of Reading
Professor Katie Field University of Sheffield
Professor Matthew Terry University of Southampton
Professor Alex Jones University of Warwick
Dr Liz Rylott University of York