Danielle Roodt, a PhD student in the FMG Research Programme and FABI, has been awarded an American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Travel Award to attend and present her research at the upcoming Plant Biology Conference, a joint meeting of the ASPB, Canadian Society of Plant Biologists and the International Society of Photosynthesis Research. Plant Biology 2018 will be held at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, in Montréal, Canada from 14-18 July this year. Danielle will present work from the last chapter of her PhD thesis, which focuses on generating resources for the understudied land plant lineages and utilising these resources for evolution and development research. As part of the Award, Danielle will be a guest at the ASPB Minority Affairs Committee luncheon, where she will have the opportunity to interact with other Award recipients. Danielle was also recently selected as an ASPB Plantae Fellow for the 2017-2018 period, and is the only African young scientist in this group. Plant Biology 2018 will allow her to meet face-to-face with Fellows she has been working with virtually over the last few months. Plantae is an online resource initiative started by the ASPB to provide the plant science community with the most up-to-date information and advances in the field of plant biology. More information about the Plantae platform can be found here.