At The Forefront Of Plant Research

Abstract deadline is April 14, 2017
15-16 June 2017, Ghent, Belgium
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At The Forefront Of Plant Research
Abstract deadline is April 14, 2017

Understanding and exploiting plant life lies at the heart of human civilization. Not only do we rely on plants to feed a growing world population and to improve our standard of living, plants also play a pivotal role in providing a significant portion of our energy needs, and in fulfilling our demand for renewable industrial resources. It is expected that technological advances will further boost crop productivity and quality in a wider range of applications. In addition, new technologies will enable the development of agricultural practices that are in better harmony with the natural environment.

The genomics revolution has been steering plant life sciences for more than a decade now. For that reason it is good to reflect and look ahead to which new opportunities are on the horizon. The aim of this conference is to unite leaders from a wide range of pioneering research topics, to give us a glimpse of where plant science will lead us to in the coming decade.

Meet the Expert session with: Julia Vortholt - ETH, Zurich, CH

We offer all junior researchers the opportunity to join our ‘Meet the Expert' session with Julia Vortholt. During an informal round table discussion on the 16th of June, PhD students and postdocs will have the exclusive opportunity to ask any question/advise related to their research and careers. If you are interested in joining the session, then send an e-mail to conferences@vib.be. Seating is limited.

Top speakers: 

Joseph Ecker

Salk Institute, US

Rob Martienssen

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US

Cyril Zipfel

Sainsbury Laboratory, UK

David Ehrhardt

Carnegie Institution for Science, US

Paul Schultze-Lefert

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, DE

Julia Vorholt

ETH, Zurich, CH

Alain Goossens

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE

Corné Pieterse

Utrecht University, NL

Niko Geldner

University Lausanne, CH

Sean Cutler

University of California - Riverside, US

Claudia Köhler

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala, SE

Siobhan Brady

University of California, Davis, US

Stefanie Sprunck

University of Regensburg, DE

Zachary Lippman

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US

David Jackson

Cold Spring Harbor Lab, US

Steven Maere

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE

William Gordon-Kamm

DuPont Pioneer, IA, US
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Abstract submission closing date: 
Friday, 14 April, 2017
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Day 1 - 15 June 2017

Thursday, 15 June, 2017
08:30 - 09:10
Registration and Welcome coffee
09:10 - 09:15
Welcome
09:15 - 12:45
Session 1: Technology and Translation
09:15 - 10:15
Keynote: (Epi)genomic Diversity and the Regulatory DNA Landscape
Joseph Ecker
Salk Institute, US
10:15 - 10:50
David Ehrhardt
Carnegie Institution for Science, US
10:50 - 11:20
Coffee Break
11:20 - 11:55
Tuning transpiration for improved drought tolerance
Sean Cutler
University of California - Riverside, US
11:55 - 12:30
Translating knowledge of stem cell proliferation and maturation to engineer improved crop productivity
Zachary Lippman
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US
12:30 - 12:45
Selected abstract
Presenter selected from abstracts
12:45 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 14:30
Poster Session
14:30 - 18:10
Session 2: Plant Development
14:30 - 15:05
New pathways in plant stem cells and mechanistic insights into yield traits
David Jackson
Cold Spring Harbor Lab, US
15:05 - 15:40
Stefanie Sprunck
University of Regensburg, DE
15:40 - 15:55
Selected abstract
Presenter selected from abstracts
15:55 - 16:25
Coffee Break
16:25 - 17:00
Spatiotemporal regulatory networks in plant root development
Siobhan Brady
University of California, Davis, US
17:00 - 17:35
Niko Geldner
University Lausanne, CH
17:35 - 18:10
A spatiotemporal DNA endoploidy map of the Arabidopsis thaliana root
Steven Maere
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE
18:10 - 19:00
Reception
19:30 - 22:30
Conference Dinner

The Organizing Committee consists of:

Dirk Inzé, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Geert De Jaeger, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Patrick Van Dijck, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Mark Veugelers, VIB Science Policy Manager
Evy vierstraete, VIB Manager Science Events

Day 2 - 16 June 2017

Friday, 16 June, 2017
08:45 - 09:15
Welcome Coffee
09:15 - 12:55
Session 3: Plant biotic interactions and defense
09:15 - 09:50
Reductionist approached to explore plant microbiota functions
Paul Schultze-Lefert
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, DE
09:50 - 10:25
Systems-level investigations of the leaf microbiota
Julia Vorholt
ETH, Zurich, CH
10:25 - 10:40
Selected Abstract
Presenter selected from abstracts
10:40 - 11:10
Coffee Break
11:10 - 11:45
Corné Pieterse
Utrecht University, NL
11:45 - 12:20
Alain Goossens
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE
12:20 - 12:55
Receptor kinase-mediated immunity
Cyril Zipfel
Sainsbury Laboratory, UK
12:55 - 13:40
Lunch
13:40 - 14:40
Poster session
14:40 - 17:35
Session 4: Plant evolution and speciation
14:40 - 15:40
Keynote: Contrasts in adaptation: new mutations and old variants
15:40 - 16:15
Germline Reprogramming and Epigenetic Inheritance
Rob Martienssen
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, US
16:15 - 16:45
Coffee Break
16:45 - 17:00
Selected Abstract
Presenter selected from abstracts
17:00 - 17:35
Epigenetic mechanisms driving plant speciation
Claudia Köhler
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala, SE
17:35 - 17:45
Closing Remarks

The Organizing Committee consists of:

Dirk Inzé, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Geert De Jaeger, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology
Patrick Van Dijck, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Mark Veugelers, VIB Science Policy Manager
Evy vierstraete, VIB Manager Science Events

Hashtag: 
#PlantResearch17
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9000 Gent

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