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Plant Genomes in a Changing Environment (Virtual Conference)

18 - 20 October 2021Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Abstract deadline 24 August 2021
  • Registration deadline 21 September 2021

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  • Summary

    The meeting will bring together plant scientists working on a variety of crop and wild species in their natural environment, as well as the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. It will provide a forum to discuss recent advances in plant genome biology aiming at the elucidation of gene function and networks, natural and induced variation and their implications in agricultural breeding programmes.

    The increasing availability and improved quality of genomic data for crop species as well as natural populations is gradually enabling plant scientists to tackle some of the most critical global challenges such as environmental change and food security.

    This conference will showcase the application of genomic techniques and emerging technologies to understand genomes and how they vary across changing environments. It will provide a platform for the transfer of knowledge of diverse plant systems that differ in their ecology, physiology, genomic complexity and the tools that are available for research and aims to connect researchers from academia and industry.

    This year’s meeting will focus on the genomics of polyploidy and evolutionary genomics, and will discuss how to improve plants for tolerance of biotic and abiotic stresses.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 1pm (BST) on Monday 18 October and close at approximately 6pm (BST) on Friday 20 October 2021.

    Topics will include:

    • Genomics of Polyploidy
    • Abiotic Adaptation
    • Biotic Interaction
    • Plant Evolutionary Genomics
    • Emerging Technology
  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Joy Bergelson

    Joy Bergelson
    University of Chicago, USA

    Kirsten Bomblies

    Kirsten Bomblies
    ETH Zurich, Switzerland

    Michele Morgante

    Michele Morgante
    University of Udine, Italy

    Cristobal Uauy

    Cristobal Uauy
    John Innes Centre, UK

    Keynote speakers

    Deborah Charlesworth

    Deborah Charlesworth
    University of Edinburgh, UK

    Zachary Lippman

    Zachary Lippman
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA

    Confirmed speakers

    Eunyoung Chae – National University of Singapore, Singapore
    Patricia Lang – Stanford University, USA
    Polina Novikova – Max Planck Institute for Breeding Research, Germany
    Ruben Rellan-Alvarez – NC State University, USA
    Matthew Reynolds – CIMMYT, Mexico
    Eva Stukenbrock – University of Kiel, Germany
    Andrea Sweigart – University of Georgia, USA
    Amos Tanay – Weizmann Institute, Israel
    Dan Voytas – University of Minnesota, USA


    Conference organiser

    Lucy Criddle, Conference & Events Organiser
    Jane Murphy, Scientific Programme Officer

  • Registration / Accommodation
    Student TBC
    Delegates from LMICs* TBC
    Academic TBC
    Commercial TBC

    *To increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here). If you are in need of financial support and would like to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser. When applying for a bursary you will be asked to provide a letter stating financial need and a CV.

    Log in details for the virtual conference portal will be provided on Thursday before the event.


  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0- portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the conference.

    Abstract deadline: 24 August 2021

    How to upload an abstract once you have already completed registration:

    1. Log back into your registration account using either Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser, via link above the ‘Share’ button on the right hand column of this page
    2. Click on ‘Account’ (top right).
    3. Then click on ‘View account history’. This will show a table of your event registrations.
    4. In the right-hand column you will see the option to ‘Upload file’ – click on this and select to upload an abstract.
  • Sponsors
  • Keynote lecture video from 2020 meeting

    At the root of cellular responses to water extremes in rice

    Keynote lecture by Julia Bailey-Serres (University of California, Riverside, USA) at Plant Genomes in a Changing Environment 2020