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Plant Genomes in a Changing Environment

12 - 14 October 2020Wellcome Genome Campus, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Early bird deadline 21 July 2020
  • Bursary deadline 21 July 2020
  • Abstract deadline 01 September 2020
  • Registration deadline 15 September 2020

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Highlighting advances in the application of genomic techniques to plant science and agriculture

  • Summary

    The meeting will bring together plant scientists working on the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, on populations in their natural environment as well as crop species. 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 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 approaches on how to improve plants for tolerance of abiotic stresses and biotic interaction. It will also discuss strategies for sustaining yield and mechanisms of domestication and adaptation in a changing environment.

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 1pm on Monday 12 October and close at approximately 2pm on Wednesday 14 October 2020.

    Scientific sessions will include:

    • Improving plants for tolerance of abiotic stress
    • Biotic interaction
    • Biological networks controlling nutrient use, acquisition and expression
    • Strategies for sustaining yield in a changing environment
    • New Technologies in genome research
  • Organisers/ Speakers

    Scientific programme committee

    Joy Bergelson

    Joy Bergelson
    University of Chicago, USA

    Michele Morgante

    Michele Morgante
    University of Udine, Italy

    Cristobal Uauy

    Cristobal Uauy
    John Innes Centre, UK

    Keynote speakers

    Dominique Bergmann

    Dominique Bergmann
    Stanford University, USA

    Magnus Nordborg

    Magnus Nordborg
    Gregor Mendel Institute, Austria

    Confirmed speakers

    Julia Bailey Serres – University of California, Riverside, USA
    Ana Cano-Delgado – CRAG, Spain
    Francesco Licausi – University of Oxford, UK
    Steve Long – University of Illinois, USA / Lancaster University, UK
    Wenbo Ma – UC Riverside, USA / The Sainsbury Lab, UK
    Sarah McKim – University of Dundee, UK
    Giles Oldroyd – Sainsbury Laboratory, UK
    Jane Parker – Max Planck Institute, Germany
    Corné Pieterse – Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Michael Purugganan – New York University, USA

    Conference organiser

    Nicole Schatlowski, Senior Scientific Programme Officer
    Lucy Criddle, Conference & Events Organiser

  • Registration / Accommodation
    Early bird discount
    (until 21 July)

    Standard rate
    (after 21 July)
    Student No accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Student On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic No accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Academic On-site single accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial No accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site twin accommodation TBC TBC
    Commercial On-site single accommodation TBC TBC

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have booked accommodation.

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 12 and 13 October 2020. Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is recommended.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a visa to enter the UK.
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks or longer.

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  • 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: 1 September 2020

    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.
  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students to attend this conference (up to 50% of the standard registration fee) from Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser. You will be sent a unique registration link which will hold your place, without taking payment, until you have been notified of the outcome of your application.

    The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

    • Abstract (to be submitted via the portal during the registration process)
    • CV
    • A justification letter (explain how you will benefit from attending the conference)
    • A supporting letter from supervisor stating financial need

    If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: 21 July 2020

    Additional funding opportunities
    Visit our support page for additional financial support currently available.

  • Sponsors
  • Keynote lecture video from 2019 meeting

    Beyond single genes: receptor networks underpin plant immunity

    Keynote lecture Sophien Kamoun (Sainsbury Laboratory Norwich, UK) at Plant Genomes in a Changing Environment 2019

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