Thursday, 16 May 2024


8:30-9:30  Registration

Session 1 - Cell and Developmental Biology / From cells to organisms
Chair: Yasin Dagdas, Gregor Mendel Institute

09:30      Charlotte Kirchhelle, CNRS Lyon, France 
                Cell edges: from patterning to growth control      

09:55      Aurélia Emonet, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany
                Lignin patterning and evolutionary transitions in explosive fruit

10:15      Michael Raissig, University of Bern, Switzerland
                Cell polarity, leaf epidermis patterning and stomatal guard cell morphogenesis in grasses

10:40      Isla Causon, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambrdige University
                A role for GABA signalling in petal patterns evolution and development? Insight from the Hibiscus trionum complex           

11:00      Coffee Break

11:30      Poster Session 1 (odd numbers)

13:00      Lunch 

Session 2 - Gene Regulation
Chair: Arturo Marí-Ordóñez, Gregor Mendel Institute

14:00      Philippa Borrill, John Innes Centre, UK
                Unravelling networks of senescence regulators in wheat

14:25      Aybars Koc, Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement, KU Leuven, Belgium
                Exploiting natural genetic variability in meiotic restitution in Arabidopsis to unravel mechanistic
                 basis of meiotic plasticity under heat stress   

14:45      Stefan Grob, Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes, CNRS/University of Strasbourg, France
                Paramutation and 3D Genome Folding in Arabidopsis Thaliana

15:10      Mehrdad Shahbazi, Instiute of Experimental Botany AS CR, v.v.i., Olomouc, Czech Republic
                Cytonuclear interplay in auto- and allopolyploids

15:30      Group Photo & Coffee Break  

Keynote lecture I
introduction by Silvia Ramundo, Gregor Mendel Institute

 16:00      Alison Smith, University of Cambridge, UK
                 A journey through plant metabolism

17:00      Reception/Dinner

18:30      Discussion

20:00      End


Friday, 17 May, 2024

Session 3 - Stress Responses
Chair: Yan Ma, Gregor Mendel Institute

09:30      Natanella Illouz-Eliaz, Salk Institute, USA
                Charting the Onset of Drought Recovery in Arabidopsis

09:55      Khong-Sam Chia, John Innes Centre, UK
                Exploring the Functional Diversity of NLR Immune Receptors in Divergent Land Plant Lineages                    

10:15      Petra Marhava, Umea Plant Science Center, Sweden
                How plants deal with heat and cold: Molecular mechanisms of auxin transport in response
                 to temperature stress

10:40      Thomas Underwood, University of Oxford, UK
                Dealing with cheats in the Legume-Rhizobium symbiosis                

11:00      Coffee Break

11:30      Poster session 2 (even numbers)      

13:00      Lunch

Session 4 - Evolutionary Biology
Chair: Nick Irwin, Gregor Mendel Institute

14:00      Anne Roulin, Agroscope, Switzerland
                Transposable element evolution in plants: What can we (still) learn from small genomes?

14:25      Maaike Jacobine Bierenbroodspot, Geor-August-University Göttingen, Germany
                Phylogenomic insights into the first multicellular streptophyte            

14:45      Rory Craig, MPI-Tuebingen, Germany
                Chlamydomonas as a model for eukaryotic transposon biology

15:10      Jediael Ng, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany
                Unravelling the evolutionary origin of complexity in Rubisco's biogenesis                

15:30      Coffee Break

Keynote lecture II
introduction by Liam Dolan, Gregor Mendel Institute

16:00      Dolf Weijers, University of Wageningen, Netherlands
                Polar expeditions across kingdoms

17:00      Awards for best talk/poster & closing remarks         

17:45      Sightseeing (optional)

19:30      Conference dinner (optional)