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Symposium Down Under: mechanisms controlling plant reproduction

February, 3-4, 2020, at Adelaide (Australia)

The SexSeed consortium is organising a symposium to present the latest advances on plant reproduction. This meeting will gather experts on the pathways important for the formation of a flower, the establishment of the ovule (sporophytic and germline development), fertilization mechanisms, asexual reproduction and on different aspects controlling seed development (hormone signalling and epigenetic mechanisms). The topics will regard the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and cereal crops such as barley and rice.

The symposium will be held at the Waite Campus, in the University of Adelaide (https://www.thewaite.org/), a hub for food security improvement.

Topics and Keynote speakers:

  • Germline determination: Matthew Tucker (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Epigenetics and seed formation: Emidio Albertini (University of Perugia, Italy)
  • Fertilization: Sílvia Coimbra (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Hormone signalling: Phil Brewer (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Flower development: David Smyth (Monash University, Australia)
  • Asexual reproduction: Anna Koltunow (CSIRO, Australia)
  • Ovule development: Lucia Colombo (University of Milan, Italy)
  • Sex determination: John Bowman (Monash University, Australia)
  • Inflorescence development: Dabing Zhang (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Apomitic germline development: Martina Juranic (CSIRO, Australia)

We invite PhD students, Early Career Reseachers, Post-Docs and Principal Investigators to join us. Specially dedicated to younger researchers, the programme will include pitch talks where PhD students will have the opportunity to present a key result regarding their research project.  

More information availble here: https://downunderplantreproduction.wordpress.com/


Organizing Committee: 

The organisers of this event are members of the European project SexSeed.

  • Matthew Tucker (University of Adelaide)
  • Dayton Bird (University of Adelaide)
  • Sílvia Coimbra(University of Porto)
  • Sara Pinto (University of Porto)
  • Lucia Colombo (University of Milan)
  • Rosanna Petrella (University of Milan)


9th conference of Polish Society of Experimental Plant Biology (PSEPB)

September 9-12, 2019, at Torún (Poland)

On the behalf of the Polish Society of Experimental Plant Biology and the Conference Organizing Committee, we would like to invite all scientists and students interested in experimental plant biology to attend the 9th biennial PSEPB Conference taking place in ToruÅ„, Poland on September 9–12, 2019. The Conference will be co-hosted by the Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, the Nicolaus Copernicus University in ToruÅ„. The theme of the Conference is “New trends in plant reproduction and growth regulation”.

The Conference sessions will be held in English and cover the following topics:

  • Sexual plant reproduction
  • Plant omics
  • Epigenetic and epitranscriptomic regulation of gene expression
  • Plant interactions with other organisms
  • Abiotic stress responses
  • Plant hormones and hormonal regulations
  • Biotechnology and tissue culture

More information availble here: https://ptber.org.pl/default/en/conferences/9th-conference/


Organizing Committee:



Session at SEB Seville 2019 about Tip Growth in Plant Biology

July 4-5, 2019, at Seville (Spain)

More information availble here: https://www.sebiology.org/events/event/seb-seville-2019

Tip growth is a process that diverse walled cells such as pollen tubes, root hairs, moss protonemata and fungal hyphae have in common. Due to the diversity of the experimental systems, it is unusual for those working on the phenomenon to have the opportunity to get together and compare systems and concepts.

The aim of this session is to provide an overview on recent advances in the molecular, physiological and genetic mechanisms underlying tip growth, but other aspects of cell polarity establishment and maintenance as well as trafficking, cytoskeleton remodelling, signaling and biophysics will be covered, in an attempt to promote and facilitate interactions between experimental researchers and modelers from life science, engineering, computer science and mathematical backgrounds.

Who Should Submit?

Researchers with interest in the following areas: Life science, engineering, computer science and mathematical backgrounds with interest in the development of root hairs, pollen tubes, moss protonemata and fungal hyphae.

Organizing Committee:

  • Kris Vissenberg (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • José Feijó (University of Maryland, USA)


  • Liam Dolan (University of Oxford, UK) - Emergence and evolution of tip growth in land plants​

  • Zenbiao Yang (University of California Riverside, USA) - Mechanisms overarching apical, guided and invasive growth

  • Stefan Kepinski (University of Leeds, UK)

  • José Feijo (University of Maryland, UK) - Ion homeostasis and the control of apical growth: molecular basis and integrative mechanisms

  • Aurelien Boisson-Dernier (University of Cologne, Germany) - Cell wall integrity sensing mechanisms in tip-growing cells

  • Magdalena Bezanilla (Dartmouth College, USA) - Steering tip growth: a cytoskeletal perspective

  • Armin Haupt (Institut Jacques Monod, France) - Growth promotes polarity through a positive feedback

There will also be two competitions at this year's Annual Meeting to recognise the research of early career scientists and students, and their contribution to the field of experimental biology:

  • YSAS Award (Deadline: 8 March 2019) – Three prizes per section (Animal-Cell, Plant Cell). 1st prize - £400, Runner up – £100 · 
  • Irene Manton poster prize (Deadline: 15 March 2019) - £100 poster prize per section (Animal, Plant, Cell, SEB+)            


Workshop on Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Flower Development

June 18-22, 2019, at Cote d'Azur (France)

More information availble here: http://www.ens-lyon.fr/RDP/FlowerWorkshop2019/


  • Floral Transition
  • Inflorescence Architecture
  • Meristem Identity and Organization
  • Flower & Fruit Development
  • Sexual Plant Reproduction
  • Evo-Devo of the Flower
  • Omics and new technologies applied to development

Organizing Committee:

    • Mohammed Bendahmane

    • Joanne Burden

    • Charlie Scutt

    • Michiel Vandenbussche


    • François Parcy

    • Chloé Zubieta


    • ​Hélène Adam

    • Stéphane Jouannic​


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