Conference Summary

For the past 20 years, this unique FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) has been bringing together the global plant developmental biology community.

This small conference fosters interactions between early stage researchers and established PIs, and serves as a catalyst for long-lasting collaborations and career-building interactions.

Major themes of the conference include: 1) The role of hormones and mechanical signals in organizing the plant body plan; 2) The molecular mechanisms that lead to asymmetry at the cell and organ level; 3) The pathways that mediate cellular specialization. 

Conference topics will include:

  • Tissue Patterning
  • Developmental Plasticity
  • Cellular Response to Environment
  • Mechanisms in Cell Polarity
  • Cellular Specialization
  • Establishing and Elaborating Body Plan
  • Signaling and Crosstalk
  • Mediating Indeterminate Growth
  • Cell-Cell Communication

The keynote address will be from EMBO member Dr. Professor Jane Langdale (The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, UK). Eight further sessions will include invited speakers, short talks selected from abstract submissions, and flash talks from poster presenters representing the breadth of the plant development field. There will be three poster sessions and a career development session, "Getting Your Name Out There: Setting a Path in a Plant Science Career."

Other Invited Speakers
Mark Estelle, Doris Wagner, Marja Timmermans, Liam Dolan, Gwyneth Ingram, Jose Feijo, Mitsuyasu Hasebe, Caroline Gutjahr, Yuling Jiao, Olivier Hamant, David Jackson, Jose Dinneny, Melissa Goellner Mitchum, Lucia Strader, Kim Gallagher, Jennifer Nemhauser, Minako Ueda, Eva Benkova, Moritz Nowack, Idan Efroni, Andrea Eveland, Jamie Van Norman, Edwige Moyroud, Yun Zhou, Juan Dong, Michelle Facette, Yuki Hirakawa, Wolfgang Lukowitz.


Registration Prices for Olean, New York

  • $1150 (USD) - Registration without Lodging (St. Bonaventure University)
  • $1480 (USD) - Single Occupancy (St. Bonaventure University)

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Conference Location

St. Bonaventure University
Francis Hall Building
Clare Road
Olean, NY 14760

Important Dates

  • Advance registration deadline Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Last day to register Saturday, July 6, 2019

Conference Organizers

Dr. Kenneth Birnbaum
Professor and Principal Investigator, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, Department of Biology, New York University, USA
Dr. Jill Harrison
Professor and Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol, UK

The EMBO Keynote Lecture

Dr. Professor Jane Langdale
The Queen’s College, University of Oxford, UK