Detailed program of the 5th Conference of PSEPB is available for download: session timetable.
Tuesday, September 6
- Adam Chmielewski (Dept. of Philosophy, University of Wroclaw, Poland): “Evolutionary aesthetics as a meeting point of philosophy and biology”
- Przemysław Prusinkiewicz (Dept. of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada): “From molecules to trees:Exploring plant development with computational models and simulations”.
Wednesday, September 7: Purkyne Day – organismal level
Introduction: Victor Žárský (Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic): “Jan Evangelista Purkyně (1787–1869) and the establishment of cellular physiology – Wrocław as a Central European cradle for a new science”.
Session I: Signaling networks regulating environmental stress responses
- Jaakko Kangasjärvi (University of Helsinki, Finland): “Apoplastic ROS perception and signaling”
- Karin Krupinska (Christian-Alberts-University of Kiel, Germany): “Cell death during late senescence depends on Whirly1”
- Frank van Breusegen (Ghent University, Belgium): “Oxidative stress signal transduction. Gathering the pieces”.
Session II: Emerging role of plant cuticle in plant development and defense
- Christiane Nawrath (University of Lausanne, Switzerland): “The complex role of the cuticle in plant development and defense”
- Asaph Aharoni (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel): “Biosynthesis, assembly and regulation of the cutin polymer in reproductive organs”
- Aardra Kachroo (University of Kentucky, USA): “Cuticle, an essential component of systemic immunity in plants”.
Thursday, September 8: Strasburger Day – cellular level
Introduction: Dieter Volkmann (University of Bonn, Germany): “Eduard Strasburger: founder of modern cell biology”.
Session III: The vesicle or there and back again
- Ian Moore (Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, United Kingdom): “The evolution of post-Golgi trafficking in land plants”
- Stephanie Robert (Dept. of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden): “Regulation of cell elongation through vesicular trafficking”
- Christopher Grefen (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom): “At the crossroads of membrane traffic and ion transport”
- Tobias Meckel (Technische Univarsitat Darmstadt, Germany): “A close look on plasma membrane dynamics”
- Silke Robatzek (John Innes Centre, Norwich, United Kingdom): “Endosomal trafficking in plant immunity”.
Session IV: Plant cell wall and adaptations to biotic and abiotic stresses
- Eva Miedes Vicente (Centro de Biotecnología y Genómica de Plantas (CBGP), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain): “Plant innate immunity at the cell wall and beyond”
- Daniela Bellincampi (La Sapienza University of Rome, Italy): “Pectin in defense against pathogens”.
- David G. Robinson (Dept. of Cell Biology, Heidelberg Institute for Plant Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany): “The vesicle or there and back again”.
Friday, September 9: Parnas Day – molecular level
Introduction: Andrzej Dżugaj (Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Wrocław, Poland): “Jakub Karol Parnas the outstanding Polish biochemist”.
Session V: RNA metabolism in plants
- Andrea Barta (Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Medical University of Vienna, Austria): “Analysis of alternative splicing in plants”
- Franck Vazquez (Botanical Institute Basel, University of Basel, Switzerland): “The role of miR393 and RNA decay in plant development”
- Joanna Kufel (Institute of Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Warsaw, Poland): “Highlights in plant RNA decay”.
Session VI: Organellar triangle – nucleus, mitochondrion, chloroplast
- Eva-Mari Aro (Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, Dept. of Biology, University of Turku, Finland): “Photosystem II – biogenesis and repair”
- Joanna Kargul (Division of Molecular Biosciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London, United Kingdom): “Structural basis of short-term photoacclimation”
- Philippe Giegé (IBMP-CNRS, Strasbourg, France): “Pentatricopeptide repeat proteins localized to both organelles and the nucleus”
- Ian Max Møller (Aarhus University, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Dept. of Genetics and Biotechnology, Denmark): “Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and retrograde stress signalling from mitochondria and chloroplasts”.