Conference Program and Session Timetable

Detailed program of the 5th Conference of PSEPB is available for download: session timetable.

Tuesday, September 6

Opening ceremony

  • 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”.

Panel session

  • 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”.


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