We are pleased to invite you to the 8th Conference of the Polish Society of Experimental Plant Biology held in Bialystok, POLAND, which is during 12–15 September 2017. It is an honor and privilege to invite you to participate in this Conference as a speaker/delegate for the upcoming event.

This year we have adopted the theme “Communication in plants: from cell to environment”. It will lay a platform for the interaction between experts aćround the world and aims to accelerate scientific discoveries and major milestones in this field.

Look forward to you joining us in Bialystok!

Organising Committee


The Conference is held under the auspices of

Rector of the University of Bialystok Professor Robert W. Ciborowski
Marshal of the Podlaskie Voivodeship Jerzy Leszczyński
President of the Białystok City Tadeusz Truskolaski


8th Conference of Polish Society of Experimental Plant Biology. Communication in plants: from cell to environment – financed under contract No. 578/P-DUN/2017 from funds of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland, allocated to science dissemination activities.


Media patronage

Conference will be held at the Faculty of Biology and Chemistry at the new campus of the University of Bialystok, Ciolkowskiego 1 Str., Bialystok, Poland.

Modern campus is located in the city forest about two kilometers south of the city centre. The campus blends with nature, with gardens and ponds located in the patios of all main four buildings. The seats of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Institute of Biology, Institute of Chemistry and Faculty of Physics occupy four corners of the central Place of Synthesis of Science.

When arriving from the Listopada 11 Str., visitor first goes through the parking lot. Then it enters through the main entrance to the campus between buildings of the Faculty of Physics on the left and Institute of Chemistry on the right. Then visitor enters the Place of Synthesis of Science, where Institute of Biology occupies the building that is across the place on the right.

Photo: Anna Mierzyńska.

Photo: Piotr Jadwiszczak.

Photo: Piotr Jadwiszczak.

Scientific Committee

  • František Baluška (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Francisco Corpas (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain)
  • Sjef Smeekens (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Danuta Maria Antosiewicz (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Andrzej Bajguz (University of Bialystok, Poland)
  • Iwona Ciereszko (University of Bialystok, Poland)
  • Jolanta Floryszak-Wieczorek (Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland)
  • Halina Gabryś (The Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland)
  • Agnieszka Gniazdowska-Piekarska (Warsaw University of Life Sciences-SGGW, Poland)
  • Jacek Hennig (Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland)
  • Jacek Kęsy (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland)
  • Ewa Kurczyńska (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland)
  • Iwona Morkunas (Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland)
  • Agnieszka Sirko (Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland)
  • Paweł Sowiński (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Przemysław Wojtaszek (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)
  • Piotr Ziółkowski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)

Organising Committee

  • Iwona Ciereszko
  • Andrzej Bajguz
  • Alicja Piotrowska-Niczyporuk
  • Katarzyna Jadwiszczak
  • Agnieszka Gniazdowska-Piekarska
  • Olgierd Aleksandrowicz
  • Ewa Oleńska
  • Bożena Kozłowska-Szerenos
  • Aneta Adamczuk
  • Agnieszka Chrzanowska
  • Marta Talarek
  • Aleksandra Staszak
  • František Baluška (University of Bonn, Germany)
  • Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso (University of Leeds, Centre for Plant Sciences, School of Biology, UK)
  • Francisco J. Corpas (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC, Granada, Spain)
  • Ann Cuypers (Hasselt University, Belgium)
  • John Hammond (University of Reading, UK)
  • Kim Hebelstrup (Aarus University, Denmark)
  • Manfred Heinlein (Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes du CNRS, Strasbourg, France)
  • Ian Henderson (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Saskia Hogenhout (Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, UK)
  • Sophien Kamoun (EMBO Member; The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK)
  • Artur Jarmołowski (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland)
  • Michał Jasiński (Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznań, Poland)
  • Andrzej Jerzmanowski (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Christina Kühn (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany)
  • John Lunn (Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie, Golm, Germany)
  • Celine Masclaux-Doubresse (INRA Versailles, France)
  • Ewa Mellerowicz (Umea Plant Science Center, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
  • Thorsten Nürnberger (University of Tübingen, Center for Plant Molecular Biology and Plant Biochemistry, Germany)
  • Marek Petrivalsky (Palacky Univesity, Olomouc, Czech Republic)
  • Jose J. Sanchez Serrano (Centro Nacional de Biotecnología, Madrid, Spain)
  • J.C.M. (Sjef) Smeekens (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Dao-Xiu Zhou (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay, France)

Session 1: Signalling in plant development and metabolism

Chair: I. Ciereszko, H. Gabryś

Session 2: Symplasmic communication and plant development

Chair: E.U. Kurczyńska , P. Sowiński

Session 3: Plants and abiotic stresses

Chair: A. Sirko, D.M. Antosiewicz

Session 4: Signalling in biotic interactions

Chair: J. Hennig, I. Morkunas

Session 5: Epigenetics and chromatin regulation in plant development

Chair: P. Ziółkowski, M. Koblowska

Session 6: NO life without RNS/ROS

Chair: A. Gniazdowska, J. Floryszak-Wieczorek

We invite abstract for posters and for oral presentations. We will have three formats for contributed presentations:

  • long talk (30 minutes with discussion),
  • short talk (15 minutes with discussion) and
  • poster presentations.

We encourage all presenters to prepare posters for poster session.


Registration form is available between 1 March – 16 May 2017 at:

It is required to create user account and log in to the PSEPB website prior accessing registration form, which may be done by following the above link. By signing in to the website, it will be possible to view and edit some of the participation details – there is a dedicated page for registered participants, where they may view conference registration details and edit some information. The page is available at: https://ptber.org.pl/default/en/conferences/participants-zone/

Participation is open to all persons interested in this conference. All participants, including invited speakers, may register in advance and reserve accommodations, social programs and post conference tour by completing the form.

Basic fee includes:

  • Conference bag containing abstract book and other relevant materials
  • Participation in:
    • welcome reception
    • scientific sessions
    • lunches
    • coffee breaks
  • Space for one poster presentation as main author
  • Internet service

Travel/accommodation expenses are not included in basic fee!
Participants will receive a conference badge upon registration. Badges must be worn throughout all scientific activities.

Basic fee

Price in PLN**:

member of the Polish Society for Experimental Plant Biology


member of the Polish Society for Experimental Plant Biology


non-member of the Polish Society for Experimental Plant Biology


non-member of the Polish Society for Experimental Plant Biology


* Student status requires confirmation (a special document / letter signed by the Director of the Institute, Head of the Department, etc. or a copy of the student identity card). The confirmation document should be sent to the Conference Treasurer (treasurer@ptber.org.pl) before making the payment.

** As an option, payments in Euro are possible as well. The fees in Euro are calculated as: 1 EUR = ca. 3.9 PLN.

(download accommodation map)

The Congress Secretariat has reserved limited number of rooms (120) in the student hostel of University of Bialystok. Organisers offer places in double rooms (without breakfast) in the University hostel (Żeromskiego St). Rooms can also serve as single if needed. Price per one bed per night is 45 PLN, regardless of whether the room is occupied by one or two persons. Room booking in the hostel has to be done during the online registration and payment will be necessary at the dormitory in the Polish currency.

The University hostel is marked with number 1 on the map. It is located about 1.5 km away from the conference venue (campus) and can be reached directly by bus number 11.

Participants can also choose staying at one of several hotels conveniently located (numbers refer to their location on the map):

Students' hostels of the Białystok University of Technology, Zwierzyniecka St.:

or hotels more distant from the campus but located in the city centre:

  • Conference party: 120 PLN
  • One day tour:
    • The Tatar Trail: 120 PLN
    • Bialowieza Tour: 150 PLN

The Tatar Trail

The Tatar trail is a series of places (small town and villages) of Podlasie region related historically, architecturally and Tatar contemporary culture and Muslim religion. The Tatar Trail starts in Sokółka giving the possibility to visit the town as well as the Museum of the Region of Sokółka where we can acquaint with a collection of Tartar exhibits, as well as the history of the nationalities in Poland. The biggest attraction in Bohoniki is the mosque from the second half of 19th century and the largest Muslim Cemetery (Mizar) in Poland. From Bohoniki the trail leads to the village Malawicze Górne when tourists can see windmills standing on the hills. The next stop is the town Krynki – very interesting, multicultural and friendly town. Sites of interest in Kruszyniany, the picturesque village situated among hills, include a wooden mosque from the 18th century (one of the two oldest in Poland) and Muslim cemetery. After sightseeing, we will enter into Tatar yurts (Tatarska Jurta) on traditional Tatar meal. Returning to Bialystok we will stay in Supraśl – small town located in Knyszyn Forest with the status of the spa. The trail ends in Bialystok, which is the same place where the excursion begins.

The price includes:

  • transport
  • lunch
  • tickets
  • guide
  • insurance

Białowieża Trip

Bialowieża has a special place on the tourist map of Podlasie. The town itself is a beautiful settlement in the forest with many monuments from the 19th and 20th centuries. There is a seat of the Bialowieza National Park (BNP) known from the protection of the best preserved fragment of the Bialowieża Forest, Europe's last primeval forest fragment and bisons constituting the world's largest libertarian population. During the tour we will visit Royal Oaks Trail, a scenic educational path attractive from the point of view of botany and history of Poland. The European Bison Show Reserve presents the population of bisons in near-natural conditions. Other enclosures have moose, red deer, roe deer and wild boar, and there is also a wolf pack and a lynx. In addition, the recreated tarpan-type horse is represented by a stallion, several mares and young, and there are also specimens of the so-called Żubroń cross between European bison and domestic cattle. One of the highlights of the trip is the visiting of BNP Nature and Forest Museum which is the oldest museum in the Polish national parks. Its traditions reach back to the interwar period, and its collection includes many precious scientific collections and rare specimens. BNP Nature and Forest Museum is housed in a modern building, which in an innovative and attractive manner exhibits natural collections, ranging from zoology, through botany ending with historic use of the forest. We also plan to visit Palace Park which is one of the most important existing park establishments in Poland, accompanying the Tsar's hunting residence.

The price includes:

  • transport
  • lunch
  • tickets
  • guide
  • insurance

Payments should be paid in Polish currency by bank transfer to the:

Name of bank:Volkswagen Bank Polska
Account number:50 2130 0004 2001 0294 2209 0001
Payment title:<insert: invoice number>
Recipient:Polish Society for Experimental Plant Biology


Payments should be paid in Euro by bank transfer to the:

Name of bank:Deutsche Bank Polska S.A.
Account number:PL 08 1910 1048 2201 9906 0123 0001
Payment title:<insert: invoice number>
Recipient:Polish Society for Experimental Plant Biology



  • All money transfer costs imposed by the bank of the payee must be covered by the participant (in the case when the full payment is not received, supplemental payment will be requested and required).
  • Deadline for payments: 30 May 2017.


Refund Schedule

Refund request (only registration fee) must be made in writing and sent to the Conference Treasurer by e-mail: treasurer@ptber.org.pl

Cancellation received before 1 June 201750% refund
Cancellation received before 1 July 201720% refund
Cancellation received after 15 July 2017no refund

Please note that refunds will be returned as soon as possible after the end of the conference.

KGA Intech
PPS Systems
White Hill
Hazem M. Kalaji
A&A  Biotechnology
Platon TV
Institute of Biology, University of Bialystok
T&B Masters s.c.
Beckman Coulter

Should you require any further information, don’t hesitate to contact:

  • e-mail: 8thconference@ptber.org.pl – Ewa Oleńska
  • e-mail: treasurer@ptber.org.pl (only finance) – Alicja Piotrowska-Niczyporuk
  • e-mail: admin@ptber.org.pl (technical issues) – Piotr Otręba
  • Registration opens: 1 March 2017
  • Call for abstracts opens: 1 March 2017
  • Registration closes: 16 May 2017
  • Call for abstract closes: 16 May 2017
  • Abstract correction closes: 16 May 2017
  • Deadline for payments: 30 May 2017
  • Acceptance note: 20 June 2017
  • Conference: 12–15 September 2017

Travel from Warsaw Airport to Bialystok

Oral presentations

  • long talk: 30 minutes with discussion
  • short talk: 15 minutes with discussion.

The presentation for video projection should be prepared in Power Point for Windows on an IBM-PC.

Posters sessions

The posters will be displayed throughout the period of the Conference and six poster sessions will be organised. Poster boards will be 0.8 m wide and 1.20 m high.