PSC Symposium 2017
30 November 2017, 08:45–17:00h and 1 Dec 2017, 08:30–13:00h
ETH Auditorium Maximum HG F30, Rämistr 101, Zurich
Join us for this 1.5 day conference, where plant scientists from Switzerland and abroad will discuss the latest highlights in plant development and evolution.
All attendees are encouraged to present their own work with posters. PSC will award three poster prizes. Poster abstract submission deadline is 29 October 2017.
Registration and admission fee
Poster session & poster award
All attendees are encouraged to present their own work with posters.
PSC will award three poster prizes.
Poster abstract submission deadline is 29 October 2017.
Thursday, 30 November
08.45 h Welcome, Scientific Program Committee member: tba
Session I: Selection & adaptation. Chair: tba
09.00 h Kirsten Bomblies, John Innes Center, UK: The evolution of meiosis in Arabidopsis arenosa
09.30 h Cris Kuhlemeier, U Bern, CH: The molecular basis of pollinator-mediated speciation in Petunia
10.00 h Juliette de Meaux, U Köln, DE: Does defense coevolve with flowering time in A. thaliana?
10.30 h Coffee break with poster session
Session II: Response to signals. Chair: tba
11.00 h Fredy Barneche, IBENS, Paris, FR: Light signaling controls nuclear architecture reorganization during seedling development
11.30 h Daniel Croll, U Neuchâtel, CH: How pathogens rapidly surmount plant resistance in agricultural ecosystems
12.00 h Ueli Grossniklaus, PSC, U Zurich, CH: Receptor-like kinase-mediated signalling during plant reproduction
12.30 h Claudia Köhler, SLU Uppsala, SE: Epigenetic regulation of transposable elements drives plant speciation
13.00 h Lunch break with poster session
Session III: Communication. Chair: tba
14.30 h Marja Timmermans, U Tübingen, DE: Small RNAs as mobile, morphogen-like signals in development
15.00 h Thomas Greb, COS Heidelberg, DE Cell fate decisions during radial plant growth – making a case for phloem specification
15.30 h Ross Sozzani, North Carolina State U, USA: Modeling gene regulatory networks that control the Arabidopsis root stem cells
16.00 h Monika Hilker, FU Berlin, DE: Insect egg deposition warns plants of impending herbivory
16.30 h Poster awards and concluding remarks by PSC president
16.45 h Apéro and Poster Session
Friday, 1 December
Session IV: Morphogenesis. Chair: tba
08.30 h Olivier Hamant, ENS Lyon, FR: Mechanical signals in plant morphogenesis
09.00 h Karin Schumacher, COS Heidelberg, DE: Vacuoles - pumping up the plant volume
09.30 h Elizabeth Haswell, Washington U in St. Louis, MO, USA: Stretching the imagination: Mechanosensitive channels in plants
10.00 h Elena Kramer, Harvard U, USA: Exploring the genetic basis of floral novelty in Aquilegia
10.30 h Coffee break
Session V: Polarity & (a)symmetries. Chair: tba
11.00 h Dolf Weijers, U Wageningen, NL: The Arabidopsis embryo as a model for understanding the genetic basis for multicellular development
11.30 h Ralf Reski, U Freiburg, DE: Cuticule, sporophyte, stomata: three plant innovations that changed our planet
12.00 h Dominique Bergmann, U Stanford, USA: Making a (cellular) difference
12.30 h Erik Nielsen, U Michigan, USA: Functional analysis of the roles of CSLD proteins during plant cell wall deposition in Arabidopsis
13.00 h Young scientists and speakers lunch discussion (reservation necessary). For all other participants: end of conference
Scientific Program Committee
Célia Baroux, UZH, Antia Rodriguez Villalon, ETHZ, Florian Schiestl, UZH, Joop Vermeer, UZH, Alex Widmer, ETHZ, Yvonne Willi, U Basel, Samuel Wüest, UZH