Plant Science for Climate Emergency


Virtual edition

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Climate change is one of the most serious threats humanity has ever faced.

Developing crops that are more resilient to rapidly changing and harsher environments will be crucial for tomorrow’s food production. Green biotechnology offers solutions to maintain high food productivity while preserving the earth’s valuable ecosystems. In addition, plants may also play an important role in mitigating the rising levels of greenhouse gases.

This VIB conference ‘Plant Science for Climate Emergency’ aims at reviewing current research on adapting plants to climate change as well as on using plants for mitigating the accumulation of greenhouse gasses.

Twenty leaders in plant biotechnology will present the latest developments in sessions focused on drought tolerance, tolerance to high temperatures, salt and flooding tolerance, the effects of climate change on defense systems against insects and pathogens, carbon capturing plants, crop engineering and improvement, nitrogen use efficiency, and much more.

Besides an inspiring scientific program, conference participants will have ample networking opportunities during the poster sessions and networking moments.

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IPBO satellite: ‘Applied Climate Research in Africa’

On Wednesday 9 June 2021, the IPBO satellite is organized. This satellite is free of charge but to participate it's obligatory to register for this event.

Information for poster submissions

The format for your poster should be: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation. The best three abstracts were given a short talk slot in the plenary program. The 2 best posters of the poster session will win the Poster prize!


Confirmed Speakers

Mark Lynas - Visiting Fellow, Cornell Alliance for Science, Cornell University, US
Ana Caño-Delgado - Centre For Research In Agricultural Genomics, ES
Motoaki Seki - RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, JP
Laura Dixon - University of Leeds, UK
Sheng-Yang He - Howard Hughes Medical Institute, US
Rashmi Sasidharan - Utrecht University, NL
Matthew Gilliham - The University of Adelaide, AU
Wenbo Ma - Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
Gabriel Krouk - CNRS/INSB/UMR5004, FR
Donald Richard Ort - University of Illinois, US
Mechthild Tegeder - Washington State University, US
Jorge Casal - University of Buenos Aires, AR
Christa Testerink - Wageningen University, NL
Tobias Erb - Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, DE
Pierdomenico Perata - Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa, IT
Wout Boerjan - VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, BE
Wolfgang Busch - Salk Institute for Biological Studies, US
Cara Haney - The University of British Columbia, CA
Hidde Boersma - Freelance science journalist, essayist and documentary film maker, NL
Nicolaus von Wirén - Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, DE
Yunhai Li - Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN