Meetings & Courses

Plant Cell & Developmental Biology

Suzhou, China 
May 22-26, 2017

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Abstract deadline: March 31, 2017

Organized by:

Niko Geldner, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Tetsuya Higashiyama, Nagoya University, Japan

Bo Liu, University of California, Davis, USA

Yongbiao Xue, Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS, China

Zhenbiao Yang, University of California, Riverside, USA


We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Plant Cell & Development Biology which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday May 22, and will conclude after lunch on May 26, 2016.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in plant cell biology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
1. Organelle dynamics in plant development
2. Cell cycle regulation and plant development
3. Anisotropic cell expansion and cell morphogenesis
4. Stem cells and cell fate determination
5. Intracellular and intercellular signaling in plant development
6. Sexual plant reproduction - gametogenesis
7. Sexual plant reproduction - from fertilization to embryogenesis

Keynote Speakers:
Hong Ma, Fudan University, CHINA

Invited Speakers:
Takashi Araki, Kyoto University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Male germline and gamete development in a basal land plant Marchantia polymorpha
Xuemei Chen, University of California Riverside, USA
Abstract title: A role of small RNAs in female germline specification
Juan Dong, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, USA
Abstract title: Down regulation of the polarity complex that functions in stomatal asymmetric cell division.
Thomas Dresselhaus, University of Regensburg, GERMANY
Abstract title: Fertilization Mechanisms and Zygotic Genome Activation in Maize
Niko Geldner, University of Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: SCHENGEN mutants define a diffusion barrier surveillance pathway in plants
Ueli Grossniklaus, University of Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Ying Gu, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Abstract title: Cellulose Biosynthesis and its Regulation in Plants
Olivier Hamant, RDP/LJC - ENS Lyon, FRANCE
Abstract title: MechanoDevo: How mechanical forces channel plant morphogenesis
Takashi Hashimoto, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, JAPAN
Abstract title: Microtubule-mediated stress response in plants
Tetsuya Higashiyama, Nagoya University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Cellular Signaling and Dynamics in Pollen Tube Guidance
Jianping Hu, Michigan State University, USA
Abstract title: Control of organelle biogenesis by the ubiquitin-proteasome system in Arabidopsis
Liwen Jiang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, CHINA
Abstract title: Organelle Biogenesis and Function in Plants
Zhaosheng Kong, Institute of Microbiology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Determination of trichome cell shape: from Arabidopsis leaf trichomes to cotton fibers
On Sun Lau, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE
Abstract title: Environmental control of stomatal development
Bo Liu, University of California, Davis, USA
Abstract title: The mitotic function of augmin is dependent on its microtubule-associated protein subunit EDE1 in Arabidopsis thaliana
Ari Pekka Mähönen, University of Helsinki, FINLAND
Abstract title: Location and activity of cambial stem cells in the Arabidopsis root
Ravi Maruthachalam, Indian Institute of Science Education & Research Thiruvananthapuram, INDIA
Abstract title: Does minichromosomes induce heritable mutations in normal chromosomes? A case study in Arabidopsis thaliana
Sabine Müller, University of Tübingen, GERMANY
Abstract title: Functions of Kinesin-12 POKs in Phragmoplast Guidance
Sigal Savaldi-Goldstein, Israel Institute of Technology, ISRAEL
Abstract title: Root growth regulation by interconnected brassinosteroids and environmental signals Mengxiang Sun: Signaling in embryonic suspensor PCD
Arp Schnittger, Universität Hamburg, Germany
Abstract title: Control of entry and progression through meiosis
Chung-Ju Wang, Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, TAIWAN
Abstract title: The mitosis-to-meiosis transition of pollen mother cells in maize
Dolf Weijers, Wageningen University, THE NETHERLANDS
Abstract title: The Arabidopsis embryo as a model for understanding the genetic and cellular basis for multicellular development
Shuang Wu, Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University, CHINA
Abstract title: Symplastic communication spatially instructs root development of Arabidopsis thaliana
Tongda Xu, Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, CHINA
Abstract title: TMK mediated auxin signaling in Plant
Yan Xiong, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Scinecs, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: TOR kinase coordinates nutrient with hormone signaling to orchestrate plant growth and defense
Yongbiao Xue, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Genetic control of thermomorphogenesis in rice
WeicaiYang, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology-CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Pollen Tube Guidance in Flowering Plants: The Interplay between Male and Female Gametophytes
ZhenbiaoYang, University of California Riverside, USA

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in May, 2017.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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