Integrative Epigenetics in Plants, AWAJI, JAPAN

Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center, JAPAN

December 12- December15, 2022 
Abstract deadline: November 4, 2022 


Organized by:

Frederic Berger, Gregor Mendel Institute

Xiaofeng Cao, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology

Toshiro Ito, Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Tetsu Kinoshita, Yokohama City University

Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania

We are pleased to announce the the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Integrative Epigenetics in Plants will be held in Awaji, Japan, located approximately 60 km west of Osaka city.

In light of a recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases and travel restrictions inside China, CSH Asia have cancelled the plan to host participants from within China at our conference center in Suzhou for the bilateral hybrid meeting during the upcoming CSH Asia meeting on Integrative Epigenetics in Plant held in Awaji, Japan. However, after serious discussion with the organizing committee of the Plants Epigenetics meeting, all the participants within China will be allowed to join the meeting online via zoom under this unforseeable circumstance.

Please note that entry of foreign nationals into Japan is subject to the latest border measures. From October 11, Japan will resume visa-free entry for travellers from 68-countries. You are required to read and follow the official information about entry into Japan on the website of Ministry of Foreign carefully and strictly. 

Please also note that Mask-wearing at indoor settings is still required in Japan as it remains an effective way to prevent infection.Therefore, please make sure you bring along some face marks for the meeting. A detialed guideline from the ministry of health, labour and welfare on mask use in Japan can be found here (

The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday December 12, and will conclude after lunch on December 15, 2022. The conference will include six oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Integrative Epigenetics in Plants. 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. 

Conference Venue & Accommodation
Cold Spring Harbor Asia conferences in JAPAN are arranged in Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center, which is part of a one-of-a-kind “environment creation” project equipped with professional conference facilities and blended into the magnificent landscape, designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando.

Major Topics:

1. DNA Methylation 
2. RNA-Mediated Regulation and Non-coding RNA
3. Histone Modifications and Variants 
4. Stem Cells and Development
5. Response to Biotic and Abiotic Stress
6. Crops, Hybridization and Heterosis

Keynote Speakers :

Steve Jacobsen,HHMI/University of California, Los Angeles
Tetsuji Kakutani,University of Tokyo

Invited Speakers :

Frederic Berger, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology GmbH

Myriam Calonje, The Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Photosynthesis (IBVF-CSIC)

Xiaofeng Cao, Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS

Jungnam Cho, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology & Ecology, CAS

Mary Gehring, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ueli Grossniklaus, University of Zurich

Yuehui He, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Toshiro Ito, Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Tetsu Kinoshita, Yokohama City University

Claudia Kohler, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

Julie Law, Salk Institute

Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Univeristy of Kyushu

Giorgio Perrella, University of Milan

Bob Schmitz, University of Georgia

Daniel Schubert, Freie Universität Berlin

Motoaki Seki, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

Keiko Sugimoto, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania

Jiawei Wang, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS

Yuan Wang, Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS

Ruiqiang Ye, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS

Mark Zander, Rutgers University

Binglian Zheng, Fudan University

Xuehua Zhong, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jian-Kang Zhu, Southern University of Science and Technology

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 AWAJI in December, 2022.


Sponsored by:


Inoue Foundation for Science