2017 Gordon Research Conference on Chloroplast Biotechnology

January 8-13, 2017, Ventura, California, USA

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Chloroplast Biotechnology will present and discuss cutting-edge research in all areas relevant to chloroplast genetic engineering, biotechnology and synthetic biology. The meeting is particularly timely in that it will bring together a growing community of scientists who combine fundamental studies on chloroplast gene expression and its regulation with the development of novel transgenic tools to engineer organellar genomes in plants and applications in agriculture, industrial biotechnology and the pharmaceutical sector. Leading experts will introduce novel approaches to chloroplast genome engineering and new tools for plastid gene manipulation and transgene expression. In addition, new applications in metabolic pathway engineering, resistance engineering and molecular farming will be presented. Target products to be covered include, for example, biopharmaceuticals (vaccines and therapeutic proteins), industrial enzymes, green chemicals and next-generation biofuels. The impact of organelle turnover, genome stability and plastid-nuclear interactions on chloroplast gene and transgene expression will be discussed. Sessions on plastid gene expression will address transcriptional and post-transcriptional control mechanisms of gene expression at all levels (transcription, RNA metabolism, translation, protein folding, protein turnover), highlighting bottlenecks and engineering options for optimized transgene expression. Moreover, possibilities to exploit nucleus-encoded, chloroplast-targeted regulator proteins for the precise control of plastid (trans)gene expression and chloroplast metabolism will be presented. The conference will also cover new synthetic biology approaches in cyanobacteria that are likely to stimulate future engineering efforts in chloroplasts of seed plants and eukaryotic algae. Due to its paramount importance for plant growth and agricultural productivity, photosynthesis will receive special attention. New strategies to improve carbon fixation by radical reengineering of the photosynthetic machinery as well as the design of novel metabolic pathways that harness photosynthetic electron transfer will be explored in cyanobacterial models, algae and crop plants.

Flyer is available here.

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2017 Gordon Research Conference on CO2 Assimilation in Plants from Genome to Biome: Adapting Photosynthesis to Insure Against an Uncertain Future

April 30 - May 5, 2017, Tuscany, Italy

Advancing and applying our understanding of CO2 assimilation in plants and algae has never been more important to society than today. The world faces the dual challenges of producing adequate food for mid-century sustainably while adapting and mitigating CO2-driven climate change. This meeting addresses these challenges from the gene to the globe in discussing emerging advances in our understanding and their application. Topics include: engineering increased photosynthesis for food security and bioenergy, phenomics in accelerating improvement in CO2 assimilation and yield, overcoming oxygenation at Rubisco, the evo-devo of the CO2 assimilation apparatus, inter-compartmental fluxes, kinetic modeling of CO2 assimilation, what is new in carbon concentrating mechanisms, prospects for modifying stomatal responses and mesophyll conductance, adapting to atmospheric change, quantification of global sinks for CO2, and engineering landscapes to offset climate change.

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Photosynthetic response to a changing environment - towards sustainable energy production 

July 5 - 6, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden

This symposium will take place during the annual SEB meeting that will take place in Gothenburg. The Photosynthesis symposium (5-6th of July) consists of 4 half-day sessions, each with 1 keynote +1 invited confirmed speakers of both genders and well-renowned by the photosynthesis community.

The abstract submission is already open, and there will be many opportunities for young scientists to become selected for talks and recipients of ISPR fellowships.

For full details, please see the website.

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