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Frontiers of Plant Biology: Epigenetics & Development
Suzhou, China
June 8-12, 2015
Abstract Deadline extended to: April 17, 2015

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Organized by:

Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Justin Goodrich, The University of Edinburgh, UK

Xiaofeng Cao, Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS, China


We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Frontier of Plant Biology – Plant Epigenetica and Development 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 June 8, and will conclude after lunch on June 12, 2015.


The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Plant 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:
Environmental signals
Plant Development
Epigenome interactions
RNA signalling
Cell division and growth
Gametes and seeds

Keynote Speakers:

David Baulcombe, University of Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title:When genomes meet – RNA, epigenetics and phenotypes of hybrid plants
Jiayang Li, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CHINA
Abstract title:Deficient Plastidic Fatty Acid Synthesis Triggers Cell Death by Modulating Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species

Invited Speakers:

Gynheung An, Kyung Hee University, SOUTH KOREA
Xiaofeng Cao, Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS, China
Abstract title:How do histone demethylases find genome-wide targets in Arabidopsis?
Roger Deal, Emory University, USA
Abstract title:Gene regulatory mechanisms in plant development

Elizabeth Dennis, CSIRO Plant Industry, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title:Epigenetics and Hybrid Vigour
Justin Goodrich, The University of Edinburgh, UK
Abstract title:Kicking against the PRCs – Novel players in the fight against Polycomb repression.
Brian Gregory, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Abstract title:Global analysis of RNA secondary structure and RNA-protein interaction sites in plants
Ueli Grossniklaus, University of Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Hong Ma, Fudan University/Penn State University, CHINA/USA
Abstract title:Regulation of meiotic chromosome condensation by meiosis-specific histone reader MMD1 via altering cell-type dependent histone demethylase specificity
Blake Meyers, University of Delaware, USA
Abstract title:The Diversity and Evolution of Phased, Secondary siRNAs in Plants
Javier Palatnik, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Rosario, ARGENTINA
Abstract title:Control of cell proliferation by microRNA networks
Scott Poethig, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Abstract title:Epigenetic regulation of miR156 expression in Arabidopsis thaliana
Yijun Qi, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title:An Alternative Route for Biogenesis of siRNAs that Direct DNA Methylation in Arabidopsis
Christine Queitsch, University of Washington, USA
Abstract title:Mapping and Dynamics of Regulatory DNA and Transcription Factor Networks in A. thaliana
Daniel Schubert, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, GERMANY
Abstract title:Epigenetic control of floral commitment
Keiko Sugimoto, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, JAPAN
Abstract title:Epigenetic control of cellular reprogramming in plants
Keiko Torii, University of Washington, USA
Franziska Turck, Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding, GERMANY
Abstract title:Telobox binding proteins assist Polycomb Group protein complexes in the repression of target genes
Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences, USA
Abstract title:Auxin-regulated chromatin switch directs acquisition of flower primordium founder fate
Yongbiao Xue, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:Breaking Down the Reproductive Barriers to Interspecific Hybridization in Tomatoes
Hongchun Yang, John Innes Centre, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title:Cold-induced epigenetic switching underlying vernalization
Hao Yu, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, SINGAPORE
Abstract title:Regulation of flowering responses to environmental cues in Arabidopsis
Xiaoyu Zhang, University of Georgia, USA
Jian-Kang Zhu, Purdue University and Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology, USA/CHINA
Abstract title:The RdDM pathway is required for DNA methylome interactions in Arabidopsis

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 $200-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in June 2015.

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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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Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences
Suzhou, China


Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences (冷泉港亚洲会务)
Suzhou Industry Park Conference Center (苏州工业园区会议中心/独墅湖世尊酒店)
No.299 Qiyue Road (启月街299号)
SIP/ Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China (中国江苏省苏州工业园区)
Phone: +86 512 6272 9029
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