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First international plant systems biology meeting

 French version

Roscoff (Brittany), France, September 10-14, 2018


Deadline for application: May 17, 2018


Chairperson: Gabriel Krouk

Laboratoire de Biochimie et Physiologie Moléculaire des Plantes (B&PMP).
2 Place Pierre Viala. Bat.7
34060 Montpellier Cedex France
Phone: +33 (0)6 14 83 44 26


Vice-chairpersons: Pascal F. Braun

Plant Systems Biology, Technische Universität München (TUM), Emil-Ramann Str. 4, 85354 Freising, Germany
Phone: +49 8161 71 5645


From the development of genetic laws (famous Gregor Mendel’s peas), to the discovery of transposons in maize by Barbara Mc Clintock1, or the discovery of co-suppression phenomenon in petunia2, that lead to the development of the concept of gene silencing and epigenetics; plant science has contributed to tremendous fundamental achievements in biology.
Moreover, “given that the value of the world’s agriculture is more than three times that of the entire pharmaceutical industry and that many more people die each year of hunger and malnutrition than from cancer […]” (quote from ref #3) plant biology has also the potential to address vital and applied scientific questions.
Interestingly, among the scientific achievements made by the plant biology community, is the publication of third complete multicellular organism genome (from the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana 20004). This constitutes a landmark dataset opening what is commonly named the post-genomic era. Since then, in almost 15 years, an exponential amount of data is accumulating making the rise of a new sort of biology called Systems Biology (SB), which can be seen as a paradigm shift in our way to understand biological systems.
Thus, the functioning of a plant as a system is not the result of a simple network, but rather a combination of multiple, intertwined, dynamic, and linear or nonlinear interactions between its elements (DNA, RNA, proteins, metabolites, organelles, cell types, organs, etc.). In addition, this sessile system has to face a combination of fluctuating environmental conditions, including biotic and abiotic stresses. It becomes obvious that the comprehensive knowledge of how this plant system functions in its environment cannot be achieved by the sequential characterization of its elements one by one, or a single class of elements in isolation of the others.
This is why SB aim is to use mathematical modeling procedures together with computer science to study biological objects as a whole trying to explore their emerging properties. Many plant biology labs around the world are taking these new avenues of research and are even developing landmark datasets and analysis, bridging biology, modeling and computer science.
The iPSB2018 Jacques Monod conference (1st international Plant Systems Biology [iPSB] meeting) is meant to consolidate the plant biology community around this emerging field that represents an important shift in plant biology studies.

1. Mc Clintock, B. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A,(1950) 36, 344-355
2. Napoli, C. et al. Plant Cell,(1990) 2, 279-289
3. Rubio-Somoza, I. et al. Cell,(2011) 147, 1431-1432
4. Arabidopsis Genome, I. Nature,(2000) 408, 796-815


Invited speakers
(provisional titles)


Brenda ANDREWS (Toronto, Canada)
will be communicated soon

George BASSEL (Birmingham, United Kingdom)
Topological analysis of multicellular complexity in plants

Philip BENFEY (Durham, USA)
will be communicated soon

Malcom BENNETT (Leicestershire, United Kingdom)
New angles on root development employing a multiscale systems approach

Siobhan BRADY (Davis, USA)
Transcriptional regulation of nitrogen metabolism

Pascal BRAUN (Munchen, Germany)
Plant-microbe protein protein interaction networks in Arabidopsis

Julia BUITINK (Angers, France)
Environmental perturbations reveal key players in the seed maturation network

Paul CHRISTOU (Lleida, Spain)
Metabolic engineering through synthetic biology in cereals

Gloria CORUZZI (New York, USA)
Dynamics of nitrogen regulatory networks in real and evolutionary time

Hidde de JONG (Grenoble, France)
Natural and synthetic control of resource allocation in bacteria

Katherine J. DENBY (York, United Kingdom)
Elucidating and re-designing gene regulatory networks underlying plant defence

Yves GIBON (Bordeaux, France)
Linking metabolism and plant performance

Miriam GIFFORD (Warwick, United Kingdom)
Cell type analysis reveals regulators of environmental plasticity in roots

Christophe GODIN (Montpellier, France)
Phyllotaxis at the era of molecular and computational biology: the revival of an old enigma

Veronica GRIERNESEN (Norwich, United Kingdom)
Developmental Homeostasis: unearthing the fast dynamics maintaining root growth and optimal nutrient uptake

Rodrigo GUTIERREZ (Santiago, Chile)
The transcriptional landscape of the nitrate response

Olivier HAMANT (Lyon, France)
Shaping plants with mechanical signals

Jim HASELOFF (Cambridge, United Kingdom)
will be communicated soon

Gabriel KROUK (Montpellier, France)
Modeling and learning large Gene Regulatory Networks: Lessons from plants

Miyako KUSANO (Kawaguchi, Japan)
Metabolomics in plant systems biology

Laurent LAPLAZE (Montpellier, France)
Dynamics of the gene regulatory network controling lateral root formation in Arabidopsis

Marie-Laure MARTIN-MAGNIETTE (Paris, France)
From gene expression modeling to networks to investigate Arabidopsis thaliana stress response

Peter MCCOURT (Toronto, Canada)
Chemical genomics of Strigolactone receptors

Francois PARCY (Grenoble, France)
Structure, specificity and function of floral transcription factors

Sue RHEE (Stanford, USA)
will be communicated soon

Hatem ROUACHED (Montpellier, France)
Systems biology to help solve the mystery of mineral nutrient signaling crosstalks

Mark STITT (Potsdam, Germany)
Balancing the Diel Carbon Budget in a Fluctuating World: Modelling or Muddling Along?

Klass VANDEPOELE (Ghent, Belgium)
Unravelling transcription factor functions through integrative inference of transcriptional networks in plants


Deadline for application: May 17, 2018


Registration fee (including board and lodging)

450 € for PhD students
650 € for other participants


Application for registration
The total number of participants is limited to 115 and all participants are expected to attend for the whole duration of the conference. Selection is made on the basis of the affinity of potential participants with the topics of the conference. Scientists and PhD Students interested in the meeting should send:

- their curriculum vitae
- the list of their main publications for the 3 last years
- the abstract of their presentation:

The abstract must respect the following template:
- First line: title
- Second line: list of authors. Presenting author underlined
- Third line: author's addresses
- Fourth line: e-mail of the presenting author
Abstracts should be no longer than an A4 page and preferably be submitted in Times New Roman, font size 11 pts. No figures. ".doc" file format.

to the Chairperson of the conference ( and to the secretary of the conferences ( before the deadline. After it, the organizers will select the participants. Except in some particular cases approved by the Chairperson, it is recommended that all selected participants present their work during the conference, either in poster form or by a brief in- session talk. The organizers choose the form in which the presentations are made. No payment will be sent with application. Information on how and when to pay will be mailed in due time to those selected.


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