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EMBO Conference

Micro and metabolic regulators in plants

01 – 04 February 2017 | Thiruvananthapuram, India

  • Registration Deadline
  • 18 January 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 18 January 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 18 January 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 22 January 2017

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About the Conference

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The plant cell is a well coordinated molecular factory with a series of synchronized events. The cell seeks the assistance of various biomolecules to achieve this. The highly accelerated research has shown that the plants respond to their environment not only at the mRNA or protein level but also at the post-transcriptional level. This EMBO Conference tries to bring out the different aspects of two key regulators of plant systems: microRNAs and secondary metabolites.

MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as a versatile regulator of gene expression in diverse biological pathways in the fields of molecular and cellular biology. These biomolecules represent a tremendous opportunity to enhance our understanding of development, cell proliferation, differentiation, cell cycle, and disease. Metabolomics can assist in the establishment of a deeper understanding of the complex interactive nature of plant metabolic networks and their responses to environmental and genetic change but also will provide unique insights into the fundamental nature of plant phenotypes in relation to development, physiology, tissue identity, resistance, biodiversity, etc. This EMBO Conference provides a platform for the broad audience in the field of plant biology to interact.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 18 January 2017
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 18 January 2017
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 18 January 2017
  • Payment Deadline
  • 22 January 2017


    (Twin Room)
    (Single Room)
    (No Accommodation)
    (Twin Room)
    (Single Room)
    (No Accommodation)
    (Incl. Accommodation)

Note: a limited number of single rooms are available and will be provided on first come first served basis.

Registration includes:

  • Registration and course material costs

  • Lunch and coffee breaks

  • Does not include travel to and from the venue or extra nights of accommodation before or after the conference.


All applicants are required to pay the registration fee by bank wire transfer.

Bank name: CANARA BANK
Bank Address: Preetha Buildings, T.C 17/716 (1), Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 012
Bank Branch: Poojappura Branch
Account Holder: RAJIV GANDHI CENTRE FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY (A/c operated by the Director/Controller of Administration/Finance Officer)
Account Number: 2892101000163
Account IBAN: 2892101000163
Ref: “Name of Participant – EMBO2017”

Note: Kindly state the UTR number of the wire transfer during the registration process by mail.

Selection criteria

A local selection committee consisting of the organizer and other scientists will evaluate the applications that are received on or before the deadline. The main evaluation criteria include a research focus on application of transcriptomics/metabolomics/plant disease biology/proteomics and related areas.

Applications not submitted on or before the deadline/ submitted separately by email/any other means will not be entertained.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract must consist of not more than 350 words, preferably related to the title of the conference. The abstract should include the background of the research work, objectives, methodologies, results, discussion and conclusion.

Poster specifications

The poster should contain elaborated scientific information of research work as mentioned in the abstract. Each participant should carry a printed version of poster (39” x 39” size).

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.

Fee waivers

Partial fee waivers will be available for a limited number of students at any career stage who are experiencing currency difficulties or financial hardships. Please send a CV and a letter of application stating that why you need a fee waiver which should be mailed to on or before 6th January 2017. Preference will be given to those who have no funding, are unemployed or on a low income from developing countries and north eastern regions of India.

Scientific Committee

Dr M Vijayan Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India
Dr K P Gopinathan Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India
Dr Sudhir Sopory International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) New Delhi, India
Dr Usha Vijayraghavan Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India
Dr Rajesh S. Gokhale CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi, India
Dr Gordon Simpson University of Dundee, UK
Dr Dorothea Bartels University of Bonn, Germany
Dr Peter Gresshoff The University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Alain Goossens VIB / Ghent University, Belgium



Dr E. V. Soniya





Estuary Island Resort and Hotels

Poovar, Thiruvananthapuram


695525 Thiruvananthapuram




All the participants whose registration includes accommodation and speakers will be accommodated in Estuary Island Resort and Hotels which is also the venue of the conference. Only a limited number of single rooms are available and will be provided on first come first serve basis.Twin rooms will be shared with another participant.


Poovar is about 30 km from the city centre. You can take a taxi to the Estuary Island Resort Boat Pier. Estuary Island Resort is a 15-minute boat ride away.

In accordance with Government regulations, the boat transfer from the transit point to the hotel and the complimentary boat transfer to the beach are available from 7:30 in the morning to 6:00 in the evening

Directions to Estuary Island Resort and Hotels

Travel by air (Thiruvananthapuram International Airport)

The airport is 32 km from the venue; the most convenient mode of transport to the venue is by taxi which takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Travel by Bus/train

The nearest bus terminal is Thampanoor (Thiruvananthapuram bus terminal) which is close to Thiruvananthapuram central railway station. The bus is available in every 20 minutes to the venue from the terminal. The journey takes around 1 hour.

By road

Travel by car: 10 meters before Poovar check post, take a right U-turn. Take the first left which leads to the main entrance of Estuary island resort and hotels.

About the Area

Estuary Island is situated in Poovar on the southern tip of coastal Kerala. It is set in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram and is one of the best known destinations in Kerala. Poovar is typically tropical with temperature varying between a humid 25˚C and 36˚C. The best time to visit is between October and March, when the evenings get cooler.

Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) holds a number of tourist spots. The entire tourism package such as hill stations, back waters, beaches, lagoons, and wild life sanctuaries are present in this district.

Local attractions

Poovar Beach: The beach is just a short cruise from the resort. Sunsets are a spectacular sight here. A walk on the beautiful, white sands of the beach with the wind in your hair and the sea spray is a relaxing, yet exhilarating feeling.

Kovalam: With its famed beaches, Kovalam, a popular tourist hotspot, is less than 15 km from here.

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