About the Workshop
Plasmodesmata are membranous pores unique to plants that connect neighbouring cells, forming a supra-cellular transport network that is fundamental to plant multicellularity. By regulating the intercellular movement of transcription factors, small RNAs, hormones, pathogens/disease factors, and nutrients, plasmodesmata are decisive for growth, differentiation and responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, and integrate signalling at the cell, tissue and organ level. Recent work has identified key molecular actors allowing spectacular advances in our understanding of the complex mechanisms regulating these structures and the multiple signalling pathways that converge onto them.
This EMBO Workshop aims to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers working on different aspects of plant intercellular communication as well as related fields such as membrane biophysics, lipid signalling, membrane contact sites, cell wall mechanics and computational modelling, to highlight outstanding questions and novel techniques, and advance research into this fundamental area of plant biology.
An Early Career Researchers Forum will provide opportunities to researchers at PhD & post-doc level to showcase their work, network, and deepen their scientific knowledge and "soft" skills.
GARNet are funding a training workshop on computational modelling, as well as supporting the registration of five UK-based ECRs. Further information can be found here.
Virtual meting format
All oral presentations will be pre-recorded and available to delegates throughout the meeting. Poster presentations will consist of the poster file (.pdf) and a brief pre-recorded oral presentation, also available throughout the meeting.
Oral presentations will be grouped into thematic sessions. For each session there will be a live component consisting of 15 min Q&A with each individual speaker, followed by 30 min moderated panel discussion amongst all session speakers. Panel discussions will be recorded and made available to delegates.
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.