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EMBO Workshop

International plant systems biology

26 – 27 April 2021 | Virtual

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    Virtual event
  • Registration Deadline
  • 5 March 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 5 March 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 19 March 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 2 April 2021

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About the Workshop

This EMBO Workshop on international Plant Systems Biology (iPSB) is the central gathering of plant systems biology researchers from across the world. Climate change poses unique challenges for how to feed and power humanity without further degrading the environment. Plant science therefore is a key discipline in meeting the challenge of adapting food and energy production and society to the consequences of climate change. Towards the understanding of complex genotype-phenotype relationships, systems biology approaches, i.e. global omics and quantitative modelling, need to complement classic genetics and cell biology. Building on the success of the first iPSB in Roscoff in 2018 and with having to postpone our plans for Venice, Italy in September 2020, we are now delighted to be able to offer the second iPSB virtually. There will be invited talks, talks selected from abstract submissions, an online poster session and time to network at virtual tables.

As systems biology has many facets it is important to bring together researchers taking a variety of approaches, in order to mesh these directions towards a deeper understanding of biological systems. Each of our six workshop sessions is accessible to non-experts to ensure cross-fertilisation since there are strong but not yet fully realised links between researchers across systems biology. We particularly encourage applications from early career researchers and the size of the meeting offers a tremendous chance for interaction, building a future for this exciting discipline. Around half of the oral presentations will be selected from abstracts.

  • Session 1 - Gene Regulatory Networks
  • Session 2 - Metabolic Networks
  • Session 3 - Synthetic Biology
  • Session 4 - From Single Cell Genomics to Tissue Modeling
  • Session 5 - Evolutionary Networks and Systems
  • Session 6 - Integrative Systems Genomics

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.





All timings are given in British Summer Time (UTC+1), please ensure you check your local timing.



  • Registration Deadline
  • 5 March 2021
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 5 March 2021
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 19 March 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 2 April 2021



Registration includes:

  • Electronic abstract


Payment instructions will be sent to you after registration. It is possible to pay via credit card or bank transfer.

Selection criteria

Applicants will be selected based on the scientific excellence and quality of their abstract. Applicants are encouraged to present unpublished material. Priority will be scientific excellence and innovative approaches within plant systems biology. We also particularly encourage applications from other systems biologists who might want to move into the plant field.

The organisers will collaborate to make the selection to maximize diversity and inclusivity.

All participants are asked to fully engage with the whole programme, enabling the best environment for networking, developing new collaborations and extending the state-of-the art for systems biology research. We will offer prizes for the best early career talks and posters, as at the 1st iPSB.

Spaces are limited (we have a maximum of 90 participants). Participants will be selected for oral presentations and posters and then on the basis of first-come-first-served.

Abstract guidelines

Your abstract should not exceed 350 words including references. Full names and affiliations of all authors need to be included. Please specify if you would like to be considered for an oral presentation or a poster.

Poster specifications

Posters should be in portrait orientation and A0 in size.

Registration Fee Waivers

A limited number of registration fee waivers are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for fee waivers for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a fee waiver. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants.

The EMBO registration fee waivers are allocated by the organisers on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted, with priority given to participants of any nationality working in laboratories in: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, as well as from EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

All applicants have to justify the reasons for applying for a fee waiver. Organisers may consider to award fee waivers to applicants from lower income economies.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



Dr. Miriam Gifford



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