Plant Science for Climate Emergency (hybrid edition)


07 June 2021

Ghent and Virtual

Registration Deadline

24 May 2021

Climate change is one of the most serious threats humanity has ever faced.

Developing crops that are more resilient to rapidly changing and harsher environments will be crucial for tomorrow’s food production. Green biotechnology offers solutions to maintain high food productivity while preserving the earth’s valuable ecosystems. In addition, plants may also play an important role in mitigating the rising levels of greenhouse gases.

This VIB conference ‘Plant Science for Climate Emergency’ aims at reviewing current research on adapting plants to climate change as well as on using plants for mitigating the accumulation of greenhouse gasses.

Twenty leaders in plant biotechnology will present the latest developments in sessions focused on drought tolerance, tolerance to high temperatures, salt and flooding tolerance, the effects of climate change on defense systems against insects and pathogens, carbon capturing plants, crop engineering and improvement, nitrogen use efficiency, and much more.

Besides an inspiring scientific program, conference participants will have ample networking opportunities during the poster sessions, the reception, and the conference dinner.

Speakers include:

- Mark Lynas, Visiting Fellow, Cornell Alliance for Science, Cornell University, US

- Ana Caño-Delgado, Centre For Research In Agricultural Genomics, ES

- Motokai Seki, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, JP

- Laura Dixon, University of Leeds, UK

- Sheng-Yang He, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, US

- Rashmi Sasidharan, Utrecht University, NL

and many more