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[Arabidopsis] Opportunities to present in ICAR 2015 workshops

Joanna Friesner via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by jdfriesner from ucdavis.edu)
Wed Apr 1 12:30:33 EST 2015

10 community-organized workshops for ICAR 2015 (Paris) are posted online at: 

9 of them have space for short talks from submitted abstracts. To have your abstract considered for inclusion in a workshop you must first be registered and you can email your abstract directly to the organizers (by no later than April 21.) 

***The 10 accepted ICAR 2015 workshops are listed below***
Note that #1-3 are co-organized by members of the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC), and #1-9 will consider submitted abstracts for short talks if submitted to organizers by April 21st.

(1) - Bioinformatics, Quantitative Techniques and Computational Skills: Current Research and Future Training Needs for 21st Century Plant Biology (Joanna Friesner and Siobhan Brady)
Successful biologists of the 21st century will need to be comfortable with networks containing genes and their products as well as high-throughput, quantitative and dynamic modeling techniques. This workshop will feature presentations from early-career scientists that utilize quantitative or computational techniques and approaches. Presenters will also be asked to discuss what they see as the relevant quantitative, computational, and technological needs for their research program and for training successful plant biologists. The workshop will conclude with an interactive discussion regarding emerging technologies, research approaches, and training needs for 21st century plant biology. There is space for several short talks from abstracts that use these techniques in biological research or education.

(2) - Epigenomics (Doris Wagner and F. Roudier)
The goal of this workshop is to promote epigenomic and epigenetic research in plants and in particular to highlight novel approaches, tools and resources in this field. This a joint endeavor by EPIC, a research coordination network (RCN) funded by the United States National Sciences Foundation (NSF) and the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee subcommittee on plant epigenetics.

(3) - Novel Tools and Techniques - New frontiers in single cell and single molecule biology (Nick Provart and Luise Brand)
One major goal is to foster the understanding of plant development from the single cell to the whole plant and to plant populations. The progress on these frontiers is tremendous due to novel tools and techniques developed in plant biology. Here we propose a workshop focusing on novel tools and techniques in the area of single cell applications and nanobiology. In this context Arabidopsis is an outstanding reference organism to develop and establish new in vitro techniques like nanosensors, genome editing, microscopy, and single molecule techniques.

(4) - Abiotic stress response, organized by the GDRI-IPN network France-Japan.
The workshops will provide a platform for young scientists to showcase their work in the broad research area of plant perception and responses to abiotic stresses, with the aim of stimulating further discussion both during and after the ICAR conference.  

(5)- Cell wall and signaling
The cell wall contributes to plant architecture, protects cells mechanically and against biotic and abiotic challenges and is the main source of plant produced biomass. Cell walls are constantly reorganized allowing both changes in extension capabilities and integration of novel material. These changes are needed to face periods of growth, organ formation, differentiation, and responses to environmental constraints and thus require sensitive sensing and signaling mechanisms that lead to highly dynamic controls of cell wall synthesis and remodelling. Hormones are known key regulators required for many events during wich cell wall remodeling and synthesis occurs. But how hormone signal is translated into cell wall modification are perceived ans translated into developmental signals remain a central unresolved question in developmental biology. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers from distinct fields and discuss recent results, their interpretation and perspectives. It will be a rare opportunity to gather a diverse scientific community and stimulate interdisciplinary interactions and future international cooperation.

(6) - From Systems Biology to Synthetic Biology in plants 
The goal of this workshop is to discuss recent developments in both Systems and Synthetic Biology. To promote the use of these approaches to further plant research and biological engineering of gene networks in plants. This workshop will be the occasion to showcase the different advances in systems/synthetic biology. We plan to bring leading actors around the same table to discuss the latest advances in these research areas.

(7) - Ionomics: bringing systems analysis of plant mineral nutrition from Arabidopsis to crops
Mineral nutrition plays a key role for plant growth and development and can be a major environmental constraint. Sustainable intensification became a major challenge for agriculture. It requires increasing productivity and improving product quality, in a sustainable way to grow plants on marginal lands, poor in mineral nutrients among which some metals (Fe, Zn, Cu, Mn, Mg...), and sometimes contaminated at low levels by harmful trace elements (Cd, As). A major challenge will be to understand how the different sensing and signaling pathways activated in response to changes in nutrient availability are coordinately integrated. Mineral nutrition will have therefore to be considered as a system. It will require to develop tools enabling to model integrative gene networks that will take into account the availability of nutrients and their interactions. Undoubtedly Arabidopsis will continue to serve as model to develop concepts and tools in this field of reserach. Translating this knowledge to crops will contribute to improve their yield, but also importantly the nutritional quality and safety of their derived products.

(8) - Challenges and questions in ambient temperature signaling and acclimation research  
The workshop aims at addressing and discussing three main questions:
I) Which are the open questions in ambient temperature signaling? 
II) How can these challenges be addressed in a collaborative manner between the leading labs in ambient temperature signaling?
III) How can we translate temperature research in Arabidopsis to relevant crop systems?

(9) - New approaches in plant signaling, organized by the GDRI-IPN network France Japan 
This workshop will highlight research aimed at the development and/or the application of novel approaches which allow new insights into plant signalling mechanisms at multiple scales.

(10) - The Arabidopsis information portal for users and developers 
Araport, Arabidopsis information portal (www.araport.org), is a large scale project funded by the US NSF ans UK BBSRC that provides a new on-line resource that aims to provide users with a single interface through which to access a wide range of Arabidopsis information - a "one-stop shop" - using state-of-the-art web technologies.

(note: this workshop is not soliciting submitted abstracts for presentations)

Joanna Friesner, PhD
North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC)

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