The NATO Advanced Study Institute on Plant Molecular Biology 'Cellular
Integration of Signaling Pathways in Plant Development' will be held at the
seaside resort of Maratea, Italy from 20-30 May, 1997. This ASI is being
organized by Natasha Raikhel (East Lansing), Fiorella Lo Schiavo (Padua),
Giorgio Morelli (Rome), and Robert Last (Ithaca).
The aim of this course is to bring together scientists studying the plant
cell from different perspectives: biochemical, cell biological, genetic,
and molecular. The overall goal is to highlight recent advances and to
evaluate cross-disciplinary and emerging approaches for dissection of plant
cell function at the molecular level. We are planning a small meeting with
a format that should encourage information exchange.
Each day will have a different theme, which will be developed throughout
the day. Most days will begin with a Keynote or Plenary lecture, which will
serve to review the field, and to provide an up-to-date view of research in
the groups of the speaker and other leading laboratories. These will be
followed by two to three half hour talks. Each day there will also be an
approaches-based workshop, either on techniques relevant to the day's
topic, for example: the nuts and bolts of electrophysiology on the day
dealing with 'membrane biogenesis, channels and pumps'; or broader topics
such as 'genetic and biochemical approaches to studying underexplored
pathways'. These workshops will be designed to be of value both to
established scientists, and to students who have little knowledge of these
areas. Talks and posters will be chosen from the submitted abstracts. Some
financial support will be available for travel and lodging of participants,
thanks to the generosity of NATO, FEBS and industrial sponsors.
The meeting is being held at the scenic Hotel Villa del Mare, on the west
coast of Italy. We hope to see you there.
For further information, please contact:
Fiorella Lo Schiavo, Department of Biology, University of Padua, Via
Trieste 75, 35121 Padua, Italy (pmb at civ.bio.unipd.it; fax: 39-49-8276280).
Robert L. Last