New Phytologist Symposia: 2016

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Published on: January 26, 2016

The New Phytologist Trust have been organising Plant Science Symposia for the last 20 years and in 2016 will see the 37th and 38th events, which take place in Beijing and Bristol respectively. These relatively small, focussed meetings bring together experts on the particular topic for exciting information and discussions. For more information please see below and check out the links:

37th New Phytologist Symposium: Plant Developmental Evolution

15th-19th May 2016

Beijing, China

Travel grant submission deadline: Thursday 25th February 2016

Poster abstract submission deadline: Thursday 17th March 2016

37th-NPS-(Web-Medium)-1000-x-1000-(2714)The relatively new field of plant evolutionary-developmental biology (‘evo-devo’) seeks to understand how and why plant morphological characters have evolved to produce the tremendous diversity of form in living plants. This meeting will draw together researchers in plant evo-devo for exchange of ideas, current research, and discussion of future directions for the field.

Sessions: floral development; vegetative meristems, leaves, and inflorescences; plasticity and life history evo-devo; selected poster abstract talks.

Eighteen leading scientists will speak at the Symposium. We hope that this will stimulate focused discussion and the exchange of ideas at what will be a relatively small (around 120 delegates) and informal meeting. There will be a poster session, selected talks, discussion and a conference dinner.

Keynote speakers: Beverley Glover, University of Cambridge, UK; Mark Rausher Duke University, USA; Miltos Tsiantis, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany.


38th New Phytologist Symposium: Colonization of the terrestrial environment

25th-27th July 2016

Bristol, UK

Travel grant submission deadline: Thursday 21st April 2016

Poster abstract submission deadline: Thursday 19th May 2016

38th New Phytologist Symposium - logo_MediumThe purpose of this symposium is to explore the contribution that plants and mycorrhizal fungi made to the colonization of the terrestrial environment. Building on the success of the 25th New Phytologist Symposium, the focus will be on exploring current uncertainties in four major themes:

1) Interrelationships;

2) Anatomy – developmental genetics;

3) Refining biogeochemical models to take account of the role of plants and fungi;

4) Anatomy and physiology of early land plants – what can we learn from extant species?

The meeting will take place over three days in Bristol, UK. There will be a number of invited and selected talks (chosen from submitted poster abstracts) and also be dedicated time for a poster session and conference dinner.

Keynote speakers: Liam Dolan, University of Oxford, UK; Ned Friedman, Harvard University, USA; Tim Lenton, University of Exeter, UK


Call for Symposia

New Phytologist very impressively schedule future Symposia almost two years in advance and they already have titles and dates set for the 39th and 40th meetings.

Therefore if you have a great idea for your own symposium please contact The New Phytologist Trust as they are accepting proposals. They have funding up to £43,000 from 2018 onwards. The deadline for proposals is 28th February 2016. Read more here:



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