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December 4 - 7, 2013

Abstract Deadline: October 13, 2013

Mary Lou Guerinot, Dartmouth College
Todd Mockler, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Detlef Weigel, MPI for Developmental Biology, Germany

We are pleased to announce the eighth Cold Spring Harbor winter conference this year which will begin on Wednesday evening, December 4, 2013 and end at noon on Saturday, December 7. The aims of this meeting are to review progress in genomics-enabled analyses of the major plant groups and their enemies under the motto "Plant Genomics:What's Next?", with topics ranging from biodiversity and epigenetics to new approaches to plant breeding including genetical genomics and synthetic biology, to next-generation cell biology. The conference will feature a mix of invited speakers drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. 

The format of the meeting will include six oral sessions and one poster session. Each oral session will include invited speakers and speakers selected from submitted abstracts. For this reason, abstracts from accomplished junior and senior investigators are warmly invited.

Topics Include:
Synthetic Biology & Networks
Abiotic and Biotic Signals
Biodiversity & Adaptation
Technology (Genotypes <-> Phenotypes)
Hormones & Development

Keynote Speakers 
Joseph Ecker, The Salk Insitute for Biological Studies
Ruth Ley, Cornell University

Invited Speakers
Katie Dehesh, University of California, Davis
Stacey Harmer, University of California, Davis
Ian Henderson, Cambridge University, UK
Luis Herrera-Estrella, Universidad Irapuato, Mexico
David Kramer, Michigan State University
Insuk Lee, Yonsei University, South Korea
Sally Mackenzie, Nebraska University
Jennifer Nemhauser, University of Washington
Joe Noel, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Jane Parker, MPI Cologne, Germany
Jesse Poland, US Department of Agriculture, Kansas
Lindsay Turnbull, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Abstracts should contain new and unpublished material. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. Status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our website as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. Please bring this notice to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, housing, meals, transportation, visas, abstract submission or any other matters may be directed to Kate Bradley (

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor in December.

Academic Package $1100
Graduate/PhD Student Package $920
Corporate Package $1400
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $750

Corporate No-Housing Package $945

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Regular packages are all inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, wine-and-cheese party, lobster banquet, etc. No Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due 4 weeks prior to the meeting.


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