Plant Genomes, Systems Biology and Engineering
December 1 - 3, 2021 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: October 8


Zach Lippman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Jane Parker,
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
Sue Rhee,
Carnegie Institution for Science


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


We are pleased to announce the twelfth Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory meeting, Plant Genomes Systems Biology and Engineering, which will begin on the evening of Wednesday, December 1, 2021, and conclude on Friday, December 3. Abstracts should contain new and unpublished material.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.

Day Time (EDT Session # Session Name
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm         1 Frontier Technologies and Synthetic Biology
Wednesday        1:00 pm - 2:00 pm                Poster Session*
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm 2 Metabolic Circuits
Wednesday 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm 3 Crop Biology and Trait Enhancement
Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 4 Plant - Microbe
Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Thursday 2:00 pm- 2:45 pm
Keynote Speaker: Xuemei Chen
Thursday 2:45 pm - 5:30 pm 5 Development: Modules to Networks
Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 6 Biodiversity and Environmental Adaptation
Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Friday 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Keynote Speaker: Rob Jackson
Friday         2:45 pm - 5:00 pm 7 Genomes and Epigenomes
  Discussion Zone: 30 minutes open forum after each session
  Virtual Poster Session will be available for viewing throughout the meeting

Keynote Speakers:
Xuemei Chen, University of California, Riverside
Rob Jackson, Stanford University 

Discussion Leaders:
Jon Agren, Uppsala University, Sweden
Ilka Axmann,
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
George Bassel, The University of Warwick, United Kingdom
C. Robin Buell, University of Georgia
Xiaofeng Cao, Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS, China
Gozde Demirer, California Institute of Technology
Laura Dixon, University of Leeds, United Kingdom 
Moises Exposito-Alonso, Carnegie Institution for Science
Zhangjun Fei, Cornell University
Margaret Frank, Cornell University
Niko Geldner, University of Lausanne, Switzerland 
Mary Lou Guerinot, Dartmouth College
Angela Hancock, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
Saskia Hogenhout, The John Innes Centre, United Kingdom
Xin Li, University of British Columbia, Canada
Rosa Lozano-Duran, University of Tübingen, Germany 
Mary Beth Mudgett, Stanford University
Philip Poole, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
John Sedbrook, Illinois State University
Nils Stein, IPK Gatersleben, Germany 

Please bring this notice to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested in participating in the meeting.

All abstracts must be submitted by the abstract deadline. Late registrations may be accepted after the abstract deadline if the meeting is not oversubscribed. In the event of over-subscription, every effort will be made to ensure that all groups who wish to participate will be represented. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Please apply in writing via email to Val Pakaluk and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

Social Media:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlplant. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

Presenters: Individuals submitting abstracts and facing financial barriers should firstly request financial aid (see above). Permission to present your talk or poster virtually will be given only in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. If you think you are eligible for an exemption from the requirement to present in person, please provide a justification in writing via email to Val  Pakaluk.

Non-presenting participants: We plan to broaden access to the conference by allowing certain categories of non-presenting participants to attend virtually at reduced fees. Categories include: 
1. Additional members of individual laboratories (4th or more lab member) - PI must supply list of lab members via email to Val Pakaluk.
2. Individuals from low & middle income countries; 
3. Individuals from non-LMIC countries in Asia, Australasia, Africa or South America; 
4. Individuals from US & Canadian minority serving institutions; 
5. Individuals with a demonstrable financial barrier; 
6. Individuals with family obligations or other special circumstances. 
For categories 5 & 6 above, please provide a justification via email to

Late Pricing:
 (registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on  Saturday, November 27, 2021)
Late Virtual Academic Package: $355
Late Virtual Graduate Student Package: $250
Late Virtual Corporate Package: $475

Virtual 3 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~44 talks / sessions
(late am/early pm)
~20 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~75 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Virtual Social Events
Meet-the-Speakers & Editors
Icebreaker, "Breakout" Social
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Digital program in PDF format