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5th AAB PlantEd Congress: Agricultural Biotechnology in the Era of Genome Editing

October 29 - October 31


Plant genome editing is a topic of enormous scientific and political importance as a potential strategy to mitigate the impact of climate change, alterations in plant disease patterns and to ensure nutritional security. This is an exciting time for genome editing as more regions across the globe are allowing for the use of new breeding technologies to generate new crop variants. This is noticeable Europe there are political moves toward accepting the use of this technology. Concurrent with slow political processes there have been rapid technological advances in research labs, where new genome-edited crop varieties are showing promising climate and pathogen resilience. It is now important that these varieties are tested in field trials in order to understand their possible applied impact. This event brings together technology and policy experts to explore how advances in agricultural biotechnology will proceed in the age of genome editing. This is the 5th Congress associated with the ‘PlantEd: Genome Editing in Plants’ project. Between 2019-2023 the COST Action PlantEd brought together experts from across Europe and beyond. These members represented a range of disciplines all with a focus on plant genome editing.  At the end of COST Association-funding PlantEd has transitioned to  become an AAB Specialist Group. This move aims to keep this community of experts together by sharing relevant information and through organisation of conferences and workshops. In collaboration with the Turkish local organising committee, this event is the first organised by the AAB-PlantEd specialist group. This event will include plenary sessions of talks provided by invited speakers and those selected from submitted abstracts. We will also host a poster session and short tourist trips close to Samsun.

Registration Information

Delegates can register as an in-person or an online delegate. In-person delegates have access to all sessions, catering and social events. Online delegates will be able to watch the presenters using a zoom link through which they will have the option of asking questions using the chat-box. We offer registrations fees for the following delegate categories:

1. Early Career Professionals (anyone within 5 years of finishing full-time education): AAB members and Non-Members

2. Regular Attendees: AAB members and Non-members

3. Any delegate who studies or works in Turkey or is from an Inclusiveness Target Country : ECP and Regular attendee

Abstract Submission for Oral or Poster Presentations

Delegates have the opportunity to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The scientific organisers will review the submitted abstracts and select those delegates who will provide an oral presentations. Any abstracts not selected for an oral presentation will be invited to bring a poster to the meeting. AAB will also publish a Special Issue of Annals of Applied Biology and a issue of Aspects of Applied Biology that will be associated with the meeting. Details can be found here.

Abstract submission deadline for Oral Presentations is July 15th 2024

Submission deadline for Poster Presentations is August 15th 2024

We will announce the provisional program of oral presentations by August 1st 2024


Confirmed Invited Speakers

> Professor Goetz Hensel, Head of Centre for Plant Genome Engineering Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

> Dr Sadiye Hayta, John Innes Centre. Unlocking Wheat’s Potential: Wheat Transformation and Gene Editing

> Professor Johnathan Napier, Rothamsted Research. The long-road from lab to market for Omega-3 Camelina

> Dr Dennis Eriksson, Associate Professor in Genetics and Plant Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

We expect to host sessions on the following topics:

– Gene editing for climate resilience

– Gene editing for food and nutritional security

– Gene editing for pest and disease resistance

– Policy update, public perception and communication of gene-editing science

– Plant biotechnology in the era of gene-editing


October 29
October 31
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Atatürk Congress Center Ondokuz Mayıs University Samsun, Turkey
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