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Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium 2024

September 17 - September 19

The Symposium aims to unite researchers from various disciplines who work with a wide range of species from around the world, all with an interest in understanding developmental variation. The Symposium’s four topic areas are reprogramming by 1) Evolution, 2) Domestication, 3) Environment and 4) Engineering.

Abstract submissions close on 29 April 2024.
17-19 September 2024  | Cambridge, UK  | In-person and online live stream  |  Website
Symposium overview
The theme for the 2024 Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium is “Development – Reprogrammed”. Throughout plant evolution, and notably during crop domestication, the processes and mechanisms underpinning plant development have undergone changes. Additionally, plants are remarkable in their ability to adapt their development to environmental cues such as temperature, light, drought, and plant-inhabiting microbes. This Symposium aims to unite researchers from various disciplines who work with a wide range of species from around the world, all with an interest in understanding developmental variation be it genetically-encoded plasticity or genetically-selected by nature, breeding or rational design.
Symposium format
The 5th biennial Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium (#SLS24) will take place in-person at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, UK over three days (17-19 September 2024). Talks will be live streamed online for those who would like to attend remotely.
Our goal is to create a welcoming, safe, collaborative, inclusive and respectful symposium environment by promoting diversity of attendance and inclusivity of participation of underrepresented scientists. We have a number of waivers available for those who do not have the financial resources to pay the registration fees to attend the Symposium. The waiver will cover conference fees only; if you are applying for an on-site place, you will need to cover your travel and accommodation fees. You may be offered an online fee waiver in lieu of an in-person fee waiver.
Confirmed Speakers
  • Keiko Sugimoto (RIKEN)
  • Zachary Lippman (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Invited Speakers
  • Benjamin Blackman (UC Berkeley)
  • Caixia Gao (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • Devin O’Connor (Pairwise)
  • Eric Giraud (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)
  • Jorge Dubcovsky (University of California Davis)
  • Jorge José Casal (IFEVA)
  • Laura Moody (University of Oxford)
  • Laura Ragni (Universität Freiburg)
  • Ross Sozzani (North Carolina State University)
  • Yuki Hirakawa (Gakushuin University)
Abstract submissions

We particularly welcome abstract submissions from early career researchers and those from groups underrepresented in science. We will be promoting our Symposium to a diversity of research institutions and countries. If you know of any people, research groups or institutions you think would be interested in presenting a short talk and/or poster, please share this website with them or contact us at sls@slcu.cam.ac.uk.

You must submit a 250-word maximum abstract if you wish to be considered for presenting a short talk, flash talk or poster.

  • Short Talk: 15-minute live talk
  • Flash Talk & Poster: Pre-recorded 5-minute talk and live poster presentation
  • Poster Only: Live poster presentation
Key Dates
  • 29 April:  Abstract submissions close
  • 13 May:  Confirmation of talk/poster acceptance
  • 4 August:  In-person and online standard attendance registration payment deadline
  • 26 August:  In-person late attendance registration payment deadline
  • 16 September:  Online late attendance registration and payment deadline


September 17
September 19


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