EPS Summer School


Monday 26 August 2024

9.00-10.00 Arrival and registration
10.00-10.15 Welcome and opening of the Summer School

Session 1

10.15-11.15 Sebastian Soyk: Adapting flowering responses in tomato by genome editing

(University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland)

11.15-12.15 Margot Smit: Arrested Development: How do plants control cell fate transition timing in the stomatal lineage?

(Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), Tübingen, Germany)

12.15-13.45 Lunch


13.45-14.45 Kathrin Wippel: Plant microbiomes: host-specific toolboxes for functional plasticity

(University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

14.45-15.45 Klaus Schläppi: From exudate-microbiome interactions on Maize roots to smart farming

(University of Basel, Switzerland)

15.45-16.15 Coffee/Tea break
16.15-17.15 Ainhoa Martinez: Root mutualistic fungi shape plant-insect multitrophic interactions: a systems biology approach to explore the main regulatory mechanisms

(Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Salamanca, Spain)

Tuesday 27 August 2024

morning Session 3
9.00-10.00 Tatsuya Nobori: Single-cell and spatial dissection of plant-microbe interactions

(The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL), Norwich, UK)

10.00-10.30 Coffee/Tea break 
10.30-11.30 Hilde Nelissen: Plant organ growth under drought: from cellular mechanisms to molecular networks

(VIB, Gent, Belgium)

11.30-12.30 Julia Bailey-Serres: Plasticity in development and mycorrhizal interactions as soils dry

(University of California, Riverside)

12.30-14.00 Lunch



Parallel Sessions (PhD student presentations selected from abstracts)

14.00-15.05 Session 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 (topic will be announced based on submitted abstracts)
15.05-15.30 Drinks
15.30-16.35 Session 2.1, 2.2, and 2.3 (topic will be announced based on submitted abstracts)



Poster Session 

18:30 – late Dinner Party in Botanical Gardens

Wednesday 28 August 2024

morning Session 4
9.00-10.00 Kirsten ten Tusscher: Plant responses to salt and nutrients; A combined experimental and computational approach

(Utrecht University, the Netherlands)

10.00-10.15 Coffee/Tea break
10.15-11.15 Francesco Licausi: Low oxygen sensing and adaptations in plants

(University of Oxford, UK)

11.15-11.30 Coffee/Tea break
11.30-12.30 Salma Balazadeh: Enhancing plant stress tolerance by unleashing intrinsic regulatory networks and the beneficiary action of microbes

(University of Leiden, the Netherlands)

12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 John Christie: Optogenetic manipulation of plant physiology

(University of Glasgow, UK)

15.00-15.30  Coffee/Tea break
15.30-16.30 Keynote:  Hidde Boersma: A new narrative for sustainable food production

(Science journalist, essayist and documentary maker)

16.30-17.00 Closing, drinks and farewell