Biology of plastids – towards a blueprint for synthetic organelles, 21-26 June 2014Biology of plastids – towards a blueprint for synthetic organelles, 21-26 June 2014

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Scope

This conference will focus on the evolution of chloroplasts through the process of endosymbiosis that gave rise to a vast array of photosynthetic eukaryotes and forever altered life on earth.  Establishment of endosymbiotic organelles required endosymbiotic gene transfer, the evolution of protein targeting systems and metabolic connections, and the evolution of organellar division machineries and organelle-nucleus communication pathways. However, the molecular basis of these processes, their importance for the establishment of the endosymbiosis or even the order in which they occurred are largely unknown.  The emergence of synthetic biology as a growing field now provides an interdisciplinary framework for addressing these and related fundamental questions in biology and evolution.  The conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of international scientists ranging from plant, algal and microbial biologists to computer scientists and engineers to establish a foundation towards experimental recapitulation of the origin of plastids by endosymbiosis and potentially provide blueprints for the generation of novel synthetic organelles.

Preliminary Programme

The conference will cover the following topics:

  • Protein Transport
  • Redox Signalling
  • Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution 
  • Metabolism and Metabolic Regulation
  • Biologically Inspired Engineering
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Biology of apicoplasts
  • Glycobiology and Evolution
  • Biophysics of photosynthesis
  • Biology of Paulinella
  • Plastid Biology and Synthetic Biology
  • Chloroplast biogenesis
  • Phylogenomics and Evolution of Plastids
  • Plastid division
  • Epigenetics
  • RNA-editing
  • Photosynthesis
  • Theoretical Biology and Mathematical Modelling
  • Mathematical Modelling and Systems Biology
  • Biology of kleptoplastids

Day 1: Saturday 21 June

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Registration

17:00 - 19:00 - Hotel Lobby

Welcome Drink

19:00 - 20:00

Dinner

20:00

Day 2 : Sunday 22 June

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Conference Opening

08:45 09:00

Session I

09:00 -12:40

Session II

15:00 - 18:30

Poster Session I

20:00- -21:30

Day 3 : Monday 23 June

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Session III

09:00 -11:00

Session IV

11:00 - 12:45

Session V

15:00 - 18:05

Poster Session II

20:30 - 22:00

Day 4: Tuesday 24 June

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Session VI

09:00 - 10:50

Session VII

10:50 - 12:30

Half-day Excursion

14:00 - 19:00

Day 5 : Wednesday 25 June

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Session VIII

09:00 - 11:10

Session IX

11:10 - 12:30

Session XI

16:00 - 18:30

Day 6 : Thursday 26 June

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