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  • 1. 5th International Symposium in the Series RECENT ADVANCES IN PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY: PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENTS September 7-13, 2003 Stara Lesna, High Tatras, Slovak Republic ORGANIZED BY: Institute of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology SAS, Nitra, Slovak Republic Institute of Plant Molecular Biology AS CR, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
  • 2. This event is organised two years after the last symposium of the series “Recent Advances in Plant Biotechnology”. Its purpose is to bring together the scientists who are concerned with theoretical and practical aspects of plant biotechnology. The scope of the Symposium will cover the advances made in plant biotechnology during the last two years and possible applications in plant production and in creation of plants with new traits and properties. INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD Dr. B. Barnabas Institute of Agriculture, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Martonvasar, Hungary Prof. Dr. H. Hirt Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, Vienna Biocenter, Vienna, Austria Dr. J-P. Nap Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands Dr. A. Pretova Institute of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology SAS, Nitra, Slovak Republic Dr. J. Sweet NIAB, Cambridge, UK Dr. J. Spak IPMB AS CR, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME The Symposium programme includes invited keynote lectures and short oral/poster presentations. The programme consists of seven topics with the following invited speakers: 1. IN VITRO MORPHOGENESIS Prof. Dr. Klaus Palme (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany): Plant hormones – prospects for biotechnology. 2. SOMATIC AND GAMETIC EMBRYOGENESIS a/ Somatic embryogenesis Prof. Sacco de Vries (Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands): Signaling through the Arabidopsis family of somatic embryogenesis receptor kinase proteins. b/ Gametic embryogenesis Prof. Richard B. Veilleux (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia, USA): Gametic embryogenesis and use of diploids in plant breeding and genetics. 3. PLANT TRANSFORMATION AND GENE EXPRESSION Dr. Jan-Peter Nap (Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands): Chromatin and gene silencing in plants: where do the ends meet? 4. MOLECULAR PHYTOPATHOLOGY AND PLANT RESISTANCE Prof. Dr. Heribert Hirt (Institute of Microbiology and Genetics, Vienna Biocenter, Vienna, Austria): MAP kinase signaling in plant pathogen defence. 5. PLANT GENOMICS – STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION Dr. Andy Pereira (Plant Research International, Wageningen, The Netherlands): Transposon insertional mutagenesis in Arabidopsis and rice.
  • 3. 6. BIOSAFETY Dr. Jeremy Sweet (NIAB, Cambridge, UK): Risk assessment: precaution and politics. 7. APPLIED PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY Prof. Michael P. Timko (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA): Use of genetically engineered plants for the production of human therapeutics and improved nutrition. The time reserved for invited presentations is 40 minutes. Oral (15 min including discussion) and poster presentations concerning the given topics are welcome as well. Detailed information on how the abstracts of oral/poster presentations should be written will be given in the Second announcement which will be distributed during February - March 2003 to those who have responded to this announcement. Symposium information Location The Symposium will be held in hotel Academia – the Congress Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences which is located in the village Stara Lesna on the southern side of the High Tatras mountain ridge. The region is a part of the Tatra National Park which was established in 1949 as the first national park in former Czechoslovakia. There is a wealth of endemic and relict plants and animals in the area. The weather in High Tatras is usually very pleasant in September. We hope you will find a friendly social atmosphere here supported by a wonderful scenery of the Tatra Mountains. Excursions Two excursion sites are planned: Pieniny National Park and rafting Poprad glacial lake and Memorial Cemetery The assumed prices for excursions is about 20 and 15 EUR, respectively. Travel accessibility Use Poprad or Kosice airports for arrival. Further details concerning transport will be given in the Second announcement. Accommodation Accommodation has been reserved in hotels Academia and Lesna. The preliminary tariffs are: Single bed room 1210 – 2460 Sk (Slovak crowns) or 27 – 55 EUR Double bed room 1600 – 3290 Sk or 36 – 74 EUR LANGUAGE: The official language of symposium is English. Registration fee: Participants 250 EUR (before May 1, 2003)
  • 4. 300 EUR (after May 1, 2003) Accompanying persons 130 EUR Students 180 EUR (before May 1, 2003) 200 EUR (after May 1, 2003) Deadline for preliminary registration: December 31, 2002 Symposium Secretariat: Alena Gajdosova e-mail: Phone: +421/ 37 7336659 Fax: +421/37 73366 60 Address Institute of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology SAS Sympo 2003 Akademicka 2, P.O.Box 39A SK-950 07 Nitra Slovak Republic PRELIMINARY REGISTRATION – see bellow
  • 5. PRELIMINARY REGISTRATION Surname: Name(s):. Title(s): Institute/Company: Address: Country: E-mail: Phone: Fax: Contributions: Oral Poster No (Advisory Board stipulates for right to select limited number of oral presentations.) Tentative title of the contribution(s): To be returned before January 1, 2003: Institute of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology SAS Sympo 2003, Akademická 2, P.O.Box 39A, SK-950 07 Nitra, Slovak Republic