2018 is set to be a great year for plant science, with a huge number of events planned. We know that many of you work in this area, either doing research in plant science or providing antibodies for researchers in the field, so we thought it would be useful give you a bit of detail about the four most prominent that will be held in Europe this summer.

First up, from 18 – 21 June, there is Plant Biology Europe, held in Copenhagen, Denmark. The event takes a multidisciplinary approach to plant science in a global context, featuring speakers and presentations that cover wide-ranging scientific and policy related themes within plant science, showcasing state-of-the-art scientific developments and contributions to policy shaping plant science at the European and national levels.

This is quickly followed by the First European Congress on Photosynthesis Research from the 25 – 28 June in Upsala, Sweden. This is the first conference in a new European meeting series for photosynthesis research. The event will cover all aspects of photosynthesis, from genetics and molecular mechanisms, to crop yields, artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels. In addition, it will host the ePS-Young meeting for PhD students and postdocs, the weekend before the main meeting.

Concurrently, the International Conference on Arabidopsis research takes place from 25 – 29 June in Turku, Finland. This is a yearly conference rotating between North America, Australasia and Europe, and is centered on all aspects of modern plant biology using thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) as a model system. The conference brings together over 800 scientists from all corners of the world for five days to discuss all aspects of molecular plant science from research on plant growth and development to improving plant tolerance to adverse environmental conditions.

Then from 5 – 10 August is International Plant Molecular Biology, in Montpellier, France. The IPMB congress is a triennial meeting gathering 1500-2000 plant molecular biologists from all over the world to develop multidisciplinary approaches to face climate changes and population increase.

We spoke to Dr Joanna Porankiewicz-Asplund, Technical Support Manager for Agrisera, who provide a large collection of antibodies for plant and algal research and will be at many of the plant science events taking place during 2018.

Joanna said: “The world wide expansion we have seen in the plant science conference scene is of great value not only for participating scientists but also for companies active in the plant science sector, like Agrisera. These meetings provide a valuable opportunity for researchers to meet current and future collaboration partners, for companies to meet potential customers, and they are a mine of ideas for future development in the sector.”

Agrisera also has a useful extended list of plant science related events available on its blog.

– Rob and the CiteAb team