ViPS/DPPS Autumn Symposium 2018
Current Challenges in Plant Biology: Developmental Biology (DPPS-502)

Monday 10th - Tuesday 11th December 2018, University of Helsinki Viikki campus

Symposium outline
Plant development is a highly dynamic and complex process. As cells divide, grow and differentiate into various cell types, genetic and chemical signaling takes place within and between cells to drive correct patterning of a tissue. Moreover, development occurs in a physical environment in which cells connected to each other cause, and are affected by mechanical forces as they grow. In this course, we will discuss different methods and approaches to tackle the complexity of development. 

Viikki campus, seminar room 2012, Biocentre 2 (Viikinkaari 5)

Monday 10.12.
08:30-09:15 Registration & coffee
09:15-09:30 Paula Elomaa (University of Helsinki)
Opening of the symposium & general information
09:30-10:30 George Bassel (University of Birmingham, UK)
Complex systems analysis of plant organ development
10:30-11:15 Hanna Help-Rinta-Rahko (University of Helsinki)
High resolution X-ray imaging of plant development and environmental responses
11:15-11:30 Short break
11:30-12:30 Robert Sablowski (John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK)
The dark side of the meristem: control of stem development
12:30-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:30 Pilar Cubas (Centro Nacional de Biotecnología-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
Genetic control of plant shoot branching patterns
14:30-15:15 Paula Elomaa (University of Helsinki)
Molecular control of inflorescence development 
15:15-15:45 Coffee break
15:45-16:30 Ari-Pekka Mähönen (University of Helsinki)
Development of vascular cambium

Tuesday 11.12. 
08:30-09:15 Coffee
09:15-10:15 Henrik Jönsson (The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK)
Integrating genes, hormones and mechanical stresses for understanding shoot morphodynamics
10:15-11:00 Ykä Helariutta (University of Helsinki)
Multiple mobile signals control early vascular development
11:00-11:15 Short break
11:15-12:15 Marja Timmermans (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
How to make a flat leaf
12:15-13:15 Lunch break
13:15-14:00 Juan Alonso Serra (University of Helsinki)
Physical implications of radial growth in trees
14:00-15:00 Gwyneth Ingram (Laboratoire Reproduction et Développement des Plantes, Lyon France)
Inter-organismal interactions during seed development
15:00-15:15 Closing of the symposium

The symposium is free of charge and open to ALL and participation is welcomed from other Universities and institutes.

Credits and information for students participating in the symposium
2 ECTS will be awarded for full attendance during the symposium (two full days) and completion of written essays following the symposium. Registration is available in WebOodi until 29th November.

The symposium is organised by Ari-Pekka Mähönen, Paula Elomaa, the Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS) and the Doctoral Programme in Plant Sciences (DPPS).