Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance VI

(February 21-22, 2020, Vienna, Austria)

Welcome to the 6th International Conference “Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance”!

Abiotic stresses, defined as the negative impact of non-living factors on the living organisms in a specific environment are the primary causes of crop loss worldwide. Abiotic stresses include high and low temperatures, salinity, drought, flooding, heavy metal stress and many other environmental factors. Plant tolerance to these stresses is dependent on the molecular networks involved in stress perception, signaling, and the expression of specific stress-related genes and metabolites.

The 6th International Conference “Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance” to be held on February 21-22, 2020, in Vienna, Austria will discuss the most recent advances in understanding and combating plant abiotic stress and tolerance mechanisms and to define new frontiers in this field.

Vienna is located in the heart of Europe on the banks of the Danube River, and considered as one of the most important economic, cultural and touristic large cities of central Europe. Apart from providing top science, the Conference will capture the spirit of the city thanks to the central location of the venue offering a multitude of cultural events.

This two-day event will provide leading academy and industry scientists a platform to communicate recent advances in “Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance”, and an opportunity to establish multilateral collaboration.

The 6th International Conference “Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance” will cover the following research topics:

  • Plant Response to Cold & Heat Stresses
  • Plant Response to Drought, Salt and Osmotic Stress
  • Plant Response to Oxidative- and Flooding Stress
  • Plant Response to Nutrient Stress, Signaling & Heavy metals
  • Plant Abiotic Stress Signaling
  • «Omics» & Genome Editing of Abiotic Stress Tolerance
  • Breeding & Engineering of Abiotic Stress Tolerance

*The list of invited speakers has yet to be confirmed.

Approximately 250 participants are expected to attend this exciting scientific forum including almost 40 lectures delivered by worldwide known invited speakers and young, talented speakers selected from submitted abstracts. The program combines plenary lectures, poster sessions, a unique Conference Dinner Party and sightseeing tours of Vienna.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Vienna on February 21-22, 2020!

Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 20, 2020

Early bird registration: January 10, 2020

Prof. Teun Munnik (Co-Chair, The Netherlands)

Prof. Alisher Touraev (VISCEA, Austria, Local Organizer)

Teun Munnik (The Netherlands)

Martijn van Zanten (The Netherlands)

Sergey Shabala (Australia)

Hatem Rouached (France)

Michael Wrzaczek (Finland)

Eduardo Blumwald (USA)

Mark Aarts (The Netherlands)

Christine Foyer (UK)

To be announced

(February 21-22, 2020)

Technische Universität Wien, Freihaus, Wiedner Hauptstraße 8-10, 1040 Wien, Austria

February 21 (Friday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.20 Opening
Welcome address by Alisher Touraev (Local Chair, Austria)Welcome address by Heribert Hirt (Co-Organizer, Saudi Arabia)Welcome address by Teun Munnik (Co-Organizer, The Netherlands)
09.20 – 10.30 Keynote Lecture: To be Announced
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30: Session I: Plant Response to Cold & Heat Stresses
11.00 – 11.20 (+5) Martijn van Zanten (The Netherlands): Thermomorphogenesis confirmed
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 15.30 Session II: Plant Response to Drought, Salt and Osmotic Stress
 14.00 – 14.20 (+5) Sergey Shabala (Australia): Osmoregulation  confirmed
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Session III: Plant Response to Oxidative- and Flooding Stress
17.30 – 19.00 Poster Session (all numbers) + Welcome Reception
19.00 -22.00 Conference Dinner Party-Traditional Austrian food and wine, located in one of Vienna’s famous ‘Heurigen’
-Cost: 50,- EUR
February 22 (Saturday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 10.30 Session IV: Plant Response to Nutrient Stress, Signaling & Heavy metals
09.00 – 09.20 (+5) Hatem Rouached (France): Getting to the root of plant mineral nutrition: combinatorial nutrient stresses reveal emergent properties   confirmed
09.25 – 09.45 (+5) Mark Aarts (The Netherlands): To be announced   confirmed
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Session V: Plant Abiotic Stress Signaling
11.00 – 11.20 (+5) Teun Munnik (The Netherlands):  Abiotic-Stress Induced Lipid Signalling  confirmed
11.25 – 11.45 (+5) Michael Wrzaczek (Finland): Receptor Like Kinases signalling to ROS   confirmed
11.50 – 12.10 (+5) Christine Foyer (UK): Abiotic Stress Signalling and Growth   confirmed
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 15.30 Session VI: «Omics» & Genome Editing of Abiotic Stress Tolerance
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Session VII: Breeding & Engineering of Abiotic Stress Tolerance
16.00 – 16.20 (+5) Eduardo Blumwald (USA) : To be announced   confirmed
17.30 – 17.45 Closing Ceremony &  Conference Photo

Submit an Abstract

The Scientific Committee invites authors to submit abstracts to be considered for inclusion in the Scientific Program.

Please, be aware, that ONE Abstract Submission is allowed for ONE Registered Participant. Organizing Committee urges you to follow this rule.

The text length in all required fields (abstract title, authors names, affiliations, abstract body) is strictly limited to 1500 characters including spaces. The title of the Abstract, corresponding author information and Abstract text should be entered into the corresponding fields, indicated below.

Abstracts may only be submitted in the English language.

Required Fields:
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b) The name and address of the corresponding author, to whom correspondence will be sent.
b) Names and complete addresses of all authors.
c) Abstract body.
d) Session, in which the abstract could fit the best.
e) Preferred type of abstract presentation (poster or oral).


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  • The contact author (submitter) must also supply a valid E-mail address.

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