(July 3-4)
July 3  (Wednesday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.20 Opening
Welcome address by Alisher Touraev (Local Organizer, Austria)
Welcome address by Jochen Kumlehn (Conference Co-chair, Germany)
09.20 – 10.30 Keynote Lecture: Huw D Jones (UK): Potential Impact of Genome Editing in World Agriculture.  Confirmed 
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30: Session I: Methods & Mechanisms of Plant Transformation
Chairs  Kan Wang (USA) & Huw D Jones (UK)
11.00 – 11.25 (+5) Kan Wang (USA): Towards Establishment of a Transformable Model Maize Line: Breeding Type II Embryogenic Callus Response Into Fast-Flowering Mini-Maize   Confirmed
11.30 – 11.45 (+5) Manuel Lopez-Vernaza (Ireland): Genetic Improvement of the Ensifer-Mediated Transformation (EMT) Platform for Plant Genetic Engineering  Confirmed
11.50 – 12.05 (+5) Hajer Ben Ghozlen (Belgium): Production of Hairy Root Culture of Peanut (Arachis Hypogeae L.)  Confirmed
12.10 – 12.25 (+5) Lena Lachner (Norway): Culturing and Transformation of Parasitic Cuscuta Plants  Confirmed
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 15.30 Session II: Transformation of Important Crops
Chairs Manoj Prasad (India) & Srinivas Belide (Australia)
14.00 – 14.20 (+5) Manoj Prasad (India):  Advances in Agrobacterium Tumefaciens-Mediated Genetic Transformation of Graminaceous Crops  Confirmed
14.25 – 14.45 (+5) Srinivas Belide (Australia): Efficient Production and Evaluation of Transgenic Sorghum for Biosynthesis of Oil in Vegetative Tissues  Confirmed
14.50 – 15.05 (+5) Nandini Bhogar (Belgium): Optimizing Agrobacterium Mediated Transformation in Melia Volkensii  Confirmed 
15.10 – 15.25 (+5) Sponsor Presentation:

Berthold Technologies (Austria): TBA

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30 Session III:  Architecture & Elements of Transformation Vectors 
Chairs  Kostya Kanyuka (UK) & Manuel Lopez-Vernaza (Ireland)
16.00 – 16.25 (+5) Kostya Kanyuka (United Kingdom): VIGS and VOX for Gene Function Analysis in Cereals Confirmed
16.30 – 16.45 (+5) Iris Koeppel (Germany): A Versatile Modular Vector System for RNA-Guided CAS Endonucleases  Confirmed
16.50 – 17.05 (+5) Fu Guo (China): Callus Initiation from Root Explants Employs Different Strategies in Rice and Arabidopsis  Confirmed
17.10 – 19.00 Welcome Reception + Poster Session (all numbers)
19.00 -22.00 Conference Dinner Party
Traditional Austrian food and wine, located in one of Vienna’s famous ‘Heurigen’

Cost: 50,- EUR

July 4 (Thursday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 10.30 Session IV:   Plastid Transformation & Molecular Pharming
Chairs  Yuri Gleba (Germany) & Marcello Donini (Italy)
09.00 – 09.20 (+5) Yuri Gleba (Germany):  Non-antibiotic Antibacterials made in Plants: Applications for Medicine and Food Safety Confirmed
09.25 – 09.45 (+5) Marcello Donini (Italy): Current State-of-the-Art in Plant-based Antibody Production Systems  Confirmed
09.50 – 10.05 (+5) Rage Emile (Italy): Plant-Based Platforms for the Production of an Avian Veterinary Vaccine  Confirmed
10.10 – 10.25 (+5) Andrea Paola Castellanos Arévalo (Mexico): Amaranth Transgenic Hairy Roots Produced by Agrobacterium Rhizogenes-Mediated Transformation via Constitutive and Inducible Expression Systems  Confirmed
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Session V:  Site-Directed Genome Modification 
Chairs  Jochen Kumlehn (Germany) & Yuri Gleba (Germany)
11.00 – 11.30 (+5) Jochen Kumlehn (Germany): Targeted Genome Modification in Cereals – Methods and Applications Confirmed
11.35 – 11.55 (+5) Solmaz Khosravi (Germany): Live Imaging of Chromatin in Plant Cells: a Challenging Task for CRISPR  Confirmed
12.00 – 12.20 (+5) Sang-Soo Kwak (South Korea): Sweetpotato Orange Gene (IbOr) Dramatically Increases both Carotenoid Contents and Abiotic Stresses in Transgenic Plants  Confirmed
12.25 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 15.30 Session VI:  Genetic Engineering of Useful Traits
Chairs  David Ow (China) & Marcello Donini (Italy)
14.00 – 14.25 (+5) David Ow (China): Precise, Flexible and Affordable Gene Stacking for Crop Improvement Confirmed
14.30 – 14.45 (+5) Christian Hertig (Germany): Targeted Mutagenesis of BRANCHED HEAD Homoeoalleles Causes Alterations of Wheat Spike Architecture  Confirmed
14.50 – 15.05 (+5) Robert Eric Hoffie (Germany): A Protoplast-Based Test System for Genome Engineering in Barley and Wheat  Confirmed
15.10 – 15.25 (+5) Claudia Portillo Nava (Mexico): A DODA-like Gene is Involved in Stress Response in Amaranth  Confirmed
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Session VII:  Public Perception of Plant Biotechnology
Chairs  Nigel Halford (UK) & Michael Eckerstorfer (Austria)
16.00 – 16.30 (+5) Nigel Halford (UK): Evaluation Of EU Court Ruling on Site-Directed Mutagenesis Confirmed
16.35 – 17.05 (+5) Michael Eckerstorfer (Austria):  Biosafety Considerations for Plants Developed by Genome Editing and Other New Genetic Modification Techniques (nGMs) and consequences for their regulation Confirmed
17.10 – 17.30 Closing Ceremony &  Conference Photo