Plant Genome Editing & Genome Engineering II

Welcome to the 2nd International Conference “Plant Genome Editing & Genome Engineering”!

Genome Editing and Genome Engineering are revolutionizing Life Sciences and Plant Biotechnology that seek to develop new technologies for the precise manipulation of genes and genomes in cellula and in vivo. In addition to its use for advancing our understanding of basic biology, genome engineering has numerous real-world applications, e.g. engineering plants that better provide fuel, food and industrial raw materials. Driven by advances in the CRISPR-toolbox for rapid, cheap, multiplex modification of genomes and breakthroughs in DNA synthesis technologies, the pace of progress enabled by these tools in the last 2 years has been breathtaking.

The 2nd International Conference “Plant Genome Editing & Genome Engineering” to be held on July 5-6, 2019, in Vienna, Austria will discuss the advances in genome editing and engineering, notions, challenges, pros and cons, technologies and methods of applications of the genome editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9, TALENs, ZNFs & AAVs in plants. The case study and sessions will reveal the potential application of Genome editing tools plant biology and crop improvement. Special emphasis on CRISPR system addressing the concept, technology, challenges like off-target effects, efficiency improvement and delivery systems etc.

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-days event will provide leading academy and industry scientists a platform to communicate recent advances in “Plant Genome Editing & Genome Engineering”, and an opportunity to establish multilateral collaboration.

The 2nd International Conference “Plant Genome Editing & Genome Engineering” will cover the following research topics:

  • Precision Genome Editing by TALEN, ZFN and others
  • CRISPR-CAS9: Revolution in Genome Editing & Engineering
  • Current CRISPR-CAS9 Technologies and Design
  • Applications of CRISPR-CAS9 in Plants
  • Genome Editing & Engineering for Crop Improvement
  • Genome Editing & Engineering: Regulatory Aspects

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.

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


Jian-Kang Zhu (Co-Chair of The Conference)

Wendy Harwood

Yuming Lu

Yanfei Mao

Daisuke Miki

Erika Toda

Kan Wang

Mugui Wang

Hui Zhang

2nd International Conference “Plant Genome Editing & Genome Engineering”

(July 5 – 6)

July 5 (Friday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.20 Opening
Welcome address by Alisher Touraev (Local Organizer, Austria)Welcome address by Magdy Mahfouz (Saudia Arabia)
09.20 – 10.30 Keynote Lecture:

Magdy Mahfouz (Saudi Arabia): Plant Genome Engineering for Targeted Improvement of Crop Traits

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30: Session I: Genome Editing Tools & Technology Development
Chairs Hiroaki Saika (Japan) & Magdy Mahfouz (Saudi Arabia)
11.00 – 11.20 (+5) Hiroaki Saika (Japan): Precise Mutagenesis and its Application in Rice
11.25 – 11.45 (+5) Jae-Young Yun (South Korea): Precision Genome Engineering through Adenine Base Editing in Plants
11.50 – 12.05 (+5) Iris Koeppel (Germany): A Versatile Modular Vector System for RNA-Guided Cas Endonucleases
12.10 – 12.25 (+5) Vera Karolina Schoft (Austria): CRISPR/Cas9 Service for Genome Editing in Plants
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 15.30 Session II: Plant Transformation & Delivery Methods
Chairs Erika Toda (Japan) & Sergei Svitashev (USA)
14.00 – 14.20 (+5) Erika Toda (Japan): An Efficient DNA- and Selectable-Marker-Free Genome-Editing System Using Zygotes in Rice
14.25 – 14.45 (+5) Sergei Svitashev (USA): Efficient Genome Editing in Maize Directed by CRISPR-Cas9 Technology
14.50 – 15.05 (+5) Radi Aly (Israel): CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Mutagenesis of CCD8 Gene in Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum Mill.) Provides Resistance to Parasitic Weeds
15.10 – 15.25 (+5) James Chamness (USA): Developing Monocot Replicon Vectors for Improved Gene Targeting
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Session III: Application of Genome Editing in Plant Biology
Chairs Kan Wang (USA) & Shujie Dong (USA)
16.00 – 16.25 (+5) Kan Wang (USA): An Agrobacterium-Delivered CRISPR/Cas9 System for High-Frequency Targeted Mutagenesis in Maize
16.30 – 16.45 (+5) Shujie Dong (USA): One-step Genome Editing of Elite Crop Germplasm During Haploid Induction
16.50 – 17.05 (+5) Julia Jansing (Netherlands): CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Glycoengineering in Nicotiana Benthamiana for Plant Molecular Farming
17.10 – 17.25 (+5) Solmaz Khosravi (Germany): Live imaging of chromatin in plant cells: a challenging task for CRISPR
17.30 – 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 6 (Saturday)

08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 10.30 Session IV:   Genome Editing for Crop Improvement I
Chairs Yuming Lu (China) & Hrvoje Fulgosi (Croatia)
09.00 – 09.25 (+5) Yuming Lu (China): A CRISPR/Cas9- and Tandem Repeats-Facilitated HDR Approach for Sequence Replacement in Rice
09.30 – 09.45 (+5) Florian Rösch (Germany): High-throughput Screening for Genome-Editing Events on Single Cell Level
09.50 – 10.05 (+5) Robert Eric Hoffie (Germany): PDIL5-1 Knockout induced by Cas9 Endonuclease Confers Resistance of Barley to Bymoviruses
10.10 – 10.25 (+5) Hrvoje Fulgosi (Croatia): Thylakoid rhodanase-lile Protein TROL as a Target for CRISPR Cas9 Editing
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Session V: Genome Editing for Crop Improvement II
Chairs Wendy Harwood (United Kingdom) & Panagiotis Moschou (Sweden)
11.00 – 11.20 (+5) Wendy Harwood (United Kingdom): Use of CRISPR Systems in Plant Genome Editing: Towards New Opportunities in Agriculture
11.25 – 11.45 (+5) Panagiotis Moschou (Sweden): Catabolic Processes in Development and Stress. Phenotypic Novelty by CRISPR in Plants
11.50 – 12.05 (+5) Geng Meng (Denmark): Identification and Characterization of R2R3-MYB and bHLH Transcription Factors Regulating Anthocyanin Biosynthesis in Carrot (Daucus carota)
12.10 – 12.25 (+5) Yanping Yang (China): Analysis on Current Situation and Development Trend of Genome Editing for Crop improvement
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 15.30 Session VI: Genome Editing for Crop Improvement III
Chairs Mugui Wang (China) & Huanbin Zhou (China)
14.00 – 14.25 (+5) Mugui Wang (China): Multiplex Gene Editing in Rice with Simplified CRISPR-Cpf1 and CRISPR-Cas9 Systems
14.30 – 14.45 (+5) Huanbin Zhou (China): Development of a toolkit for targeted base editing in rice
14.50 – 15.05 (+5) Christian Hertig (Germany): Targeted Mutagenesis of BRANCHED HEAD Homoeoalleles Causes Alterations of Wheat Spike Architecture
15.10 – 15.25 (+5) Gaelle Robertson (South Africa): Establishing RNA Targeting via the CRISPR/Cas13 System in Vitis Vinifera
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Session VII: Genome Editing & Engineering: Regulatory Aspects
Chairs Marcel Kuntz (France) & David J.S. Hamburger (Germany)
16.00 – 16.20 (+5) Marcel Kuntz (France): Worldwide CRISPR Patent Landscape Shows Strong Geographical Biases
16.25 – 16.45 (+5) David J. S. Hamburger (Germany): Normative Criteria and Their Inclusion in a Regulatory Framework for New Plant Varieties Derived From Genome Editing
16.50 – 17.05 (+5) Manuela Campa (South Africa): Genome Editing in Pinotage, a South African Grapevine Cultivar, Using a Multiplexing Approach
17.10 – 17.25 (+5) Tommaso Raffaello (Italy): New Breeding Techniques in the Context of the EU Regulation of GM Plants
17.30 – 17.45 Closing Ceremony &  Conference Photo