CRISPR & Plant Genome Editing III

(July 8-9, 2022)

Welcome to the 3rd International Conference “CRISPR & Plant Genome Editing III”!

CRISPR – CAS9 System revolutionized 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, CRISPR based genome editing and 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 3rd International Conference “CRISPR & Plant Genome Editing to be held in Vienna, Austria on July 8-9, 2022, will discuss the advances in CRISPR-CAS9 system and its application in genome editing and engineering. The case study and sessions will reveal the potential application of CRISPR and other Genome editing tools for plant biology and crop improvement. Special emphasis will be given on CRISPR system, addressing the concept, technology, challenges like off-target effects, efficiency improvement and delivery systems etc.

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

The 3rd International Conference “CRISPR & Plant Genome Editing” will cover the following research topics:

  • Genome Editing for Crop Improvement 
  • CRISPR In Plant Genome Editing & Engineering 
  • СRISPR In Plant Biology
  • СRISPR Tools & Technology Development 
  • Genome Editing in Monocots
  • Genome Editing in Dicots
  • Genome Editing & Engineering: Regulatory Aspects

Among the invited speakers are internationally known names such as:

Agnès Ricroch (France), Wendy Harwood (UK), Fredy Altpeter (USA), Daguang Cai (Germany), Yuling Bai (The Netherlands), Dirk Schenke (Germany), Jochen Kumlehn (Germany), Magdy Mahfouz (Saudi Arabia), Laurens Pauwels (Belgium), Rene Smulders (The Netherlands), Christian Jung (Germany), Magda Klimek-Chodacka (Poland), Petra Jorasch (Belgium), Clark Wolf (USA), Alexandra Ribarits (Austria),…

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, exhibitions, and interesting breakout sessions.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is May 31, 2022

Early bird registration: May 15, 2022

We are looking forward to seeing you in Vienna on July 8-9, 2022!

Prof. Wendy Harwood (UK, Conference Co-Organizer)

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

To be announced


Laurens Pauwels

Position Staff scientist
Work Place VIB-UGent
Research Interest Transformation and genome editing



Dr. Petra Jorasch

Position Manager Plant Breeding Innovation Advocacy
Work Place Euroseeds
Research Interest Innovative plant breeding, Genome editing



M.J.M. (René) Smulders

Position Group leader, Plant Breeding, Wageningen University & Research
Work Place Wageningen, The Netherlands
Research Interest



Christian Jung

Work Place
Research Interest



Dr. Magdalena Klimek-Chodacka

Work Place University of Agriculture in Krakow
Research Interest Genome editing in plants



Dirk Schenke

Position PD (Privat-Dozent)
Work Place Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Research Interest Plant-Pathogen interaction, Crosstalk abiotic-biotic stress, Crop improvement by Genome-Editing



Fredy Altpeter

Position Professor of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Work Place University of Florida -IFAS
Research Interest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology



Yuling Bai

Position Professor
Work Place Plant Breeding, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
Research Interest Plant Genetics and Breeding

Chair of the Section Vegetables in EUCARPIA



Agnes Ricroch

Position Position Associate Professor (France) and Adjunct Professor (USA)
Work Place Paris-Saclay University, France
Research Interest Biotechnology
Website Twitter: @aricroch

Head of the Life Sciences section of the French Academy of Agriculture



Alexandra Ribarits

Position Senior Expert
Work Place AGES – Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety  
Research Interest Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture and nutrition, new genomic techniques, plant genetic resources, plant breeding innovations, bee health, food security and food safety

(July 8-9, 2022)
July 8 (Friday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.20 Opening
Welcome address by Alisher Touraev (Local Chair, Austria)Welcome address by Wendy Harwood (Conference Co-Chair, UK)
09.20 – 10.30 Keynote Lecture: Agnès Ricroch (France): Global developments of genome editing in agriculture.
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30: Session I: Genome Editing for Crop Improvement
11.00 – 11.20 (+5) Daguang Cai (Germany): Applications of CRISPR/Cas to Improve Crop Disease Resistance: Beyond Inactivation of Susceptibility Factors.
11.25 – 11.45 (+5) Fredy Altpeter (USA): Multiallelic Editing of the Highly Complex Sugarcane Genome by Precise Homology Directed Repair or Error Prone Nonhomologous End Joining
11.50 – 12.10 (+5) Dirk Schenke (Germany): How to avoid trade-offs when improving crop disease resistance by Prime Editing
12.15 – 12.25 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 15.30 Session II: CRISPR in Plant Genome Editing & Engineering
14.00 – 14.20 (+5) Yuling Bai (The Netherlands): CRISPR/Cas inactivation of RECQ4, FILG1 and XRCC2 influences homeologous crossovers in an interspecific tomato hybrid
14.25 – 14.45 (+5) Jochen Kumlehn (Germany): Site-directed genetic engineering in cereals – Principles and applications.
14.50 – 15.10 (+5) Andrea Moglia (Italy): CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knock-out of tomato DMR6 gene to confer resistance against pathogens
15.15 – 15.25 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
15.35 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Session III: CRISPR in Plant Biology
16.00 – 16.20 (+5) Nigel G. Halford (UK): Wheat with greatly reduced accumulation of free asparagine in the grain, produced by CRISPR/Cas9 editing of asparagine synthetase gene TaASN2.
16.25 – 16.45 (+5) Jianxin Shi (China): Effective identification of CRISPR/Cas9-induced and naturally occurred mutations in rice using a multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification-based method.
16.50 – 17.10 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
17.15 – 17.25 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
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
July 9 (Saturday)
08.00 – 17.00 Registration
09.00 – 10.30 Session IV: CRISPR Tools & Technology Development
09.00 – 09.20 (+5) Magdy Mahfouz (Saudi Arabia): Virus-Mediated Genome Editing in Plants Using the CRISPR/Cas9 System.
09.25 – 09.45 (+5) Wendy Harwood (UK): Increasing the range of editing tools in cereal crops.
09.50 – 10.10 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
11.15 – 1.25 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 Session V: Genome Editing in Monocots
11.00 – 11.20 (+5) Laurens Pauwels (Belgium): Combining haploid induction and multiplex genome editing in Zea mays.
11.25 – 11.45 (+5) Rene Smulders (The Netherlands): CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Editing of Gluten in Wheat to Reduce Gluten Content and Exposure.
11.50 – 12.10 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
12.15 – 12.25 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch + Poster Session (all numbers)
14.00 – 15.30 Session VI: Genome Editing in Dicots
14.00 – 14.20 (+5) Christian Jung (Germany): Gene editing of three BnITPK genes in tetraploid oilseed rape leads to significant reduction of phytic acid in seeds.
14.25 – 14.45 (+5) Magda Klimek-Chodacka (Poland): Efficient genome editing of carrot callus using CRISPR
14.50 – 15.10 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
15.15 – 15.25 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Session VII: Genome Editing & Engineering: Regulatory Aspects
16.00 – 16.20 (+5) Petra Jorasch (Belgium): Will the EU stay out of step with science and the rest of the world on plant breeding innovation?
16.25 – 16.45 (+5) Clark Wolf (USA): Public Trust and the Regulation of Genetically Engineered Crops.
16.50 – 17.10 (+5) Alexandra Ribarits (Austria): The requirement to trace genome-edited plants and products: Opportunities and challenges
17.15 – 17.25 (+5) Selected talk from submitted abstracts
17.30 – 18.00 Closing Ceremony &  Conference Photo


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

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