UK PlantSci 2015


Newport, Shropshire, UK

Start Date:

Tuesday 14th April


14-15 April 2015

Harper Adams University


UK PlantSci provides a unique opportunity to learn about the breadth of cutting edge plant science research in the UK, and to meet with plant scientists outside of usual networks. The meeting hosts a diverse range of talks, all held in plenary and pitched towards a general plant science audience. Every year our delegates report back to us on the value of this approach, citing the quality and breadth of talks among their favourite aspects of the conference. 


Keynote speakers

Guy Smith, Vice President of the National Farmers' Union

Crop production - agronomics, economics or politics?


Caroline Dean, John Innes Centre

Epigenetic switches underlying seasonal timing


Session topics

  • Plants and agriculture – Breeding the next green revolution
  • Trees and forests – Creating resilience under the canopy
  • Open to the floor – Building a roadmap for UK plant science
  • Cells – Examining life under the microscope
  • Roots and soil – Finding riches in the dirt
  • Future generations – Sowing the seeds
  • Ecology, environment and biodiversity – Exploring the wild side


Abstract submission

All delegates are encouraged to submit an abstract to present their work at UK PlantSci 2015. Opportunities are available to present posters and short talks, including a Future generations session dedicated to talks by early career scientists. To submit an abstract, please follow the guidelines provided on the meeting website. The deadline for abstract submissions is Friday 13th March 2015.


Early career scientist prizes

Students and postdocs selected to speak in the Future generations session will have the opportunity to win one of two prizes:

• Best student talk – £200 cash prize plus 1 year’s free membership to the Society of Biology.

• Best postdoc talk – £200 cash prize plus 1 year’s free membership to the Society of Biology.


Organising committee

Jim Beynon, Univeristy of Warwick

Martin Broadley, University of Nottingham

Howard Griffiths, University of Cambridge

Richard Harrison, East Malling Research

Alan Jones, Earthwatch Institute

Simon Leather, Harper Adams University

Penny Maplestone, British Society of Plant Breeders

Dijana Maric, Cambridge Partnership for Plant Sciences

Mimi Tanimoto, UK Plant Sciences Federation

Freddie Theodoulou, Rothamsted Research

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