Mitochondria and chloroplasts differ from other cellular compartments by their endosymbiotic origin, their semiautonomous genetic systems, their role in energy transduction, and their complex biology. The 2020 Gordon Research Conference on Mitochondria and Chloroplasts will bring together established scientists and young researchers to present and discuss emerging aspects of organelle biology. It will have a strong focus on basic biological processes and an interdisciplinary nature that brings together scientists from the fungal, animal and plant communities. Specific sessions will be dedicated to organelle evolution, their gene expression systems, the import of proteins and their assembly into functioning complexes, signaling pathways and stress response, disintegration of organelles during aging and senescence, and how all these are being translated to agriculture and medicine.
Each session of the GRC on Mitochondria and Chloroplasts will be introduced by an expert Discussion Leader who will provide a general overview to integrate the research communities and stimulate conceptual discussions. Speakers with international recognition in the field will join young investigators and scientists who have not previously attended this conference. Shorter talks will be selected from abstracts to highlight emerging topics, especially from early-career researchers. Daily poster sessions will further enrich and stimulate interactions between participants and research communities. This GRC will be preceded by a GRS.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Evolution and Dynamics of Organelle Genomes
- Organelle Gene Expression
- Protein Import, Sorting and Assembly
- Organelle Dynamics: Division, Differentiation and Contacts
- Structure and Function of Organelle Complexes
- Organelle Metabolism
- Signaling and Stress Response
- Proteostasis, Mitophagy and Chlorophagy
- Organelle Biology Translated into Medicine and Agriculture