The Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism and Function GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.
Lipids are essential for plant growth, development, and environmental adaptation and serve as important renewable sources of food, feed, biofuel, and industrial feedstocks. Plant lipids are also at the core of our energy economy, as lipids form the photosynthetic membranes and neutral storage lipids represent an energy-dense reservoir of reduced carbon and fuel. These benefits, which are critical to human society, underscore the importance of understanding how lipids are produced and function within plants.
It is the goal of the 2023 meeting to bring together visionary leaders, stakeholders, and academic scientists to discuss the latest findings and technological advances in basic lipid research and identify how these discoveries can be leveraged to create new opportunities for human benefit. We will discuss and identify new and emerging areas of research including organelle contact sites, lipid breakdown and storage, engineering value-added products, advanced techniques and analyses driving new discoveries, and discuss short and longer-range goals that help orient scientific discovery with the future needs of society. We will also discuss how lipids assist plants in interfacing with their environment, including signaling, plant growth and development, metabolism, trafficking, and particularly important structures like cuticles and lipid droplets. Early-career scientists and funding program leaders will benefit by gaining insight into promising and emerging areas of research, and all participants should leave the meeting with a greater understanding of the longer-term challenges in both basic and applied sciences and how our respective research programs collectively fit within a portfolio of potential scientific solutions to benefit humanity.
We are happy to announce the following events which focus on early-career researchers. A Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) immediately precedes the conference and is intended to encourage strong participation in the GRC and help to form a community among those newer to the field. There will also be informal lunchtime networking opportunities in which interested scientists will be paired with mentors in multiple branches of academia, industry, and government to facilitate career development.