The 2021 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and accompanying Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Plant Metabolic Engineering - Sustainability through Innovation will build on the successes of previous GRCs that have focused on the design of new metabolic engineering concepts and their translation to applications. We will have presentations from a complementary range of leading researchers from six continents presenting basic, translational, and convergent research relevant to this topic area. The GRC will highlight how innovations in plant metabolic engineering and plant biotechnology underpin the transition to a sustainable and circular bioeconomy. In addition to invited contributions from leaders in the field, the GRS will be selecting oral presentations from submitted abstracts as well as having interactive poster presentation sessions.
The objective of the Plant Metabolic Engineering GRC is to build stronger networks between those working on plant metabolic engineering across the world, and the European venue will attract new participants by making it easier for global participants to attend. We hope the meeting will provide an exemplar of how effective research networks can blossom through meetings with the GRC format: collegial atmosphere, deep discussion sessions, and informal gatherings. The conference will provide a unique forum for cross-disciplinary networking and will forge relationships supporting career development facilitated by the attractive environment. The GRC will be preceded by the accompanying GRS on June 11-12, where PhD students and early-stage researchers will have their own opportunities to describe their research, initiate collaborations, build their networks and hear from experts on how to pursue careers in the field of plant metabolic engineering.
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. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Keynote Session: Plant Metabolism
- Photosynthesis: Light-Powered Carbon Sequestration
- Balancing Metabolism and Homeostasis
- Evolution as a Blueprint for Engineering
- From CRISPR to Chromosomes: Engineering at the Genome Scale
- Engineering the Metabolic Landscape to Control Plant-Microbe Interactions
- Making Medicines in Plants
- Sustainability: Crop Production and Products for the Bioeconomy
- Translating Research Into Commercial Viability