This conference has been deferred to 2023 due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back soon for the 2023 schedule.
The Gordon Research Seminar on Plant Metabolic Engineering is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting-edge ideas.
Plant metabolism is central to human life on Earth, not only as caloric sustenance but also as the source of medicines, materials, and high-value chemicals. This meeting will focus on the genetics, biochemistry, and network interactions of plant metabolism and application of that knowledge to manipulate plants to make useful products. The GRS will focus on advances made by early career scientists in the area of pathway discovery, gene regulation, and technology development. In particular, we will explore how to adapt existing engineering paradigms to address large amounts of next-generation sequencing data and incorporate new advances in synthetic biology and genome engineering. Finally, a panel of accomplished professionals from academia, publishing, and industry will share their experiences with emerging directions in the plant metabolic engineering community with a particular focus on industrial success; these dialogues should provide useful insight for younger scientists who will become the next generation of plant scientist-engineers.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 12, 2021. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.