Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the Local Organizing and Scientific Committee (LOSC) and the International Scientific Committee (ISC) we announce the latest update of the website of the IS-MPMI Congress and inform you that the organization is moving according to the schedule.
This is the latest update of the website including:
- Final Program at a glance
- Opening Lecture, Plenary and Concurrent sessions
- Poster sessions
- A PDF with the full program of the congress
- Details for exhibitors…
- Instructions to the Chairs and presenters
- Transfer arrangements at Rhodes airport
Welcome Letter from Eris Tjamos the Chief Congress Organizer
Welcome to Rhodes Island Greece in 6-10 July, 2014,
On behalf of the Local Organizing and Scientific Committee and the International Scientific Committee as the Chief Congress Organizer and coordinator of the XVI International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, I am extremely honored to welcome almost 1200 participants from 55 countries around the globe here in the magnificent Mediterranean island of Rhodes, Greece and offer you the opportunity to present your current research work, participate in the scientific activities (oral and posters), interact with world leading scientists and discuss the future of molecular plant-microbe interactions during the XVI IS-MPMI Congress.
IS-MPMI with the laborious efforts and thoughtful ideas of the President Sophien Kamoun and the members of the IS-MPMI Board, the International Scientific Committee along with the Local Organizing and Scientific Committee, have been working extremely hard during the last three years to put together an outstanding program, featuring an impressive list of 87 confirmed invited speakers (one opening lecture, 32 plenary lectures, 54 invited, as well as another 138 selected speakers for concurrent sessions), covering almost all the disciplines of research specializations in plant-microbe interactions. Nearly 1,000 abstracts have been submitted to the secretariat of the XVI International IS- MPMI Congress, ensuring a great variability in the scientific program. The program includes topics related to microbial pathogenesis, signaling, plant immunity, symbiosis, effector biology, epigenetics, recognition of microbes, toxins and plant hormones, ecology and evolution, local and systemic resistance, biocontrol, large-scale omics, induced resistance/priming and biotechnology and so on.
The scientific program of the Congress opens on Sunday, July 6 with a very special guest lecture
Prof. Fred Ausubel from the Department of Molecular Biology, Simches Research Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, will present the opening lecture on “Signaling in Host-Pathogen Interactions.” Prof. Ausubel will contribute to a more comprehensive understanding in identifying and characterizing the molecular aspects of the process of signal transduction in prokaryotes and in hosts that interact with prokaryotes, from the discovery of virulence factors in bacteria and fungi to host defense responses in plants, insects, worms and mammals.
We are extremely pleased to announce that nearly 400 research M.Sc. or Ph.D. students are among the participants who with their great enthusiasm and hard work will be the future world leaders of our great research field. The program also includes ample time to take part in networking. It is beyond any doubt that face-to-face meetings with scientists in the field are more critical than ever and will help ensure that your career is on the right path. There is no better opportunity to meet top-notch speakers and researchers within specific areas of interest than at the XVI International MPMI Congress. Networking opportunities at the meeting beyond the poster presentations, include the Welcome Reception on Sunday, and the Congress Gala Dinner on Thursday evening. Beyond others these activities will provide an important venue for making personal and professional connections that will last throughout your scientific career.
We are also pleased to celebrate during the Congress the 20th anniversary of the first publications on cloning plant immune receptor genes and the 30th anniversary of the isolation of the first avirulence effector gene.
I am extremely excited and fully satisfied from the program created by the outstanding turn up of your participation. I am personally honored and proud to host this unique event in Greece and really pleased to welcome you in Rhodos Island, Greece. You and your escorting people will be overwhelmed by visiting world famous ancient historical cites, a magnificent Mediterranean environment with exciting beauty and obtain nice cultural and traditional experiences at this congress.
Please feel that you are our special guest!
Welcome in Rhodes island, Welcome in Greece!
Chief Congress Organizer