It is our great pleasure to announce the 5th Conference on Plant Genome Evolution. We are delighted to be holding this biennial event again after very successful meetings in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017, where renowned plant researchers gave inspiring talks and where many discussed their latest research in the field.
For the 2019 meeting, which will take place again in Sitges (Barcelona), Spain, Sunday September 29th – Tuesday October 1st 2019, we are trying to put together an exciting programme focused on natural variation, domestication, epigenetics, polyploidy, and systems biology of green algae and land plants, of course all with a strong emphasis on evolution and evolutionary aspects.
This fifth PGE meeting will present a unique opportunity to meet and discuss with colleagues, get updated on the newest developments and insights in plant genome evolution, and will provide unique possibilities to network and discuss collaborations. We are delighted to announce that Prof. Ilia Leitch (Kew Gardens, UK) has agreed to deliver the plenary lecture on Sunday, opening the meeting.
Submission still open for poster abstracts only
Early bird registration deadline – 28 June 2019
Conference organising committee
Yves Van de Peer
Ghent University, Belgium (Conference Co-Chair)
Yves Van de Peer received his PhD in 1996 from The University of Antwerp, Belgium, on the use of ribosomal RNAs as molecular markers for inferring phylogenies.
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Currently, he is Professor in Bioinformatics and Genome Biology at the Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics at Ghent University, Belgium. He is also VIB Group Leader in the Department of Plant Systems Biology, Ghent, Belgium and part-time professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His research group is a center of excellence in gene and genome annotation, comparative and evolutionary genomics and top-down systems biology. Yves Van de Peer has a particular interest in gene and genome duplications. He is associate editor of, amongst others, The Plant Journal, BMC Bioinformatics, Genome Biology and Evolution, and Current Plant Biology. He published over 300 peer-reviewed papers and contributed to several books. His work has been cited over 30,000 times, see http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=tBs2BVMAAAAJ&hl=en
More information on his research group can be found at bioinformatics.psb.ugent.be
J. Chris Pires
University of Missouri, USA (Conference Co-Chair)
J. Chris Pires received his PhD in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison on the molecular phylogenetics of monocots.
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Currently, he is Associate Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri (MU). He is affiliated with the Bond Life Sciences Center, Interdisciplinary Plant Group, and MU Informatics Institute. His research group integrates tools from bioinformatics, phylogenomics, comparative genomics, and systems biology. The Pires lab has a strong interest in polyploidy and the consequences of whole genome duplications on evolving networks, particularly among the crop Brassicas.
He has published over 85 peer-reviewed papers and his work has been cited over 5000 times, see http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=OKuQQXgAAAAJ&hl=en.
More information on his research can be found at http://ipg.missouri.edu/faculty/pires.cfm.