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Ovule development Down Under

Symposium Down Under:
Mechanisms controlling plant reproduction

Save the date! 3rd to 4th of February 2020
@ The University of Adelaide, Australia

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We are fully booked! Thank you for your understanding!

Check out the latest updates in the field of plant reproduction! This meeting is a result of a world-wide collaboration organized to uncover the molecular networks controlling plant reproduction, from ovule formation to seed development. At this symposium, recent advances in ovule development, germline determination, asexual reproduction, fertilization, sex determination, hormone signalling and epigenetic control during seed development will be shared.

The symposium will be an opportunity for scientists at all career stages to exchange ideas and establish new connections beyond borders. We invite PhD students, Early Career Researchers, Post-Docs and Principal investigators to join us. Especially dedicated to younger researchers, the program will include short talks where PhD students will have the opportunity to present a key result regarding their research project. Additionally we are putting together special networking opportunities aimed at breaking the ice between researchers and industry!

Held at the Waite Campus precinct, we are in the perfect environment to transfer fundamental research to agriculture and industry. In the Waite Campus 15 organisations associated with plant development, agriculture, food industry, wine and natural resources science compose a hub for the improvement of food security in a world where fighting climate change effects is more imperative than ever.

The organisers of this event are members of the European project SexSeed. A/Prof Matthew Tucker, PhD student Dayton Bird and Technical Officer Chao Ma from the University of Adelaide, Dr Sílvia Coimbra and PhD student Sara Pinto from the University of Porto, Dr Lucia Colombo and PhD Rosanna Petrella from the University of Milan.

We wish you a fruit-full experience Down Under!

The Horizon 2020 project Sexseed gathered scientists around the world to study the processes leading to seed formation.



Anna Koltunow
(University of Queensland, Australia)

Gametophytic pollen tube guidance

Tetsuya Higashiyama
(ITbM, University of Nagoya, Japan)

Flower development

David Smyth
(Monash University, Australia)

Ovule development

Lucia Colombo
(University of Milan, Italy)

Epigenetics and seed formation

Emidio Albertini
(University of Perugia, Italy)

Male fertility

Dabing Zhang
(Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China/University of Adelaide, Australia)


Sílvia Coimbra
(University of Porto, Portugal)

Wheat Spike development

Scott Boden
(University of Adelaide, Australia)

Barley flower development

Gang Li
(University of Adelaide, Australia)

Final program here!

credits: Alberto Salgero

Important information

Abstract submission



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The Venue

The Waite campus,
University of Adelaide

Where to stay?

Adelaide CBD

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Venue address

Plant Research Centre
Waite campus, Hartley Grove
Adelaide, South Australia 5064

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange programme under grant agreement No. 690946