The genomic era has opened doors to investigate evolution over large ranges of organisms and has revolutionized our views on the evolutionary origins of land plants. Rapid emergence of extant species representative of ancestors of land plants now allows to test directly old hypotheses derived from theoretical models. While distinct communities of researchers on emerging models arose from diverse nonoverlapping backgrounds, it has become urgent to organize a platform to share and coordinate genomic efforts and enhance communication. The 2020 meeting will bring researchers together from across the globe studying different aspects of land plant evolution using a wide range of model systems and approaches ranging from paleobotany to genomics
All accepted participants will have the opportunity to present their work as poster or short talk. We aim to have an audience that represents 60% post-docs and students. At least two thirds of the participants will be from EMBO country representatives. 40% of the talks will be delivered by researchers selected from the abstracts.
There will be 16 short talks to be selected from the applications. The short talks (12 min) will not be much shorter than talks from invited speakers (20 min). We will approach 4 early-stage researchers form diverse fields to assist the organizers in selecting short talks on the basis of presented abstracts. In particular, we aim to give early-stage researchers the opportunity to present short talks. At least half of these talks will be attributed to post-doc and students.
The conference will be held at Hotel Swosti Premium, Bhubaneswar, which is located in the heart of the city, about 5 Km away from the central railway station (BBS) and about 7 Km away from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BBI). There are numerous hotels with different budget types present in an around Swosti Premium. Some of them are
Besides this several OYO flagged hotels are also available near to the venue. People are requested to reserve their accommodation well in advance as the pick season starts from mid October in Odisha. In any difficulty please get back to Helpdesk.
NISER is an autonomous institute funded by the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt of India. It strives to be among the best in the world in terms of science education and research. NISER is affiliated to Homi Bhabha National Institute. It is functioning from its new 300-acre campus at Jatni at the foothills of Barunei, which was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, on 7th February 2016. It has several state-of-the-art instruments and modern facilities. Besides the research mandate NISER has a strong motivation to train Under-graduate and Post-graduate students. Currently, it harbors seven schools, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth and planetary sciences, computer science and Humanities. The Biju Patnaik International Airport (BBI) is the nearest airport about 25 Km from the campus and can be reached by prepaid taxi. Khurdha Road Junction is the nearest train station about 3 km away.
Bhubaneswar is the capital city of Odisha. It is the hub of many educational institutes of national importance such as ILS, IIT, AIIMS, IMMT, IOP, KIIT, RPRC, etc. It is also known as the temple city with more than about 150 ancient temples. The city is envisioned to be the smart city ranking number one in India by 2022. It is surrounded by numerous picturesque and world heritage sites such as Chilika, Puri, Konark, Lingaraj Temple, Peace Pagoda, Khandagiri and Udaygiri etc.
Prof Sudhakar Panda, Director, NISER
Evolution of chromatin organization in land plants
Transcription factors for lant plant germ cell differentiation and their evolution
Exaptation of ancient mechanisms drove the evolution of symbiosis in plants
Streptophyte algae and the stress physiology of the earliest land plants
The timing and nature of early land plant evolution
What is Marchantia? – a new phylogeny, and a reconsideration of generic boundaries
Vegetative propagation in the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha
Hornworts as a new model to study cyanobacterial symbiosis, carbon-concentrating mechanism, and the origin of land plants
Origin and evolution of auxin response and cell polarity in plants
Origin and diversity of photosynthetic eukaryotes