This will be the third PVB meeting following successful meetings in Taiwan in 2007 and the USA in 2010. The study of the vascular system, which connects every organ in the mature plant, spans a wide range of disciplines, including development, physiology, systems biology and computational biology. The PVB 2013 meeting will assemble over 200 scientists. Participants will share and discuss their latest findings, develop collaborations and identify new directions of research. The meeting will serve as a valuable forum to create bridges between basic research and applied biology. The conference will be held at the Rantapuisto Conference Center in Helsinki, Finland.