Supported by the American Society of Plant Biologists from its inaugural congress in 2008, this meeting is designed to initiate Pan-American research collaborations in energy biosciences. The 4th congress, the first held in Canada, aims to continue a tradition of showcasing major advances in energy crop improvement yet keep in perspective the realities of the economic drivers and pressures that govern the translation of scientific success into a commercial success. The Canadian Society of Plant Biologists is partnering with ASPB in endorsing this congress.
The program will cover a range of discplines, including algal and plant systems for bioenergy, plant genetics and genomics, gene discovery for improvement of bioenergy production and quality, biochemical and regulatory mechanisms for synthesis and degradation, strategies for 3rd generation biofuel production, synthetic biology for biofuels and bio-based products, physiology of bioenergy crops, agronomics of biomass production, environment and agricultural sustainability, and economins and policy.
The congress will begin Wednesday evening, June 4, with a reception, followed by a keynote lecture on the state of research in Canada. The scientific sessions will mostly be plenary and extend three full days culminating on Saturday. Concurrent sessions in the afternoon will comprise additional lectures and short talks selected from poster abstracts around specific topics. Evening dinners on June 5 and 6 will be followed by a keynote lecture. We aim to provide opportunities for at least partial support on a competitive basis for students, post-doctorals, and pre-tenured faculty and staff scientists to attend the meeting. Download Meeting Flyer