Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress


16th-17th Mar 2017
Registration from 8am


Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Beurs van Berlage

5th Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress
Date: March 16 - 17, 2017
Venue: BEURS VAN BERLAGE, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5th Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress

Developing Gene Editing, NGS, and Omic Technologies to Advance Plant Research.

This leading Plant Genomics and Gene Editing networking event has moved from London to Amsterdam in 2017.

As well as changing the location, the agenda has been completely remodelled in order to provide you and your peers with an outstanding learning and networking experience. For example, this year the programme incorporates round table discussions where, you, together with your peers, can debate the challenges and tease out the opportunities to be found in: the plant microbiome; sequencing workflow; and genomic selection to name but a few. In addition, there are extended panel discussions to allow you a more interactive exchange of ideas with the speakers across a range of topics. And for younger plant scientists, as well as opportunities to give poster presentations, the agenda includes early career researchers who will present on their work in a number of novel areas.

These developments add to a meeting that is renowned for the quality of the scientific presentations being delivered by over 70 speakers from industry and academia.

Don’t forget to check out the testimonials!


Plant research and its associated technologies have improved dramatically over the last 5 years as a result of the revolutionary breakthroughs in gene editing technologies and reductions in the cost of sequencing. Many plants have now been successfully sequenced and a wide range of biological data sets made available. As a result, plant scientists are now, more than ever, making use of state of the art technology platforms to help explain biological principals, advance research and confer benefits such as crop improvement / breeding etc. by harnessing the greater understanding of plant genomes.

Should you be either an expert already using gene editing, NGS, or other genomic technologies for plant analysis with a desire to extend your knowledge, or a researcher keen to invest in sequencing / omic technology and looking to learn which platform/technology best suits your requirements – the conference will provide an interactive networking forum to answer your queries through a vibrant exhibition room full of technology providers showcasing their technologies and other solutions, expert led case study presentations, interactive Q&A panel discussions, and two round-table sessions examining various topics through six separate tracks.



The scope and breadth of the plant Genomics Congress is exemplified by these outstanding speaker presentations:

  • NEAL GUTTERSON, VP of Research and Development, DuPont Pioneer: CRISPR-Cas Advanced Plant Breeding Technology
  • JANE PARKER, Professor, Department of Plant-Microbe Interactions, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany: Plant intracellular immunity networks
  • ANGELA SESSITSCH, Head of Bioresources, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria: The hidden world within plants: ecological considerations and functioning of microbial endophytes
  • PATRICK SCHWEIZER, Group Leader, Pathogen-Stress Genomics, Leibniz-Insitut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK), Germany: Genes and alleles for durable resistance of barley to powdery mildew
  • SOFIE VANTHOURNOUT, Director, Sense about Science EU, Belgium: PANEL DISCUSSION: The potential impact of gene editing on global food security
  • JOHNATHAN NAPIER, Professor and Associate Director for Research, Rothamsted Research, UK: Metabolic engineering of transgenic Camelina for the sustainable production of omega-3 fish oils
  • YINPING JIAO, Research Associate, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and USDA-ARS, USA: EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER PRESENTATION: The complex sequence landscape of maize revealed by single molecule technologies
  • GERCO ANGENENT, Professor and Group Leader, Plant Developmental Systems, Wageningen University, The Netherlands: Histone modifications control temperatureinduced alternative splicing and flowering in Arabidopsis


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Beurs van Berlage

Beurs van Berlage

Damrak 243
1012 ZJ Amsterdam

Tel: +31 (0)20-530 41 41| Email:

Having been in London for 3 years in a row, the congress is moving to Amsterdam for the first time!

The meeting will take place at Beurs van Berlag, just 300 metres from the Central Station in the heart of this beautiful city.

Accommodation details will be sent to you with your welcome letter upon registration.

Pricing and Registration

The conference fee includes:
  • All conference sessions
  • Lunches and refreshments
  • Access to exhibition room
  • All networking forums
  • Conference workbook
  • e-documentation pack

Poster Presentations

Poster presentation sessions will take place in breaks and alongside the other breakout sessions of the conference. Your presentation will be displayed in a dedicated area, with the other accepted posters from industry and academic presenters.

We also issue a poster eBook to all attendees with your full abstract in and can share your poster as a PDF after the meeting if you desire (optional).

Whether looking for funding, employment opportunities or simply wanting to share your work with a like-minded and focused group, these are an excellent way to join the heart of this congress.

In order to present a poster at the forum you need to be registered as a delegate. Please note that there is limited space available and poster space is assigned on a first come first served basis (subject to checks and successful registration).

We charge an admin fee of €100 to industry delegates to present, that goes towards the shared cost of providing the poster presentation area and display boards, guides etc. This fee is waived for those representing academic institutions and not for profit organisations.

Submission instructions

We will require the form (downloadable below) to be submitted by the 24th of February. This is the formal deadline however space is another limiting factor so early application is recommended. Therefore please contact us with any questions you have as soon as possible.

Posters should be presented as A0 or US equivalent, size E (841mm x 1189mm or 34 x 44 inches respectively) in portrait orientation. In order to present a poster at the forum, you need to be registered as a delegate.



What our delegates say about the conference

100% relevant

Usually when you go to conferences, maybe 25% of the talks will be relevant, here 100% are relevant.

Gil Ronen



The plant genomics conference is pretty exciting. I regularly participate in the plant and animal genome conference in San Diego, compared to that this conference is more focused, has a collection of interesting speakers and cutting edge technologies, not only in genomics but also in imaging and genetic engineering. This is a fantastic conference.

Henry Daniell

Professor & Director of Translation Research, University of Pennsylvania

Covers all aspects

It was a great cross-section of plant science, it included just about all aspects of plant genomics. It included the whole spectrum of science, from research, through to breeding, production, and applications and just top notch talks throughout the day. We've found this congress to be a great place to stay connected to the thought leaders across the spectrum of applications.

Mike Thompson

Director, Market Development, Illumina

New technologies

For me the most interesting part is learning about the new technologies presented here, learning about the genomic research going on because it's an essential part of my studies.

Ksenia Krasileva

Group Leader, The Genome Analysis Centre

Conference Sponsors

  • NRGene Gold
    Gold Sponsor
  • BioNano Genomics Gold
    Gold Sponsor
  • NuGen Technologies Gold
    Gold Sponsor
  • Twist Bioscience Gold
    Gold Sponsor
  • Evogene
    Silver Sponsor
  • GATC Biotech
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • BioNano Genomics
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Novogene
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • PerkinElmer
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Biolegio
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • LGC
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Diagenode
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Advanced Analytical
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Genalice
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • NR Gene Europe
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • NuGen
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Twist Bioscience
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • MP Bio
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Promega
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Macrogen
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • GC Biotech
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Dovetail Genomics
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Genewiz
    Exhibitor & Content Sponsor
  • Arrayjet
  • Porvair
  • Fasteris
  • IMI Consulting


Sponsors and exhibitors at our conferences have the opportunity to meet and form partnerships with delegates on a formal and informal basis in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.

Our sponsorship packages offer a wide range of attendance options to suit your budget and business needs in order to maximise return on investment.

If there is any other way you would like to sponsor or increase branding for your company at the event, please get in touch and we will be able to offer you a bespoke service.

Twenty Minute Prearranged One-to-One Meetings

Select which delegates you would like to meet in a series of prearranged twenty-minute one-to-one meetings, held during breakout sessions from the main conference agenda. Our conference team will be available at the sessions to ensure all your meetings take place on time.

Pre or Post Event Workshops

Host your own half or full day pre or post event workshop to a dedicated audience around a subject of your choice. Global Engage will assist with the marketing of your workshop to provide a guaranteed audience

Pre-Event Marketing & Branding

Market to our event database and / or increase brand awareness through taking a poster position or sponsoring one of the refreshment breaks, lunches, drinks receptions or poster sessions. This can be supplemented by branding options such as placing your logo on the attendee lanyards or conference bags.


Showcase your technologies and products throughout the conference in the dedicated exhibition areas where all refreshment breaks and lunches take place, as well as the networking drinks reception at the end of day one.

Speaking Opportunities

Options include:

  • 30-minute speaker presentations
  • Chairing / panellist positions during a 30-minute panel discussion
  • Hosting a 1-hour workshop within the conference program

Media Partners

  • Absave
  • AIMS Agriculture and Food
  • AllSeq
  • Biocompare
  • Biosave
  • Ecological Bioscience and Biotechnology
  • Global Information
  • Journal of Biotechnology
  • Labsave
  • PharmaVOICE
  • Plant Science Today
  • RareBase
  • SciDoc Publishers
  • Select Science
  • Swiss Biotech Association
  • Technology Networks
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