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New model systems for early land plant evolution

22 - 24 June 2016 | Vienna, Austria

Registration deadline

15 May 2016

Abstract submission deadline

25 April 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

15 May 2016

Payment deadline

15 May 2016

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About the workshop

Little is known about how early land plants conquered land and the origins of the major features of flowering plants.
Publication of the genome of the filamentous alga Klebsormidium in 2014 and the forecasted publication of the genome of one of the earliest land plants - Marchantia - in 2016 promise tools to understand the major events that enabled the transition from a blue (the reign of algae) to a green (the reign of land plants) planet Earth.
This EMBO Workshop will focus on the development and dissemination of resources for a growing community of researchers interested in this topic. Although work related to Marchantia will be a major topic, this EMBO Workshop will also include seminal studies in orphan groups of land plants ancestors such a charales and other bryophytes including the well established model Physcomitrella and emerging model such as hornworts.

The EMBO Workshop will cover broad aspects including Phylogeny, Genomics, Development, and Epigenetics.






Registration deadline

15 May 2016

Abstract submission deadline

25 April 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

15 May 2016

Payment deadline

15 May 2016










Registration includes:

  • Access to all scientific and poster sessions
  • All meals during the course (three lunches and two dinners) and coffee breaks
  • Gala dinner

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of their abstract submission. Selected participants will give their presentation in the form of posters or short talks. 15 abstracts will be selected for short oral presentation. Participants planning to present a poster or short talk will be given priority. The relevance of the presentation to the conference theme will be taken into consideration. Organizers will select participants on the basis of scientific interests and fair representation of genders.


Abstract Guidelines

250 words maximum, including references. Please indicate if you wish to present a short talk or a poster. The abstract should display all authors and their full affiliation, a title and a short text describing your research.


Poster Specifications

Posters must be in A1 format.


Accepted delegates will be sent a link to our payment system by email.




Matthew Watson

Phone: +43 1790449101




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Gregor Mendel Institute,

Dr. Bohr-Gasse 3,

1030 Vienna,

T: +43 1 79044-9000

F: +43 1 79044-9001


How to get there

From the Airport:
Suburban rail (S-Bahn): S7 to Sankt Marx/Vienna Biocenter (20min travel time, €4.40)
Taxi: approx. 25min and €35-.
From the Train stations:
Suburban rail (S-Bahn): S7 to Sankt Marx/Vienna Biocenter
Tram: #71 or #18 to Sankt Marx
Bus: #74A to Sankt Marx
Underground (U-Bahn): U3 to Schlachthausgasse, then a 7 minute walk or three stops on tram #18


We recommend the Hotel Doppio:

Hotel Doppio
Rennweg 99
1030 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (1) 790 25


The Hotel Doppio has agreed to offer the following rate for guests of this EMBO Workshop (including breakfast):

Single room: EUR 90

Double room: EUR 100

Guests should book using this downloadable form. Please note that better rates might be found on the internet.


In addition, we have secured rooms at the following hotels:

Gartenhotel Gabriel 3***
Landstraßer-Hauptstr. 165
A-1030 Wien

5 single rooms, EUR 60 per night/room
15 twin rooms( 2 persons ), EUR 75 per night/room
Including breakfast and WiFi
Please ensure you book before 15 May 2016 and quote "EMBO 2016" when booking.


Best Western Plus – Amedia Hotel Vienna
Landstrasser Hauptstrasse 153-155
A-1030 Vienna
Tel.: +43 (0) 1 359 3000


40 Rooms
Single, EUR 80 per night/room
Double, EUR 100 per night/room
Including breakfast and wifi
Please ensure you book before 2 June 2016 and quote "EMBO 2016" when booking.



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