© 2019 IUFRO Tree Biotech

Contact Us

 

Conference Secretariat:

info@treebiotech2019.org

Registration Desk: Courtney Branch (cmbranc2@ncsu.edu)

Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC, USA

23-28 June 2019
Raleigh, NC, USA

 IUFRO Tree Biotechnology

2019 Meeting

 

Forests, Technology & Society

 

The Meeting

The IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Meeting is the premier biennial international event focused on molecular biology, genetics, genomics and propagation technologies for forest trees – in short, Tree Biotechnology! Now in its 34th year, the 2019 meeting (23-28 June, Raleigh, NC, USA) will be an opportunity for the international community of researchers in forest tree biotechnology to gather to learn of new methods, hear about research advances, and consider the ways in which these tools and discoveries can be used to help forests adjust to the changing world we share. This is also the biennial meeting of IUFRO Working Party 2.04.06 (Molecular Biology of Forest Trees). 

About IUFRO

IUFRO is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists, which promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees. IUFRO is "the" global network for forest science cooperation. It unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries, and is a member of the International Council for Science (ICSU). Scientists cooperate in IUFRO on a voluntary basis.

 
 

Meeting Program

The meeting will begin with an opening reception on the evening of Sunday June 23, and conclude in the afternoon of Friday, June 28. Keynote and oral presentation sessions will be held in the mornings and on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Lightning talk sessions and poster presentations will be on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday afternoon will be open for meeting participants to visit local sites of interest, or for workshops and other special-interest sessions. The meeting ends at lunchtime on Friday afternoon after a short IUFRO Working Party meeting to select the site for the next meeting.

The Program Overview is available here and the detailed Presentation and Poster Schedule is available here

Session topics will include:

Session 1: Genome structure, function and evolution

Session 2: Big data in tree genomics and phenomics

Session 3: Transgenic technologies, genome editing and in-vitro culture

Session 4: Societal acceptance of tree biotechnology

Session 5: Genes, development and physiology

Session 6: Tree responses to changing biotic and abiotic environments 

Session 7: Tree populations: genetics, diversity and breeding

Session 8: Biotechnology for biomaterials and bioeconomy

There will also be a Special Breakfast Session on Diversity and Inclusion in the Tree Biotechnology Community 

Recorded talks

The recorded talks from the IUFRO 2019 meeting are accessible here

Plenary and Session Keynote Speakers

The meeting will feature plenary and keynote speakers from within the Tree Biotechnology community and as is customary at the biennial meeting we have invited a number of leading scientist from outside the community to provide insights into new and developing fields of plant biotechnology. 

Confirmed Plenary Speakers and Session Keynote speakers are listed here.

 

Information for Delegates

Venue

The meeting, including main and poster sessions, welcome reception and gala dinner will be hosted by the McKimmon Conference Center at NC State University (see map below) in Raleigh NC, USA. More information about the city of Raleigh, NC can be found here

Accommodation

Nearby hotels include Aloft Raleigh and Doubletree Brownstone are accessible via free shuttle buses that run regularly. Click here for contact information and room rates for meeting hotels. Please note that discounted rates are available until the cutoff date or until the block is exhausted, whichever is first. Dormitory-style housing (four single bedrooms with a common kitchen and living area, two shared bathrooms) are available at a cost of less than $50 USD per night, within walking distance of the McKimmon Conference Center meeting venue. Click here to reserve this housing; groups can arrange for housing together if desired.

Transport

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is less than 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the conference center, and taxi, bus, and ride-sharing services (e.g. Uber and Lyft) are available for transportation to area hotels or the meeting housing. NC State University provides the Wolfline shuttle bus service (see summer route map) free of charge, and the Aloft and Doubletree Brownstone hotels lie near stops on this shuttle route. The City of Raleigh bus system provides information on routes, schedules and maps; weeklong passes can be purchased to allow unlimited use of the system for a fixed cost.

Visa Information

Delegates may have to apply for a visitor visa to enter the USA. More information on USA visa applications can be found here. Delegates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to avoid any delays. The meeting organizers will provide a Visa Invitation Letter to registered participants upon request (info@treebiotech2019.org

Diversity and Inclusion

The IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Meeting is committed to achieving diversity, particularly gender balance and underrepresented groups, among speakers and chairs at the conference. Our aim is for female representation in speaker and session chair roles to be at least equal to the proportion of female participation at the meeting.

 

The early bird registration fee for regular attendees was $650 through Friday April 26, 2019.  Late registration is now active at $750. 

Student registration fees were $450 (early registration) and now $550 (late registration).

Students must email a letter on official letterhead from their supervisor to the Conference Secretariat (info@treebiotech2019.org) confirming that they are registered postgraduate (MSc and PhD) students and therefore qualify for the discounted fees.

Postdoctoral fellows and researchers will pay regular registration fees.

Please direct all questions about online registrations, changes, cancellations, payments and receipt/invoice requests to ContinuingEducation@ncsu.edu

 phone number +1-919-515-2261.

 

Abstract Submission

Abstracts for Oral Presentation 

Abstracts submitted for oral presentation by  April 15,  2019 were evaluated and authors have been informed of acceptance for oral or poster presentations.  Authors selected for oral presentations are encouraged to also bring posters to increase interaction after the talks during the poster sessions. Please inform the Conference Secretariat (info@treebiotech2019.org) if you are planning to bring a poster in addition to your oral presentation. 

Poster Abstracts

Poster abstracts submission closed on 31 May 2019. ALL poster authors must register their poster slots and indicate their preference for Lightning Talks by completing the GoogleForm.

Lightning Talks

Authors submitting abstracts that are selected for poster presentations will have the (optional) opportunity to present a two-minute “lightning talk” with two slides (title slide and overview slide) to summarize their results, place the poster in the larger context of the meeting and invite interested attendees to their poster to discuss their findings during the session which will follow immediately after the lightning talks. A total of 60 lightning talks slots are available.

Conference Tour

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Suggs Laboratory for Precision Agriculture and Machine Systems

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NC State University

Location: 3100 Faucette Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606  (Directions from McKimmon Center)

 

Time: 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Group size: A sign-up sheet will be available at the Registration Desk. Two groups of a maximum of 20-25 people can be accommodated. 

Tour Description

Trip attendees will participate in a guided tour and interactive session in the Suggs Laboratory for Precision Agriculture and Machine Systems, a 3,000 sq. ft facility housed within the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) at NC State. The session will highlight several technologies being used by faculty within the BAE department for high-throughput phenotyping and precision agriculture applications. In this session, we will demonstrate the following technologies and discuss their potential use in forestry applications: hyperspectral imaging of 400+ wavelengths, LiDAR technology for obtaining point clouds and 3D measurements, and computer vision approaches using visible and NIR imaging. We will also highlight several platforms that can be utilized for data collection, including unmanned aerial and ground-based systems.

 
 

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Opportunity for Student Sponsorships

The organizers encourage participants to approach local funding organizations and industry partners for sponsorship of postgraduate students attending the meeting. Organizations and companies sponsoring students directly or through the meeting organizers (full support of international travel, registration, accommodation and subsistence) will be acknowledged as Silver, Gold or Platinum sponsors ($2,000, $4,000 or $10,000, respectively). Organizations and companies that will support student attendance and wish to be listed as sponsors on the website and in conference materials should send letters of commitment to Prof Ross Whetten at NC State University (ross_whetten@ncsu.edu).

 

General meeting sponsorships and exhibitions are also welcomed. Sponsors and exhibitors can register and make online payment via the link below. 

Organising Committee

Ross Whetten

Fikret Isik

Jack Wang
JJ Acosta

Vincent Chiang 

Zander Myburg

Heather Coleman

Carol Loopstra

Isabel Allona

Dario Grattapaglia

Christophe Plomion

Laigeng Li

Ying-Hsuan Sun

Malcolm Campbell
Matias Kirst
John Mackay

Phillip Wilcox

Cristina Marques

NC State University, USA

NC State University, USA

NC State University, USA

NC State University, Camcore, USA

NC State University, USA

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Syracuse University, USA

Texas A&M University, USA

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
EMBRAPA, Brazil

INRA, France

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

University of Toronto, Canada

University of Florida, USA

Oxford University, UK

University of Otago, New Zeeland

Raiz, Portugal

IUFRO Working Party Coordinators

Coordinator: Shawn Mansfield, Canada

Deputies: 

Heather D. Coleman, United States

Dario Grattapaglia, Brazil

Armand Seguin, Canada

Sofía Alejandra Valenzuela Aguila, Chile

Local and International Organising Committee

Local Committee

Ross Whetten

Fikret Isik

Jack Wang
JJ Acosta

Vincent Chiang 

Kitt Payn

 

International Committee 

Zander Myburg

Heather Coleman

Carol Loopstra

Isabel Allona

Dario Grattapaglia

Christophe Plomion

Laigeng Li

Ying-Hsuan Sun

Malcolm Campbell
Matias Kirst
Phillip Wilcox

Cristina Marques

Xiyang Zhao

Chenguang Zhou

Victoria Maloney

 

NC State University, USA

NC State University, USA

NC State University, USA

NC State University, Camcore, USA

NC State University, USA; Northeast Forestry University, China

NC State University, USA

 

 

University of Pretoria, South Africa

Syracuse University, USA

Texas A&M University, USA

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
EMBRAPA, Brazil

INRA, France

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

University of Toronto, Canada

University of Florida, USA

University of Otago, New Zealand

Raiz, Portugal

Northeast Forestry University

Northeast Forestry University

University of Pretoria, South Africa

 

State Key Laboratory of

Tree Genetics and Breeding