Meetings & Courses

Integrative Epigenetics in Plants, AWAJI, JAPAN

Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center, JAPAN
December 7-10, 2020 

Abstract deadline: September 25, 2020 

Organized by:

Frederic Berger, Gregor Mendel Institute

Xiaofeng Cao, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology

Toshiro Ito, Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Tetsu Kinoshita, Yokohama City University

Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania




We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Integrative Epigenetics in Plants which will be held in Awaji, JAPAN, close to Kobe.

The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday December 7, and will conclude after lunch on Thursday December 10, 2020. The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Integrative Epigenetics in Plants. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Conference Venue & Accommodation
Cold Spring Harbor Asia conferences in JAPAN are arranged in
 Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center, which is part of a one-of-a-kind “environment creation” project equipped with professional conference facilities and blended into the magnificent landscape, designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando.

Major Topics:
1. DNA Methylation
2. RNA-Mediated Regulation and Non-coding RNA
3. Histone Modifications and Variants
4. Stem Cells and Development
5. Response to Biotic and Abiotic Stress
6. Crops, Hybridization and Heterosis

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Steve Jacobsen,HHMI/University of California, Los Angeles
Tetsuji Kakutani,National Institute of Genetics

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Anna Amtmann,The University of Glasgow
Frederic Berger,Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology GmbH
Xiaofeng Cao,Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS
Xuemei Chen,University of California Riverside
Jungnam Cho,Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology & Ecology, CAS
Yong Ding,University of Science & Technology of China
Mary Gehring,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Yuehui He,Chinese Academy of Sciences
Martin Howard,John Innes Centre
Toshiro Ito,Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Tetsu Kinoshita,Yokohama City University
Claudia Kohler,Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Julie Law,Salk Institute
Chang Liu,Universität Tübingen
Raphael Mercier,Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Yasuyuki Ohkawa,Univeristy of Kyushu
Bob Schmitz,University of Georgia
Motoaki Seki,RIKEN
Nathan Springer,University of Minnesota
Keiko Sugimoto,RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science
Doris Wagner,University of Pennsylvania
Jiawei Wang,Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences,CAS
Binglian Zheng,Fudan University
Xuehua Zhong,University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jian-Kang Zhu,Purdue University and Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Awaji in December, 2020.

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November 9, 2020

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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