Keynote speaker

Prof. Geneviève Dupont
Faculté des Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles. Brussels, Belgium.

Speech Title: Ca2+ signalling in animal cells: how and why?
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Prof. Geneviève Dupont is working on models for the dynamics of intracellular Ca2+, in order to help uncovering the mechanism of the Ca2+ oscillations and waves and their physiological implications in animal systems.

In response to external stimulation, many cell types exhibit repetitive variations in their level of cytosolic Ca2+. These oscillations, initiated by an increase in inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (InsP3), can be ascribed to a regulation known as Ca2+-induced Ca2+ release (CICR) by which Ca2+ activates its own release from intracellular stores into the cytosol. Each Ca2+ spike is also spatially organized, as the initially localized Ca2+ increase propagates through the cell as a Ca2+ wave. These oscillations and waves possess important physiological implications as, for example, in the regulation of contraction, secretion or in the resumption of the cell cycle at fertilization.

Invited speakers

Prof. Zhenming Pei
Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Speech Title: GIPC sphingolipids are Ca2+-mediated salt sensors
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Prof. Ildiko Szabo
Department of Biology, University of Padova, Italy

Spech Title: Abiotic stress and calcium signals in chloroplasts  
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Prof. Colin Brownlee
The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK

Speech Title: Generation and roles of calcium signals in photosynthetic protists. Environmental and evolutionary implications
> Biography

Prof. Guo Yan
State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

Speech Title: Decoding of calcium signal under salt stress in Arabidopsis
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Prof. Mitsuyasu Hasebe
Division of Evolutionary Biology, National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan

Speech Title: Calcium signaling in rapid movement of Dionaea and Mimosa pudica
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Prof. Rainer Hedrich
Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology and Biophysics, Biocenter, University Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

Speech Title: Evolution of calcium and electrical signalling in plants
> Biography

Prof. Cyril Zipfel
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Speech Title: Calcium-permeable channels and immunity
> Biography

Prof. Petra Bauer
Institute of Botany, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

Speech Title: Calcium links different layers of iron response regulation in roots
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