Population Genomics of Fungal and Oomycete Diseases of Animals and Plants

07.05.2017 to 11.05.2017

Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità in Ascona, Switzerland

The population genomics of emerging fungal and oomycete pathogens is a dynamic and rapidly growing area of research. New datasets, new sequencing methodologies and new analytical methods are enabling a deeper understanding of the evolutionary processes driving the emergence of fungal and oomycete pathogens. This conference aims to enrich our understanding of the processes driving the evolution of plant, animal and human pathogens, with an over-riding goal of identifying the genomic changes responsible for adaptation to novel hosts and environments. A secondary goal will be to determine how the relevant genes (and their underlying functions) vary along ecological/agronomic gradients associated with host specialization, including quantitative adaptation to host resistance. Another important goal is to facilitate networking of key scientists working on fungal and oomycete diseases of plants, animals and humans. The conference will be oriented around genome-based approaches, including; 1) using population genomics to understand pathogen emergence and host specialization, 2) using genome-wide association studies to identify key genes and genomic regions associated with pathogen local adaptation, 3) using population genomics to understand pathogen divergence/speciation, 4) developing new analytical methods for population genomic analyses.

Confirmed speakers include

Daniel Croll (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland)
Barbara Dunn (Stanford University, USA)
Matthew Fisher (Imperial College London, UK)
Tatiana Giraud (CNRS-Université Paris Sud, France)
Pierre Gladieux (INRA BGPI, France)
Michael Hood (Amherst College, USA)
Hanna Johannesson  (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Sophien Kamoun (The Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Center, UK)
Anna-Liisa Laine (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Gianni Liti (IRCAN, France)
Bruce McDonald (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Joseph Spatafora (Oregon State University, USA)
Jason Stajich (University of California Riverside, USA)
John Taylor (University of California Berkeley, USA)

Selection of conference delegates

The Monte Verità conference center can host a maximum of 110 delegates.  Participation in the conference will require pre-registration because the number of available places is limited. All who wish to participate will be required to fill out a form and submit a 250-word abstract for an oral and/or poster presentation.  The form can be downloaded from the conference website: http://www.path.ethz.ch/education/population-genomics-of-fungal-and-oomycete-diseases-of-animals-a.html

Pre-registration will open on 1 November 2016 and close on 31 December 2016.  

All applications will go through a selection process by a scientific committee composed of the confirmed speakers. Successful applicants will be made aware of the jury's decision by the end of January 2017 at the latest. Completing the form does NOT mean that you are allocated a place at the meeting. Please do not make any travel bookings until you have received confirmation that your application to attend the meeting has been approved.

Conference website
http://www.path.ethz.ch/education/population-genomics-of-fungal-and-oomycete-diseases-of-animals-a.html

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