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Sainsbury Laboratory Symposium '18

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The Coordination of Development

Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge (SLCU), Cambridge, UK

19-21 September, 2018






Plant development is modular, continuous, and plastic. Thus, developmental decisions must be made throughout the plant lifecycle without a centralised information processing system. The resulting distributed decision making is a hallmark of plant development. This meeting is a forum to address developmental phenomena that rely on coordinated decision making. With an aim to bring together a diverse group of international researchers studying structures, signals, and mechanisms involved in the coordination of plant development, SLS ’18 will be a unique opportunity to explore this fascinating interdisciplinary field.

The event will begin at 17:30 on Wednesday 19 September and end at 20:00 on Friday 21 September.



Registration deadline EXTENDED: Monday 16 July 2018 (GMT)

Poster abstract submission deadline:  Monday 16 July 2018 (GMT)
Please register for this event before submitting an abstract. We will only consider abstracts from people who have already registered.

 Registration fees and optional extras

  • Early bird registration £190 (before Friday 1 June)
  • Standard registration £230

 Registration includes:

  • All conference materials
  • Opening reception on Wednesday 19 and meals, tea and coffee breaks on Thursday 20 - Friday 21 September.
  • Access to the Botanic Garden for those delegates arriving early on 19 September.

 Optional extras:

  • Single en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation for the nights of Wednesday 19 – Friday 21 September:  £255 (rooms are available to book until 8 June or until fully booked). Accommodation bookings have now closed - see Accommodation for alternative options.

Flash talks and posters

Posters will be limited to a maximum of 36, and will be selected from abstracts submitted, with up to 12 people selected for flash talks. In addition, up to seven people will be selected from abstracts to give a short talk. Further information on how to submit an abstract is available here. Please ensure you are registered for this conference before you submit an abstract.  

Please contact us with any enquiries:

Parents Attending SLS’18

While the Lab cannot provide child care for this event, details of local childminders can be found here. We ask that childminders/partners/carers wait with children in our Social Room if they are present when the conference is in progress. The Lab is surrounded by the Botanic Garden, a traffic free area with a café. Please contact the conference organisers if you would like to arrange for access to the Garden for your partner/child minder during the conference. For parents of infants, we provide a private room for feeding and pumping, a separate fridge for milk storage, baby changing facilities, and high chairs. Breastfeeding is welcome in all public areas of the building.