2016 IS-MPMI XVII Congress

Elevate the Science of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions


Join scientists and researchers July 17–21, 2016, in Portland, Oregon—an affordable, accessible U.S. city. The meeting will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, across the river from downtown Portland and connected by light rail to downtown and the airport.

For the past 34 years this meeting has been the premier forum for announcing and discussing the most innovative scientific discoveries elucidating the molecular events by which plants and microbes interact.

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Welcome to the XVII IC-MPMI

Fifteen years after the 10th IC-MPMI (Madison, WI, USA, 2001), the IC-MPMI returns to the USA, this time to Portland, the City of Roses!

The Local Scientific Committee (LSC), in collaboration with the Board of Directors (BOD), of IS-MPMI has put together a diverse and forward-looking program that highlights some of the most exciting research areas, such as the microbiome, tritrophic interactions, RNA-mediated interactions and systems biology, as well as perennial favorites such as resistance mechanisms, mutualism, and microbial virulence functions. Nearly 950 attendees from 40 countries around the world will get together to discuss the current status and future of research on molecular plant-microbe interactions. Over 175 invited speakers will present research talks and almost 725 posters will be displayed during the entire Congress. In addition, there is also a rich selection of special sessions on Sunday to serve as an appetizer, including new training sessions on bioinformatics.
This meeting incorporated a number of new elements aimed at significantly improving attendees’ experiences.=
  • Broadening and diversifying speakers through rotating plenary and concurrent session presenters in consecutive congresses.
  • Concurrent sessions are carefully coordinated to avoid duplication of talks and labs and to feature more postdocs and students.
  • Earlier and expanded times for posters to encourage attendance and fresher minds. 
  • An overall less-dense program with free evenings to facilitate networking, discussion and relaxation over dinner.
Both the BOD and the LSC have made major efforts to secure governmental and industrial funding opportunities to provide support for the attendance of 70 young scientists, who will be networking with speakers and function as “field reporters”, tweeting about their favorite talks during the Congress.
The main program will open on Sunday with the IS-MPMI award lecture (to be announced). Monday will begin with the EMBO Keynote lecture by Ulla Bonas on “How Xanthomonas manipulates the plant” while Tuesday will begin with a talk by the inaugural IS-MPMI Young Scientist Awardee (to be announced). On Thursday morning, EMBO Young Investigator Awardee, Lionel Navarro, will give a talk on “Mechanisms of Bacterial Suppression of AGO1-RISC Activity and of Host Counter-counter Defense.” Also on Thursday, we’ve added a new final day lunch time poster session so you can catch those posters you missed earlier in the meeting.
Besides enjoying the scientific and networking opportunities offered by the Congress, we encourage you to take advantage of all the unique cultural, social and recreational activities Portland and surroundings have to offer. Portland is young and vibrant city on the Pacific rim that offers a vast diversity of food experiences including beer, wine and coffee, and is an indie rock mecca for music buffs. July is a beautiful time to be in Oregon with sunshine, mild temperatures and low humidity.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the BOD and LSC as well as the staff at IS-MPMI headquarters, for their dedication, thoughtfulness, and active involvement in the planning of this Congress. Though the Congress will be over in five short days, it has been nearly four years in the making and could not have happened without the many volunteers who helped pull it all together.
We look forward to seeing you in Portland!
Safe travels,
Sheng Yang He                           Brett Tyler
President, IS-MPMI                      Chair, Local Scientific Committee