August 24th and 25th 2021

We are happy to announce the 2nd International Plant Immunity Symposium organized by the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2172 taking place as an online symposium on August 24th and 25th 2021. We invite everybody who is interested in plant-pathogen interactions to join us in this online event.

The IRTG 2172 Plant Responses To Eliminate Critical Threats (PRoTECT) is a DFG funded collaborative training program for graduate students between research groups working at the University of Göttingen, Germany, and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. After a successful first cohort, a very promising second cohort of doctoral students started in 2019.

The IRTG investigates plant-microbe interactions and their impacts on plant immunity with the focus on three key areas: barriers, signal transduction, and metabolites. Although plants react differently to the attack of discrete stress factors and environmental changes, almost all reactions come along with adaptations of signaling pathways which finally lead to proteomic and metabolomics changes. To generate knowledge on pathways involved in defensive reactions like systemic acquired resistance, different model systems are analyzed on molecular, as well as macroscopic level.

Confirmed invited speaker are:

Sébastien Duplessis - INRA, Nancy, France
Aardra Kachroo - University of Kentucky, USA
Regine Kahmann - MPI of Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany
Jacqueline Monaghan - Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
Ralph Panstruga - Aachen University, Germany
Tina Romeis - Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle, Germany
Anton Schäffner - Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
Eva Stukenbrock - University of Kiel, Germany
Bart Thomma - University of Cologne, Germany
Guido van den Ackerveken - Utrecht University, Netherlands
Mary Williams - Features Editor, The Plant Cell, American Society of Plant Biologists


The symposium will focus on live talks by our eleven invited speakers (see below). In addition, doctoral students of PRoTECT (both from Göttingen and Vancouver) will discuss their most important research findings.

Because we want to give our friends at UBC to give the opportunity to participate in the symposium, the live talks will take place on August 24th and 25th between 5 pm (CEST/UTC+2) and 9 pm (CEST/UTC+2). We will use Zoom for hosting the live talks and for your participation. After each talk, there will also be the opportunity for questions either via the Zoom chat or by direct participation. A detailed schedule of the symposium will be posted soon.

Register now to become part of the 2nd International Plant Immunity Symposium! Registration Deadline is August 20st.

We will keep you updated on this website.

Previously on IPIS 2018...
In 2018, with the participation of graduate students within and outside Germany, including the IRTG members, we heard some insightful research in the field of plant immunity. Even though active participation is unfortunately not possible this year, we encourage graduate students and everybody else internationally working in the field of plant immune biology to join the event.
Leading scientists in the field of plant immunity will present insights in their ongoing work. In combination with the presentations of the IRTG 2172 scientists, this two-day symposium will provide the perfect platform to discuss the most recent research findings, new methods, and to get in contact with experts in that area of research.