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Sino-Singapore Bioenergy Plants Workshop 2009 (Final announcement)
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The decline of conventional oil energy supply and the world wide increasing demands for energy consumption have stimulated the search for renewable, environmentally friendly alternative energy sources. One of the alternatives is the development of bioenergy, which has been put under intense spotlight due to recent controversies surrounding bio-fuels and the economics of using plants as bio-fuel sources. Thus, intensive scientific and technological efforts are still required before plant-based bioenergy industry can flourish in its own right.
In an attempt to keep abreast the state-of-art research and development of bioenergy plants, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore will jointly hold “Sino-Singapore Bioenergy Plants Workshop 2009” in Beijing. A panel of experts working on the forefront of bionergy plants research and development will be brought together to share their latest discoveries and experiences in exploitation of the genetic diversity and variation of bioenergy crops, regulation of biomass production and bioenergy traits as well as tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses. The workshop will provide an overview of the recent advances in the use of cutting edge omics platforms and biotechnology tools in bioenergy plants research. This will be the first time that the two institutes jointly organise a bioenergy plants workshop after the establishment of the IOB-TLL Joint R&D Laboratory for Sweet Sorghum in December 2007. We hope to formulate strategic plans to join efforts from both countries to boost bioenergy crop research. The workshop will take place on 6-7 November and the speakers will be well-recognised plant scientists in the field. The organisers hope that this workshop will not only provide a channel for all attendees to share and exchange their achievements and experience, but also stimulate future collaborations.


1. Sponsors and Organizers


Organized by: 

Institute of Botany, CAS

    Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore


2. Date, Place, Website and Official Language

Date: November 6-7, 2009

Place: Multi-media Hall, Institute of Botany, CAS, Beijing

Official language: English and Chinese

3. Academic and Organizing Committee

Academic Committee

Chair: Jiayang Li, Kuang Tingyun, Zhihong Xu, Nam-Hai Chua, Yuanchun Shi

Organizing Committee

Chair: Keping MaZhibing Zhang, Kang Zhong, Song Ge, Chunming Liu, Srinivasan Ramachandran

Members : Hai-Chun Jing, Laigeng Li, Guojiang Wu, Peng Zhang, Yihua Zhou, Guiying Li, Guangming Xia, Gongshe Liu, SHihua Shen, Songquan Song, Shuye Jiang


4. Topics

A.     Current status and future development of bioenergy plants research

B.     Germplasm collection and assessment

C.     Developmental regulation of biomass production and bioenergy traits

D.     Tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses

E.     Genomics of bioenergy crops

F.     Molecular breeding and biotechnology

G.     Production pipeline technology


5. Invited speakers

Jiayang Li, CAS

Tingyun Kuang, IOB-CAS

Zhihong Xu, Beijing University

Nam-Hai Chua, TLL Singapore

Yuanchun Shi, CAU

Kang Chong, IOB-CAS

Song Ge, IOB-CAS

Srinivasan RamachandranTLL, Singapore

Jun Wang, BGI Shenzhen

Sanwen Huang, BGI Shenzhen

Shuye Jiang IOB-TLL Joint Lab

Laigeng Li, SIPPE

Peng Zhang SIPPE


Yihua Zhou, IGDB-CAS

Liangcai Peng Huazhong Agricultural University

Guojiang Wu, South China Botanic Garden, CAS

Guiying Li, Institute of Crop Sciences, CAAS

Guangming Xia, Shandong University

Gongshe Liu, IOB-CAS

Shihua Shen, IOB-CAS

Songquan Song, IOB-CAS

Hai-Chun Jing, IOB-CAS


6. Registration

    For general participants, registration fee will be RMB800. The registration fee for family members will be RMB400. The registration fee will be reduced to RMB600 for students and postdocs. Please note that participants who register before 31st of October, 2009 will receive five percent discount based on above price. The registration fee includes a copy of the pre-published proceedings, refreshments (coffee breaks), lunches and dinners on 6-7 November, 2009.


Please register through the symposium website and pay the registration fee as soon as possible.

1.     Payment of registration fee should be made either by bank transfer:



Account Number:

Or by cheque or cash sent to:


Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

 Nanxincun 20, Haidian District, Beijing, China

Postcode: 100093

Please include a note, stating your name, your institution and Yantai symposium.


7. Abstract & Manuscript Submission

Participants are asked to submit English abstracts to the workshop secretariat. The deadline for submission is the 6th of October, 2009. Abstracts should be no more than an A4 page, including title, authorship, institution, a brief description of the work, and key words as well as contact details of the first author or corresponding author. An abstract book will be handed to attendees prior to the workshop. Workshop papers will be selected for publication in Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (JIPB) in accordance to the requirement of the journal. Please note that abstracts will be included only if we received the registration fee.


8. Poster

The maximum poster size is 80 cm in width and 110 cm in height. Please contact the Workshop Executive Secretary if you wish to present a poster.


9. Accommodation

Hotels around Xiangshan area will be recommended. You can book accommodation via the hotel websites. Please note that travel and accommodation costs will not be covered by the organisers. 


10. Executive Secretary and Contacts

Ms Shuqing Hou (hsq50@ibcas.ac.cn)

Hai-Chun Jing, PhD (hcjing@ibcas.ac.cn)

Centre for Bioenergy Plants Research and Development,

Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

20 Nanxin Cun, Xiangshan,

Beijing 100093,


Tel/Fax:  0086-10-62836576

Webpage: http://www.ibcas.ac.cn

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