• ISPP2019

    3–8 June 2019 Barcelona

    International Symposium on Plant Photobiology

    Registration deadline 31st March

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  • ISPP 2019's commitment for the Planet

    starting with 1 attendee = 1 tree planted 

    do you want to plant more trees? Visit the ISPP forest

    In partnership with Tree-Nation logo


Welcome Letter

- june 2019, Barcelona

We warmly invite you to be part of the International Symposium on Plant Photobiology (ISPP), which will be held in the lively city of Barcelona, Spain, this coming spring (Monday 3th to Saturday 8th June 2019).

Light is a key resource for plants as it fuels photosynthesis. Thus, light availability is of great importance to plants throughout their life cycle. To gain information about the light environment, plants possess light receptors that cover the perception of the complete light spectrum, including light invisible for the human eye (far-red and ultra-violet light). The information sensed by these light receptors is utilized to optimally grow during day-night cycles, and in sub-optimal light conditions, such as shaded areas and high-light sun flecks. Plant photobiology research focuses on the perception of light by plants, the developmental adaptations that a changing light environment causes and the mechanistic and genetic basis of these adaptations. The ISPP is a biannual meeting where the world’s leaders as well as upcoming talents in the field gather to share their latest results and discuss future directions.

The organizing committee, formed by four CRAG researchers, are preparing an attractive programme for researchers at different stages in their career, with international highly-valued speakers as well as young talents. Participants are encouraged to submit abstracts, from which talks and flash-talks will be selected. The meeting will cover many aspects of plant photobiology, including photoreceptor function, signal transduction and integration mechanisms, circadian clock and System Biology. We also prepare poster sessions that will be fun to attend and aim to promote lively scientific discussion between all participants.

The workshop will be held within the Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (PRBB) building, a beautiful modern building that holds a research institute, very close to the Olympic harbor and by the beach. About 150-200 participants are expected to attend this event.

See you this spring in Barcelona - don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!

Speakers & Organized

Organized by

Charlotte Gommers (CRAG and WUR)
Jaume Martinez-Garcia (CRAG)
Elena Monte (CRAG)
Jordi Moreno-Romero (CRAG)


  • Margaret Ahmad

    (Sorbonne Université, Paris, France)
  • Jorge Casal

    (Fundación Instituto Leloir, IIBBA-CONICET & IFEVA, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Meng Chen

    (UC-Riverside, California, USA)
  • Giltsu Choi

    (KAIST, Daejeon, Korea)
  • John Christie

    (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)
  • Katie Dehesh

    (UC-Riverside, California, USA)
  • Eva Farre

    (Michigan State University, USA)
  • Kerry Franklin

    (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
  • Karen Halliday

    (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
  • Ute Hoecker

    (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Enamul Huq

    (University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA)
  • Eirini Kaiserli

    (University of Glasgow, United Kingdom)
  • Martina Legris

    (Center for Integrative Genomics, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Paloma Mas

    (CRAG, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Rob McClung

    (Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA)
  • Akira Nagatani

    (University of Kyoto, Japan)
  • Ronald Pierik

    (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
  • Salome Prat

    (CNB, Madrid, Spain)
  • Peter Quail

    (UC-Berkeley, California, USA)
  • Åsa Strand

    (UPSC, Umea, Sweden)
  • Gabriela Toledo

    (University of Lancaster, United Kingdom)
  • Roman Ulm

    (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Rick Vierstra

    (Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA)
  • Xing Wang Deng

    (Peking University, Beijing, China)



Monday June 3

registration & welcome drinks

Tuesday June 4



session 1

| invited speaker 1
| invited speaker 2
| selected speaker 1
| selected speaker 2

Coffe break

session 2

| invited speaker 3
| invited speaker 4
| selected speaker 3
| selected speaker 4
| Flash talks 1, 2, 34


session 3

| invited speaker 5
| invited speaker 6
| selected speaker 5
| selected speaker 6

Coffe break

session 4

| invited speaker 7
| invited speaker 8
| selected speaker 7
| selected speaker 8
| Flash talks 4, 5, 6

wrap up & posters


Wednesday June 5

session 5

| invited speaker 09
| invited speaker 10
| selected speaker 09
| selected speaker 10

session 6

| invited speaker 11
| invited speaker 12
| selected speaker 11
| selected speaker 12
| Flash talks 7, 8, 9


session 7

| invited speaker 13
| invited speaker 14
| selected speaker 13
| selected speaker 14
| Flash talks 10, 11, 12

Coffe break

session 8

| posters & drinks


Thursday June 6

social activity


session 9

| invited speaker 15
| invited speaker 16
| selected speaker 15
| selected speaker 16

Coffe break

session 10

| invited speaker 17
| invited speaker 18
| invited speaker 19
| selected speaker 17
| Flash talks 13, 14, 15

wrap up & posters


Friday June 7

session 11

| invited speaker 20
| invited speaker 21
| selected speaker 22
| selected speaker 18

Coffe break

session 12

| invited speaker 23
| invited speaker 24
| selected speaker 19
| selected speaker 20
| Flash talks 16, 17, 18


posters & coffee

session 14

| invited speaker 7
| invited speaker 8
| selected speaker 7
| selected speaker 8

closing & prizes

drinks & conference dinner

Saturday June 8



Abstract Guidelines

- Abstracts have to be submitted after registration. The deadline to send abstracts is the 31st of March 2019.

- By submitting an abstract you are accepting the terms below and are giving us permission to publish it in any on-line or printed organizer´s means of communications, always mentioning author´s attribution. In this context you will be responsible to have authorization from all co-authors involved.

- Please read carefully the following rules before submitting your abstract.


- Accepted abstracts will be published into the abstract book that will be available on-line in this website.
- All abstracts must be submitted through an online form, even if you have been asked by the organizers to be a speaker. Please, do not send Abstracts by email.
- The presenting author must be registered to have access to the Abstract submission online form. For that reason, attendants who want to present a contribution have to register to the meeting before the 31st of March in order to be eligible.
- Contributions must be sent by the presenting author. To encourage broad participation, each person is allowed to submit only one abstract as main/presenting author. All kind of contributions are included in this rule. A person may serve as a non-presenting co-author on several abstracts.
- Abstract length is limited to 350 words.
- The presenting author must include all authors involved (name and affiliation are required) in strict sequential order as they want to appear in the abstract book. The person in charge of the submission is responsible to obtain consent from all co-authors regarding content and participation.
- Sessions will mix the following topics: Photoreceptors: function and structure / Light and hormones / Light and temperature signaling / Light and circadian rhythms / Spatial aspects of light signaling / Light and retrograde signaling / Light and metabolism / Eco-photobiology / PIF signaling / COP-SPA signaling / Evolutionary aspects of light signaling.
- Authors will be asked to select two topics, in order of preference.
- ISPP2019 aims to give an opportunity to early career researchers of presenting their work. Therefore, the presenting authors will be asked about their career status.

Type of contributions:

Authors will be asked to select the type of contribution among the following choices:
- Oral presentation (22 speakers, 17 min + 3 min questions)
- Flash talks (18 speakers, 3 min without questions)*
- Poster presentations **

*Flash talks presentations are expected to refer to a poster.
**Poster specifications: The poster space will be 90 x 120 cm (width x height), which corresponds to A0 vertical format.

Selection of Abstracts for oral and flash talk presentations

- The presenting author may indicate a preference for a particular topic and a particular type of contribution (poster, flash-talk or oral). - Although these preferences will be considered, some abstracts might be redistributed among the scientific topics to balance the number of presentations. - Due to the limited amount of time and space available for oral sessions, a Scientific Committee of expert Chairs will select the contributions to be presented as oral or flash talk presentation. - Authors will be notified about the type of their contributions by e-mail in early May. - Information about acceptable portable media formats will be further submitted to the authors. Thank you very much for participating.


Conference will be held at

Parque de Investigación Biomédica de Barcelona - PRBB

Carrer del Dr. Aiguader, 88, 08003 Barcelona - Spain



Almost 4.5 million people live in the Barcelona metropolitan area. The city enjoys a prime location, bathed by the sea and has excellent transport links with the rest of Europe. The Mediterranean and Europe are the defining characteristics of Catalonia. 

Barcelona is a modern, cosmopolitan city with many centuries of history. Its geographic location and the open character of its inhabitants are the reasons why the city is being culturally enriched all the time. It has a valuable architectural and monumental heritage, the most splendid exponents of which are its Gothic and modernist buildings. Nine of its buildings have been designated World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. The entire city guarantees that visitors will enjoy taking a stroll around its streets, which are replete with charm.

Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and warm summers. It is a coastal city and has over four kilometres of urban beaches and large areas of nearby forest. Although it is a large city, it is easy to get around on public transport and on foot. You can reach any point in the city by metro, bus and taxi




The documentation you need to enter Spain will depend greatly on where you are coming from:
- If you are a citizen of any nation in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein, you will only need your National Identification Document or a current passport. For minors, the National Identification Document must be accompanied by written parental permission.
- If you are from Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, the Vatican, Singapore, Uruguay, or Venezuela you will need to show a valid passport to enter Spain. Your stay may not exceed 90 days.
- If you are coming from any other country, in accordance with EU regulations, you must apply for a visa at the Spanish Consulate for your country. You must also show an official passport. In this case, Spanish authorities may require proof of accommodation, reservation confirmation by an official travel agency, a return ticket, tour agenda, or personal invitation. Likewise, you may be required to provide proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay in Spain. As the conditions stated above may vary, we recommend you contact the Spanish Consulate or Embassy for your country to ensure you meet all requirements before traveling. You can contact with Technical Secretariat GEYSECO to get a letter if required for getting a visa: contact@ispphotobiology2019.com
Further information: www.mae.es


There is no better way to discover the city than by walking through its streets. If you come to the city by car your best bet is to leave your vehicle in a car park and enjoy your visit by bus, metro or taxi. You can also use your own App to find your public transport option in Barcelona.
Metro y FGC: Barcelona currently has six metro lines covering a total of 86.6 kilometres and passing through 123 stations.For further information: Barcelona Metro: www.tmb.net | Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya: www.fgc.es | Tel. +34 932 051 515
Bus: Barcelona has a fleet of 1000 buses which operate on over 80 routes and connect all the city’s districts. For further information: Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona: www.tmb.net Tram: There are two tram lines in Barcelona which provides easy access to major industrial areas, shopping centres and residential zone.
For further information www.trambcn.com


Metropolitan Public Transportation: 010
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat: 93 205 15 15
Renfe: 902 240 202
Airport (information): 902 404 704
Marítima Balears Boat Station: 93 295 91 00
Barcelona Nord Bus Station: 902 260 606
Taxis: 932 250 000 / 933 033 033 / 933 300 300
Wheelchair taxis: 93 420 80 88


You will always find something to do in Barcelona. The city has over 50 museums, showcasing permanent collections of works by artists such as Picasso, Joan Miró and Antoni Tàpies. At the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) you can see one of the world’s most important collections of Romanesque art. It also has famous collections of contemporary art housed in museums such as the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and CaixaForum. Most museums stage temporary exhibitions. Barcelona is also renowned for its wide variety of musical events, which includes all the genres, and has three major venues: the Gran Teatre del Liceu, devoted to opera, the Palau de la Música, a modernista marvel, and L’Auditori, the concert hall designed by Rafael Moneo. Barcelona is a box of surprises which will keep you entertained with countless cultural and recreational activities.


Barcelona’s location on the shores of the Mediterranean means it enjoys a warm, welcoming climate, with pleasant temperatures all the year round. It has five kilometres of beaches with every amenity, which are used by Barcelona’s inhabitants all the year round, and an Olympic marina, which meets all the requisites in order to enjoy nautical sports throughout the year.
Rainfall, which is occasionally heavy, averages 1.000 mm. a year, making it possible to maintain the many green areas around the city.
Barcelona enjoys sunshine during all the seasons of the year. You can eat at open-air restaurants or enjoy a drink at any of its many pavement cafés, always on the shores of the Mediterranean.


Most of Barcelona’s inhabitants are bilingual and speak Catalan and Spanish. Both are the official languages of Catalonia. Street names and many road and transport signs are in Catalan.
Many restaurants have menus in a number of languages, including English. Many of the city’s inhabitants understand English and French. The locals are friendly and caring, and they will help you to find your way around if you ask them.


Currency in Barcelona, Spain is Euro.
You can change money at the city's banks and savings banks as well as the exchange booths located in the city centre, at tourist sights and ATM. There are also numerous exchange booths, which open every day in the city centre and at the main tourist sights. The city’s main railway and bus stations, Sants and Barcelona Nord bus station, also have exchange booths and cash dispensers.


Barcelona is an open-air museum. You can visit it by bus, bicycle or on foot, and enjoy its bustling streets. There are many ways to discover the city and a whole host of things to do, for those interested in culture, for those in search of entertainment or for those thinking about where to do some shopping. Barcelona has museums devoted to art, science, sport, history, archaeology and other fields. Be sure not to miss some of the most interesting, such as the Museu Picasso, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), the Fundació Joan Miró and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC). The MNAC showcases the original Romanesque frescoes from churches in the Catalan Pyrenees. If you want to gain a better insight into the history of Barcelona, you can visit the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat. You can also take a look at the many art galleries dotted around the city.


Start here! Spectacular photos of Barcelona. For further touristic information: www.barcelonaturisme.com

Sanitary urgencies: 061 Emergency: 112
Firemen: 080 Urban Guard: 092
Police: 088 National Police: 091
Civil Guard: 062 chemist's: 93 481 00 60



Suggested Accommodation

Here you will find some options to book a room in Barcelona nearby the ISPP venue or in well-known and more centric areas of the city you may want to stay these days. You might find many others not included in here. We recommend you to search for accommodation as soon as possible since Barcelona hosts many events.
You have a lot of options in Barcelona, but these are a few examples. For your convenience, the approximate time it takes to arrive to the ISPP venue is shown:

AREA of POBLE NOU (near ISPP venue)

[approximate time to ISPP venue by foot (10-15 min) or public transportation (10min)]:
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[approximate time to ISPP venue by foot (35 min) or public transportation (20-25 min)]:
         Boutique Hotel H10 Catalunya Plaza
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[approximate time to ISPP venue by foot (30 min) or public transportation (20-25min)]:
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[approximate time to ISPP venue by foot (30 min) or public transportation (15 min)]:
         H10 Urquinaona Plaza
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         Hostal Q Barcelona
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If you are a member of the SEFV or the SEBBM, you might be eligible for the fellowships indicated below.

-Fellowships from the SEFV (Spanish Society of Plant Physiology) for junior participants to cover total or partially ISPP registration fee.

Eligibility and requirements:
- Be a member of the SEFV (http://www.sefv.es/).
- Be a PhD student or a junior postdoc (we will consider a junior postdoc when they defended their PhD less than 3 years ago - in 2016 or after).
- Present a communication (oral or poster). Priority will be given to those who present as first author.

- 8 Travel-grants (bolsas de viaje) of 100 € from the SEBBM (Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) for junior participants.

Eligibility and requirements:
- Be a member (ordinario o adherido) of the SEBBM (https://www.sebbm.es/web/es/).
- Less than 31 years at the end of the year 2019.
- Present a communication (oral or poster). Priority will be given to those who present as first author.

If eligible to one of both fellowships, please send a short CV (maximum 4 pages indicating the relevant information) and a short presentation letter indicating your membership and to which fellowship you apply to (one or both) before the deadline of registration to codigoetico@geyseco.es

Registration rates

  • Regular Registration 290€

  • Students Registration 160€

  • (VAT included)

Registration deadline 31st March


• Please note your registration will not be confirmed until full payment is received.
We provide TWO options for the payment: by credit card and by bank transfer.


Payment by credit card is preferred. In order to register online, please log in first. It is advisable to check with the credit card provider or bank that payment can be done (many debit or credit cards have some international transactions limitations and/or require a previous authorization for the payment to be made.


Account holder: GEYSECO S.L.
Bank account details: IBAN ES78 2038 6161 12 6000036100

• Participants paying by bank transfer are requested to send a copy of the bank transfer receipt to the organizing secretariat by e-mail. contact@ispphotobiology2019.com
• The payment transfer form should clearly state the name(s) of the delegate(s) as follows: ISPP2019 + NAME AND SURNAME OF THE DELEGATE
• In case of cancellation at any stage, Bank transfer admission fee (50€) will not be refunded -applicable to Bank Transfer payments only.


After April 1st, 2018 no change or cancellation will be accepted in the registrations made. Any cancellation made before this date will have a charge of 50%. Afterwards, the payment can NOT be refund due to cancellation. All cancellations must be sent to the Technical Secretariat by e-mail. All refunds will be paid after the congress.


E-Mail: contact@ispphotobiology2019.com
The Group registration is offered when a single sponsor/travel agency registers at least 10 attendants.
The final list of participants must be submitted online by May 20th. Please contact with Technical Secretariat for more information.

ISPP 2019's commitment for the Planet

starting with 1 attendee = 1 tree planted 

do you want to plant more trees? Visit the ISPP forest

In partnership with Tree-Nation logo

“Some of you have been contacted by individuals claiming to be in charge of booking your accommodation for the meeting. Please be aware that they are not affiliated with us or authorized by the organizing committee in any way, it is a scam. We suggest that you do not respond to the caller or supply any personal/credit card information”



To request information about the available sponsoring options,
please contact sponsors@geyseco.es and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible..

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