Crops in silico





June 26-28th 2017
University of Oxford, UK


This interactive gathering aims to harness the great strides in understanding of plant function from genes to whole plants, to accelerate forward approaches to crop breeding and bioengineering.


Who should attend?

Join experts in experimentation, agronomy, physiology, plant development, phenotyping, as well as experts in computational modeling, software development, and data visualization.




Keynote talk and poster session


Recent developments in plant modelling

  • Metabolites – TBD
  • Gene network – Ottoline Leyser, Cambridge University
  • Organ – Malcolm Bennett, University of Nottingham
  • Organism – Matt Reynolds, CGIAR
  • Molecular – Frank Ludewig, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Recent developments in integrating plant models

  • Developing an integration framework – Meagan Lang, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • Data Visualization – Min Chen, University of Oxford
  • Community data standards – TBD
  • Approaches for multi-scale modeling – Cranos Williams, North Carolina State University
  • Development and use of advanced cyberinfrastructure – Dan Katz, University of Illinois
  • Crops in silico limitations and solutions – workshop

Users and usability

  • Education – TBD
  • Enhancing usability– Brian Carlson, SemGen
  • Scaling from mechanistic models to crop stands and beyond – Steve Long, University of Illinois

Next steps for Crops in silico

  • Developing technologies and methods – workshop
  • Developing future collaborations – workshop



All speakers listed are confirmed. Additional speakers will be added, please check back for more information.

Malcolm Bennett

Professor of Plant Sciences, The University of Nottingham

Brian Carlson

Research Assistant Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan

Min Chen

Professor of Scientific Visualisation, Oxford University

Dan Katz

Assistant Director for Scientific Software and Applications, National Center for Supercomputing Applications & Research Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer Science, University of Illinois

Meagan Lang

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois

Ottoline Leyser

Director of the the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University

Frank Ludewig

Scientific coordinator of the Cassava Source-Sink project, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Matt Reynolds

Wheat Physiologist, CGIAR and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Cranos Williams

Director of the EnBiSys Research Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University



The poster session will provide the opportunity for individuals to present their research and offers an excellent venue for extended informal discussion with meeting attendees.  Poster titles must be submitted by June 16.


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The £390.00 registraiton fee includes lodging at St Catherines.


Contact the meeting organizers.



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