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.




The agenda is subject to change. Please check back for more information.

5 – 7 pm

Keynote talk – TBD
Poster session

8 – 9 am

Registration and breakfast

9 am – 12:45 pm

Session 1: Recent developments in plant modelling
Molecular level – Frank Ludewig, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Metabolic networks – Lee Sweetlove, University of Oxford
Gene networks – Ottoline Leyser, Cambridge University
Organ level – Malcolm Bennett, University of Nottingham
Organism level – Matt Reynolds, CGIAR

12:45 – 1:45 pm


1:45 – 5:30 pm

Session 2: Recent developments in model integration
Development and use of advanced cyberinfrastructure – Daniel S. Katz, University of Illinois
Approaches for multi-scale modeling – Cranos M. Williams, North Carolina State University
Developing an integration framework – Meagan Lang, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Workshop: Identifying gaps, challenges, and potential solutions

7 pm

Conference dinner

8 – 9 am


9 – 12:30 am

Session 3: Users and usability
Data Visualization – Min Chen, University of Oxford
Enhancing usability– Brian Carlson, SemGen
User education – Blake Joyce, Cyverse
Education – Gabrielle Allen, University of Illinois
Scaling from mechanistic models to crop stands and beyond – Steve Long, University of Illinois

12:30 – 1:30 pm


1:30 – 4:30 pm

Session 3: Users and usability, continued
Workshop: Identifying users and opportunities to enhance usability

Session 4: Next steps for Crops in silico
Workshop: Identifying crop improvement goals
Workshop: Developing future collaborations


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

Gabrielle D. Allen

Professor of Astronomy and Associate Dean for Research and Research Education, University of Illinois

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

Blake Joyce

Science Informatician, CyVerse & Research Associate, Bio5 Institute, University of Arizona

Daniel S. 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

Lee Sweetlove

Professor of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford

Cranos M. 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.


Learn More


The £390.00 registration fee includes lodging the nights of the 26th and 27th of June at Porters’ Lodge at St. Catherine’s College.

 Symposium Location

The Symposium will be held at The Bernard Sunley Building auditorium at St Catherine’s College.


Meeting Organizers

Steve Kelly

University of Oxford

Steve Long

University of Illinois

Amy Marshall-Colon

University of Illinois



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