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.

Monday, 26 June

5 – 7 pm
Keynote talk – TBD
Poster session


Tuesday, 27 June

8 – 9 am
Registration and breakfast
9 am – 1 pm
Session 1: 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
1 – 2 pm
2 – 5 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
7 pm
Conference dinner


Wednesday, 28 June

8 – 9 am
9 – 11 am
Identifying gaps, challenges, and potential solutions
11 am – 1 pm
Session 3: Users and usability
Data Visualization – Min Chen, University of Oxford
Enhancing usability– Brian Carlson, SemGen
12:30 – 1:30 pm
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Session 3 continued
Education – TBD
Scaling from mechanistic models to crop stands and beyond – Steve Long, University of Illinois
2:30 – 5 pm
Session 4: Next steps for Crops in silico
Identifying crop improvement goals
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

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

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.


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The £390.00 registration fee includes lodging at St Catherines.


Contact the meeting organizers.



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