The aim of the conference is to bring spectroscopy to plant scientists and plant sciences to spectroscopists, to open up a communication channel and to showcase the plethora of available spectroscopic techniques and their potential in plant sciences, benefiting both fields, from fundamental to applied research, from academic to industrial applications. Session and keynote speakers are invited to represent major spectroscopic fields, with direct applications in plant sciences.
The chemical information spectroscopic techniques bring to plant sciences is invaluable for basic research (including understanding function / biological processes) and perfectly complements genetic approaches (chemotyping). They have emerging applications in virtually all aspects of plant sciences from subcellular components to whole tissue and large scale screening, from root to shoot, from laboratory to industry, from agriculture and food to forestry and bioresources, spanning even the fields of environmental (fungi/root interactions in the soil, climate change effects on wood composition, stress factors, etc) and materials sciences (nanocomposites, biopolymers).
The International Society for Plant Spectroscopy was established to provide a forum for communication and know-how transfer between spectroscopist and plant scientist, including connected fields, such as chemometrics. The society is a grassroot organisation, free of charge and completely non-profit, with no centralised administration, focusing on direct interactions.
In line with the goals of the International Society for Plant Spectroscopy, a biannual conference series was initiated. This is the 4th installment of this conference series, with the previous ones beig held (in chronological order) in Umeå, Sweden; Berlin, Germany; and Nantes, France. This year, the conference is hosted in Vienna, taking advantage of the strong research environments and infrastructure in BOKU.
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Deadlines will expire at midnight CET on the listed dates,
The conference will take place at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna – BOKU , a unique Austrian research and teaching organisation with a strong focus on renewable resources, living space and quality of life as well as food chain and health issues. BOKU is originally located in the North of Vienna and has three different campuses. ICPS2024 will take place at the Campus Türkenschanze, BOKU’s oldest and original location situated in the 18th and 19th districts, very close to Türkenschanzpark. All sessions will be hosted in the building Ilse-Wallentin-Haus – ILWA (see building Nr. 10 in the illustration). The address of ILWA is Peter-Jordan-Straße 82/II, 1190 Vienna, Austria.
Bus lines run with a frequency of max. 10 minutes.
Bus line 40A: stops “Dänenstraße”; connections from U6 station “Währinger Straße/Volksoper” and U2 station “Schottentor” (take the bus to the direction Döblinger Friedhof)
Bus line 37A: stops “Linnéplatz”; connections from U4 station “Spittelau” and U6 station “Nußdorferstraße” (take the bus to the direction Dänenstraße)
Bus line 10A: stop “Dänenstraße”; connections from U3 station “Johnstraße”, U4 station “Heiligenstadt” (also S-Bahn stations) and S-Bahn station “Gersthof”, 5 minutes walk to Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
Whether by train or by plane, by car, by bus or by ship on the Danube – many paths lead to Vienna (Tourist Infocentre – Vienna)
Vienna’s central position in Europe makes it a hub offering optimal transportation connections to the whole world. The Vienna International Airport (Flughafen Wien-Schwechat) is located in the Federal State of Lower Austria, about 15 kilometres outside of Vienna, and there are several possibilities to reach the city centre.
Several international and national train services ensure an efficient connection with all over Europe. Travelling to Vienna in comfort and in an environmentally friendly way by train is also possible thanks to an advanced system of night trains that connect Vienna with numerous European capitals. The three main Vienna train stations are centrally located and are well-linked to the public transport network.
The well-developed public bus network of Postbus connects all Austrian states with Vienna. The main bus station for international long-distance bus carriers, like Eurolines or Flixbus, is located in Erdberg at the VIB – Vienna International Busterminal. There, you can reach the city centre by underground U3 (in the direction of “Ottakring”).
Vienna has short-term parking zones. Parking vouchers (“Parkscheine”), to be filled in and placed behind the windscreen, are available at tobacco shops (“Tabak-Trafik”), railway stations, ticket machines at underground stations and Vienna public transport offices (Wiener Linien). It is also possible to book via Mobile Phone. A “Parkpickerl”, or parking permit, is required. For further information on Parking in Vienna (e.g., short-term parking) consult the website.
The fastest and cheapest way of moving around Vienna is using public transport. Buses, suburban trains, trams and underground lines will take you almost anywhere in the city in no time at all. Vienna public transport Wiener Linien operates five underground lines, 31 tram and 80 bus lines, of which 21 are night lines. Night lines only operate between 0.30 am and 5 am. Tickets for public transport can be bought via the Internet or at underground- and train stations. When travelling with trams, a ticket can also be bought on board.To reach BOKU Vienna, you can use bus lines 10A, 37A, 40A or the InnerCityTrain S45. From the bus station to the venue is a 5-minute walk.
Vienna is a busy turist and academic town, especially in the summer. Consequently, hotel rooms can be scarce and booking in advance is recommended.
A limited number of hotel rooms are reserved for the participants of the 4th International Plant Spectroscopy Conference at the following hotels until June 2024:
Plaese let them know that you are participating in the 4th International Plant Spectroscopy Conference to have access to the specifically reserved rooms.
Acommodations at other hotels and private persons are also available, either directly or via accommodation services, such as AirBnB and Booking.com. It is recommended to arrange such accommodation well in advance, due to limited availabilities.
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The International Organising Committee decides on and is responsible for the scientific content of the conference, including invited speakers, sessions and session chairs, and the selection of speakers for each session from the submitted abstracts.
The International Organising Committee consists of:
The Local Organisers decide on and handle local arrangements, including venue, catering, technical assistance during the meeting, etc.
The Local Organisers are:
The Registration Page opens in a new window and you can register for conference participation, conference dinner and the pre-program. Registration fee for the conference includes all conference activites, coffee breaks, lunches and one evening event (Heuriger).Registration fees do not include conference dinner, pre-workshops, travel and accommodation.
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Lloyd Donaldson is a microscopy expert in wood formation and ultrastructure, pioneering techniques in confocal fluorescence imaging of wood and other biomaterials. His work on lignin auto-fluorescence together with quantification works using confocal and electron microscopy techniques and applications of digital image processing and analysis of data obtained from plants (particularly wood) makes him ideally qualified to present the key note lecture in his session.