4th International

Plant Spectroscopy Conference

2024 September 24-27, Vienna, Austria

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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.

Scientific Programme (preliminary)

Significance and Mission

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.

Practical Information

Scroll down to find practical information related to the conference, including useful tips for travel and accommodation arrangements


Deadlines will expire at midnight CET on the listed dates,

  • Abstract Submission: 2024 May 31 -OPEN-
  • Selected Speakers Notified by: 2024 June 30 -OPEN-
  • Registration Closes: 2024 July 31 -OPEN-

Venue, Travel, Accommodation

Conference Venue

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.

BOKU campus Türkenschanze

How to reach the Conference venues

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

Travel and Arrival

Whether by train or by plane, by car, by bus or by ship on the Danube – many paths lead to Vienna (Tourist Infocentre – Vienna)

By Plane
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.

  • Suburban Railway – S-Bahn Rapid transit railway line S7 departs the airport every 30 minutes and stops at several centrally located stations with transfers to Vienna’s rapid transit railway and subway network. The S-Bahn stops in Wien Mitte – Landstraße (underground U3, U4, suburban railways, buses and trams), Praterstern (U1, U2, suburban railways, buses and trams), Handelskai (U6, S45, suburban railways and buses) and Florisdorf (U6, suburban railways buses and trams). A ride takes approx. 20 – 45 min depending on your destination. A one-way ticket to Vienna costs 4,30€ and includes also the use of public transport in the city. Check timetables and fares online.
  • ÖBB Railjet The Railjets of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) run non-stop from Vienna Airport to Vienna Main Station and Wien Meidling Station. The Railjets carry you quickly twice an hour from Vienna Airport to Vienna Main Station (U1) in 15 minutes, or to Wien Meidling Station (U6) in about half an hour. A one-way ticket to Vienna costs 4,30€ and includes also the use of public transport in the city. Check timetables and fares online.
  • City Airport Train – CAT The City Airport Train – CAT is the quickest connection from the airport to downtown Vienna and plies between the airport and the city every 30 minutes. It takes approx. 15 minutes to reach the station “Landstrasse / Wien Mitte” (connections to U3, U4, rapid transit railway, buses, suburban railways, and trams) but it will cost 14,90€ for a one-way ticket and 24,90€ for a round trip ticket.
  • Bus The Vienna AirportLines operate several bus lines between the Vienna city centre and the Vienna International Airport. The connection between Wien Westbahnhof and the Vienna International Airport takes approx. 20 – 45 minutes depending on the traffic, with a one-way ticket cost of 9 €, and a round trip cost of 15 € (Tickets can be bought directly on the bus or via the Internet).

  • By Train
    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.

  • Vienna Main Station – Wien Hauptbahnhof
    Most of the trains arrive at the new Vienna Main Station (Wien Hauptbahnhof). All Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) long-distance trains stop here, as well as other international train companies’ trains. Hauptbahnhof is located on top of the subway station “Südtirolerplatz” (U1). Tram D takes you directly to the city centre (Karlsplatz – with connections to U1, U2 and U4).Furthermore, you can take tram O and 18 (to the “Westbahnhof”) or buses 13A and 69A. There is also a suburban train (S-Bahn) stop in Hauptbahnhof.
  • Vienna Meidling Station – Wien Meidling
    All trains reaching Wien Hauptbahnhof stop in Wien Meidling too. If you arrive at the train station Wien Meidling you can take the subway U6.
  • Westbahnhof
    Vienna’s Westbahnhof is the Viennese terminus for trains arriving from Western Europe and Western Austria. The airport bus operated by Vienna AirportLines continues to stop at Europaplatz, in front of the station building. From Westbahnhof, you can take the underground U3 (orange) and U6 (brown) as well as trams 5, 6, 9, 18, 52 and 58.

  • By Bus
    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”).

    By Car
    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.

    Public transport in Vienna (Wiener Linien)

    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.

    Useful Links

    Public transport in Vienna (Wiener Linien)

    Vienna AirportLines Time table for buses to and from Vienna Airport

    City airport train (CAT)

    Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) - Train information

    Vienna Airport - Flight information and car rental

    Tourist information about Vienna

    Google Map of the Venue


    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:

    • András Gorzsás, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
    • Notburga Gierlinger, BOKU, Vienna, Austria
    • Barbara Hinterstoisser, BOKU, Vienna, Austria
    • Jessica Huss, BOKU, Vienna, Austria
    • Sabine Rosner, Institute of Botany, BOKU, Austria
    • Marie-Françoise Devaux, INRAE-Nantes, France
    • Fabienne Guillon, INRAE-Nantes, France
    • Catherine Deborde, INRAE-Nantes, France
    • Cécile Barron, INRAE-Montpellier, France

    The Local Organisers decide on and handle local arrangements, including venue, catering, technical assistance during the meeting, etc.

    The Local Organisers are:

    • Barbara Hinterstoisser, Institute of Physics and Material Science, BOKU, Austria
    • Notburga Gierlinger, Institute of Biophysics, BOKU, Austria
    • Jessica Huss, Institute of Biophysics, BOKU, Austria
    • Sabine Rosner, Institute of Botany, BOKU, Austria
    • Dagmar Augustin, Institute of Botany, BOKU, Austria
    • Karin Fohringer, Institute of Botany, BOKU, Austria

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    Registration & Abstract submission

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    Keynote Speakers

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    Lloyd Donaldson / Scion Research, New Zealand

    Topic: Auto-fluorescence based techniques in plant sciences

    Session: Auto-fluorescence

    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.

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