Cell biology sessions


Emerging Technologies in Microscopy & Cell Biology 
Joe McKenna (University of Warwick, UK)
James Bancroft (University of Oxford, UK)
Session Speakers
Professor Mark Fricker
Dr Ian Dobbie
Professor Paul Guichard
Professor Gail McConnell 
Date of session:
Duration: 1    day
Session Description
Cell Biology has become a cornerstone of modern biological research. Moreover, rapid developments and emerging techniques in cell biology are pushing forward our ability to answer biological questions in unprecedented ways, this is particularly true at the intersection of cell biology and microscopy.  This session will focus on emerging techniques in cell biology and the ability of biologists to both acquire and analyse data in new ways, leading to deeper biological insights. As this is a techniques focused session, we look forward to welcoming cell biologists and biologists from the diverse area of interests from across the SEB annual meeting.


Plant Nuclear and Chromatin Dynamics- INDEPTH 
David Evans (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
Pr Christophe Tatout (Université Clermont Auvergne, France)
Invited Speakers 
Monica Pradillo

Daniel Schubert
Fredy Barneche
Hank Bass
Ales Pecinka
Yangon   Gu
Frederic Pontvianne
Andreas Houben
Celia Baroux

Date of session:
Duration: 2    days
Session  Description 
Plants are vital to human life and health and are essential to mitigate the effects of climate change. Due to their sessile lifestyle, plants have developed the ability rapidly to adapt gene expression in response to environmental challenges. Multiple lines of evidence indicate that spatial (3D) organization of nuclear DNA as well as other epigenetic effects are critical in this adaptation process. The Impact of Nuclear Domains On Gene Expression and Plant Traits (INDEPTH) EU COST Action (which ended in 2021) established a pan-European and international network of researchers deciphering how nuclear architecture, chromatin organization and gene expression are connected and modified in response to internal and external cues.  This session will bring together members of the COST Action and others to present progress and discuss the future of this important area of cell biology research and its value in dealing with today’s global challenges.

Cell Biology of the Plant Vacuole 

Joe McKenna
Lorenzo Frigerio

Session Speakers
Dr David Scheuring
Professor Eva Stoger
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kleine-Vehn 


Session description
The vacuole is one of the hallmarks of the plant cell. Growth, expansion and morphogenesis of every cell within the plant is driven by the vacuole. Furthermore, specialised protein storage vacuoles present within seed cells contribute a very large proportion of animal dietary proteins. Therefore, our understanding of this organelle is extremely important from both a fundamental discovery and applied science perspective. Over the past decade, the application of cell biology to studying the vacuole during growth and development has greatly improved our understanding of its biogenesis, regulation and expansion. We look forward to the community coming together at this session and discussing the latest developments in these exciting areas. 


Systems approaches to cellular decision-making 
George Bassel (University of Warwick, UK)
Leah Band (University of Nottingham, UK)
Invited Speakers 
Prof Jim Murray, Cardiff University, UK
Prof Ross Sozzani, North Carolina State University, USA
Prof Christian Hardtke, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Dr Audrey Dussutour, Université Toulouse III – CNRS, France
Prof Ari Pekka Mahonen, University of Helsinki, Finland,
Dr Veronica Grieneisen, Cardiff University, UK,
Dr Meritxell Saez, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain.
Prof Ari Sadanandom, Durham University, UK,
Date of session:
Duration: 2   days
Session Description
Cellular decision making is key to many developmental and adaptive responses in biological tissues. The adoption of novel identities by cells supports organ function and complexity, and underlies numerous developmental processes. The decision of a cell to divide or grow affects the structure and function of tissues by altering the cellular configurations from which they are constructed.  This session will explore the state-of-the-art in understanding how these complex decision-making processes are taken by cells, in a range of biological systems, including plants, humans and slime molds.  Such understanding is often underpinned by interdisciplinary approaches, and thus, the session will feature talks from both experimentalists and modellers who embrace the systems biology approach.

The 2022 Annual conference will take place in Montpellier social distancing measures will be implemented throughout the venue. Please click here  to view the requirements for Montpellier before you travel.