The Hosts


Federation of the European Societies of Plant Biology:

The Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology was founded in 1978 and today it is Europe’s largest and most widely representative society of Plant Scientists. The aims of FESPB are to advance research, education, and the exchange of information amongst plant biologists within Europe and beyond, and to support the publication of the results of research through its affiliated international journals: Journal of Experimental Botany, Journal of Plant Physiology, Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Physiologia Plantarum, and Plant Biology.

French Society of Plant Biology and the Biosciences:

The French Society of Plant Biology aims to encourage and develop the study of plant biology in France, facilitate relationships between researchers, as well as to ensure their representation in national and international organizations.

It contributes to the development of Plant Biology in France through various actions:

  • Foster relationships between French and foreign biologists working in the plant world (public and private)
  • Organize or support the organization of national and international conferences / symposiums, thematic days
  • Promote the participation of young researchers in national and international congresses by scholarships.

Bioscience and biotechnology Institute of Aix-Marseille:

The BIAM,  internationally recognised in the fields of bioenergy and environmental biology, studies the molecular mechanisms underlying the adaptation of plants and micro-organisms to environmental constraints, and the conversion of sunlight into energy-rich biomass. Located on two geographical sites, the Cité des Énergies at CEA Cadarache and the Aix Marseille University campus in Luminy, the BIAM is focussed on fundamental research on these topics, as well as the development of sustainable biotechnological solutions in collaboration with its supervisory bodies and economic partners.

The BIAM is a joint research unit supervised by the CEA, CNRS and AMU: 

– CEA is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas: defence and security, low carbon energies (nuclear and renewable energies), technological research for industry, fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.​  CEA is the main funder of the meeting.

– CNRS is among the world’s leading research institutions. Its scientists explore the living world, matter, the Universe, and the functioning of human societies in order to meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow.

– Aix-Marseille University (AMU) is the largest French-speaking university in the world and has 80,000 students, including 10,000 international students. AMU is a research-intensive university of international standing with particular emphasis on five major fields: energy; environmental and universal sciences; life and health sciences; advanced sciences and technologies; and human and social sciences.