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Plants @ Cambridge Festival

30th June 2023, St John’s College, Cambridge

‘Developing a vision for the future of plant biology at Cambridge’


The Plants @ Cambridge Festival is a one-day event bringing together colleagues from across the plant biology network at Cambridge to consider the future of plant biology research. The day is free to attend and will feature talks, panel discussion, posters, interactive workshops and social activities. Lunch, tea-breaks and dinner will be provided. Plant biology researchers working in other departments and institutes across Cambridge are also invited to register to present a talk/poster and attend.



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***Abstract deadline extended to Monday 22 May 2023***

***Just announced! Insainsberries - SLCU's amazing band - will play in the evening!***



•    To develop a common vision for the future of plant biology at Cambridge.

•    To build connections amongst institutes for innovative new collaborative research projects.

•    To highlight early career researchers and their contributions.


There will be talks and flashtalks on current research, foresight and future visioning activities, and a careers panel discussion.


Draft agenda

09:00    Welcome

09:15    3 Short Talks (15 minutes each plus questions)

10:15    Future of Plant Science at Cambridge (Panel Discussion)

11:00    Break

11:30    3 Short Talks (15 minutes each plus questions)

12:30    8 Flash Talks (1 minute each, no questions)

12:45    Lunch

13:15    Poster Session A (including Soapbox Science)

14:30    Science Careers (Panel Discussion)

15:15    Plants of the Future Challenges (social/networking activity)

17:15    2 Short Talks (15 minutes each plus questions)

17:55    8 Flash Talks (1 minute each, no questions)

18:15    Concluding remarks

18:20    Poster Session B (including Soapbox Science)

19:30    Dinner in the Fellows Garden (weather permitting)

20:00    Entertainment and Awards

21:00    Goodbyes


Who should attend

•    Heads of Groups/PIs

•    Early career researchers

•    Mid-career researchers

•    Late career researchers

•    Postgraduate students

•    Undergraduate students

•    Technicians

•    Academic-related staff

•    Interested administrative staff


How to register

Register here to present and/or attend. We will prioritise early career researchers for research presentations and posters.

Download the Abstract Template and follow the formatting and 250 word limit.


When to register

22 May: Deadline for registrations to present talks and posters

5 June: Deadline for registrations to attend only


Organising Committee

•    Evan Ellison (postdoc representative, Crop Science Centre)

•    Ian Henderson (Department of Plant Sciences)

•    Alexander Jones (Sainsbury Laboratory)

•    Emily Oren (student representative, Sainsbury Laboratory)

•    Uta Paszkowski (Crop Science Centre)

•    Stéphanie Swarbreck (NIAB)

•    Alex Webb (Department of Plant Sciences)

•    Chris Whitewoods (Sainsbury Laboratory)


Please contact the committee here if you have any questions.


About St John's College

The Festival will take place at St John's College, Cambridge. Read more about St John's here.