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5th European Symposium on Plant Lipids

10 - 13 July 2011, Gdansk, Poland

-organised by the Euro Fed Lipid division "Plant Lipids"-
Gdansk Map



   Arcadia Bioscience Inc, Davis, CA, USA

BASF   BASF Plant Science Company GmbH, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Bayer  Bayer BioScience N.V., Oilseeds Research, Zwijnaarde, Belgium

NPZ  Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans Georg Lembke KG, Hohenlieth/ Malchow, Germany

Monsanto   Monsanto Company, Creve Coeur, MO , USA

Pioneer  Pioneer Hi-Bred a DuPont business, Johnston, IA, USA

Scanbires   ScanBiRes AB, Alnarp, Sweden

Shimpol  SHIM-POL A.M.Borzymowski, Izabelin, Poland

Uni Gdansk University of Gdansk, Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG-MUG

Main Topics

Scientific Committee

Antoni Banas, Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG & MUG, Gdansk, Poland (Chairman)
Sten Stymne, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp, Sweden (Co-Chairman)
Ivo Feußner, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany
Rene Lessire, Bordeaux, France
Ernst Heinz, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Penny von Wettstein-Knowles, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Organising Committee:
Magdalena Miklaszewska, Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG & MUG, Gdansk, Poland
Adam Kawinski, Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG & MUG, Gdansk, Poland

Call for Papers

The Scientific Committee has started to accept abstracts for short oral communications  and poster presentations.
You are cordially invited to submit your lecture or poster online
The deadline for lecture abstracts is was 31 May 2011

Step 1

Please prepare a one page abstract using this model

Step 2

Submit the abstract online
List of papers (Scientific Committee only, password needed)

Sponsorships/ Donations

The organisers offer three different packages to make your company visible in the framework of the congress.
For other requirements please contact

Benefit Package 1  Package 2 Package 3
Complimentary congress registrations Two One -
Additional representatives of the sponsor  25% discount for 2 persons 25% discount for 1 person -
Company logo/link in all publications and on the congress webpage Yes
(cover placement)
Yes Yes
Leaflet or information brochure in all congress bags. Insert to be produced by the sponsor. Yes Yes Yes
Announcement of the sponsor during the official opening of the conference Yes Yes -
Advertisement during breaks (presentation or video) Yes Yes -
Advertisement banner  (max. 60 x 200 cm) in the conference room or/and in the lobby Yes - -
Opportunity to place a sponsors stand (2 x 1,5m) in the venue Yes - -
Package cost 2500 EUR + VAT 1500 EUR + VAT 500 EUR + VAT

Another option to support the congress is a donation.  Euro Fed Lipid is licensed by German authorities  to issue certificates making the donations  tax deductible (in Germany only).

To confirm your sponsorship/donation please contact the headquarters
Euro Fed Lipid
Varrentrappstr. 40-42
60486 Frankfurt, Germany
Phone: +49 69 7917 345
Fax +49 69 7917 564

Scientific Programme 

Sunday, 10 July 2011

16:00 - 20:00     Registration open

16:00 -18:00      Guided tour round the old city of Gdansk (registration required, 5 Euro)

19:00                Welcome Reception

Monday, 11 July 2011

08:30 - 08:35    Antoni Banas and Sten Stymne
 Opening of the meeting

08:35 - 08:50    Tomasz Calikowski  (European Commission)
                       Plant Biotechnology in FP7 Theme 2 'Knowledge-Based Bioeconomy'

Storage Lipid Accumulation and Mobilisation
Chair:    Ivo Feussner

08:50 - 09:20     Keynote Lecture: Peter J. Eastmond  (University of Warwick; Warwick, Great Britain)
                        The Roles and Regulation of Triacylglycerol Hydrolysis in Arabidopsis

09:20 - 09:35     S. Baud
                        Regulation of Fatty Acid Synthesis in Arabidopsis: New Actors

09:35 - 09:50     Y. Li-Beisson
                        Oil Synthesis in the Green Microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardti ? a Proteomic Approach

09:50 - 10:05     A. Kawinski
                        The Comparison of Substrate Specificity of Lipases from Germinating Seeds of Simmondsia chinensis and Camelina sativa

10:05-10:20       V. Arondel
                        Comparative Transcriptome Analysis of Oil and Date Palm Mesocarp

10:20 - 10:40     Coffee Break

Fatty Acid Modification
Chair:      Margrit Frentzen

10:40 - 11:10    Keynote Lecture: Peter Buist (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
                       Bioorganic Chemistry of Fatty Acid Biomodification

11:10 - 11.25     J. Hellenbrand
                        Avian Fatty acyl-CoA Reductases

11:25 - 11:40     F. Domergue
                        From Ether to Ester Lipids?

11:40 - 11:55     B. Lallemand
                        Polyketide Synthases and Tetraketide Reductases are required for Pollen Development and Sporopollenin Biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana

11:55 - 12:10     F. Brodhun
                        Analysis of an unusual Bifunctional LOX from Physcomitrella patens

12:10 - 13:00     Lunch, preregistration is required (complimentary)

13:00 - 15:00     Poster viewing

Extracellular Lipid Metabolism (Cutin, Suberin and Surface Waxes)
Chair:      Penny von Wettstein-Knowles

15:00 - 15:30    Keynote Lecture: Rochus Franke (Institute of Cellular and Molecular Botany; University of Bonn, Germany)
                       Functional Genomics of Suberin-like Polyesters

15:30 - 15:45     M. Pollard
                        A second BAHD Gene Contributing to the Lipid Underground

15:45 - 16:00     A. Bernard
                        Looking for CER1 Partners to Elucidate VLC-alkane Production in Arabidopsis Waxes

16:00 - 16:15     D.Nosbüsch
                        Synergism of Elongation and Oxygenation Processes in Suberin Biosynthesis of Seed Coat Polyesters

16:15 - 16:30     O. Rowland
                        Thioesterases associated with Deposition of Extracellular Lipid Barriers in Arabidopsis thaliana   

16:30 - 17:00     Coffee Break

Plant Biotechnology - Science and Society
Chair:      Sten Stymne

17:00 - 17:30     Frank Flider (
Arcadia Bioscience Inc, Davis, CA, USA)
                        An Overview of Progress in the Development and Commercialization of Quality Traits in U.S. Biotechnology

17:30 - 18:00     George Gaskell (London School of Economics, London, Great Britain)
                        GM food and the European Public: Past, Present and Future Prospects

18:00 - 18:20     M. Gawrys
Multidimensional Gas Chromatography in Determination of Fatty Acids Isomers

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Lipid Membrane Dynamics
Chair:     Ewa Swiezewska

08:30 - 09:00     Keynote Lecture: Jean-Denis Faure (Institut Jean-Bourgin; INRA-AgroParisTech, Versailles, France)
                        Ins and outs of Membrane Dynamics, when Acyl Chain Length does Matter

09:00 - 09:15     G. Hölzl
                        Involvement of different Glyco- and other Non-phosphorus Lipids in Complex Response to Phosphate Deprivation in Agrobacterium tumefaciens

09:15 - 09:30     M.O. Pata
                        Lipid Signalling for Control of the Hypersensitive Response Associated Cell Death: AtMYB30 and its Partner as Key Regulators

09:30 - 09:45     C. Hohn
                        Characterization of an Arabidopsis Alkaline Ceramidase Involved in Catabolism of Sphingolipids and Essential for Pollen Fertility

09:45 - 10:00     S. Konig
                        Fatty acid a-hydroxylases FAH1 and FAH2 in Arabidopsis

10:00 - 10:30     Coffee Break

Chloroplast Lipid Metabolism
Ernst Heinz

10:30 - 11:00     Keynote Lecture: Peter Doermann (IMBIO Institute; University of Bonn, Germany)
                        Galactolipid and Chlorophyll Metabolism in Arabidopsis

11:00 - 11.15      S. Zäuner
                         Identification and Characterisation of a Novel cytochrom b5-containing a Plastidic Fatty Acid delta-desaturase from Chlamydomonas reinhardti

11:15 - 11:30      K.A. Nilsson
                         Wound-induced Accumulation of Triacyl Galactolipids in Arabidopsis thaliana

11:30 - 11:45      T. Doan 
                         Transient Expression in Nicotiana benthamiana of Fatty Acyl Coenzyme A reductase Enzymes containing putative Chloroplast Transit Peptides

11:45 - 12:15     Poster viewing

12:15 - 13:15     
Lunch, preregistration is required (complimentary)

13:15 - 14:00     Presentation of selected posters 

Lipids in Signalling
Susanne Hoffmann-Benning

14:00 - 14:30     Keynote Lecture: Ingo Heilmann (Institute of Biochemistry Biochemistry and Biotechnology; University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)
                        Plant Phosphoinositides - Signals that Polarize

14:30 - 14:45     S. Hoffmann-Benning
                        Characterization of Phloem Protein with a possible Role in Lipid-mediated Long-distance Signalling

14:45 - 15:00     T. Farmaki
                        Isolation, Identification and Study of novel PI3P and PI3,5P2 binding Proteins from Arabidopsis thaliana using an Agarose-inositide Affinity

15:00 - 15:15     M. Alfonso
                        Transcriptome Analysis of Fatty Acid Desaturase Mutants reveals Dinor-oxo-phytodienoic Acid (dn-OPDA) regulated Genes in Arabidopsis

15:15 - 15:30     F. Pinosa
                        Investigating PLD function in Arabidopsis non-host resistance against Powdery Mildew

15:30 - 16:00     Coffee Break

Isoprene Lipids
Chair:      Rene Lessire

16:00 -16:30     Keynote Lecture: Ewa Swiezewska (Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Science; Warsaw, Poland)
                       Plant Polyisoprenoids - Biosynthesis and Physiological Importance

16:30 - 16:45      V. Wewer
                        Quantification of Free Sterols, Sterol Esters, Sterol Glucosides and Acylated Sterol Glucosides in Plant by Q-TOF Mass Spectrometry

16:45 - 17:00     K.  Gawarecka
                        Arabidopsis thaliana terpenoids ? Profile of Lipids in Col-0 Ecotype

Intracellular Lipid Trafficking
Yonghua Li-Beisson

17:00 - 17:30    Keynote Lecture: Christoph Benning (Dep. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Michigan State University; East Lansing, USA)
                       Adaptations of Lipid Biosynthesis and Trafficking to Abiotic Stress

17:30-17:45      M.M. Edstam
                       Alternative Splicing, Coexpression and Phylogeny of the GPI-anchored Lipid Transfer Proteins in Arabidopsis and Rice

17:45-18:00      M. Fulda
                       Fatty Acid Activation and Plant Development

18:00                Division Meeting and Discussion of future congresses

19:30              Conference Dinner at the Palowa Restaurant (registration required, 35 Euro)

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Plant Lipid Biotechnology
Chair:      Asa Grimberg an Antoni Banas

08:30 - 09:00     Keynote Lecture: Ian Graham (Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, Department of Biology, University of York, Great Britain)
                        A Reverse Genetic Investigation of Seed Oil Production in Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L.)

09:00 - 09:15     L.H. Zhu
                        Genetic Engineering of Crambe abyssinica for Producing Industrial Feedstocks

09:15 - 09:30     G. Chen
                        Characterisation of Novel Arabidopsis thaliana Phospholipase A2

09:30 - 09:45     L. Marty
                        Production of Healthy Marine-type Fatty Acids in Plants

09:45 - 10:00     R.P. Haslam
                        Targeted Lipid Analyses in Plants Engineered for the Production of Very Long Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (VLC-PUFAs)

10:00 - 10:30
    Coffee Break

10:30 - 10:45     M. Miklaszewska
                        Determination of Substrate specificity of Fatty Acyl-CoA reductases and Wax Syntheses using Sacharomyces cerevisiae as a Model System

10:45 - 11:00     M. Heilmann
                        Optimizing Wax Ester Production by Retargeting of Biosynthetic Enzymes

11:00 - 11:15     A. Carlsson
                        Oil in Tubers - How does Nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus L. var. sativus Boeck) manage this?

11:15 - 11:30     K. Mikolajczyk
                        Development of Oilseed Rape Lines with Modified Seed Oil Fatty Acid Composition Accompanied by MAS

11:30 - 11:45     M.L. Hernandez
                        Tissue, Developmental and Stress-dependent Regulation of Linoleic and Linolenic Acids Biosynthesis in Olive Fruit

11:45 - 12:00     K. Nill
                        How U.S. Soybean Farmers will Produce and Deliver to Export Markets the Coming new Soybeans Bearing improved Lipid Profile, while carefully adhering to all Laws and Regulations Governing Biotech Oilseeds in those Markets

Closing remarks

Lunch, preregistration is required (complimentary)

The Congress Venue

ScandicThe congress takes place at the

Scandic Hotel Gdansk
Podwale Grodzkie 9
80-895 Gdansk , Poland

Phone: +48 58 3006000 Fax: +48 58 3006003

Scandic Gdansk is a central hotel located in the heart of Gdansk - a stone's throw from the attractions of the city and the old town.

On Google Maps there is an individualised map showing places and directions:

Click here to see the map


To register for the congress please make use of the online registration

or complete the printed registration form (one form per participant) and return it to:
Euro Fed Lipid
P.O. Box 90 04 40
D-60444 Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Phone: +49/69/7917/345, Fax +49/69/7917/564

Registration is valid after receipt at the Euro Fed Lipid headquarters. Conference tickets will be handed out at the registration desk.

Registration Fees

Category  Price before 10 June 2011 Price after 10 June 2011
Euro Fed Lipid Members* and employees of member companies  EUR 190 EUR 230
Non-members  EUR 250 EUR 290
Students (Euro Fed Lipid Members*)  EUR 50 EUR 90
Other Students EUR 90 EUR 130

* Euro Fed Lipid Members are direct members as well as members of Czech Chemical Society (Oils & Fats Group), DGF, GERLI, Greek Lipidforum, KNCV (Oils & Fats Group), Nordic Lipidforum, METE (Hungarian Scientific Society for Food Industry, Vegetable Oil Division), Polish Food Technologists Society, (Oils & Fats Section) SCI (Oils & Fats Group), SFEL (formerly AFECG), SISSG (Societá Italiana per lo Studio delle Sostanze Grasse) or YABITED (Turkish Lipid Group)

** The student status is granted to undergraduate, postgraduate and Ph.D. students. Please provide a suitable proof of your student status with the registration (e.g. copy of the student card, confirmation of the institute or similar).

Registration fees are not subject to value added tax (tax exemption according §4 Nr. 22a UStG).

The registration fee includes:

- Entry to the scientific programme, poster sessions
- Book of abstracts
- List of participants
- Free registration for the opening mixer
- Coffee Break beverages
- Free registration for lunches

After registration you will receive an invoice. This invoice is available directly with the online registration procedure (please make sure to print it as last step!)

Paying by Bank Transfer:
Please transfer the total fees (free of bank commission) to:
Euro Fed Lipid e.V.
Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt/ Main
Account No. 4 900 133 00
BLZ 500 800 00 (Routing Number)
IBAN DE 80 5008 0000 0490 0133 00
Please quote your reference number.

Paying by Credit Card
We accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received on or before 10 June 2011 will be refunded minus a 30 Euro processing fee. After that date until 1 July 2011, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded. There will be no refund for cancellations after 1 July  2011 or No-Shows. Substitute participants can be named anytime without additional costs.
If the congress is cancelled for whatever reason, paid fees will be refunded. Further recourse is excluded.

Social Programme/ Meals

The Congress Dinner will take place Tuesday, 12 July 19:30 at the Palowa Restaurant, ul.Dluga 47, Gdansk (see map for directions)
The price is 35 Euro including drinks

Sunday, 10 July, 16:00 -18:00: Guided tour round the old city of Gdansk (registration required, 5 Euro fee)

Lunches: Preregistration is required (complimentary)


(From Wikipedia)

Old Town
Old Town
Source Wikipedia, Author Tomasz Sienicki
Gdansk, is a city located on the Baltic coast of northern Poland, at the centre of the country's fourth-largest metropolitan area.

Gdansk is Poland's principal seaport as well as the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.  Historically, it is also the largest city of the Kashubian region. The city is close to the former boundary between the West Slavic and Germanic lands and has a complex political history with periods of Polish rule, periods of German rule, and two spells as a free city. It has been part of modern Poland since 1945.

The city lies on the southern edge of Gdansk Bay (of the Baltic Sea), in a conurbation with the spa town of Sopot, the city of Gdynia and suburban communities, which together form a metropolitan area called the Tricity (Trójmiasto), with a population of over 800,000. Gdansk itself has a population of 455,830 (June 2009), making it the largest city in the Pomerania region of Northern Poland.

Gdansk is situated at the mouth of the Motlawa River, connected to the Leniwka, a branch in the delta of the nearby Vistula River, whose waterway system supplies 60% of the area of Poland and connects Gdansk to the national capital Warsaw. This gives the city a unique advantage as the centre of Poland's sea trade. Together with the nearby port of Gdynia, Gdansk is also an important industrial centre. Historically an important seaport and shipbuilding centre, Gdansk was a member of the Hanseatic League.

The city was the birthplace of the Solidarity movement which, under the leadership of Gdansk political activist Lech Walesa, played a major role in bringing an end to Communist rule across Central Europe. It is also the home and birthplace of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who is of Kashubian origin.
The Medieval Port Crane
Source: Wikipedia, Author Rafal Konkolewski
Green Gate
The Green Gate
Source: Wikipedia, Author SFU
The city has many fine buildings from the time of the Hanseatic League. Most tourist attractions are located along or near Ulica Dluga (Long Street) and Dlugi Targ (Long Market), a pedestrian thoroughfare surrounded by buildings reconstructed in historical (primarily 17th century) style and flanked at both ends by elaborate city gates. This part of the city is sometimes referred to as the Royal Road as it was the former path of processions for visiting kings.
St. Mary's Church or, properly, Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the largest brick church in the world, and one of the largest brick Gothic buildings in Europe. It is 105.5 m long, and the nave is 66 m wide. Inside the church can seat up to 25,000 people.

The foundation stone for the church was placed on the feast of the Annunciation on March 25, 1343. In 1379 the masonry master Heinrich Ungeradin with his team started construction work on the present church. By 1447 the eastern part of the church was finished, and the tower was raised by two floors in the years 1452-1466.

From 1485 onwards the works were carried out by Hans Brandt, who supervised the erection of the main nave core. The works were finally completed in 1496 under Heinrich Haetzl, who supervised the construction of the vaulting. 
DT. Mary's Church
Source: Wikepedia, Author Tomasz Sienicki


An allotment of hotel rooms have been reserved for you in the Scandic Hotel.

UPDATE 1 JUNE: The allotment has expired. Availability can no longer be guaranteed. Please contact the hotel for remaining options.

70 EUR incl. VAT/single room/night (65 EUR excl. VAT)
82 EUR incl. VAT/double room/night (77 EUR excl. VAT)
The prices include breakfast and Internet connection in the room.

The hotel's standard rooms are between 15 and 23 m2. The rooms come with a TV, hairdryer, trouser press, mini-bar and coffee and tea-making facilities. All standard rooms also have their own bathroom with shower or bath, a table and comfortable armchair, a desk and internet access.
Single bed, twin beds or a queen-size bed. Suitable for 2 people.

To reserve your room please fax or E-Mail this reservation form to the Scandic hotel directly.

Alternative Accommodation for Students:

Student's Dormitory No. 6
str. Podwale Przedmiejskie 20
80-824 Gdansk
phone: +48 (058) 523 62 18, +48 (058) 523 62 19
phone: +48 (058) 523 62 99 (office 7.00 - 15.00)
On Google Maps there is an individualised map showing places and directions:
Click here to see the map

Number of rooms: 50
- rooms are available from 09 July to 13. July 2011 (until 10 am)
- reservation of the rooms will be open until 31. May 2011 10 June 2011.

Prices per night (no breakfast):
Single room: ap. 16 EUR/65 PLN
Double room: ap. 22 EUR (11 EUR per person)/44 PLN per person

Breakfast can be bought in the restaurant which is within a five-minute walk from the dormitory (price app. 4 EUR).

In order to make a reservation, please contact Magdalena Miklaszewska


and provide your details with this reservation form.

Travel Information

Road and railway connections

The main routes to Gdansk are:
- from Berlin via Szczecin, Koszalin and Slupsk,
- from the eastern border of Poland via Bialystok and Olsztyn
- from the Czech and Slovak border via Cracow and Warsaw
- from the Czech and German border via Wroclaw, Poznan and Bydgoszcz,
- from the Czech border via Katowice, Czestochowa, Lódz and Torun

Train Information
tel. (+48 58) 94 36, (+ 48 58) 721 52 60

Sea Transport

Gdansk-Nynäshamn Polferries Ferry Terminal (Baza Promowa Polferries),
ul. Przemyslowa 1
tel. (+48 58) 343 18 87

Zegluga Gdanska LTD Sp. z o.o.,
ul. Ponczoszników 2 tel. (+48 58) 301 74 26

Airport - 15 km from the city centre.

Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport Gdansk Rebiechowo,
tel. (+48 58) 93 16 (+48 58) 348 11 11

Carriers and destinations:

LOT Polish Airlines Frankfurt, Munich, Warsaw
LOT operated by EuroLOT Warsaw
Lufthansa Regional operated by Lufthansa CityLine Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf 
Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Gardermoen
Ryanair Alicante, Birmingham, Bremen, Bristol, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, London-Stansted, Oslo-Rygge, Weeze
SAS Copenhagen, Oslo-Gardermoen
Wizz Air Bergen, Cologne/Bonn, Cork, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Glasgow-Prestwick, Gothenburg-City, Liverpool, London-Luton, Lübeck, Malmö-Sturup, Milan-Orio al Serio, Oslo-Torp, Paris-Beauvais, Rome-Fiumicino, Stockholm-Skavsta, Turku

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