The inaugural ASPB Plant Synthetic Biology conference will be held August 7–9, 2019, in San Jose, California. PlantSynBio19 immediately follows and overlaps with the ASPB annual conference, Plant Biology 2019. Learn more about #PlantBio19 and the overlapping symposium in the Plant Biology 2019 network on Plantae.

U.S. scientists: submit an abstract by June 14th to be considered for a travel award!  Submit an abstract for Plant Synthetic Biology 2019 to be considered for a travel award-- the application is part of the abstract submission process, so it couldn’t be easier.  We have awards in these categories:

  • Awards of $1,000 (to cover the full cost of registration and lodging in the conference hotel) will be given to all graduate students or postdocs from US institutions who are selected (based on submitted abstracts) to give a short talk.  

  • Up to five awards of $1,000 will be made to participants of any career stage from U.S. underrepresented groups.

  • There are also up to 29 awards of $375 each, to cover the full cost of registration, for graduate students and postdocs from U.S. institutions who present a poster.

Reserve housing before the rooms are gone! The discount rates for hotels at Plant Synthetic Biology 2019 run out on July 10, 2019—or when the block of rooms is filled, whichever comes first! Check out your housing options here.

Talks from the invited speakers at Plant Synthetic Biology 2019 will cover diverse topics in the area of synthetic biology, including: rationally designing synthetic elements to regulate transcription (Nicola Patron, Earlham Institute UK);  producing high-value secondary metabolites from light-driven enzymes (Poul Erik Jensen, University of Copenhagen);  reconstituting plant alkaloid production in yeast (Vincent Martin, Concordia University); optimizing plants as chemical factories (Patrich Shih, UC Davis); producing flavonoids with bacterial co-cultures (Mattheos Koffas, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute);  engineering microbes to benefit agriculture (Aileen Mastouri, Joyn Bio); building nitrogen fixing bacteria (Karsten Temme, Pivot Bio); delivering DNA into mature plants with nanomaterials (Markita Landry, UC Berkeley).

Register now for Plant Biology 2019 and Plant Synthetic Biology 2019-- discounts are available for anyone registering for both Plant Biology and Plant Synthetic Biology. 

For Plant Synthetic Biology 2019 updates, join the Plantae Synthetic Biology Network, follow @plantsynbio2019 and #PlantSynBio19 on Twitter, and view other details at

For Plant Biology 2019 updates, join the Plantae Network, follow @ASPB, @ASPBPlantBioMtg, and #plantbio19 on Twitter, and view the program and other details at

Dates to Remember

  • June 14, 2019: Deadline for abstract submission to be considered for a 15-minute talk at PlantSynBio19 and for travel awards!
  • July 10, 2019: Discount hotel rates end. Reserve your hotel now!
  • July 19, 2019: Deadline for poster presentations to receive a poster number for Plant Synthetic Biology 2019
  • August 7–9, 2019: Plant Synthetic Biology meeting in San Jose, California

Blog post written for Peridot Scientific Communications.