EPI-CATCH Conference 2022:
EPIgenetic mechanisms of Crop Adaptation To Climate cHange

July 12-14th, 2022

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete
Hybrid format

We are delighted to announce that the second conference on “Epigenetic Mechanisms of Crop Adaptation to Climate Change” (EPI-CATCH) will be held in a hybrid format, physically at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete (https://confer.maich.gr/), and on-line, from July 12th to 14th 2022.
EPI-CATCH (CA19125) is a recently launched COST action that aims to define, develop, generate and share new breaking knowledge and methodologies for the investigation of epigenetic mechanisms modulating plant adaptation to environmental stresses driven by climate change.
The EPI-CATCH conference will include three topics, one per day, according to the three working groups (WG) of the EPI-CATCH consortium:

WG1 (day1): Plant epigenetic responses to environmental stresses                                
WG2 (day2): Biotechnological approaches to study plant adaptation to climate change                
WG3 (day3): Methodological approaches for the study of epigenetic diversity & stress responses

The conference will promote interactions among speakers, poster presenters and participants that are experts and newcomers in the field of plant epigenetics as well as early career researchers from diverse geographical, cultural and scientific backgrounds.
The registration to this meeting is free, registration deadline is June 30th, 2022. Abstract submission deadline is  May 15th 2022.

For more information on the COST action please visit our website:

The conference will be held at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh), Crete.

All information regarding the venue can be found here: https://confer.maich.gr/

The Conference Center of MAICh is located 3 km south-east of Chania city centre, 13 km from the airport and 1 km from the port of Souda.

Detailed travel information can be found here: https://confer.maich.gr/info/travel.html

Conference Center Bureau of MAICh - contact
Mrs Argyro Zervou, Mrs Katerina Karapataki and Giannis Katsikandarakis
Alsyllio Agrokepio, P.O.Box 85, 73100
Chania, Crete, Greece
Tel: +30 28210 35080-81
Fax: +30 28210 35001
E-mail: confer@maich.gr


Dorita Galea

University of Malta, Malta


Federico Martinelli

Department of Biology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy


Eirini Kaiserli

Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom


Michal Lieberman-Lazarovich

Institute of Plant Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, Volcani Center, Rishon LeZion, Israel


Stephane Maury

INRA, Laboratoire de Biologie des Ligneux et des Grandes Cultures, Université d'Orléans, Orléans, France WG1 leader


Naama Segal

Oceanographic and Limnological Research, The National Center for Mariculture, Eilat, Israel WG2 leader


Valya Vassileva

Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria; WG3 leader

Tuesday 12th July  

14:00-14:15OPENING CEREMONY– Welcome by the Chair of EPI-CATCH, Prof. Federico Martinelli
14:20-18:10Plant epigenetic responses to environmental stresses                               
Chairpersons: Stephane Maury & Gloria Pinto
14:20-14:50Verhoeven Koen, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
Environmental & transgenerational dynamics of DNA methylation in asexually reproducing plants
14:50-15:10Iva Mozgova, Biology Centre CAS, Czech Republic
PRC2 function in the seed-to-seedling transition: green or not-green.
15:10-15:30Etienne Bucher, Agroscope Switzterland
Molecular mechanisms of induced heritable genetic and epigenetic changes in Arabidopsis and crop plants
15:30-15:50Jurriaan Ton, University of Sheffield, UK
The epigenetic drivers of plant immune memory
15:50-16:20Coffee break & Poster Viewing
16:20-16:50Monica Meijon, University of Oviedo, Spain
Epigenetics dynamics as central driver of heat stress response and memory acquisition processes in Pinus radiata
16:50-17:10Jerome Verdier, The Research Institute of Horticulture and Seeds, INRAE, France
Epigenetic regulation of heat stress response during seed maturation
17:10-17:30To be selected from abstracts
17:30-17:50Stéphane Maury, University of Orleans, INRAE, France
Trees facing climate change: DNA methylation involved in plasticity and adaptation?
17:50-18:10General discussion

Wednesday 13th July

09:00-12:50Biotechnological approaches to study plant adaptation to climate change 
Chairpersons: Na’ama Segal & Michal Lieberman Lazarovich
09:00-09:30Abhaya Dandekar, UC Davis, USA
Engineering epigenetic resistance to plant disease
09:30-10:00Serena Varotto, University of Padova, Italy
Chromatin-mediated adaptive strategies to unfavourable environmental condition in crops
10:00-10:20Eirini Kaiserli, University of Glasgow, UK
Light and warm temperature induce changes in the nuclear organization of Arabidopsis
10:20-10:40Michael Puruggunan, NYU, USA
Integrating epigenetic and population genomic data: The fitness consequence map of rice
10:40-11:10Coffee break & Poster Viewing
11:10-11:30Alejandro Solla, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain
Maternal stress in forest trees affect susceptibility to stress in offspring
11:30-11:50Erna Karalija, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Combat for the future: Seed priming and stress tolerance
11:50-12:10To be selected from abstracts
12:10-12:30To be selected from abstracts
14:00-15:50PlantEd Cost Action Session                                                                    
Chairpersons: Federico Martinelli & Eirini Kaiserli
14:00-14:20Kaushal Kumar, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Lipid metabolic engineering through stress primed transcriptional reprogramming in seeds
14:20-14:40Marcel Kuntz, CNRS Grenoble, France
Worldwide plant biotechnology innovation landscape from patenting to marketing: what are the European weaknesses?
14:40-15:00Stephan Wenkel, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Genome-engineering of microProteins in model and crop plants
15:00-15:20Angelo Santino, CNR Rome, Italy
Impact of Cadmium on ER stress response and epigenetic changes in Arabidopsis thaliana
15:20-15:50General discussion

Thursday 14th July

09:00-12:50Methodological approaches for the study of epigenetic diversity & stress responses
Chairpersons: Valya Vassileva & Pilar Testillano
09:00-09:30Daniel Zilberman, John Innes Centre, UK
Epigenetic inheritance mediates phenotypic diversity in natural populations
09:30-10:00Ueli Grossniklaus, University of Zurich, Switzerland
A role of epigenetic variation in plant adaptation
10:00-10:20Philippe Gallusci, INRA, University of Bordeaux, France
Epigenetic memories in plants
10:20-10:40Georgi Bonchev, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Epigenetic marks beyond genes - methylation pattern of transposable elements as a marker for assessing genetic diversity
10:40-11:00To be selected from abstracts
11:00-11:30Coffee break & Poster Viewing
11:30-11:50Katerina Kaduchova, Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic            
Live analysis of barley nuclei and chromosomes using fluorescent marker lines
11:50-12:10Hidetoshi Saze, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Epigenetic regulation of intragenic transposons and gene transcription in plant genomes
12:10-12:30Veronika Lancikova, Plant Science and Biodiversity Centre, Slovakia Identification of DNA N6-methyladenine in amaranth (Amaranthus spp.) under the heavy metal stress using the modified metA-MSAP approach
12:30-12:50To be selected from abstracts
12:50-13:00CLOSING CEREMONY                        
14:30-16:30EPI-CATCH 3rd Management Committee Meeting

 Registration to the conference is free of charge. Please submit your registration form by June 30th 2022

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Selected abstracts will be chosen for a 20 minutes talks and will grant the presenter with travel costs, according to COST rules.
Other abstracts will be invited to present a poster.

Please select the best matching topic for your abstract:
WG1 (day1): Updating, sharing and exchange of findings in plant epigenetics
WG2 (day2): New concepts and future frontiers in epigenetic/epigenomics
WG3 (day3): Definition of standards in methods, pipelines and workflows in plant epigenomics

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