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3rd WURomics Symposium – Advances in Plant and Food Metabolomics2018-10-01T14:26:19+01:00

3rd WURomics Symposium
Advances in Plant and Food Metabolomics

Registration is now closed!

Date: 12 December 2019
Target group & size: open to everyone, but with an emphasis on young scientists (PhD candidates and postdocs); 300 participants
Participation costs: free event (including lunch), but requires registration
Program Organizers:
Robert Hall and Justin van der Hooft

Downloadable program

In recent years, exceptional progress has been made in the application of -omics based technologies in plant and food research. In the two previous symposia we tackled General Omics advances and then, Next Generation Sequencing. This time the topic is advances in metabolomics. Metabolomics is the technology focusing on the small molecules which are determinant in many important phenotypic aspects of plants and food – plant disease resistance, abiotic stress, food quality, shelf life, flavour and fragrance, health promotion, among others. Metabolomics is now in its 20th year and metabolomics-based approaches have become well established in the crop, food and seed industries as well as in the field of nutrition and medicine. This symposium on 12th December will focus on three main topics where metabolomics is making important inroads: i) crop breeding, ii) crop and food quality, and iii) environment and the circular economy. We have brought together a remarkable list of internationally-renowned expert speakers interspersed with local pitches to make this an unforgettable day!


08:15 -08:45 Registration

Session 1: Metabolomics: the technology challenges
08:45 – 09:30 Keynote: Prof.dr. Wolfram Weckwerth – Ecogenomics and Systems Biology, Vienna Metabolomics Centre, Austria
                          Title: Metabolomics or multi-omics? – opportunities and challenges
09:30 – 09:40 Flash presenter: Dr. Ric de Vos – BU Bioscience, Wageningen UR
09:45 – 10:30 Keynote: Dr. Steffen Neumann – Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Germany
                          Title: Metabolomics: the data challenges
10:30 – 10:40 Flash presenter: Dr. Justin van der Hooft – WU Bioinformatics, Wageningen UR

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee/tea break

Session 2: Metabolomics: crop applications
11:15 – 12:00 Keynote: Dr. Annick Moing – INRA Bordeaux, France
                        Title: Food crop metabolomics – the quest for quality
12:00 – 12:10 Flash presenter: Dr. Roland Mumm –  BU Bioscience Wageningen UR

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch Break

Session 3: Metabolomics:  food and non-food applications
13:15 – 14:00 Keynote: Prof.dr. Augustin Scalbert – WHO, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
                        Title:  The food metabolome in nutritional epidemiology
14:00 – 14:10 Flash presenter: Dr. Doris Jacobs – Unilever Research, Wageningen Campus
14:15 – 15:00 Keynote: Dr. Jane Ward – National Centre for Plant Metabolomics, Rothamsted Research, UK
                        Title: Metabolomics and non-food crops for the bio-economy
15:00 – 15:10 Flash presenter: Dr. Johanna Molenaar – BU Horticulture, Wageningen UR

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee/tea break

Session 4: Metabolomics: plant and crop secondary metabolites
15:45 – 16:30 Keynote: Prof.dr. Jörg-Peter Schnitzler – Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology, Helmholtz Zentrum, Germany
                         Title: Volatilomics: metabolomics and plant ecology
16:30 – 16:40 Flash presenter: Dr. Paolina Garbeva – NIOO-KNAW, Wageningen
16:45 – 17:30 Keynote: Prof.dr. Lloyd Sumner – Biochemistry Department, University of Missouri, US
                        Title: Metabolomics and plant secondary metabolites
17:30 – 17:40 Flash presenter: Dr. Iris Kappers – WU Plant Physiology, Wageningen UR

17:45 – 17:50 Wrap-up and closure

This symposium is open to everyone, but is specifically targeted to young scientists in both industry and academia who have an interest or are active in the field of exploiting metabolomics to advance our molecular knowledge of plants and plant-based materials. Participation is free and includes lunch and coffee breaks but registration is mandatory for attendance.  The registration will close on 25 November or when the maximum number of participants has been reached. In case of a no-show or a cancellation after 25 November 2019, there will be a fee of €50.

This symposium and the affiliated workshop have been made possible with sponsoring from the Netherlands Metabolomics Centre, the Nils Foss Excellence Prize, the International Metabolomics Society, the Shared Research Facilities at Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen Campus Connect and the Graduate School EPS.



Thursday, December 12, 2019
08:30 - 18:00
Orion building (Waaijerzaal)
Bronland 1, Wageningen