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4th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium

December 13 – 15, 2016

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

El Batán, Texcoco, México (Near Mexico City)
Early bird registration deadline: October 16, 2016

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    4th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium
    International Plant Phenotyping Network

    Phenotyping is key to understanding the physiological and genetic bases of plant growth and adaptation and their application for crop improvement. A revolution in phenomics is taking place, using non-invasive technologies based on spectral reflectance from plant tissue. Automated proximal sensing in controlled environments has sufficient resolution for detailed genetic and physiological dissection in model plant species. Aerial imaging using manned or unmanned low-flying vehicles or even satellites is transforming field phenotyping, at scales ranging from individual plots for breeding to entire fields to characterize agro-ecosystems.

    The Symposium will focus on three themes:

    • Advances in Plant Phenotyping Technologies to explore the frontiers of what can be sensed remotely and other technological breakthroughs.
    • Phenotyping for Crop Improvement to consider the application of phenotyping technologies for crop improvement (breeding, crop husbandry, and estimating the productivity of agro-ecosystems).
    • Adding Value to Phenotypic Data to review how phenomics and genomics can combine to improve crop simulation models and breeding methodologies (e.g., genomic selection).

    On the final day of the symposium, participants can attend Interactive Workshops on needs, opportunities and bottlenecks in phenotyping, with an eye to developing short position papers for a proceedings or journal special issue. There will also be a field trip to the nearby archeological complex of Teotihuacan, including the mysterious sun and moon pyramids.

    This is the 4th international symposium within the framework of IPPN. http://www.plant-phenotyping.org/IPPS

  • Program

    International Plant Phenotyping Symposium, CIMMYT, 2016
    Monday 12th December
    6:00-7:30 (pm) Welcome Address and Cocktail
    Tuesday 13th December
    TIME Invited Talks
    8:00-8:30 M Hirafuji, HARC, Japan (confirmed)
    8:30-9:00 Berni Jimenez, CSIRO, Australia (confirmed)
    9:00-12:00 7 Volunteered Talks (with 30 min break)
    12:00-1:15 Lunch
    Invited Talks
    1:15-1:45 Fred van Eeuwijk, Wageningen  (confirmed)
    1:45-2:15 Francois Tardieu, INRA (confirmed)
    2:15-5:00 6 Volunteered Talks (with 30 min break)
    5:00-6:30 Poster Sessions (with cocktail) Advances… & Adding Value…
    Wednesday 14th December
    Invited Talks
    8:00-8:30 Michelle Watt (Julich) (confirmed)
    8:30-9:00 JL Araus, U. Barcelona. Harmonizing effort among phenotyping initiatives (confirmed)
    9:00-9:30 Elisa Liras, Bayer Global Hypercare Farms (confirmed)
    9:30-10:00 Melba M. Crawford, Purdue University, Satellites and microsatellite imagery (confirmed)
    10:00-10:30 Break
    10:30-12:00 4 Volunteered Talks
    12:00-1:30 Lunch
    1:30-3:30 5 Volunteered Talks
    3:30-4:00 Break
    4:00-5:30 Poster Session (with cocktail): Phenotyping for Crop Improvement
    6:30-9:30 Conference Dinner (El Batan)
    Thursday 15th December
    8:00-8:20 Introduction to workshops (Local Organizing Committee members)
    8:20-11:15 Parallel workshops (facilitated by leader and scribe)
    Themes to be decided
    11:30-12:30 Bief reports from Workshops
    12:30-1:00 Closing Session
    1:00-6:00 Trip to Pyramids with packed lunch

    More to come; check this space for updates

    Invited speakers:

    • Fred van Eeuwijk, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
    • Francois Tardieu, INRA, France
    • Masayuki Hirafuji, Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center, Japan
    • Jose Luis Araus, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
    • Michelle Watt, Juelich Institute, Germany
    • Elisa Liras, Bayer Global Hypercare Farms
    • Melba M. Crawford, Purdue University
    • Berni Jimenez, CSIRO
  • Satellite meetings

    Monday 12th December
    Morning IPPN Working Group: Root phenotyping
    IPPN Working Group: Imaging for phenotyping
    Afternoon: IPPN General Assembly (IPPN members only)
    Thursday 16th December
    Wheat Imitative EWG Phenotyping (EWG members only)

    More to come; check this space for updates

  • Call for papers

    The call for oral or poster presentations is now open (Click here). The registration fees are listed below.

    Please indicate if you want your presentation to be considered for a talk.

    Submission deadlines:
    abstracts for a talk: August 28th
    abstracts for posters: October 15th

    Please contact Viridiana Silva or Catherine Casas if you have any questions.

    We look forward to welcoming you at CIMMYT in Mexico!

  • Registration

    Registration is now open (Click here). The registration fees are as below.

    Category Fee* IPPN Members Fee**
    Registered student US $325 US $225
    Academia US $470 US $330
    Industry US $600 US $420

    * After the closure of the pre-registration (October 16, 2016), an additional charge of $100 USD will be made to all categories.

    ** IPPN members will have a 30% discount on the registration

    Please contact Viridiana Silva or Catherine Casas if you have any questions.

    We look forward to welcoming you at CIMMYT in Mexico!

  • Partners

  • Sponsorship opportunities

    Details Cost
    Stalls 3m x 3m: Desk in the conference venue, adjoining the Session Hall (includes a table, two chairs, one 220V electric power supply with a triple plug). Companies can display one standee or one banner at their respective stall. One fee symposium registration is included 2,500 USD
    Conference Lunch / Dinner: (company logos can be displayed on the tables)

    3,000 USD

    Conference Material
    Half page advertisement in the book of abstracts(color digital) 600 USD
    Full page advertisement in the book of abstracts(color digital) 900 USD
    Production costs of the book of abstracts (Acknowledgment in the book) 1,500 USD
    Promotion Material (to be provided by the company)
    Conference bag (with company logo) 500 USD
    Flyer (with company logo) 300 USD
    Pen (with company logo) 300 USD
    Notepad (with company logo) 300 USD
    Other company documents/give aways 300 USD
    Company poster in a dedicated area 400 USD

    Please contact Viridiana Silva or Catherine Casas if you have any questions.

  • Organizers

    Local organizing committee

    • Matthew Reynolds, Chair
    • Bruno Gerard
    • Martin Kropff
    • Jennifer Nelson
    • Carolina Saint Pierre
    • Urs Schulthess
    • Viridiana Silva
    • Sam Trachsel

    International organizing committee

    • Ulrich Schurr, Chair IPPN
    • April Carroll
    • Maurice Moloney
    • Roland Pieruschka
    • Matthew Reynolds
    • Xavier Sirault
  • IPPN Travel Grant


    The IPPN encourages mobility among researchers and enhances international contacts between research groups. With this grant IPPN specifically supports early career researchers selected from submitted applications who wish to participate in the International Plant Phenotyping Symposium in Mexico, 13-15 December 2016. Depending on the available resources. 3-5 applicants will be funded.


    • The grant covers all travel expenses.
    • Submission deadline: 15.09.2016
    • Applicants have to actively participate in the symposium and submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation
    • Announcement of results: by 15.10.2016

    Profile and conditions

    • You are affiliated to a university or a research institution and you are an early career scientist, PhD student or postdoc who finished his PhD after 1.1.2014.
    • The travel grant covers all the travel (economy tickets) and accommodation (standard accommodation) expense and the applicants are asked to provide an estimate of travel and accommodation costs with the application.
    • The application includes:
      • Short CV (max 1 page)
      • Recommendation letter (max. 1 page)
      • Short motivation letter (max 2 pages)

    Please submit the application files to: ippn@fz-juelich.de

  • Other Information


    Hotel reservations will be made in Texcoco and near CIMMYT. Bookings will be made on a first-come-first-served basis and you will be informed concerning you where you are booked. You can also use our friendly Online Booking System to book a Hotel fast and easy.
    Participants are responsible for paying their own reservations directly with the hotel. The room rates are approximately USD $60 to $80 per night.

    Hotel reservations must be made by Friday, November 18th, 2016. After November, the rooms that have been held for participants will be released.

    To make a hotel reservation click here.

    If you are looking for a roommate to share hotel costs, please write to:


    Authorized taxis can be engaged from inside the Mexico City airport (near the exit from the customs area); service to CIMMYTs cost about USD $45. CIMMYT’s campus is in Texcoco, State of Mexico, about 45 km northeast of downtown Mexico City.

    Traveling to the meetings

    Buses will pick up participants each morning from the hotels to taken them to the CIMMYT campus.


El Batan, Texcoco, México

Start Date:

December 13, 2016

End Date:

December 15, 2016


Viridiana Silva

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Course cost:

$325 - $600 USD