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The 2016 Plant Cell Dynamics Meeting
will be held in

St Louis, Missouri
June 21st-24th, 2016

We are excited to have the meeting in St. Louis and plans are moving forward rapidly. The first day will be a series of workshops, held at the Danforth Plant Science Center, followed by three days of meeting at Washington University's Biology Department. The meeting will end with an evening party at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Registration and housing links are above. Details on the preliminary schedule and on the workshops will posted by mid-April. We look forward to seeing you at what will be a fun meeting (following the tradition).

From the organizing committee...
Howard Berg (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center)
Ram Dixit (Washington University)
Brian Downes (St. Louis University)
Antje Heese (University of Missouri-Columbia)
Bethany Zolman (University of Missouri-St. Louis)

Keynote speakers


We are pleased to announce three invited speakers for the 2016 meeting:

Federica Brandizzi (keynote speaker), Michigan State University, 

Charles Anderson (keynote speaker), Pennsylvania State University,

Natasha Raikhel (honorary speaker), University of California-Riverside.  This will be a special session in recognition of Natasha Raikhel’s accomplishments and contributions to the field of plant cell biology, and will also include talks by PCD attendees who are "progeny" of Natasha's, either directly or via their current advisors having received training in Natasha's lab.




Workshops will be offered on Tuesday before the opening evening reception and during the meeting as follows.

Super resolution microscopy (week-long, DDPSC).  Nikon will have their N-STORM system available for demonstration and imaging of your samples at the Danforth Plant Science Center.  We are setting time aside for imaging attendee samples on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. If you want to see the system demo or plan to bring a sample, please email Howard Berg (, so that he can schedule sessions and discuss with you sample preparation. Stochastic imaging is part of the new wave of high resolution imaging, and this is your chance to try it out.  There are specific requirements for fluorophores, and Nikon’s standard protocols are available here

  Spectral imaging (Tuesday, June 21, 10:30 am-Noon, DDPSC).  For all of you interested in learning how spectral imaging can be used to analyze plant cells, this workshop will give you a chance to do so with your samples using the Danforth Center’s Leica SP8-X confocal microscope. 

  Automated plant phenotyping (Tuesday, June 21, 1:00-3:30 pm, DDPSC).  This workshop includes a tour of the Danforth Center’s phenotyping facility and demonstration of how to analyze whole-plant images.  In addition, there will be an introduction to methods for statistical analyses of plant shape and topology.

  Career development strategies (Friday, June 24, 8:30-9:45 am, WU).  We are proud of this meeting’s tradition for fostering development of young scientist’s careers, and to that end are arranging for a workshop giving attendees an opportunity to learn alternatives to traditional academic careers.  This will be run by professionals in career development.

Quantitative image analysis using automated segmentation (Friday, June 24, 9:45-10:45 am, WU) This workshop will provide hands-on training in quantitative analysis of plant cell images. Using the free and open-source software Fiji (Fiji is just ImageJ) and Trainable Weka Segmentation (TWS) plug-in, attendees will be trained in automated identification and quantification of green fluorescent protein (GFP)-tagged proteins in intracellular structures. This workflow is freely accessible and easily transferable to analyzing macro- and microscopic images of diverse plant responses.

What is the Plant Cell Dynamics meeting?
  • Since 2012, we have organized an annual "plant cell dynamics" meeting with the objective of bringing together plant cell biologists from around the world in a highly interactive forum for presenting the latest advances in plant cell biology and for learning new tools and approaches.

  • The program includes:
    • Keynotes
    • oral presentations from the members of the attending labs with an emphasis towards beginning faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students
    • extensive poster sessions
    • workshops
    • plenty of time for informal discussions
    • each year one poster figure gets voted on to be next year's conference T-shirt design. The 2015 winner was from Charlie Anderson's lab. Let's just say if you were at the 2015 meeting, does the "eye of Sauron" figure ring any bells?
    A favorite is always the amazing food (and drinks) at every poster social.
    Check out the 2015 program and see some pictures from previous meetings here.

  • The meeting is open to all irrespective of where you are located. 2015 saw presentations from labs in the USA, Canada, the UK and France.

  • The MidWest in our name - well the meeting is organized by a bunch of plant cell biologists who just happen to all live in the MidWest of the USA.......

  • If you haven't attended a meeting where the talks that run over time get faded out to the tune of "Let it Go" from Disney's Frozen...Or Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister with "We're not gonna take it" then you need to talk to one of the meeting participants!

The meeting is designed to be "cheap and cheerful"
  • Registration for the 2016 meeting is $280 (including breakfast, coffee, evening buffets and drinks, a conference T-shirt and even a party at the Missouri Botanical Gardens)

  • Accomodation in the Washington University suite housing (dorms) is Single Bedroom-$37.50/night per person. Plus there are numerous hotels nearby.

So mark your calendars for June 2016 and we hope to see you in St Louis!

Sponsors of the 2016 meeting
The organizers gratefully acknowledge the support of:

NSF padder NSF
padder WasU Biology padder
Danforth padder Washington University
SLU padder UMSL
EM Sciences padder IPG Missouri
padder The Plant Cell padder
Nature Plants padder Monsanto
padder Leica Microsystems padder