Plant Proteases 2016

University of Oxford, April 10-12, 2016


Plant Proteases 2016

From roles in life and death to understanding regulation and action

Plant proteases are involved in nearly every regulatory process by releasing peptide hormones, shedding receptors, cleaving transcription factors, activating proenzymes or eventually degrading specific proteins. Consequently, protease activity is a subject of active research in virtually every field in plant biology. However, studying regulation by plant proteases is not an easy task: proteases are post-translationally regulated and their substrates are elusive and difficult to predict. The aim of this meeting is to bring the research community together to discuss novel approaches and establish standards in protease research.



We are delighted to invite you to the 3rd International Plant Protease Meeting

This 3-day event will be held on April 10-12, 2016, at the historic University of Oxford, UK. This meeting addresses the need of a fast growing international scientific community studying plant proteases.


Renier van der Hoorn & Susana Rivas

We have assembled the best possible scientific program. We aim to bring together a mixture of well-established and junior scientists and to allow opportunities for new collaborations, discussions and exchange of ideas.

The Program

A welcome lecture plus eight sessions, each with 3-5 speakers on a wide range of exciting research topics.

The sessions will cover diverse aspects of plant proteases including biological roles of proteases regulating programmed cell death and cell survival and novel technologies to study proteases and identify their natural substrates.


Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Somerville College, one of Oxford's finest.

You will enjoy the excellent scientific seminars in the modern lecture hall accompanied by stimulating discussions during poster sessions. The college gala dinner will have a backdrop of beautiful gardens and grounds founded in the 19th century.


The welcome address, opening lecture and welcome reception on Sunday evening will all be held at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The remaining two days will consist of 25 lectures, poster sessions, a city tour, coffee/tea, lunches and a closing dinner. All these events (except city tour) will be held at Somerville College at the University of Oxford

Travel and accommodation

Regular shuttle coaches travel from Gatwick and Heathrow airports to Oxford. Tickets are normally available for purchase from the coach driver. Accommodation is available at a discounted rate at Somerville College. En-suite or shared facilities available. More details to follow shortly.


Zach Adam

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Peter Bozhkov

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Frank van Breusegem

VIB, Belgium

Nuria Sanchez Coll

CRAG, Spain

Hannele Tuominen

Umea University, Sweden

Andreas Schaller

Hohenheim University, Germany

Mortiz Nowack

VIB, Belgium

Josh Mylne

University of Western Australia

Juan Guiamet

National University of La Plata, Argentina

Emanuelle Graciet

Maynooth University, Ireland

Patrick Gallois

University of Manchester, UK

Christiane Funk

Umea University, Sweden

Robert Fluhr

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Gunther Doehlemann

University of Cologne, Germany

Isabel Díaz Rodríguez

CBGP, Spain



Pierre Buscaill (LIPM, Toulouse)

A protease of the subtilase family negatively regulates the Arabidopsis defence through its interaction with AtMYB30

Simon Stael (VIB, Ghent)

Everybody hurts – Metacaspase is activated during wound response and cleaves the DAMP precursor PROPEP in a calcium-dependent manner


Registration is now closed.


We thank our sponsors for their kind donations


Prof Renier van der Hoorn

University of Oxford, UK


Email: renier.vanderhoorn[a]plants.ox.ac.uk

Dr Susana Rivas

CNRS, France


Email: Susana.Rivas[a]toulouse.inra.fr

Local organisers

Webmaster: Dr Luisa Madeira
Sponsors coordinator: Dr Judith Paulus
Speakers coordinator: Jiorgos Kourelis
Participants coordinator: Dr Daniela Sueldo
Entertainment coordinator: Friederike Grosse-Holz

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