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Centre of the Region Haná
for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research

cordially invites you to attend the

Olomouc Biotech 2011
Plant Biotechnology: Green for Good


June 19 22, 2011, Olomouc, Czech Republic

postsymposium to the 5th Czech Swiss Biotechnology Meeting in Prague, June 15 – 17, 2011,


Scope of the conference
The post-symposium will promote collaboration in biotechnology research, development and innovations. During the post-symposium, institutions and companies will get the opportunity to meet with scientists and students to promote their latest technologies. A workshop strengthening the cooperation of the industry and academia will be organized. Symposium language will be English.

Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (www.cr-hana.eu), Biological Campus of the Faculty of Science, Palacký University, Olomouc-Holice. Oral presentations and other events room SE501, poster session – room SE507.

Forms of presentations:

  • Selected oral presentations (on invitation)
  • Poster presentations, Student poster contest
  • Industrial and commercial presentations
  • Workshop on industry-academia relationships

Scientific program

Sunday June 19, 2011
16:00 – 19:00 Registration, poster mounting

Monday June 20, 2011
08:00 – 09:00 Registration, poster mounting
09:00 – 09:30

Ivo Frébort, C.R. Haná, local representative
Opening, welcome address

Session I: Biotechnology and Molecular Tools in Crop Improvement
Chairperson: Jaroslav Doležel, C. R. Haná

09:30 – 10:15 Wilhelm Gruissem, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Crop biofortification: GMO or non-GMO?
10:15 – 11:00 Viktor Korzun, KWS LOCHOW GmbH, Einbeck, Germany
Biotechnology and molecular breeding in small grain cereals: Achievements and perspectives
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 12:00 Jaroslav Doležel, C.R. Haná, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Developing molecular resources for mapping and sequencing complex cereal genomes
12:00 – 12:30 Wendy Harwood, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
Cereal transformation advances and remaining challenges
12:30 – 13:00 Petr Galuszka, C.R. Haná, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Transgenic alteration of cytokinin metabolism in order to improve agricultural traits of cereals
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break

Session II: Application of Biotechnology in Crop Production and Use
Chairperson: Jan Káš, Biotechnological Society, Czech Republic

14:30 – 15:00 Javier Pozueta-Romero, Instituto de Agrobiotecnología, Nafarroa, Spain
Microbial volatiles induced promotion of growth and accumulation of exceptionally high levels of starch in leaves involves a photocontrolled process wherein phytochromes, starch synthases class III and IV and NTRC-mediated changes in redox status of plastidial enzymes play important role
15:00 – 15:30 Lukáš Spíchal, C. R. Haná, Olomouc, Czech Republic
New cytokinin derivatives for biotechnological and agricultural applications
15:30 – 16:00

Murray Moo-Young, University of Waterloo & ISEB, Canada
Biomass-derived biofuels

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 19:00 Poster session
19:00 – 21:00 Welcome to Olomouc Party
Tuesday June 21, 2011
Session III: Signalling and Stress Response
Chairperson: Jozef Šamaj, C. R. Haná
09:00 – 09:45 Heribert Hirt, UGRV, Evry, France
Novel strategies to improve stress tolerance in plants
09:45 – 10:30 Jozef Šamaj, C.R. Haná, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Developmental and stress-dependent regulation of some signalling, cytoskeletal and vesicular trafficking proteins
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 11:30 Olga Valentová, ICT, Prague, Czech Republic
Phospholipid signalling in plant stress response
11:30 – 12:00 Mentewab Ayalew, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, USA
Beyond markers: ABC transporters and antibiotic resistance
12:00 – 12:30 Ian Dodd, Lancaster University,UK
Root system biotechnology: Impacts of genetic and rhizospehre engineering on root-to-shoot signalling
12:30 – 13:00 Announcement of the Results of Student Poster Contest
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
Session IV: Closing the Gaps: Industry and Academia Meets
Chairpersons: Ivo Frébort, C. R. Haná, Vít Kubesa, Teva Czech Industries
14:00 – 14:20 Ivo Frébort, C. R. Haná, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Project and mission of C. R. Haná
14:20 – 14:40 Ladislav Cvak, Teva Czech Industries, Opava, Czech Republic
Availability and quality of biomass as the key factor for the isolation of natural products
14:40 – 15:00 Ivana Šurová, BioTest, s. r. o.
Pre-clinical and toxicological testing
15:00 – 15:20 Ivo Brants, Monsanto ČR, s . r. o.
Biotechnology and sustainable agriculture
15:20 – 15:40

Michal Kostrba, Fosfa, a. s.
FOSFA Břeclav – the biggest European processor of the yellow phosphorus

15:40 – 16:00

Jiří Moos, Sigma Aldrich, s. r. o.
Sigma-Aldrich – your partner in biotechnology

16:00 – 17:00

Coffee break and Floating Discussion
19:00 – 22:00 Meeting of the Scientific Board of the Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research (Hotel Gemo, members and invited guests only)
Wednesday June 22, 2011
9:00 – 12:00

 Visit to local traditional biotech company – A. W. curd cheese factory in Loštice (www.tvaruzky.cz)


Guided walking tour in Olomouc (http://www.olomouc.eu/eng/)

Free of charge for scientists and students (the number of participants is limited to 80). The event is supported by the project “Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research” (CZ.1.05/2.1.00/01.0007) funded by the Operational Programme Research and Development for Innovations of the European Regional Development Fund. Only one presenting author per one abstract may register. Registrations without submitted abstract will be rejected.

Deadline for registration and abstracts: March 31, 2011

Abstract submission:
Please, submit abstract prepared using the abstract template for poster presentation via email with the subject “G4G” to the address projekty_eu@upol.cz by the deadline stated above. Abstract must be submitted using the template form attached. All abstracts will be reviewed and the corresponding author will be notified of acceptance. Registration by students entering the Student Poster Contest must be accompanied by valid proof of student status (letter from the faculty).

Poster size is limited to 90 cm width and 130 cm length. Prizes will be given to the three best posters presented by students upon selection by the Scientific Committee.

Scientific Committee:
Jozef Šamaj, C.R. Haná, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Jaroslav Doležel, C.R. Haná, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Heribert Hirt, UGRV, Evry, France
Wendy Harwood, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
Mentewab Ayalew, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, USA

Local Organizing Committee C.R. Haná, Olomouc, Czech Republic:
Ivo Frébort chairperson, Milada Truksová  secretary, Lucie Szüčová, Petr Galuszka, Hana Pospíšilová, Ludmila Ohnoutková, Martina Špundová, Pavla Suchánková, Pavel Kopecký, Mária Šmehilová, Tomáš Takáč, Marta Kowalska, Helena Hulvová.

Accommodation and transportation:
Accommodation will be arranged for invited speakers and guests only. Other participants may choose their lodging from selection of hotels and pensions in Olomouc (http://www.olomouc-tourism.cz/). The city of Olomouc is reachable from Prague in 2 hours by Pendolino train (http://en.cd.cz/).

How to reach the conference site in Olomouc:

  • By bus: Bus number 13 (from main train station) or 22 (via town center bus stops "Tržnice" and "náměstí Hrdinů"); leave the bus at "ulice Šlechtitelů" (bus timetables at http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/olomouc/spojeni/). Tickets can be bought at the bus driver at 16 CZK (0.65 €) or in vending machines (12 CZK).
  • By taxi: From anywhere in Olomouc for about 100 CZK (4 €).
  • By car: GPS 49°34'33.836"N, 17°16'55.153"E

Location of the conference site is shown on the following map.

Contact information:
Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research
Šlechtitelů 813/21
CZ-78371, Olomouc
Telephone: +420 585 634 970
email: projekty_eu@upol.cz