After three successful conferences on Plant Proteases and Programmed Cell Death organized in Hemavan, Sweden (2011); Barcelona, Spain (2013); and Oxford, UK (2016), it is our pleasure to host the fourth meeting in the beautiful medieval town of Ghent, Belgium. The roles of proteases in cell death, immunity, and developmental processes in plants have received increasing attention over the past years. On the one hand, proteases exert a key regulatory level of posttranslational modification on their substrates. On the other hand, proteolytic cascades are involved in household functions, as well as responsible for point-of-no-return decisions during developmentally or environmentally controlled programmed cell death. Despite their importance, however, we still know little about the functions and mode-of-actions of individual plant proteases. Over the past years, several research groups have tackled the functional characterization of plant proteases from different angles. Some laboratories are advancing technology development, others focus on biological processes that depend on protease activities, while again others elucidate the biochemistry of specific protease families. The aim of our meeting is to bring researchers of these different research directions together to discuss the latest developments and concepts in the field of plant proteases and programmed cell death.



Ulrich auf dem Keller ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Catherine de Vitry CNRS / Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris, France
Martin Dickman Texas A&M University, USA
Gwyneth Ingram ENS Lyon, France
Renier van der Hoorn Oxford University, UK
Susana Rivas INRA Toulouse, France
Lynn Megeney Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Salma Balazadeh MPI Golm, Germany
Michael Ehrmann University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Dabing Zhang University of Adelaide, Australia
Peter Vandenabeele VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research, Ghent, Belgium
Michael Holdsworth Nottingham University, UK
Michael Wrzaczek University of Helsinki, Finland
Isaura Simões University of Coimbra, Portugal






Congress Venue Het Pand

Onderbergen 1, 9000 Ghent

Het Pand is an old Dominican monastery located in the heart of the city on the banks of the river Leie, near the medieval port with the guildhalls as its remnants. In 1201 a hospital was established next to Saint Michael's Chapel by Canon Utenhove. By 1225 the institute had become too small, and it was decided to construct a new one close to the Bijloke .By that time the first Dominicans had arrived in Ghent. By the agency of the then counts of Flanders, Ferdinand of Portugal and Johanna of Constantinople, the Dominicans were allocated the old hospital to serve as their new settlement.


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