As host of the 4th Plant Microbiome Symposium, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) cordially invites academics, professionals, and stakeholders to visit Quito, Ecuador, from August 1st to August 4th, 2023. The 4th Plant Microbiome Symposium would be next year’s premier opportunity to connect with plant-microbiome colleagues from all over the world, and to participate in sessions with outstanding keynote speakers and offered presentations revolving around the latest advances in for instance plant-microbe interactions, plant-microbiome communication and assembly, microbiome-related plant physiology, and translational application. We welcome you to take advantage of preconference workshops, multiple networking events, poster fairs, and receptions in our outstanding on-campus USFQ conference and exhibition facilities.
Keynote & Invited Speakers
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
China Agricultural University (CAU)
Agricultural University of Athens
Juan Perez Jaramillo
Universidad de Antioquia
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas (ESPE)
The 4th Plant Microbiome Symposium 2023 registration is open!
The conference is fully on-site, and takes place August 1-4. 2023 at the Cumbayá Campus of Universidad San Francisco de Quito - USFQ, in Quito, Ecuador.
There are two types of Full Registration, each with a different deadline: Early Bird, and Regular.
Registration Fees (in US $) and Deadlines
Closes February 14th, 2023
Closes June 30th, 2023
Full registration includes the following:
- Access to all lectures, discussions, and poster sessions
- Program Booklet
- Free Wi-Fi during the conference
- Monday Welcome Reception and Icebreaker
- Morning coffee breaks
- Afternoon coffee breaks
- Excursion off-campus (Wednesday afternoon)
- Social dinner and party (Thursday evening)
The Registration Portal to participate in the 4th Plant Microbiome Symposium 2023 is now open!
Participation policy and rules of conduct
- The organizing committee of the 4th Plant Microbiome Symposium encourages open discussion on social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and blogging platforms during the Conference.
- The participants and presenters are allowed and encouraged to oral presentations on social media. Be sure to include the official hashtag, #PlantMicrobiome2023 when sharing photos or other snippets of your time at the conference on Twitter and elsewhere on social media.
- By participating in the conference, the presenter acknowledges and agrees that their presentation slides may be photographed and shared on social media by other attendees. Should they wish to not share their presentation with outside audiences, the author should clearly mention this in the first slide of his/her oral presentation, or poster.
Registration fees will only be refunded if the notice of cancellation is received by the 4th Plant Microbiome organising team before May 31, 2023.
The cancellation fee is $90.
Cancellations after this date and no-shows are not eligible for a refund.
In case of any questions regarding the registration process, do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee, by sending an e-mail to PlantMicrobiome2023@usfq.edu.ec
Call for Abstracts
The Symposium official language is English and the deadline for abstract submission for the 4th Plant Microbiome Symposium is February 1st, 2023.
The format and guidelines for the abstracts for both oral and poster presentations is the following:
- Abstracts are to be submitted in English
- The abstract should not exceed 300 words
- The format for the abstracts is the following:
- Title: Times New Roman 14
- Authors: Times New Roman 11
- Addresses: Times New Roman 10
- E-mail of corresponding author: Times New Roman, 10
- 3-5 Key words: Times New Roman 11
- Abstract: Times New Roman 11
- The Abstract title should clearly define the work discussed (max 50 words)
- Abbreviations must be spelled out in full at their first use
- Do not use abbreviations in the title
- Authors need to select the preferred means of presentation: Oral, Poster, or Either, if the abstract is accepted.
- If the authors selected Poster or Either, please indicate interest in giving a one-minute flash talk to introduce yourself and pitch your poster (no slides).
- The first author is the presenting author and is responsible for the abstract.
- The abstract submission can be performed only once.
- Please be sure to have all information needed at hand and check all details carefully before submitting the abstract.
- Submitted abstracts will not be reviewed for typos, capitalization, or punctuation errors, as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted. Linguistic accuracy is your responsibility. No proof reading will be done.
Only speakers (oral presentation) or presenting authors (poster presentation) which have completed the registration process and have paid the registration fee at the deadline of the Abstract submission, will be considered by the selection committee.
PhD Student Award
This award is to recognize students who have a strong academic background and research potential in the field of Plant Microbiomes, as demonstrated by their coursework and/or research experience.
Funds from this award will in part cover or assist with the attendance expenses for those who are enrolled as a PhD student at your home institution at the time of the 4th Plant Microbiome Symposium.
Students with accepted oral presentation or poster abstacts with strong reviewer scores and a strong letter of recommendation from their advisor, will have the priority to receive the award.
Women and members of underrepresented minorities are highly encouraged to apply.
Each institution is limited to one award.
Postdoctoral researchers are not eligible for this scholarship.
How to Apply:
The following documents need to be submitted in a single *.pdf file to email@example.com
- a cover letter from the PhD student applicant
- the PhD student's curriculum vitae
- a recommendation letter from the student's advisor
The cover letter from the student should indicate why the student believe(s) he/she/they would benefit from attending the 4th Plant Microbiome Symposium, briefly summarize research interests and accomplishments to date, describe the areas reflected in the conference program where the oral or poster presentation is best represented, indicate gender (identification), and nationality.
The letter from the student's advisor would indicate why he/she/they believe(s) the student would benefit from attending the Symposium and share opinions about the strengths and potential research contributions of the student.
The student's advisor must make a commitment in the letter to cover the (remaining) travel expenses for the student to attend the conference.
|> Deadline for PhD student award applications:||January 9, 2023|
|> Notification of award:||January 25, 2023|
|> Award acceptance deadline:||January 31, 2023|
|> Conference dates:||August 1-4, 2023|
Awardees will receive an e-mail notification from the Symposium organizers. Award recipients need to confirm the acceptance of this award before the award acceptance deadline.
An award recognition session will be held at the Symposium.
In case of any questions regarding the PhD Student Award application process, do not hesitate to contact the organizing committee, by sending an e-mail to PlantMicrobiome2023@usfq.edu.ec
Quito, the capital of Ecuador also known as the "Face of God", is located on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano. Declared by UNESCO as the First Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Quito offers a unique experience for those who visit it. From various perspectives, Quito is a charm composed of mountains and volcanoes, ancient streets decorated by flowery balconies with bohemian airs, the Compania Church with gold treasures, El Panecillo that offers a panoramic view of the city’s center; and the Middle of the World City that offers travellers to step into the two hemispheres with both legs.
Quito’s Historic Center
The Historic Center located in the Southern center of the city of Quito is considered the best-preserved historical complex and one of the most important in South America. Known for its cultural, historical, and architectural richness, the historic center has the magic of allowing its visitors to visit the past, as you walk through its cobblestone streets and sidewalks. Musea, theaters, churches, and other buildings dating back to the 16th century, plazas, and street artists make the capital's Historic Center a must-see. Among the main attractions of downtown Quito are El Panecillo, La Ronda, La Plaza de la Independencia, and La Compañía.
For more information about Quito:
Visit Tiputini Biodiversity Station
Located in the Amazon region of Ecuador, the Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS) is a biological field station established in 1994 by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in collaboration with Boston University. Situated on the north bank of the Tiputini River in front of Yasuní National Park, it is home to South America's widest variety of plants, animals, and insects. The main activities of the TBS are associated with research and education, whose main objective is based on the understanding of nature to implement appropriate and effective conservation strategies.
For more information about Tiputini:
As participants of the 4th Plant Microbiome Symposium, you will have the unique opportunity to visit the Tiputini Biodiversity Station before or after our conference.
Potential traveling dates are:
Monday 24th of July 2023 until Friday 28th of July 2023
Friday 28th of July 2023 to Monday 31st of July 2023
Monday 7th of August 2023 until Friday 11th of August 2023
Please contact the Tiputini Team in case of questions or request availability: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean located 972 km off the coast of Ecuador. There are 13 large islands, 6 medium islands and around 215 smaller islets. The Galapagos Islands are the second largest marine reserve on the planet and were declared a World Heritage Site in 1978 by UNESCO. The Galapagos are known for their numerous endemic species and for the studies of Charles Darwin that led him to establish his theory of evolution by natural selection.
They are called, touristically, the Enchanted Islands, a name that the archipelago earned in the 16th century for its peculiar biodiversity of flora and fauna, inheriting the name for generations. The region was the habitat of Lonesome George, the last specimen of the Pinta giant tortoise race, which became extinct on June 24, 2012. The islands are also home to species like sea turtles, iguanas, lizards, flightless cormorants, albatrosses, sea lions and Galapagos penguins.
The Galapagos Islands are known worldwide as a natural laboratory and are a desired tourist attraction for its natural beauty. Some of the places which are high on tourist’s whislists while visiting the Galapagos Islands are: Tortuga Bay on Santa Cruz Island, Los Túneles on Isabela Island, León Dormido and La Lobería on San Cristóbal Island, Gardner Bay on Española Island, Punta Espinoza on Isla Fernandina and Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island.