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Symposium to honor 50th Anniversary of Rubisco Oxygenase Discovery

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In honor of the work of Bill Ogren and his research directly linking photosynthesis and photorespiration via one enzyme, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) is hosting the symposium "Rubisco Oxygenase: 50 Years of Progress and Looking Into the Future" from March 27-29, 2020. The symposium will feature a public lecture and a series of plenary talks.

The international panel of speakers represents diverse disciplines, such as plant biology and physiology, molecular biology, evolutionary biology, and computational biology, and will discuss the profound foundational impact of Ogren's discovery on current and future scientific research.

The symposium, to be held at the IGB building on of the University of Illinois campus, will start with a public lecture on Friday, the evening of March 27. The keynote talk, "Climate Change and Agriculture," will be delivered by Chris Field, Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University.

Distinguished speakers at the symposium include:

    Inger Andersson, Visiting Professor, Arctic University of Norway, Tromso

    Dennis Baldocchi, Professor of Biometeorology, University of California, Berkeley

    Arnold Bloom, Professor of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis

    Andrea Brautigam, Professor of Computational Biology, Universitat Bielefeld

    Susanne von Caemmerer, Professor of Molecular Plant Physiology, Research School of Biology, Australian National University

    Elizabete Carmo-Silva, Lecturer in Plant Sciences for Food Security, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

    Erika Edwards, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

    Tobias Erb, Director and Head of the Department of Biochemistry and Synthetic Metabolism, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

    John Evans, Professor, Plant Science Division, Research School of Biology, Australian National University

    Maureen Hanson, Professor of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Cornell University

    Steve Kelly, Associate Professor in Plant Sciences, Oxford University

    Tracy Lawson, Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Essex

    Marjorie Lundgren, Lecturer in Environmental Physiology, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

    Alistair McCormick, Lecturer in Plant Molecular Physiology and Synthetic Biology, University of Edinburgh

    Bill Ogren, Former Professor of Agronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Chris Somerville, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

    Berkley Walker, Assistant Professor of Plant Biology, Michigan State University


For more information about the symposium, and to register, please visit: Registration is free and open to the public.

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