We are very proud to invite you to the 3rd INTEGRATED PLANT AND ALGAL PHENOMICS MEETING (IPAP), to be held this year in the beautiful and historic city of Prague between August 26th and 29th 2018.

The conference will focus on the rapidly expanding field of high throughput plant and algal phenotyping, and will feature an excellent program with speakers presenting data from laboratory and field studies derived using a variety of phenotyping platforms and techniques.

Key feature of the conference will center on the challenges of integrating data from imaging sensors and environmental sensors to predict the responses of plant and algae to changing environments, and how data collected under controlled conditions in the growth room and greenhouse may help to predict the growth patterns of plants in the field. Experimental protocols, image acquisition, environmental sensing and control, data analysis and trait elucidation will be considered in relation to the application of plant phenotyping to the acceleration of breeding programs for agronomically important crops, and the selection of algal strains for high yielding commercial cultures.

Topics covered in the meeting will include

  • Design of next generation plant phenotyping equipment
  • Concept of algae high-throughput phenotyping
  • Standardisation of protocols for comprehensive analysis of meta-data
  • From controlled environment to the field: protocols and projections
  • Integration of genomic and phenomic data analysis
  • Methods for analysis for in situ root imaging
  • Monitoring the onset of abiotic and biotic stresses; progression and recovery
  • 3D reconstruction of tissues, organs, plants and plant canopies

Conference delegates will be given the opportunity to visit the new plant phenotyping center near Brno, designed, built and operated by Photon Systems Instruments (PSI). This state of the art center is located in the beautiful Moravian countryside, and incorporates novel technologies for numerous aspects of lab and field phenotyping. The center will offer complete phenotyping services, as well as allow visiting scientists to conduct proof-of-concept experiments. The PSI facility also houses a research centre for the study of algal physiology and biotechnology, with numerous large and small scale photobioreactors of various designs.

For more information, sponsoring opportunities and details of exhibitors, please contact Mrs. Adela Borovkova at borovkova(a)

We look forward to welcoming you in Prague.

With kind regards,

IPAP 2018, Organising Committee


26th - 29th August
Prague, Czech Republic


  • Start of online registration: as of February 2018
  • 15th July 2018: Early bird registration
  • 30th June 2018: Deadline for submission of abstract
  • 20th August 2018: Final online registration for the conference
  • 26-29th August 2018: Conference

General Information

Dates: August 26-29th, 2018

Official language

Meeting location
IPAP 2018 meeting will be held at the Hotel Duo, situated north-east of the city center.
Prague is a popular tourist destination at all times of year, it is a city with a uniquely preserved historical centre that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Please join us for a stimulating conference in one of Europe's most exciting cities.

Hotel Duo ****
Teplická 492,
190 00 Prague 9
Czech republic
Phone: +420 266 131 111

Accommodation in the venue hotel is available. Participants are kindly requested to specify room preferences during registration step for accommodation in Hotel Duo ****

Free parking is available for accommodated.

Internet access
WiFi internet access is available at the conference venue for free.

Travel Information

Travel from Vaclav Havel Airport Prague

Vaclav Havel Airport Prague is located about 21 kilometers (13 miles) northwest from the center of Prague.

Unfortunately there is no direct metro or train connection to the city, leaving public buses and the Airport Express bus line as the only budget transport options from the airport to the city center. For the fastest transport to the city center or the nearest metro station it is recommended to use bus route no. 119. Please note that if you are arriving after 11:00 p.m. you might not be able to travel by public transport, as the last public bus departs from the airport at around 11.40 p.m. After this time, travel by public transport is only possible using a combination of night routes with night trams (the metro does not operate after midnight) with extremely complicated transfers to night trams, resulting in a journey to the city center taking around two hours.

Public transportation to Conference Venue

Bus No. 119 goes to Metro station Nadraží Veleslavín - green line A (about 17 minutes)
From Nadraží Veleslavín take the metro (green line A) to station Můstek (about 10 minutes)
At station Můstek change to red line C and go to station Střížkov (about 14 minutes)
From metro station Můstek it's just about 250 m to Hotel Duo (3 minutes walk)

Basic ticket fare for public transportation: adults CZK 32 / children CZK 16; when purchased from the driver: adults CZK 40 / children CZK 20 – all tickets are valid for 90 minutes and can be used on any type of public transport. Validate tickets immediately upon entering the vehicle or station transportation area.

You should purchase a ticket before travelling or, if arriving late and all shops are closed, buy a ticket directly from the driver – but note that large banknotes are not accepted. Prague Public Transport counters are located in the arrival halls of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, open from 7:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. There are also coin-operated vending machines at each airport bus stop, or you can purchase your ticket directly from the bus driver.


Another option is an airport taxi. A taxi should not cost more than 800 CZK. It is recommended that you agree a price before embarking on your journey. Another way is to book your transfer in advance. Uber is also available in Prague.



Please note that there might be some last minute changes occurring.
Sunday August 26th
15:00 – 18:00Registration
Poster and Exhibition setup
18:30 – 22:00Welcome Reception with pre-conference networking and poster session. Exhibits.
Beer, Wine and Snacks.
Monday August 27th
09:00 – 09:15Opening ceremony
Martin Trtílek (Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic): Welcome Address
Session 1: Multi-Dimensional Approaches in Plant Phenotyping
09:15 – 10:45Carl-Otto Ottosen (Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, Denmark): The challenges of dynamic conditions on phenotyping in greenhouse
Gaëlle Mongelard (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France): Indoor phenotyping systems in northern France: preliminary results on various plant species
Lukáš Spíchal (Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research, Olomouc, Czech Republic): Identification and characterization of biostimulants using automated high throughput bioassaying and phenotyping
Jeremy Harbinson (HPP, Plant Sciences Group, Wageningen University): Going forwards with phenotyping: getting to the genes
10:45 – 11:15Coffee Break
Session 2: Functional Phenotyping - From Genes to Forms and Functions
11:15 – 12:45Mark Tester (King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia): Genetic characterization of salinity tolerance traits to increase salinity tolerance in crops
Jim Whelan (ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, La Trobe University, Australia): The Role of Mitochondrial in Growth Verse Stress Responses
Karin Köhl (Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam Golm, Germany): Comparison of phenotypic selection for drought tolerance in potato to marker-assisted selection
Jan Hejátko (CEITEC - Central European Institute of Technology and National Centre for Biomolecular Research, Czech Republic): Cytokinins Control Xylem Differentiation via NAC SECONDARY WALL THICKENING PROMOTING FACTORs
12:45 – 13:45Lunch and Exhibition
13:45 – 15:40Roland Pieruschka (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany): Overcoming the plant phenotyping bottleneck by integrated approaches
Kristiina Himanen (Viikki Plant Science Centre, University of Helsinki, Finland): Translational Phenomics for Ubiquitin Signaling at the Finnish National Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure
Nuria de Diego (Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural research, Olomouc, Czech Republic): Integrative phenotyping of canopy height in crops under drought stress conditions and recovery
Martin Trtílek (Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic): TBA
Diego Lozano (La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia): Initial Rosette Area and Growth Rate Relationship of Arabidopsis Thaliana
15:40 – 16:10Coffee break
Session3: Screening for stress tolerance in plants
16:10 – 18:00Anetta Kuczyńska (Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland): Effects of abiotic stresses on the LTP2 gene expression level in relation to lipidome and phenome in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)
Tala Awada (Agricultural Research Division, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA): Role of High Throughput Plant Phenotyping and its Adoption for Addressing Current and Emerging Issues in Agricultural Research
Karel Klem (CzechGlobe, Brno, Czech Republic): Root or shoot phenotyping of drought resistance? Different traits for different drought types.
Krystyna Rybka (Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, Poland): Phenotyping of Gramineae crops for breeding purposes using chlorophyll a fluorescence measurements in pre-automatic system
Klára Panzarová ( Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic): TBA
18:00 – 19:30Poster session
Tuesday August 28th
Session 4: Greenhouse and Field phenomics
9:00 – 10:30Robert T. Furbank (Australian National University and CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Canberra Australia): Field phenotyping of photosynthesis in cereal crops: driving a new green revolution.
Imre Vass (Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary): Smart pot: An affordable phenotyping solution for monitoring plant growth and environmental parameters in greenhouse conditions
Faustino Chi (University of Göttingen, Department Ecoinformatics, Germany): A 3D model of Rhizophora mangle L. saplings based on digitization and reconstruction of foliage on the modelling platform GroIMP
Phanchita Vejchasarn (Rice Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand): Rhizo-Rice: a novel ideotype for deeper roots and improved drought tolerance
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00Katarina Olšovská (Slovak University of Agriculture, Nitra, Slovak Republic): Crop phenotyping at the Slovak PlantScreen Phenotyping Unit at SUA Nitra
Hector H. Hernandez (Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE): Using molecular approaches for the implementation of an accelerated halophyte domestication and breeding program: insights from the transcriptome analysis of Salicornia bigelovii.
Abdullah A. Jaradat (University of Minnesota, Morris, USA): (The Plant Phenome: A ‘Latent’ Variable in a Structural Equation Model
12:00 – 13:30Lunch and Exhibition
Session 5: Phenomics Data – Sensors, Interpretations and Handling
13:30 – 15:20Rick van de Zedde (Wageningen University): Automation and robotics for high-throughput phenotyping and precision horticulture
Željana Šarić (BioSense Institute, University of Novi Sad, Serbia): Wheat ear detection in RGB and thermal images using deep neural networks
Richard Poiré (The Australian National University, Canberra Australia): ANU Australian Plant Phenomics Facility - Open source tools for high throughput Phenomics, NextGen data visualization and Deep Learning
Mirko Pavicic (University of Helsinki, Finland): Using Chlorophyll Fluorescence to Discover Resistance Against Necrotrophic Pathogens
Edhem Custovic (School of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia): Mendel Cube – A compact cultivation & phenotyping system with cloud based analysis
15:20 – 16:00coffee break
16:00 – 17:00Round table discussion: Future in phenomics
Topic 1: Novel tools, HW development and machine learning in era of multi-species phenotyping needs
Topic 2: Translation of phenomics research results into practical application in the field – agriculture, simple tools – direct readout for farmers
17:00 – 18:00Poster session
19:00 – ONConference dinner
Wednesday August 29th
Session 6: Phenomics in Algal Biotechnology
09:00 – 10:30Peter Ralph (University of Technology Sydney, Australia): Algal phenomics; how quickly can we establish a platform technology
Douglas A. Campbell (Biology, Mount Allison University, Sackville, Canada): Marine Phytoplankton Physiomics
Sotiris Orfanidis (Fisheries Research Institute, Kavala, Greece): Phenotyping of the brown alga genus Cystoseira to environmental and anthropogenic stress by using growth and chlorophyll-a fluorescence signatures
Guangce Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China): Current state of seaweed cultivation in China
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:40Zuzana Benedikty (Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic): TBA
Milán Szabó (Institute of Plant Biology, Biological Research Center, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary): Integrated microwell plate array to monitor growth, photosynthetic performance and electron transfer circuits in microalgae and cyanobacteria
Wenhui Gu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China): High light stress induced carotenoids synthesis and metabolic regulation in microalgae
Eshetu Janka (Department of Process, Energy and Environmental Technology, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway): Photosynthesis response of microalgae (Tetradesmus wisconsinesis) to different inorganic carbon sources probed with chlorophyll fluorescence analysis
Betül Güroy (Yalova University, Armutlu Community College, Turkey) Effects on values of phycocyanin, chlorophyll, protein, dry biomass of Spirulina (Arthrospira) platensis cultivated in different geothermal waters
12:40 – 13:00Conference closure
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
Thursday August 30th
Optional practical workshop in PSI Research Center

As part of the IPAP2018 conference optional workshop will be organized on Thursday 30th August from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in PSI Research Center located in Drásov, next to PSI headquarters and production side. The workshop will showcase the applications of integrative plant phenotyping approach and will focus on practical aspects related to usage of imaging sensors for morphological, physiological and biochemical phenotyping.

The key topics of the workshop will be:

  • Integrative plant phenotyping in controlled environment
  • Tools for high-throughput phenotyping in crop plants
  • Latest advances in plant phenotyping sensor technology
  • Root phenotyping
  • Multi-sensorics approaches in field phenotyping

Transportation to PSI facilities and accommodation for the workshop participants is not included in the conference fee. Transport and accommodation will be reserved and arranged by PSI, each participant will pay for it on the spot. For more information please contact

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Robert Furbank, Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis, The Australian National University, Australia

    Robert was awarded a Bachelor of Science (first class Honours) from the University of Wollongong, in 1979. He completed his Ph.D. at The Australian National University in 1982. Robert is internationally known for his research into aspects of photosynthesis and carbon allocation/transport in crop plants, and understanding and manipulating C4 photosynthesis. He is also part of the CIMMYT led International Wheat Yield Consortium and the IRRI Global Rice Initiative Science Partnership. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II research fellowship in 1987 and two ACT ICT Innovation Awards in 2013 and the CSIRO Plant Industry Leadership Award in 2014.

  • Prof. Carl-Otto Ottosen, Research group for Plant, Food and Climate, Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.

    Otto's key research focus is the responses of plants to abiotic responses using gas exchange or photosynthesis as the key factor for explaining the adaptability of plants. Part of this work is included in the concept for dynamic climate control called IntelliGrow and dynamic control of light. Most recently strong focus was given to the effects of growing conditions and metabolites linked to the spectral composition of light. Currently working on studies of greenhouse grown plants, both ornamentals and vegetables and the last years moving to phenotyping of agricultural crops with a focus of the challenges of heat stress and multiple stress reactions in a dynamic climate.

  • Dr. Anetta Kuczyńska, Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

    Anetta is working at the Institute of Plant Genetics Polish Academy of Sciences, Cereals Phenotyping and Genotyping Team, Biotechnology Department. Her specialization: molecular genetics and plant breeding. Her research profile: genetic maps and QTLs localisation, pleiotropic effects of barley genes, genetic determination of seed technological quality in wheat, adaptability of cereals to different environmental conditions, biotechnological methods for obtaining homozygous lines from heterozygous hybrids..

  • Prof. Mark Tester , King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

    Mark is Professor of plant science at KAUST, affiliated with the Desert Agriculture Initiative. Prior to joining KAUST in February 2013, he was an ARC Federation Fellow and professor of plant physiology at the University of Adelaide. During that time, he established The Plant Accelerator. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where he also received his PhD, back in 1988. Mark’s research aims at understanding the molecular processes that allow plants to survive in suboptimal conditions and using this to improve abiotic stress tolerance of crops. In 2017, he and his colleagues published a high-quality sequence of the quinoa genome in Nature..

  • Prof. Peter Ralph, University of Technology in Sydney, Australia

    Professor Peter Ralph is a Professor of Marine Biology at University of Technology Sydney, and the Executive Director of the Climate Change Cluster (C3) in the Faculty of Science. Within C3, he leads two research programs: Algae Biosystems and Biotechnology, and Seagrass Health. His prolific research output has significantly advanced our understanding of photosynthetic processes in seagrass, coral, plankton, and algae growing at their environmental extremes. In addition, he has developed new sensors, diagnostics and systems to further understand the physiological capability of marine macrophytes. He has developed a team of world-class molecular physiologists/engineers to advance industrial applications of algal biotechnology. His extensive collaborations with the education, research and industry sectors enables the translation of science into viable commercial and conservation projects. Professor Ralph is also founder of the Deep Green Biotech Hub, and a member of the IOC-UNESCO Blue Carbon International Scientific Working Group and former leader of the CSIRO Marine and Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster.

  • Dr. Rick van de Zedde , Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Netherlands

    Rick is a senior scientist/ business developer of the Phenomics and Automation at the Wageningen University & Research (WUR). Since 2006 he has been a coordinator of Agro Food Robotics, a joint initiative of several research institutes within WUR. He is also one of the initiators of PhenomicsNL within WUR in which 17 WUR research groups work closely together on multidisciplinary plant phenotyping projects. He is active in several international plant phenotyping related initiatives; Phenomen-ALL-  the EU COST action, EPPN2020, EMPHASIS-PREP - an EU ESFRI large-scale research infrastructure project and he stimulates interaction between technological developers world-wide through the Imaging working group within the International Plant Phenotyping Network (IPPN).

Online Registration

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Abstract Submission

All IPAP 2018 attendees and exhibitors with paid registration are invited to submit abstracts. Please note that only registered participants can upload the abstract via this page.

The same conditions apply to both oral and poster presentations. Please note that after the 31st July 2018 no editing of submitted abstracts will be undertaken and abstracts will be published in the abstract book as submitted. Following the abstract submission deadline 30th June 2018, the Scientific Committee will review the abstracts and put together a program for the session. Authors will receive a notification of acceptance.Abstracts submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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Abstracts must conform to the following structure:

  • All abstracts must be prepared in English
  • Abstracts MAY NOT advertise a commercial product
  • Abstract MAY contain a list of references or acknowledgements
  • Title: no more than 20 words, Times New Roman 14 pt Bold.
  • Co - Authors: you may enter a complete list of co-authors. Affiliations should be included.
  • Email address of the presenting author
  • Abstract should be entered here in the standard font Times New Roman, 12pt.
  • The Abstract should neither be referenced nor contain tables, figures or uncommon abbreviations.
  • The overall length of the Abstract is limited to one A4 page with 3 cm top and bottom margins and 2.5 cm left and right margins.


  • Abstracts should be submitted using the online submission system
  • The abstract submission deadline is the 30th June 2018
  • By submitting an abstract you agree to your email address being published below the abstract in the program and abstract book
  • Please note that you need to be a registered participant to submit an abstract.
  • Within a month from that deadline date the corresponding author will be informed about whether the contribution will be a talk or a poster.

After the registration is finished you can send your abstract via online submission system. Please name a pdf file "IPAP 2018 Abstract_Last name". Being registered does not automatically imply acceptance of a talk. For all enquiries regarding abstracts and speakers, please contact the IPAP 2018 secretariat at borovkova(a)


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Sponsorships & Exhibition

We would like to invite partners and sponsors to participate in 3rd IPAP 2018 Meeting. You will have a chance to introduce your company and your products to roughly 150 scientists around the world that are expected to attend the IPAP 2018 meeting. One standard level of sponsorship is available.

The registration fee includes: 2 complimentary meeting registrations, exhibit space with 1 table, 2 chairs and electric outlet, company logo on IPAP website, company brochure inside each conference bag for delegates, company logo and company information on one A4 page in abstract book.

Registration fee for Exhibitors: 2 500 EUR

*Does not include: accommodation during the meeting

We also welcome your ideas for other promotional activities such as program inserts, give-away, modified booth designs etc. Please contact us with your suggestions.

In case of any requirements or questions please contact Mrs. Adela Borovkova at:

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Klara Panzarova: Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic
  • Dr. Stephen Hunt: Dept. Biology, Queen's University, Canada
  • Dr. Zuzana Benedikty, Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic
  • Adela Borovkova, Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic


  • Prof. Jiří Fajkus, Mendel Centre for Plant Genomics and Proteomics, Czech Republic


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Contact us

For further details of the conference, for sponsor opportunities or any other questions please contact Mrs. Adela Borovkova.

Email: borovkova(at)

Tel: +420 511 440 032