ComBio2014:  28 September – 2 October 2014, National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT

Abstract and Early Registration Deadline:  27 June 2014

ComBio2014 is the combined conference of the ASBMB (Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), the ASPS (Australian Society of Plant Scientists) and the ANZSCDB (Australia and New Zealand Society for Cell and Developmental Biology).

The scientific program for ComBio2014 will again be highly attractive for plant scientists. There will be two plant streams (‘Plant Biology’ and ‘Plants & Global Change’), two joint Education symposia, plus other symposia with content of high interest to plant scientists and more generally to biochemists and molecular biologists.


Online registration and abstract submissions are now open (Early Bird rate closes 27 June 2014).

Please visit the ComBio2014 website to register:

ASPS student members can apply for travel support – the application deadline has been extended to 16 June 2014.

For details go to:

The conference program can be downloaded from:

A full list of the plenary speakers (together with biographies and photographs) is available at:


The five ASPS invited plenary speakers are (in alphabetical order):

Eva Benková (Institute of Science and Technology, Austria) ‘Hormonal interplay in regulation of plant growth and development’

Xiao-Ya Chen (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) ‘Identification of key regulators of cotton fibre elongation’

Bill Lucas (University of California, Davis, USA) ‘The Plant vascular system: an RNA and protein information superhighway’

Uwe Sonnewald (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany) Annals of Botany Lecture: ‘Plant responses to global climate changes – how plants cope with heat, drought and viral infections?’

Joy Ward (University of Kansas, USA) ‘Physiological responses of trees to rising carbon dioxide since the last glacial period: synchronous responses on both hemispheres’

Two ASPS Award Lectures:

Goldacre Lecture: Brett Ferguson (University of Queensland) ‘Discovery of new factors involved in the development and autoregulation of legume nodules’ (Award sponsored by Functional Plant Biology)

R.N. Robertson Lecture: Marilyn Ball (Australian National University) ‘Title to be advised


The streams for ComBio2014 are:

  • Plant Biology
  • Plants & Global Change
  • Cell Biology
  • Developmental, Stem Cell & Regenerative Biology
  • Gene Regulation
  • Signalling
  • Proteins
  • Education

Symposia in the ‘Plant Biology’ stream are: Plant Development; Signalling & Transport in Plants; Photosynthesis & Respiration; Plant (Epi) Genetics & Genomics; Plant-Microbe & Plant-Animal Interactions; Plant Ecophysiology; Plant Metabolism & Nutrition; Plant Water Relations; Plant Biology.

Symposia in the ‘Plants & Global Change’ stream are: Ecosystem Responses to Stressed Environments; Modelling Climate Change Impacts; Crop Yield & Food Security; Improving Abiotic Stress Tolerance.


Members of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) are invited to register at ComBio2014 at the Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS) member rates.

The Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS) has a reciprocal arrangement with the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) of registrations for ASPB members at ComBio2014 (Canberra) at ASPS member rates, and for ASPS members at Plant Biology 2014 (Portland) at ASPB rates.

The Plant Biology 2014 meeting will be held July 12-16 in Portland, Oregon, and is being hosted by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists. ASPS members may register to attend Plant Biology 2014 at ASPB member rates, whether or not they are ASPB members. To learn more about the program for the meeting and to register please visit The deadline for early discounted registration fees is May 11, 2014 – ASPS members simply need to enter the promotion code in the designated box on the payment page – please request the code by sending an e-mail to Tim Colmer (ASPS President) at [email protected]