We are very proud to invite you to the SECOND INTEGRATED PLANT AND ALGAL PHENOMICS MEETING (IPAP)), to be held this year in the beautiful and historic city of Prague between September 4th and 7th.


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.

A 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 culture. The meeting will last 3 full days with 9 plenary sessions, each introduced by the keynote of an invited speaker. This will be followed by high quality oral contributions, selected from submissions by the scientific committee.

Topics include

  • Design of next generation plant phenotyping equipment
  • 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
  • Novel approaches in cyanobacteria and algae biotechnology - High-throughput Algae and CyanoScreen

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.

The IPAP Meeting will occur very soon after the EUCARPIA meeting to be held in Zurich between August 29th and September 1st, allowing delegates to attend both meetings and to spend several days in two of Europe’s most beguiling cities.

We look forward to welcoming you in Prague.

With kind regards,

Klára Panzarová and Steve Hunt

IPAP 2016, Organising Committee


4th - 7th September
Prague, Czech Republic



  • Start of online registration: as of February 2016
  • 15th June 2016: Early bird registration
  • 15th July 2016: Extended early bird registration
  • 15th August 2016: Deadline for submission of abstract
  • 31th August 2016: Final online registration for the conference
  • 4-7th September 2016: Conference

General Information

Dates: September 4-7th, 2016

Official language

Meeting location
IPAP2016 meeting will be held at the Park Holiday Congress & Wellness Hotel, situated on the south eastern outskirts of Prague in a charming corner of the Botič-Milíčov natural park.
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.

Park Holiday Congress & Wellness Hotel ****
Květnového povstání 194
103 00 Prague 10 - Benice
Czech republic
Phone: +420 267 268 111

Accommodation in the venue hotel is available. Participants are kindly requested to specify room preferences during registration step for accommodation in Park Holiday Congress & Wellness Hotel ****

The following 3* and 4* hotels are recommended as being nearby to the venue hotel if you prefer to stay off site:

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 12 kilometers (8 miles) northwest from the center of Prague. The airport has no direct metro or train connection with the city centre but is easily accessible by taxi or bus.

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 centre. For the fastest transport to the city centre or the nearest metro station it is recommended to use bus route no. 119 or no. 100. For connection to the train station use AE bus – other bus services are much less convenient. Also 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 centre taking around two hours.


Four local buses connect the airport to metro stations.
No. 119 goes to Metro Dejvicka - green line A (25 minutes)
No. 108 goes to Metro Hradcanska - green line A
No. 179 goes to Metro Nove Butovice - yellow line B (45minutes)
No. 100 goes to Metro Zlicin - yellow line B (16 minutes)

If you take the No. 119 bus you should get off at the last stop, Dejvická, where you can transfer to metro line A. In just a few metro stops you will be in the city centre. Bus No. 100 will take you from the airport to Zlíčín with possible connection to the city via metro line B. Add an extra 30 minutes for travel to the city centre, getting off at the Můstek (Wenceslas Square) or Florenc (next to the Main Bus Station) stop. Local buses run between 5.00am and 12.00am, approximately every 20 minutes. These buses can be found directly outside the arrivals terminal.

The Airport Express (AE) bus is recommended if you are travelling to the Main Train station and, although not necessary, it is very useful for transport to the city centre.

Basic ticket fare for public transportation is for : adults CZK 32 / children CZK 16; when purchased from the driver: adults CZK 40 / children CZK 20 – all tickets are valid for 90 minutes 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.


To get to the Metro, you will need to take one of the buses mentioned above.

Public transportation to Conference Venue

To reach the the conference venue by public transportation buy the ticket for 32,- CZK valid for 90 minutes and follow next steps:
Take the bus 119 from Airport to to station „ Nádraží Veleslavín“ (9 stations) and then take the metro A, as this is the shortest journey time wise. Take the green line (Metro A) to „Depo Hostivař“ (19 stations) station. At „Depo Hostivař“ station take the bus n° 364 or 266 (12 stations).

Debus at station „Nové náměstí“ and change to bus n°325 or 265 (4 stations). Finally debus at station „Benice“. From the bus stop the hotel is 300 m walk distance.


Another option is an airport taxi. A taxi should not cost more than 1 200 CZK. It is recommended that you agree a price before embarking on your journey.

For more information on getting to the hotel from the airport or by road then please click below.

Workshop location

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) after the IPAP2016 meeting closes. PSI Plant Phenotyping 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 please contact Silvie Harakova at harakova(a) for more details.



Sunday September 4th
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 September 5th
09:00 – 09:30Opening ceremony
Welcome Address
Session1: Multi-Dimensional Approaches in Plant Phenotyping
09:30 – 10:30Keynote lecture
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30Keynote lecture
12:30 – 13:30Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Session
Session2: Phenomics Data – Sensors, Interpretations and Handling
13:30 – 15:30Keynote lecture
15:30 – 16:00Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00Keynote lecture
Tuesday September 6th
Session3: Functional Phenotyping - From Genes to Forms and Functions
09:00 – 11:00Keynote lecture
11:00 – 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00Keynote lecture
13:00 – 14:00Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Session
Session 4: Root phenotyping
14:00 – 16:00Keynote lecture
16:00 – 16:30Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00Keynote lecture
19:00 – ONConference dinner
Wednesday September 7th
Session 5: Phenomics in Algal Biotechnology
09:00 – 11:00Keynote lecture
11:00 – 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00Keynote lecture
13:00 – 14:00Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Session
Session 6: Field phenomics
14:00 – 16:00Keynote lecture
16:00 – 16:30Conference closure
Thursday September 8th

Optional excursion to PSI Plant Phenotyping Centre in Drasov. For more information please contact us at harakova(a)

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. John Doonan, Aberystwyth University, National Plant Phenomics Center, UK

    John Doonan is Professor of Genetics and Director of the National Plant Phenomics Centre. He has more than 25 years experience in genetics and developmental cell biology of plants and fungi. Before joining IBERS as Director of the National Plant Phenomics Centre , he was Group Leader at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. Previous to that he worked at the Robert Wood Johnston Medical School in New Jersey, USA and obtained his PhD from Leeds University.

    The Doonan Lab focuses on the genetic control of plant growth and development. These processes underpins the productivity of both natural and agricultural ecosystems but the molecular mechanisms by which plants respond to their environment remain unclear. Our group uses both induced (mutants) and natural variation in experimental model systems and crops to understand how plants grow and respond to their environment. Current research focuses on cyclin dependent protein kinase targets (a) in the microtubule system and (b) in the protein translation machinery. We are developing high throughput high content phenotyping technologies at the National Plant Phenomics Centre that will allow the better exploitation of genomic-type information in the process of both gene discovery and plant breeding.

  • Dr. Tracy Lawson, Director of Plant Phenomics Lab, University of Essex, UK

    Tracy Lawson is a Reader in the Plant Productivity group and Director of Plant Phenotyping at University of Essex. She obtained her PhD from University of Dundee in 1997. With 20 years’ experience in photosynthesis research, her recent work has focused on the stomatal control of atmospheric gas entry into the leaf, associated water loss and the mechanisms that regulate this process. She has specific expertise in infra-red gas exchange analysis and chlorophyll fluorescence techniques and thermal imaging. Lawson’s lab developed the first imaging system for screening plant water use efficiency (McAusland et al., 2013).

  • Dr. Stephen A. Rolfe, Dept. Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

    Stephen Rolfe is a plant and microbial biologist at the University of Sheffield. He gained his PhD in plant biochemistry from the University of Cambridge and then undertook a EMBO Fellowship in plant molecular biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research is focussed on the interaction of plants with both beneficial and harmful microorganisms. As a member of the P3 institute for translational agriculture, he is responsible for the disease phenotyping platform that has been installed recently at Sheffield. This is being used to study both foliar and below-ground diseases using visible, chlorophyll fluorescence and multispectral imaging approaches. In addition, novel phenotyping technologies are being investigated for below-ground interactions.

  • Dr. Esa Tyystjärvi, Molecular Plant Biology and Plant Biophysics, University of Turku, Finland

    Esa Tyystjärvi is adjunct professor in plant physiology and plant biophysics at University of Turku. He received his PhD at University of Turku in 1993. His research interests focus on photosynthesis, photoinhibition of Photosystem II, reactive oxygen species, electron transfer reactions, plastoquinone, evolution of photosynthesis, chlorophyll fluorescence and thermoluminescence, action spectroscopy and industrial applications of algae and cyanobacteria, automatic plant identification in precision agriculture.

  • Prof. Imre Vass, Director of the Institute of Plant Biology, Biological Research Centre, Szeged, Hungary

    Imre Vass is Director of the Plant Biology Institute of Plant Biology of the Szeged Biological Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He obtained a PhD of Biological Sciences in 1984 and a doctorate in biological sciences in 1994. His research interests are the application of photosynthetic electron transport measurements and phenotyping tools to study tolerance of plants against environmental stress factors, such as light, UV, drought, etc.

  • Prof. Thomas Altman, Head of Molecular Genetics Group, IPK Gatersleben, Germany
  • Prof. Roberto Tuberosa, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

    Professor Roberto Tuberosa, PhD in Plant Breeding from the University of Minnesota, teaches Plant Biotechnology Applied to Plant Breeding at the University of Bologna, Italy.

    His research program focuses on the identification and cloning of quantitative trait loci (QTL) for morho-phisiological traits influencing drought resistance and disease resistance in durum wheat, barley and maize. He collaborates with seed companies (KWS, Phyto, Pioneer, Produttori Sementi, Società Italiana Sementi) to utilize the findings of his genomics project to improve yield in durum wheat and maize.

    He is a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America and represents Europe in the Board of the International Crop Science Society (ICSS). He is a member of the reviewing panel for the ERC projects. He coordinates the Italian Technology Platform “Plants for the Future” and the Expert Working Group on Durum Wheat Genomics and Breeding of the Wheat Initiative. He is a member of the Editorial board of seven journals.

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

    Jiří Fajkus is head of the Mendel Centre for Plant Genomics and Proteomics (CEITEC) at Masaryk University in Brno. He leads the Laboratory of Functional Genomics and Proteomics at the National Centre for Biomolecular Research, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University. He obtained his PhD in Biophysics at Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno, in 1992. His main research interests are in the fields of biology of telomeres, chromatin structure and function, epigenetics, DNA repair and plant molecular biology.

  • Dr. Kristiina Himanen, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland

    Kristiina Himanen is the project manager of the National Plant Phenotyping Infrastructure (NaPPI) at University of Helsinki, Finland. She received her PhD in Physiological Plant Sciences, jointly from Ghent University (Belgium) and University of Helsinki (Finland) in 2003. With her broad experience in different aspects of plant developmental biology, molecular responses to abiotic stresses and translational research in the field of epigenetics to improve yield and fitness in crops (US Patent 9074006), she is currently establishing high throughput plant phenotyping activities using the NaPPI platforms for small model plants and larger crops to translate genomic knowledge in between.

Online Registration

Please read through the general information before starting to register. The online registration will close on 31st August. Early bird registration discount will be available until August 15th. Onsite registration and payment will be also available on September 4th.

The registration fee includes:

  • access to all presentations,
  • conference programme and abstract book,
  • coffee breaks and lunches during all meeting days,
  • Welcome party,
  • Conference dinner.

The registration fee needs to be paid during the online registration process on the secured registration website. Your registration will be complete once the payment was received. Then you will receive a registration confirmation by email. Please print this confirmation and bring it with you to the meeting to accelerate your badging on site.

Your Details

* Marked items are mandatory.

Registration Fee

  • A stamped and signed letter from your department administration confirming your program of study and expected end date
  • A scan of your Student ID card

The registration fee includes:
  • access to all presentations,
  • symposium programme and abstract book,
  • coffee breaks and lunches during all meeting days,
  • welcome party,
  • conference dinner.


Special price rates in meeting venue for registered participants.

  • All rooms are air-conditioned and non-smoking,
  • double or twin bed,
  • safety deposit box,
  • free Wi-Fi,
  • tea and coffee making facilities,
  • free access to the swimming pool, gym and sauna.

Payment Method


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If you would like to visit the PSI Plant Phenotyping Center after the IPAP2016 Meeting please contact Silvie Harakova at harakova(a) for more details.

PSI Plant Phenotyping Center is located in the beautiful Moravian countryside close to Brno, where you can visit Johann Gregors Mendel Museum. The Center incorporates novel technologies for numerous aspects of lab and field phenotyping and offers complete phenotyping services. 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.

Abstract Submission

All IPAP2016 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 15th August 2016 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 July 2016, 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.

Download the template >> Abstract template

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 July 2016
  • 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 2016 Abstract_Last name". Being registered does not automatically imply acceptance of a talk. For all enquiries regarding abstracts and speakers, please contact the IPAP 2016 secretariat at harakova(a)


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Sponsorships & Exhibition

We would like to invite partners and sponsors to participate in 2nd IPAP2016 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 IPAP2016 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: Silvie Harakova at: harakova(a)

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Klára Panzarová: Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic
  • Dr. Stephen Hunt: Dept. Biology, Queen's University, Canada
  • Dr. Zuzana Benedikty, Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic
  • Silvie Haráková, Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic


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





Contact us

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

Email: harakova(a)

Tel: +420 511 440 549