The 2nd Conference of the ISPMF - Ghent 2016

The ISPMF announces its second conference in Gent on 25-27 May, 2016, which will be hosted by the Department of Plant Systems Biology of VIB and Ghent University, in Technologiepark 927, Gent-Zwijnaarde.

Registration starts at 9 AM on Wednesday May 25th and the talks are scheduled from 10 AM onwards. The conference will end on May 27th at 4 PM.

The conference fee for Society members is €120, or €80 for PhD students and participants from developing countries; for non-members, the cost is €200. It covers registration, lunches, coffee and refreshments during breaks, and a cheese and wine party on the evening of May 25th.


Conference website

To register, please visit our conference website. Here, you can also submit an abstract and find practical information. 



30 March, 2016

Notification of presentation acceptance

1 May, 2016

Deadline for submission of poster abstracts only

1 May, 2016

Deadline for registration

15 May, 2016

Final programme announcement (updates on the programme: here)

25-27 May, 2016



Organising committee: Ann Depicker, Vikram Virdi, Paloma Juarez, Veronique Boudolf and Sylvie De Buck and Annick Bleys (anble@psb.vib-ugent.be)


Management committee: Julian Ma, Penny Hundleby, Inga Hitzeroth, Joachim Schiemann, Ann Depicker, Heribert Warzecha and Vivienne Marvell



Accommodations in Gent and Directions from your hotel to the conference venue can be found below.

Directions to Gent: If you come by plane to Brussels Airport (Zaventem), you can take a direct train in the direction of either De Panne or Brugge, both of which stop in Gent Sint-Pieters. Hotels can be reached on foot, or by bus or tram

Accommodations in Gent

Gent has a wide range of accommodations: from hotels, over B&B  to youth hostels. The 'In Your Pocket' guidebook for Ghent can be found here.

Below, we have made some suggestions for nice hotels near the Gent Sint-Pieters railway station, which you can easily reach when arriving by train, and from which you can easily go to the conference venue in Zwijnaarde by bus.

Please visit the websites for more information and booking. Note that the indicated prizes below are indicative.

  1. Hotel Chamade: Koningin Elisabethlaan 3, from 105 EUR
  2. Hotel NH Gent Sint-Pieters: Koning Albertlaan 121, from 89 EUR
  3. Astoria Hotel Gent: Achilles Musschestraat 39, from 71 EUR
  4. Hotel Orion: Krijgslaan 181, from 89 EUR

Below, you can find a screenshot of the map with the location of these hotels, together with the different busses to the conference venue at Zwijnaarde (See Directions from your hotel to the conference venue). Here you can find the pdf of this map, enabling to zoom in for more details.


Directions from your hotel to the conference venue

The easiest way to get about in Gent is by bus or tram of the public transport company de Lijn (www.delijn.be/en/routeplanner/">https://www.delijn.be/en/routeplanner/). The three-day pass gives you unlimited travel possibilities for three days. You can buy this pass for 12 EUR from the bus driver when entering the bus, or for 10 EUR in the Travel Centre at the railway station (from 8.30 AM to 18.30 PM). If you would stay longer (for the weekend) to visit Gent, you can buy a five-day pass (15-18 EUR). A day pass is valid on the day of the first validation until 3:59 AM the following day.

If you bought your day pass from the Travel Centre, you have to validate it by inserting it in the yellow reader at the entrance (you do not have to select zones) every time you get on a bus or tram. If you bought your day pass from the driver, it is immediately valid (you do not have to validate it yourself), but you do have to validate it again every time you take the next bus or tram.

To get to the conference venue in Technologiepark, Zwijnaarde, you need to take one of following busses at the front of the Gent Sint-Pieters railway station: bus 47 (platform 10, direction Oudenaarde), bus 49 (platform 10, direction Herzele), bus 70 (platform 6, direction Zwijnaarde), bus 71 (platform 6, direction Nazareth) or bus 72 (platform 6, direction Merelbeke). People staying in hotels Astoria Hotel Gent or Hotel Orion, can take bus 47 (direction Oudenaarde) or bus 5 (direction Zwijnaarde) at the stops closer to their hotel (see screenshot above  or PDF).

After about fifteen minutes, you will cross the bridge over the canal and the E40 motorway, and you have to get off at one of the following two stops:



  1. The first stop marked 'Bollebergen' (for all busses). The Technologiepark is on the other side of the large roundabout. Walk into the park, go straight on at the roundabout; the VIB-UGent research building is the first building on the left.
  2. The third stop marked ‘Technologiepark’ (for all busses except bus 47). The Technologiepark is straight in front of you on the other side of road. Walk into the park, go straight on until you reach a T-junction; the VIB-UGent research building is located across on the right.


VIB-UGent research building

In the evening, you can take the same busses back to the Gent Sint-Pieters railway station at the bus stops just across these two stops.

Directions from your hotel to the city center

At the front of the Gent Sint-Pieters railway station, you need to take tram 1 or bus 22 to the city center.













Wednesday, May 25, 2016 to Friday, May 27, 2016