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Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
Gordon Research Conference

Fundamental Processes in Organelle Biology: Evolution, Biogenesis, Dynamics and Quality Control


July 8-13, 2018


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Johannes M. Herrmann

Vice Chair:
Katherine W. Osteryoung

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 10, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Mitochondria and chloroplasts differ from other cellular compartments by their endosymbiotic origin, their semiautonomous genetic machineries and their much more complex biology. This GRC brings together established scientists and young researchers to report on and discuss emerging aspects of organelle biology. It has a strong focus on basic biological processes and an interdisciplinary nature that brings together scientists from the plant, animal and fungal communities. Specialized sessions are dedicated to the evolution of organelle-containing eukaryotes, the gene expression systems of organelles, the import of proteins and assembly of organellar complexes from proteins, lipids and cofactors, organelle-associated signaling pathways, large-scale and systems biology approaches, the interactions between and dynamics of organelles, and the removal of organelles by autophagy during aging and senescence. For all these topics, leading experts will report on novel exciting discoveries and developments.

For each session of the GRC on Mitochondria and Chloroplasts, an introduction by a Discussion Leader will provide a general overview to integrate the research communities and stimulate conceptual discussions. Speakers with international recognition in the field will join young investigators and scientists who have not previously attended this conference. Short talks will be selected from abstracts to showcase emerging late-breaking topics, especially from early-career investigators. Daily poster sessions will further enrich and stimulate interactions between participants and research communities. This GRC is preceded by a GRS.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Mitochondria and Chloroplasts" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Late-Breaking Topics
  • Evolution of Organelles
  • Gene Expression in Organelles
  • Protein Import into Mitochondria and Chloroplasts
  • Assembly of Organellar Protein Complexes: Proteins, Lipids and Cofactors
  • Signaling to and from Organelles
  • Large Scale Organelle Biology
  • Organelle Dynamics
  • Organelle Autophagy and Aging
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