1st International Plant Spectroscopy Conference

2017 August 29-30, Umeå, Sweden

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Scientific Programme

The aim of the conference is to bring spectroscopy to plant scientists and plant sciences to spectroscopists, to open up a communication channel and to showcase the plethora of available spectroscopic techniques and their potential in plant sciences, benefiting both fields, from fundamental to applied research, from academic to industrial applications. Session and keynote speakers are invited to represent major spectroscopic fields, with direct applications in plant sciences.

August 29, Tuesday

  • 08:00-08:45: Registration and coffee
  • 08:45-09:00: Opening notes
  • 09:00-10:30: Session 1 - Vibrational Spectroscopy in Plant Sciences (keynote speaker: Janina Kneipp)
  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee break 1
  • 11:00-12:30: Session 2 - Vibrational Spectroscopy in Plant Sciences (keynote speaker: Hartwig Schulz)
  • 12:30-13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30-15:00: Session 3 – Other spectroscopic techniques (NMR, X-Ray, and Synchrotron based techniques) in Plant Sciences (keynote speaker: Frédéric Jamme)
  • 15:00-16:00: Coffee break 2
  • 16:00-18:00: Session 4 - Data analysis techniques (keynote speaker: Anna de Juan)
  • 18:00-21:00: Dinner

August 30, Wednesday

  • 09:00-10:30: Session 5 - Mass spectrometry based techniques in Plant Sciences (keynote speaker: Helene Rogniaux)
  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee break 3
  • 11:00-12:00: Session 6 - Autofluorescence based techniques in Plant Sciences (keynote speaker: Lloyd Donaldson)
  • 12:00-12:30: Closing notes
  • 12:30-13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30-18:00: Tour of the Core Facilities at the Chemical Biological Centre in Umeå (in groups) and meeting with local researchers at Umeå Plant Science Centre (individual schedules)

Significance and Mission

The chemical information spectroscopic techniques bring to plant sciences is invaluable for basic research (including understanding function / biological processes) and perfectly complements genetic approaches (chemotyping). They have emerging applications in virtually all aspects of plant sciences from subcellular components to whole tissue and large scale screening, from root to shoot, from laboratory to industry, from agriculture and food to forestry and bioresources, spanning even the fields of environmental (fungi/root interactions in the soil, climate change effects on wood composition, stress factors, etc) and materials sciences (nanocomposites, biopolymers).

The International Society for Plant Spectroscopy was established to provide a forum for communication and know-how transfer between spectroscopist and plant scientist, including connected fields, such as chemometrics. The society is a grassroot organisation, free of charge and completely non-profit, with no centralised administration, focusing on direct interactions.

In line with the goals of the International Society for Plant Spectroscopy, a biannual conference series is planned. This is the first, inaugurating installment of this conference seriesThe location is selected to take advantage of the strong research environments and infrastructure in Umeå and the strong plant based (forestry, biorefinery, pulp and paper) industries in Northern Sweden. Following conferences in the series are planned to take place in other strong plant research environments (e.g. INRA France, BOKU Austria).

Practical Information

Scroll down to find practical information related to the conference, including the most important deadlines, abstract submission guidelines as well as useful tips for travel and accommodation arrangements


Deadlines are expire on midnight CET on the listed date

  • Abstract Submission: 2017 May 31 -CLOSED-
  • Selected Speakers Notified by: 2017 June 30
  • Registration Closes: 2017 July 31

Selected Talks

In addition to six invited keynote speakers, 18 speakers have been selected by the international organising committee to present a talk, based on their submitted abstracts.

The Book of Abstracts will be made available for download before the conference start, and registered participants will receive a printed copy.

All speakers (selected and invited) are given the possibility to publish their contribution in a Special Issue of the open access journal Plants (ISSN 2223-7747; CODEN: PLANCD), dedicated to the conference.
Please note that presenting a talk at the conference does NOT guarantee automatic publication in the special issue, as all submitted manuscripts will have to pass the standard peer-review procedure. Please note also that standard article processing fees still apply for each submission, except for keynote speakers, for whom all fees are waived.


The International Organising Committee decides on and is responsible for the scientific content of the conference, including invited speakers, sessions and session chairs, and the selection of speakers for each session from the submitted abstracts.

The International Organising Committee consists of:

  • András Gorzsás, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  • Notburga Gierlinger, BOKU, Vienna, Austria
  • Marie-Francoise Devaux, INRA-Nantes, France
  • Fabienne Guillon, INRA-Nantes, France

The Local Organisers decide on and handle local arrangements, including venue, catering, technical assistance during the meeting, etc.

The Local Organisers are:

  • András Gorzsás, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  • Eva-Maria Diehl, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  • Anne Honsel, SLU, Umeå, Sweden
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Venue, Travel, Accommodation

Conference Venue

The conference will take place in the Large Lecture Room ("Stora hörsalen", KB.E3.03) at the Chemical Biological Centre (KBC) on the Campus of Umeå University.

Travel and Arrival

Umeå is easily accessible via plane, railway, bus, car, and even by ferry.

By Plane
It only takes a one hour flight from Stockholm to Umeå. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air Shuttle operate several daily flights to and from Stockholm Arlanda International Airport. BRA also offers frequent flight service via Stockholm Bromma Airport.
SAS may offer limited direct connections from Gothenburg and Helsinki, and Nordic Airways from Luleå, Kiruna and Östersund.
Umeå Airport is located only a 10 minute drive from the city centre. Taxis are available for quick access to your desired destination in Umeå and can be pre-booked with no extra charge. The price to take a taxi to the city centre is about 280 SEK.
The Airport Shuttle (No. 80, "Flygbuss" in Swedish), offers regular bus service from Umeå Airport to city centre and passes by the university campus as well. A one-way ticket costs 65 SEK.

Please Note: cash is no longer accepted on any of the local buses, including the Airport Shuttle! Major credit and debit cards are accepted onboard, except for online cards, such as Maestro or Visa Electron.

By Train
SJ and Norrtåg offer train services to Umeå. There are overnight trains and day trains, some of them connected to bus lines, from Stockholm, and from Gothenburg via Örebro. Both lines continue to Luleå in the county of Norrbotten and Kiruna and Alvik further north are accessible via Luleå.
Umeå East (Umeå Östra) railway station is located near the University Hospital of Umeå, and is directly adjacent to Campus Umeå.

By Bus
Buses arrive from all over Sweden to the central bus terminal near the town centre. Nearly all major cities and towns can be reached via several bus carriers. Länstrafiken operates regional buses, which connect to other bus carriers. Ybuss offers affordable service to and from Stockholm, for those on a tight budget.

By Car
Take Highway E4 to Umeå (or E12 from western Västerbotten and Norway) and follow the signs to the hospital (Norrlands Universitetssjukhus) until you see specific signs for the University (Universitet). Parking areas can be found in front and around the KBC building.
Parking on campus must be paid for in advance at the ticket machines located in the parking area, which accept all major credit cards (but can be slow especially when handling foreign cards).


Umeå is a busy turist and academic town, especially in the summer. Consequently, hotel rooms can be scarce and booking in advance is recommended.
A limited number of hotel rooms are reserved for the participants of the 1st International Plant Spectroscopy Conference at two hotels: U&me Hotel and Comfort Hotel Winn. These hotels can be booked directly via the Registration Page during registration (allowing to book for accompanying persons as well), but only for the dates of and around the conference dates. For visits exceeding the conference dates, please contact the hotels directly.
When contacting the hotels directly, plaese let them know that you are participating in the 1st International Plant Spectroscopy Conference to have access to the specifically reserved rooms.

While the above hotels provide great location and prices, acommodations at other hotels and private persons are also available, either directly or via accommodation services, such as AirBnB and Booking.com, etc. However, these need to be arranged individually and we have no special reservation agreements for any of them. Thus, it is recommended to arrange such accommodation well in advance, due to limited availabilities.

Useful Links

Timetables of local buses (The bus stops closest to the venue are "Umeå växthuset" and "Umeå Universum")

Time table for buses to and from Umeå Airport

Swedish Rail Road (SJ) - Train information

Umeå Airport - Information site, including flight information and car rental

Tourist information about Umeå

Google Map of the Venue


Registration is handled by Umeå Congress.
The Registration Page opens in a new window and allows the direct booking of hotel accommodation as well. The form allows several people to register together, in which case a single payment is made for all (invoice or credit card).
Registration includes all conference activites, coffee breaks, lunches and the conference dinner.
Registration does not include travel and accommodation, although accomodation can be booked directly via the registration page as well. In that case, the hotel cost will calculated and added to the registration fee to be included in the total cost to be paid. Two hotels can be selected, each offering single or shared doubled rooms. If the shared room option is selected, the person to share the room with can be specified, even if that person is not included in the registration (e.g. accompanying person).


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Keynote Speakers

Below is a list of the confirmed keynote speakers

Janina Kneipp / Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany

Topic: Raman (micro)spectroscopy in plant sciences

Session: Vibrational Spectroscopy

Janina Kneipp leads one of the strongest research groups in Europe using Raman spectroscopy to understand chemical and physical basis of biological phenomena in living systems. Her focus is to develop sensitive optical detection tools, including high lateral resolution vibrational spectroscopy, e.g. surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS).

Kneipp Lab Homepage

Hartwig Schulz / Julius Kühn-Institute, Quedlinburg, Germany

Topic: FTIR (micro)spectroscopy in plant sciences

Session: Vibrational Spectroscopy

Hartwig Schulz is the head of the Institute for Ecological Chemistry, Plant Analysis and Stored Product Protection at the Julius Kühn-Institute, and has established important research areas by using NIR, IR and Raman spectroscopic analysis for chemotyping and chemotaxonomic characterization of various plant species. Furthermore, he developed numerous vibrational spectroscopic methods for plant breeding and cultivation to analyze quality, resistance markers and stress phenomena.

Official Homepage

Frédéric Jamme / SOLEIL synchrotron, Paris, France

Topic: Synchrotron based techniques in plant sciences

Session: Other Techniques

Frédéric Jamme is a beamline scientist at the Science Division of the SOLEIL synchrotron facility, with a long track record of spectroscopic investigations of biological material, from virus infected cells and bacteria to muscle cells and -most importantly for the present conference- a wide range of plant tissues. He is an expert of high resolution molecular imaging

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Anna de Juan / University of Barcelona, Spain

Topic: Multivariate analysis techniques for spectroscopic data

Session: Data Analysis

Anna de Juan is a leading expert of multivariate curve resolution techniques that are widely used in spectroscopic data analysis to solve the mixture analysis problem. Relevant examples concern analysis of hyperspectral images from biological samples, including animal and plant tissues, collected with different spectroscopic platforms. She spearheads the chemometrics research at the University of Barcelona and has rich experience in applying multivariate analysis to hyperspectral images and process monitoring by spectroscopic data in biological and industrial problems.

Department Homepage
MCR-ALS Homepage

Helene Rogniaux / Biopolymers, Interactions, Assemblies - INRA Nantes, France

Topic: Mass spectroscopy based techniques in plant sciences

Session: Other Techniques

Helene Rogniaux leads the Biopolymers – Structural Biology platform of INRA Nantes and is one of the few experts in the world employing cutting edge mass spectrometry imaging to plant materials, to analyse their chemical composition and characterise and localise biopolymers in the complex matrix of a cell wall.

Platform Homepage
Helene's ResearchGate profile

Lloyd Donaldson / Scion Research, New Zealand

Topic: Auto-fluorescence based techniques in plant sciences

Session: Auto-fluorescence

Lloyd Donaldson is a microscopy expert in wood formation and ultrastructure, pioneering techniques in confocal fluorescence imaging of wood and other biomaterials. His work on lignin auto-fluorescence together with quantification works using confocal and electron microscopy techniques and applications of digital image processing and analysis of data obtained from plants (particularly wood) makes him ideally qualified to present the key note lecture in his session.

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Chemical Biological Centre
Umeå University
SE-901 87 Umeå

On behalf of the
International Society for Plant Spectroscopy


The conference is supported by

The Swedish Research Council (VR)

Umeå University

The Chemical Biological Centre (KBC), Umeå University

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