1st International Plant Spectroscopy Conference

2017 August 29-30, Umeå, Sweden

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.
The Programme is available for download together with the Abstracts of all the talks.

Download the Programme Download Book of Abstracts (2.5 MB)

Please note that the Programme may be subject to change.

Scientific Programme


  • 08:30-09:00 Registration and coffee
  • 09:00-09:20 András Gorzsás (Umeå University, Sweden) - Opening notes

  • Session I – Vibrational Spectroscopy

  • 09:20-10:00 Janina Kneipp (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany) - Raman scattering and multimodal multiphoton microscopy for the characterization and identification of plant tissues
  • 10:00-10:40 Hartwig Schulz (Julius Kühn-Institut, Germany) - Analysis of plant raw materials and extracts applying various vibrational spectroscopy techniques - possibilities and limitations
  • 10:40–11:10 Coffee break
  • 11:10-11:30 Jessica Huss (Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany) - Plants facing fire: Insights into Banksia seed pods by using in situ Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy
  • 11:30-11:50 Martin Felhofer (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria) - Epithelium defense mechanism in conifers: Current challenges and methods to unravel the native state of extractives
  • 11:50-12:10 Batirtze Prats-Mateu (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria) - Laser induced changes of phenolic components during Raman imaging of plant cell walls
  • 12:10-12:30 Peter Bock (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria) - Why one laser is not enough – a case study on cinnamaldehydes and the implications on Raman spectroscopy of plant material
  • 12:30-13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30-13:50 Notburga Gierlinger (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria) - Unravelling hierarchical microstructure and chemical composition of hazelnut (C. avellana) shells
  • 13:50-14:10 Boris Zimmermann (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway) – Vibrational spectroscopy of Pollen
  • 14:10-14:30 Diana Carolina Albán Reyes (Umeå University, Sweden) - Analysing the mercerisation of dissolving cellulose pulp by Raman spectroscopy and multivariate data analysis
  • 14:30-14:50 Lennart Salmén (RISE/Bioeconomy, Sweden) - Dynamic FTIR for assessing lignin interaction in wood
  • 14:50-15:20 Coffee break

  • Session II – Autofluorescence Based Techniques

  • 15:20-16:00 Lloyd Donaldson (Scion Research, New Zealand) - Auto-fluorescence based techniques in plant sciences
  • 16:00-16:20 Gabriel Paës (FARE laboratory, INRA, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France) - Fluorescence lifetime imaging of plant cell wall
  • 16:20-16:40 Fabienne Guillon (INRA Nantes, France) - Synchrotron time Lapse imaging of lignocellulosic biomass hydrolysis: enzyme autofluorescence and infrared microspectroscopy of cell walls modifications
  • 16:40-17:00 Clémence Simon (University of Lille, France) - Dual labeling by chemical reporters allows visualization of lignification dynamics in plants
  • 17:00 – 23:00 Dinner (Skeppsvik Herrgård)


    Session III - Other Techniques

  • 09:00-09:40 Frédéric Jamme (Synchrotron SOLEIL, France) - Synchrotron Light for Spectral Imaging: Application to Plant Spectroscopy
  • 09:40-10:20 Hélène Rogniaux (INRA Nantes, France) - Mass spectrometry imaging combined to in-situ enzymatic hydrolysis: a novel image of plant tissues
  • 10:20-10:50 Coffee break
  • 10:50-11:10 Rivka Elbaum (RH Smith Institute for Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) - Lignification of secondary cell wall characterized on a subcellular level: Implication to hygroscopic movement in the stork's bill's awn
  • 11:10-11:30 Muhammad Tariq Javed (Government College University, Pakistan; Stockholm University, Sweden) - Potassium silicate maintains optimum cellular sodium and chloride homeostasis in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars as monitored by dual-wavelength photometry
  • 11:30-11:50 Rozenn Le Hir (Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, INRA Versailles, France) - The vascular tissues in Arabidopsis thaliana floral stem: High spatial resolution using synchrotron infrared, Raman and deep UV spectroscopy
  • 11:50-12:10 Victor Rodriguez Zancajo (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany) - Multimodal structural and functional analysis of sorghum tissues and sorghum biosilica
  • 12:10-13:10 Lunch

  • Session IV – Data Analysis

  • 13:10-13:50 Anna de Juan (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain) - Chemometrics for hyperspectral images of biological samples
  • 13:50-14:10 Sabrina Diehn (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany) - Multivariate analysis of Raman imaging data to study differences in plant organs
  • 14:10-14:30 Marie-Françoise Devaux (INRA Nantes, France) - Autofluorescence variability in maize stems by multispectral image analysis of series of large images at the macroscopic scale
  • 14:30-14:50 Sara Piqueras (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) - Understanding the formation of highly durable heartwood in Teak by use of Raman hyperspectral imaging and multivariate resolution techniques

  • 14:50-15:00 András Gorzsás (Umeå University, Sweden) – Closing notes
  • 15:00-16:30 Tour of the KBC Facilities (in groups)
  • 15:00-17:00 Meetings with local researchers (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 useful tips for travel and accommodation arrangements


Deadlines expired at midnight CET on the listed date

  • Abstract Submission: 2017 May 31 -EXPIRED-
  • Selected Speakers Notified by: 2017 June 20 -EXPIRED-
  • Registration Closes: 2017 July 31 -EXPIRED-

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 is available for download here, but registered participants will also receive a printed copy on site.

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
  • Hardy Hall, 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" in Swedish) until you see specific signs for the University ("Universitet" in Swedish). 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.

Local Travel

Umeå is a relatively small town and it takes approximately 30-40 minutes on foot from the city centre to the univesity campus and the venue. The walking/cycling routes are often signposted, albeit not always as "university" ("universitet" in Swedish). From the city centre, routes with signposts towards the hospital ("sjukhus" in Swedish) and the town parts called "Ålidhem" and "Tomtebo" will get you in the right direction and to the campus area. On campus, look for the KBC building ("KBC huset" in Swedish).
Local buses are frequent and lines 2, 5 and 8 will all take you virtually to the door of the venue: the closes stop is called "Växthuset". (From this stop, you only need to cross the road in the direction where you see a greenhouse on the top of a yellowish brick building, and enter the building).
Please note that local buses do not accept cash. Tickets must be paid by credit / debit cards.

Useful Links

Timetables of local buses (The bus stop closest to the venue is "Umeå växthuset", but the stop "Universum" is also close by)

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 now closed. If you have any questions concerning your registration and/or payment, please contact the organisers.
Registration fees include all conference activites, coffee breaks, lunches and the conference dinner.
Registration fees do not include travel and accommodation, except if accomodation was booked directly via the registration page as well. In that case, the hotel cost were added to the registration fee in the total cost to be paid.

Keynote Speakers

Below is a list of the 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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Umeå University
SE-901 87 Umeå

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