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Forest Biotechnology '99

Malcolm M. Campbell malcolm.campbell at plants.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jul 7 08:26:40 EST 1998

Please forward to colleagues who may be interested.

First Announcement
Forest Biotechnology '99
July 11-16, 1999
Keble College, University of Oxford


Please reply to: forest.biotech at plants.ox.ac.uk if you are interested in
further announcements and so that appropriate adjustments can be made
for accommodation reservations.


The University of Oxford will be hosting the joint meeting of the
International Wood Biotechnology Symposium and the IUFRO Molecular Biology
of Forest Trees Working Group.  The joint meeting, entitled "Forest
Biotechnology  99", will run July 11-16, 1999.

An exciting scientific program is already taking shape.  The conference
will cover the most current activities in the area of forest
biotechnology.  Sessions will focus on topics ranging from genetic
engineering of specific traits, to advances in molecular breeding, to
the deployment of transgenic material.  We are in the process of
confirming keynote speakers who will also function as session chairs.

Accommodation and meals for conference attendees have been arranged at
the beautiful Keble College (http://www.keble.ox.ac.uk/) right here at
the University of Oxford.  Keble College is an outstanding example of
extraordinary red brick Victorian architecture and boasts outstanding
modern, en-suite accommodation and gourmet dining for conference
participants.  Poster sessions and workshops will also be held in rooms
in Keble College.

The majority of the conference will actually take place immediately
across the street from Keble College, in the large lecture hall of the
remarkable University of Oxford Museum of Natural History.  A welcome
reception will also be held in the Museum, amongst the dinosaur
skeletons and other exhibits aimed at presenting a compelling story of
the evolution of life.  It is hoped that the Museum and its exhibits
will both intrigue and inspire conference participants.

In terms of social activities during the week, conference participants
will have the opportunity to visit the University Parks, which are also
right across the street from Keble.  Participants can wander the parks
either to take a pleasant stroll or to take in a cricket match.
Currently, we are also making arrangements for conference attendees to
participate in walking tours of Oxford, a pub-crawl, or boating
(punting) on the River Cherwell.  In all, we think that it should be an
enjoyable week for all  - a week that should be both scientifically and
socially stimulating.

A special feature of this meeting is that all mailings, conference
information, registration, abstract submission and "publication" of
abstracts will be electronic on the internet.  The finishing touches are
being made to the conference website:
which currently contains information on the conference.  The site will
be updated as the year proceeds to allow for registration and abstract
submission.  People will be informed of updates to the website by e-mail
- please confirm that you would like to be on this list.  Similarly,
registration and abstract submission will be confirmed by e-mail.  It is
hoped that this will streamline the meeting and provide a "template" for
future meetings.  In addition, the availability of abstracts on the
internet will provide information on progress in our field to a wider

If you have any questions, please contact us.

We hope to see you here in '99!


+                               +                                  +
+ Forest Biotechnology '99      + forest.biotech at plants.ox.ac.uk   +
+ July 11-16, 1999              + phone: 44.1865.275135 (office)   +
+ University of Oxford          +        44.1865.275074 (FAX)      +
+ Keble College                 +                                  +
+ Oxford, UK                    +                                  +
+                               +                                  +


Malcolm Campbell                 malcolm.campbell at plants.ox.ac.uk
Fibre Biotechnology Lab          44.1865.275135 (voice)
Department of Plant Sciences     44.1865.275074 (FAX)
University of Oxford
Oxford OX1 3RB, UK               http://www.plants.ox.ac.uk/top.htm

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