31st July - 11th August 2017 Norwich, UK

The Sainsbury Laboratory

Summer School

Plant Microbe Interactions


The last 20 years have provided a sophisticated understanding of how plants recognise relatively conserved microbial patterns to activate defence. In recent years DNA sequencing allowed genomes and transcriptomes of eukaryotic rusts and mildew pathogens to be studied and high-throughput imaging permit the study and visualisation of intracellular interactions during pathogenesis and defence.

We will present many aspects of plant microbe interactions including:

The focus on the dynamic and interactive practical sessions will naturally promote strong interactions between lecturers and participants.



External Speakers

Jens Boch

Leibniz University, Hannover

Effectors in Immunity

Stephanie Ranf

Technische Universitat Munchen

Signalling in Plant Innate Immunity

Jijie Chai

Tsinghua University

Resistance Proteins

Paul Birch

James Hutton Institute

Cellular Defence

Delphine Flieger

CEA, Grenoble

Proteome Dynamics

Daniel Croll

University of Neuchatel

Pathogen Evolutionary Genomics

Beat Keller

University of Zurich

Molecular Basis of Resistance in Cereals

Diane Saunders

John Innes Centre, Norwich

Field Pathogenomics of Rusts

Registration Process

We will accept a maximum of twenty participants onto this course. Participants can be at any career stage prior to those leading a group or from any sector and may be working or resident in any country. Participants will be selected by the instructors from applicants filling out this form. No strict criteria other than early career stage will be applied. Registration will be £800 and will cover course materials, accommodation (including breakfast), a weekend excursion and social events. Lunch and dinner are not covered but on-site facilities are cheap and easy to access. Registration will close at 0930 BST (UTC +1) Friday 14th April 2017. Successful participants will be notified by email by 1700 BST Friday 28th April 2017.

How To Apply

Please fill out this form:

Getting Here

Norwich is in the East of England, and has several convenient options for getting there.

Arriving by Air

Norwich International Airport

Norwich International Airport is served by KLM and the regional carriers Flybe, BMI Regional, and Eastern Airways, with direct connections to Amsterdam, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Aberdeen. Form the airport you can take a taxi or local bus (with transfer) to get to the Norwich Research Park. Note that if you fly out of Norwich airport you will need to pay a £10 Airport Development Fee before you can go to your gate. Norwich airport is, however, a very convenient way to reach Norwich from outside the UK.

London Airports

You can also arrive at any of the London airports and take a train or coach to Norwich. Stansted Airport is the closest and has direct rail connections to Norwich.

Arriving by Train

Another option, especially if you are based in the UK, or are arriving at another airport, it to take Britain’s national train network to Norwich Train Station, located in downtown Norwich. From there you can take a local bus or a taxi to Norwich Research Park. National Rail and TheTrainLine are two comprehensive online resource for booking train travel within the UK.

Arriving by Coach

You can also arrive in Norwich via coach. Norwich Bus Station is downtown and is also served by local buses and taxis once you arrive.

Arriving by Car and Parking

See the Sainsbury Lab and UEA getting here pages.

Parking at the Conference Centre is “ample and free for all events”. If you require parking at the conference venue, please use the JIC Visitor’s car park (follow the signs we will put up). When you are at registration, please tell us your license plate number, make, and colour so we can register it with JIC security.

Those staying at UEA will be able to park in the Main car park on campus. Parking will be available in the Main car park on campus. UEA car park charges are listed on the UEA car parking for visitors page

Getting into Central Norwich by Bus

First Group is the major local bus provider in Norwich. This map shows the complete network, and these buses specifically serve the Norwich Research Park or the UEA campus:

These bus stops have been added to the Summer School Google Map.

By Team MacLean.