Symposium on Organellar Biogenesis and Signaling

July 6, 2018

1S059, Sciences III

This symposium is an occasion to honor Prof. Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont


Regulation of autophagy

José Luis Crespo González
University of Sevilla, Spain


Marine photobiology

Angela Falciatore
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France



Christian Fankhauser
Université de Lausanne, Switzerland


Diatom photosynthesis

Giovanni Finazzi
CEA Grenoble, France


Chloroplast biogenesis and photosynthesis

Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont
University of Geneva, Switzerland


Nuclear-organellar genetic interactions

Sally Mackenzie
Penn State University, USA


Retrograde signaling

Barry Pogson
Australian National University


Chloroplast biogenesis

Francis-André Wollman
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France



Sam Zeeman
ETH Zürich, Switzerland



13:00 – 13:30Registration and coffee
13:30 – 13:30Welcome address
13:40 – 14:05Angela Falciatore
Light and rhythms in marine diatoms
14:05 – 14:30Giovanni Finazzi
Regulation of photosynthesis in marine diatoms
14:30 – 14:55Christian Fankhauser
Reaching out for the sun: molecular mechanisms underlying optimised light capture in plants
14:55 – 15:20Barry Pogson
Intracellular communication of abiotic stress, memory and recovery: From model systems to crops
15:20 – 15:45Sally Mackenzie
The sensory plastid: mechanisms for triggering systemic stress response and stress memory in plants
15:45 – 16:30Coffee break
16:30 – 16:55José Luis Crespo
Chloroplast damage activates autophagy in Chlamydomonas
16:55 – 17:20Francis-André Wollman
The chloroplast, a site of post-endosymbiotic innovations in protein biogenesis
17:20 – 17:45Sam Zeeman
The Carbon in my Chloroplast
17:45 – 18:00Jean-David Rochaix
36 Years with Michel: Memories and Achievements
18:00 – 18:30Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont
Chloroplast Tales
18:30Apero - Diner


In order to attend the symposium, we ask you to register using the form below.

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Failing to do so, your registration will not be taken in account.


The Symposium will take place at:

University of Geneva
Sciences III
Room 1S059
30 quai Ernest-Ansermet
1211 Geneva 4


The symposium «Organellar Biogenesis and Signaling» is organized jointly by the Department of Molecular Biology and the Department of Botany and Plant Biology of the University of Geneva.

Organizing Committee

  • Emilie Demarsy
  • Michael Hothorn
  • Robbie Loewith
  • Luis Lopez-Molina
  • Jean-David Rochaix
  • Roman Ulm


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Participants will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation. Hotels close to the venue includes:

Others hotels can be found through the Geneva Tourism Office.