Monogram 2019

The Monogram 2019 meeting will be held in Nottingham, Tues 30th April to 2nd May 2019.

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GARNet Bursary: GARNet is a community network that supporters plant science researchers in the UK. -

We are delighted to provide £200 travel and accommodation grants for UK-based early career researchers who work at the intersection of model organisms and crops to attend the Monogram meeting. The deadline for these applications is April 1st and an application form can be downloaded here: GARNet Bursary Application Form (doc)

Sutton Bonington campus
Sutton Bonington Campus in Nottingham, UK

The Monogram Network meeting is the annual get together for the small grain cereal and grass research community. Academics, commercial scientists, and plant breeders gather to share the latest advances in scientific research, exchange ideas, and talk about collaboration. Monogram 2019 provides an exciting opportunity for sharing ideas and networking in a relaxed environment. Everyone from graduate students to established academics, commercial scientists and plant breeders are welcome to attend.

Monogram Conference Sessions

There are eight conference sessions, running from lunchtime on April 30th until lunchtime on May 2nd. Sessions include:

Keith Edwards
Keith Edwards

Keynote speaker Keith Edwards, University of Bristol.

  • Session One: Below and Above Ground Processes
    Silvio Salvi, University of Bologna
  • Session Two: Phenotyping
    Richard Whalley, Rothamsted Research
    Tony Pridmore. University of Nottingham
  • Session Three: Abiotic and Biotic Stress
    Gustavo Slafer, University of Lleida
    Paul Nicholson, John Innes Centre
  • Session Four: Reproduction and Grain Development
    Alison Bentley (NIAB)
    Stuart Desjardins, University of Leicester
  • Session Five: Genomics and Technologies for Crop Improvement
    Wilma van Esse, Wageningen University
    Laura-Jayne Gardiner, IBM Research
  • Session Six: Future Plant Sciences
  • Session Seven: Quality and Nutrition
    Alison Lovegrove, Rothamsted Research
  • Session Eight: Rice and Other Grasses
    Adam Price, University of Aberdeen
  • Poster Session

You will be asked to indicate which session your presentation is for when you submit your abstract.

Satellite Sessions

Sutton Bonington GreenHouse
Sutton Bonington Greenhouse, in Nottingham, UK

In addition to the conference sessions, there are two satellite meetings being held.

Bioinformatics Tuesday April 30th 2019 - This meeting is hosted by Dr Philippa Borril - 9am - 12pm

This session will include:

  • New triticeae resources (wheat, barley, grasses)
  • Moving beyond one reference sequence (pangenomes and variation data)
  • Databases for integration and visualisation tools

UK Rice Research Community Satellite Meeting (UKRRC) May 2nd 2019 - This meeting is hosted by Dr Erik Murchie and Prof Ari Sadanandom

This session will include talks, posters and discussion sessions about UK rice research activities. Monogram attendees may stay for this afternoon session free of charge, but will need to book and pay for evening activities. Please see: for further information.

Accommodation and Travel Information:

Sutton Bonington Field
Sutton Bonington Field in Nottingham, UK

Monogram delegates are able to book rooms on the University of Nottingham's University Park campus: Cavendish Hall (link coming soon)

There is also opportunity to stay at the De Vere Orchard Hotel on University Park, or the De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre and Hotel on Jubilee Campus (a short walk or bus ride away)

Hotels available in Nottingham City Centre include:

Travel around Nottingham can be done via bus or tram. There are buses directly to University Park campus, and a tram from the centre and train station of Nottingham to Lakeside Arts, a short walk from the main conference buildings.

Information on how to get to the University of Nottingham can be found here:

This page will be updated with the agenda, and later the talks as they become available.