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Data Integration as a key step for future grapevine research

The First Annual Meeting of COST Action CA17111

Meeting was held from March 25th to March 28th, 2019 at the Conference Center  of Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete, Greece. https://confer.maich.gr/


88 participants attended the First Annual Meeting in Crete representing 23 countries.

COST ACTION CA17111 Integrape was able to reimburse the expenses of over 50% of those attending

Important information

Registration fee is €50 (MC Full Members exempt) which covers entrance to sessions, conference material, welcome reception and coffee breaks. Lunches and Social Dinner are to be paid for separately (15 and 30 euro respectively). The Social Dinner will take place at the Mediterranee Restaurant of the Conference Center of MAICH with life Greek music and traditional Cretan cuisine on Wednesday the 27th at 20:00 pm. Ticket Price: 30 Euros

REGISTRATION LINK: https://confer.maich.gr/registrations/integrape2019 are welcome (link closed)

Participants are welcome to submit an abstract for posters, of which some will be selected by the scientific committee for short talks during the conference sessions. Deadline for Abstract Submissions is 25th February 2019








Monday, March 25 2019

All dayArrival of participants to Chania
19.00Reception at Conference Center

Tuesday, March 26 2019

09:00 – 09:10George Baourakis (Director of MAICh, Greece), Panagiotis Kalaitzis (Studies/Research Coordinator, MAICh, Greece)
Local organisers welcome
09.10 – 09.25Mario Pezzotti (MC Chair, University of Verona, Italy)
Welcome speech and introduction


Session 1: Setting up the context

09.25 – 09.45Anne-Francoise Adam-Blondon (MC Vice Chair, INRA, France)
Possibilities and needs of the participating countries in terms of infrastructure for bioinformatics
09.45 – 10.15Paul Kersey (MC Member, WG2 Leader, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,  UK)
International initiatives to support open data in Life Sciences
10.15 – 10.45Kristina Gruden (Invited Speaker COST Action CHARME, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia)
Towards implementation of FAIR data management in life sciences – ongoing efforts in COST CHARME
10.45 – 11.15Coffee Break


Session 2: External Views of Data Integration for grapevine improvement

11.15 – 12.00Dario Cantu (Invited Speaker, UC Davis, USA)
Characterization of genomic diversity in grapevines through whole-genome assembly
12.00 – 14.00Lunch and poster session


Session 3: Status and example of databases in the grapevine community

14.00 – 14.45Doreen Ware – GRAMENE (Invited Speaker, USDA-ARS & Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA)
Developing Pan-Genome resources for grapevine
14.45 – 15.05Ludger Hausmann (Julius Kühn-Institut, Institute for Grapevine Breeding, Germany)
The Vitis International Variety Catalogue and the European Vitis database
15.05 – 15.25Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon (MC Vice-Chair, INRA, France)
Federations of information systems in the plant community and possible application to grapevine
15.25 – 15.55Coffee break


Wednesday, March 27 2019


Session 5 (continued). Example of large data sets managed by the community

09.00 – 09.30Fulvio Mattivi (MC Member, WG2 Scientific Advisor, University of Trento, Italy) (co-authors: Alessandro Cestaro, Pietro Franceschi, Marco Moretto)
Interoperability in metabolomics: the role of standardisation (co-authors: Alessandro Cestaro, Pietro Franceschi, Marco Moretto)
09.30 – 09.50Marco Moretto (Unit of Computational Biology, Research and Innovation Center, Fondazione Edmund Mach, S. Michele all’Adige, Italy)
VESPUCCI: the integrated gene expression database for grapevine
09.50 – 10.10Carlos M. Rodriguez Lopez (University of Kentucky, USA)
Ancient epialleles: a multi-omic view on wine quality
10.10 – 10.30Ia Pipia (Agricultural University of Georgia, Georgia)
Whole genome sequencing and gene annotation of Georgian grape cultivars
10.30 – 11.00Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.20Roland Pieruschka (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
EMPHASIS a European research infrastructure to integrate plant phenotyping and make data reusable
11.20 – 11.40Nabil Girollet (INRA, France)
Investigating grapevine x environment interactions: data integration is the corner stone!
11.40 – 12.00Dr Andreas Doulis (Department of Vitis, Institute of Olive Tree Subtropical Crops and Viticulture, Hellenic Agricultural Organization-Demeter, Greece)
New integrated Hellenic Vitis resources available for further scientific collaboration
12.00 – 12.20Matus José Tomás (Institute for Integrative Systems Biology, Spain)
Determining the cistrome landscapes of the grape MYB transcription factor family: on the search of novel secondary metabolism regulators
12.20Training Schools
12.20 – 12.40George Manganaris (Training School Coordinator, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus)
Presentation of training schools (procedure and proposals)
12.40 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 16.00Working Group’s World café
17.00 – 18.00Wrap up of priorities for the next period
20.00Social dinner at Conference Centre

Thursday, March 28 2019


09.00 – 10.00Conference Wrap up and Conclusions
10.00 – 11.00CA17111 – Core Group Meeting
11.00 – 13.30Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00CA17111 – Management Committee
13.00End of Conference


List of Conference Invited Speakers

  1. Dario Cantù, Professor of Viticulture and Enology at College of Biological Sciences
    (UC Davis, USA),
  2. Doreen Ware, Computational Biologist, Computational Biologist
    (USDA-ARS, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA)
  3. Kristina Gruden, Professor of Molecular Biology, National Institute of Biology
    (Ljubljana, Slovenia),  a representative of CA15110 Harmonising standardisation strategies
    to increase efficiency and competitiveness of European life-  science research (CHARME).

Conference Scientific Committee

  • Mario Pezzotti (Action MC Chair, University of Verona, Italy)
  • Anne-Francoise Adam-Blondon (Action MC Vice Chair, INRA, France)
  • Reinhard Toepfer (WG 1 Leader, Julius Kühn-Institute, Institute for Grapevine Breeding, Germany)
  • Paul Kersey (WG 2 Leader, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK)
  • Johan Trygg (WG3 Leader, Umea University, Sweden)
  • Dragan Nikolic (WG4 Leader, University of Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Panagiotis Kalaitzis (Local Organiser, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Greece)
  • Marina Dermastia (Science Communication Manager, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia)

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