Welcome to the webpage of the Irish Plant Scientists' Association Meeting 2014, which took place at University College Cork on the 28th and 29th April, 2014.

**For information on IPSAM 2015, taking place at the Maynooth University, click here**

The organising committee would like to thank all the participants, registrants, sponsors, session chairs and everyone else who made the meeting such a success. IPSAM 2014 was two busy days of scientific talks which lived up to the best traditions of IPSAM - excellent science in a relaxed, friendly and collegial atmosphere.

The committee would also like to express our gratitude to our keynote speaker Prof Gary Foster who not only gave a wonderful keynote address but also contributed in many ways throughout the meeting, including participating in the judging panel for the best poster prize.

The IPSAM organising committee very much look forward to seeing all of you at IPSAM 2015!

Note: This webpage will remain archived here for the forseeable future. The conference programme and book of abstracts is now available to download here >> IPSAM BOOK OF ABSTRACTS

**Registration will commence at 10am in the central atrium of the Western Gateway Building (WGB; see maps below). Opening address at 11am. All talks will take place in WGB Room 107.**

IPSAM is the Irish national meeting for scientists working in areas of plant science, botany, horticulture, plant genetics, plant breeding, plant pathology, etc. We welcome submission of abstracts across a broad spectrum of plant science research and aim to host an informative, lively and diverse programme which highlights the strength of plant research going on across the island of Ireland.

We are delighted to welcome IPSAM back to Cork. The last IPSAM to take place in the city was in 2007 and since then we have had a number of very successful meetings in Maynooth (2008), Dublin (TCD, 2009), Dublin (UCD, 2010) Belfast (2011), Dublin (Botanic Garden, 2012) and Galway (2013).

Abstract submission has now closed but registration remains open. See below for details.

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**Help spread the word - Download the IPSAM14 poster here and display it in your institution** IPSAM14Poster



Abstract submission has now closed. Registration is still available (see below).

The provisional programme* is now available to view >> IPSAM 2014 Provisional Programme

*Please note, this is a provisional timetable of events at IPSAM14. The final version will be available at registration.

 Keynote Speaker:

Prof Gary Foster


The keynote address at IPSAM 2014, entitled "From Plant Disease to Magic Mushrooms" will be delivered by Professor Gary Foster, University of Bristol.

Gary Foster graduated in Microbiology from the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) in 1986 and received his PhD in Plant Virology in 1990 from QUB. After a short period of postdoctoral research at University of Leicester, he was awarded an AFRC (to become BBSRC) Advance Research Fellowship in 1992. In 1996, he moved to the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, becoming Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology.

Gary’s research is focused on investigating a range of interconnecting themes that include plant virology, plant pathology, plant molecular biology, molecular mycology and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary approach to this research is one of the strong selling points, along with a vibrant lab community and the strong supervisory team, which has been supported by a range of funding sources continuously since 1992.


Registration for IPSAM 2014 is now closed.

Registration options are as follows:

  • Full registration - €60
  • Student registration - €45

Note: student registration is available to registered undergraduate or postgraduate students only.

Both options include:

  • Admission to all conference sessions
  • Morning and afternoon tea/coffee
  • Conference programme and book of abstracts
  • Hot buffet and drinks reception on the evening of Monday 28th April.

Please follow this link to the online registration page.

To submit an abstract for presentation at IPSAM 2014, see above.

Instructions for Speakers and Poster Presentations

Instructions for speakers giving an oral presentation:

1. Speakers should arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session and introduce themselves to the session chair.
2. Oral presentations are limited to 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for discussion.
3. For the benefit of all speakers and to ensure the smooth running of the meeting, please adhere to these time limits and cooperate with the session chair.
4. The presentation room is equipped with a PC (with broadband internet connection) and digital projector. Please bring your presentation slides on a memory stick, ready for upload onto the desktop prior to the session beginning.
5. The presentation room is equipped with a static microphone attached to the lectern for use by the speaker.
6. A roving microphone will be used to take questions from the audience after each presentation.


Instructions for delegates giving a poster presentation:

1. All posters will be on display for the duration of the meeting.
2. Please take the time (at registration) to erect your poster, on the poster boards provided.
3. The posters will be on display in the central atrium of the Western Gateway Building, a location also utilised for tea/coffee breaks during the meeting.
4. Posters should be A0 in size and preferably of portrait orientation.
5. A designated 'poster session' will form part of the programme where authors are expected to remain by their posters for a time to discuss their work with delegates visiting their poster.


Any specific queries, please consult the IPSAM team at registration or via ipsamconf2014@ucc.ie prior to the meeting.

Delegate Information


Meeting Location:

IPSAM 2014 will take place in the Western Gateway Building (WGB) at University College Cork. For information on how to get to UCC, maps, parking, public transport, etc. see the Visit UCC website.

Registration will commence at 10am in the main atrium of  WGB. The opening address of the conference will begin at 11am. All conference talks will take place in WGB ROOM 107. See above for detailed programme.

Arriving in Cork by train?
Cork is served by Kent Railway Station (c. 2km from UCC). The number 205 bus (marked Rossa Avenue/CIT) will bring you from Kent Station to UCC (get off at Western Gateway Building*).


Arriving in Cork by bus?

Cork central bus station is c. 1.5km from UCC. It is adjacent to St. Patrick's Street where you can catch the 208 bus (marked Bishopstown) to UCC (get off at Western Gateway Building) or the 205 bus (marked Rossa Avenue/CIT) to UCC (get off at Western gateway Building*).

* A change from its normal route/stop due to road work diversions.

Arriving in Cork by plane?

Bus Eireann operate regular bus connections from Cork Airport to Cork city centre. Alternatively, a taxi from Cork Airport will cost c. €20.


Map of bus service to and from UCC (pdf).


There is extremely limited public parking available on campus (see maps above). UCC is well served by public transport.



University College Cork is located close to a range of accomodation options and the Western Gateway Building is a c.20 minute walk from Cork City Centre. You can find a non-exhaustive list of nearby accomodation options here.


Visiting Cork:

Cork City is a modern, vibrant and progressive urban centre, having been designated as European Capital Of Culture in 2005.
As such, it has a huge amount to offer visitors throughout the year - from historic buildings and institutions to bustling markets and vibrant retail streets.
Lonely Planet described Cork as one of the Top Ten cities in the world to visit in 2010:
“With a population of the Cork Metropolitan Area of four hundred thousand people and a huge investment into infrastructure Cork now has one million square feet of retail space in an easily accessible city centre. Cork also has some of the best restaurants in Ireland or England so this vote is not really a surprise to the people of Cork,” say Lonely Planet. “Sophisticated, vibrant and diverse while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quickfire wit, Cork buzzes with the energy of a city that’s certain of its place in Ireland.”
As recently as March 2014, Huffington Post listed Cork as one of the 'Overlooked European Cities you Must Visit in Your Lifetime'.
So, what are you waiting for?

For more information on visiting Cork, see here.


Social Media:

If you are tweeting from or about the conference, please use the hashtag #IPSAM14

You can follow the School of BEES on twitter and facebook.


Wi-Fi Internet:

eduroamUCC belongs to the Eduroam network. Please visit the Eduroam website to find out if your University is part of the network. If it is, you need to set-up your connections before‌ you travel. Once you have done that you will be able to use the University College Cork wi-fi network or any other participating network in over 50 countries.

Alternatively, UCC Guest wifi access will be made available to delegates through a username and password provided to you in your delegate pack.


Abstract submission

Update: Abstract submission has now closed.

The IPSAM 2014 organising committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations across ALL areas of plant science.

Please download the IPSAM Abstract Submission Form, complete it fully and email it (along with a photo; see submission form) to ipsamconf2014@ucc.ie

Deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday 14th April.


To register to attend IPSAM 2014, see above.


Please contact ipsamconf2014@ucc.ie for any further queries you may have about IPSAM 2014.


The IPSAM 2014 organising committee would like to thank those organisations and companies that have contributed generously towards the running of the meeting:

Western Gateway Building

Western Gateway Building

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

An Scoil Eolaíochtaí Bitheolaíocha, Domhaneolaíocha agus Comhshaoil

University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K