Workshop on engineering ion channel aquaporins and boosting food security

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13–15 May 2020

Workshop postponed and being converted to an online conference, more information to come later

Join us for the first international workshop focused on sharing knowledge about ion channel aquaporins, their roles in biology and their application in boosting food security.

Aquaporins are proteins present in every Kingdom of life, and they are famous for their water channel activity. Some aquaporins can function both as water and ion channels and this feature is associated with cancer cell movement in humans. In plants, changes in the regulation of aquaporins influences tolerance to environmental stresses, such as plant adaptability to drought and salinity.

With support from the Australia-Japan Foundation we would like to invite researchers from all fields with an interest in physiological implications, regulation and characterization of ion channel aquaporins.

The workshop will include plenary talks from the pioneers in the field of studying ion channel aquaporins. Talks will also be selected from submitted abstracts and there will be talk slots dedicated to student and early career researcher talks.

We look forward to uploading and sharing a workshop day plan with you via this website!

Workshop registration includes:

  • Workshop Participation
  • Morning and afternoon tea and buffet lunch at the Shine Dome
  • Workshop dinner and drinks at the Shine Dome
  • Tours at RSB facilities (15th May afternoon)
  • Conference wrap up drinks on Friday at RSB venue

Speaker registration is Free - Organisers will select speakers from the submitted abstracts.

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The workshop development team includes: Dr Caitlin Byrt, Professor Steve Tyerman, Professor Maki Katsuhara, A/Professor Tomoaki Horie, Professor Keitaro Tanoi and A/Professor Natsuko Kobayashi.

If you are interested in presenting a talk/poster, email an abstract to Dr Caitlin Byrt -


Further details coming soon

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Date to be confirmed via online webinar


Gagan Bhardwaj
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