Welcome to the 26th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) 

It is a great pleasure to invite you, on behalf of the organizing committees, to join us in Paris, for this exciting meeting, which includes an outstanding scientific program and terrific social event!

ICAR is the largest annual international conference focusing on cutting-edge plant research. It will highlight not only recent advances in Arabidopsis research, but also translational research emphasizing the importance and usefulness of Arabidopsis as a biological model and its impact on other systems.

The conference is held under the auspices of the French Society of Plant Biology (SFBV) with the operational and executive assistance of the Saclay Plant Sciences Laboratory network of Excellence (SPS LabEx).  

Loïc Lepiniec (Head of the SPS Network of Excellence)
On behalf of the Organizing committees

The president, Dr Anis Limanis, and members of the administrative council of the French Society of Plant Biologists (SFBV) are delighted to co-organize the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research, ICAR 2015 and wish all the participants a pleasant and fruitful meeting.



ICAR background 

The International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) is an important community-organized venue, convened regularly since 1987 and annually since 1995. Its main purpose, along with partner conferences like this, is to gather the entire scientific community interested in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, to improve the knowledge of basic biological processes, but also to target major issues related to crop production in the context of fluctuating environmental constraints, including climate change. By providing the opportunity for international colleagues to meet and share cutting-edge results concerning basic plant biology, and fostering interactions between young scientists and more established researchers, ICAR has become a key global event.  

The international coordination of ICAR is managed by the "Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee" (MASC), an international committee composed of national representatives of the Arabidopsis scientific community. Each year, MASC invites a country to organize the ICAR edition to be held two years later and then leaves the local organizing committee to manage the event. In 2015, the ICAR will take place in France for the first time.