23rd Jun 2015

CRISPR technology is fast emerging as the breakthrough technology for precise genome editing in a range of experimental systems. In order to highlight the current developments and future potential for using this technology in the plant sciences, GARNet and OpenPlant are collaborating to organise a CRISPR-Cas workshop in Norwich on September 7–8th 2015 - click here for more details and to register: The workshop has been kindly supported by Plant Methods.

The first day of the workshop is targeted at those wishing to learn the basics of CRISPR-Cas genome editing technology, as well as those who are already aware of it but wish to learn more about recent developments and advances. This is a day of conventional presentations mixed with opportunities for networking with fellow researchers interested in using this technology to benefit their research.

Speakers have been selected who work with a variety of plant species and will demonstrate the broad potential of CRISPR-Cas as a transformational technology in the plant sciences. The full program is now available.

An open access review describing this technology has been recently published by the event's organisers (link opens PDF):

The second day of the workshop on September 8th will be a 'hands on' in-silico session that will be limited to 22 attendees. This portion of the workshop will be led by Dr Nicola Patron who is Head of Synthetic Biology at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, and will provide participants with the opportunity to learn how to identify and pick genomic targets, build modular CRISPR constructs and screen edited plants.

Preference for this event on the 8th September will be given to early-career researchers who can clearly illustrate how this event would benefit their research. People interested in attending the second day of the workshop should contact Geraint Parry explaining how they might use this technology in their research. Applications to be considered for day two of the workshop must be received by Monday July 27th and registration for day one closes on Monday August 10th.

For further discussions and networking opportunities a Conference Dinner will take place after the first day of the workshop and is available to all attendees, whether or not they are participating in the second day of the event.

For those requiring accommodation, a block booking of rooms has been made at Broadview Lodge. To book a room either call 01603 591930 or email Please quote 'GARNet Ref: Kx36312' when making your booking.

For any further questions about the workshop please contact Geraint or Nicola Patron.