Annual Conference 2018

The EuroXanth COST Action will hold its 2nd Annual Conference on “Integrating science on Xanthomonadaceae for integrated plant disease management in Europe” in Halle (Saale), Germany, from 18 to 21 July 2018. This conference, which is a joint event with the 6th Xanthomonas Genomics Conference, will welcome 130 participants and will serve as a platform to share technical knowhow and to exchange knowledge about latest research on members of the Xanthomonadaceae family.

The conference will address topics of all four Working Groups:

WG 1: Diagnostics & Diversity – Population Structure
WG 2: Pathogen Biology
WG 3: Genetic Resistance – Host Defence
WG 4: Disease Management – Vector Control

The conference will be organized by Prof Ulla Bonas (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany) and will be held at the Leopoldina in Halle (Saale).

The Scientific Committee of the conference is composed as follows:

Name Role Country Working group
BONAS, Ulla Participant DE  
BÜTTNER, Daniela MC Member DE WG2
BOCH, Jens MC Member DE WG3 Leader
KOEBNIK, Ralf Chair FR WG2
KÖLLIKER, Roland MC Member CH WG3 Vice Leader
LEACH, Jan E. MC Observer US  
WANG, Nian Participant US  

The following keynote speakers have been confirmed:

Name Affiliation Country
Chuck FARAH University of São Paulo Brazil
Marie-Agnès JACQUES Institut de Recherche en Horticulture et Semences, Beaucouzé France
Jan E. LEACH Colorado State University, Fort Collins USA
Steven E. LINDOW University of California, Berkeley USA
Laurent D. NOËL Laboratory of Plant-Microbe Interactions, Auzeville-Tolosan France
Guido SESSA Tel Aviv University Israel
Ramesh SONTI Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad India
Leena TRIPATHI International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nairobi Kenya
Renier VAN DER HOORN University of Oxford United Kingdom
Bing YANG Iowa State University, Ames USA

With kind regards,

Ralf Koebnik, Chair of the COST Action
Ulla Bonas, Chair of Local Organising Committee
Audrey Canado-Janjon, Grant Holder Administrator


The conference will be held at the Leopoldina in Halle (Saale). Founded in 1652, the Leopoldina is one of the oldest academies of science in the world. It is dedicated to the advancement of science for the benefit of humankind and to the goal of shaping a better future. With some 1,500 members, the Leopoldina brings together outstanding scientists from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and many other countries.

Halle (Saale) is a city in the southern part of the German state Saxony-Anhalt, approximately 150 km south-west of Berlin and 30 km north-west of Leipzig.

How to get to Halle (Saale)

Halle (Saale) can be reached by train either from Berlin Airport or from Leipzig/Halle Airport. To travel to Halle (Saale), please consider a 2-hours journey from Berlin Railway Station or a 30-min journey from Leipzig Railway Station. For reservations, information on train timetables and ticket prices, please visit the Deutsche Bahn website.