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The PSE-YSM2020 Organizing Committee is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation worldwide. We will continue assessing the situation and we will make alterations if necessary, but at the moment we are still planning to hold the Trends in Natural Products Research Meeting in Crete this July.

To this end, we have extended the deadlines for: (a) abstract submission (June 1st) and (b) early registration (June 20th) so that interested scientists can have ample time to decide about their participation.

We hope each and every one of you and your families and friends are well and safe and we hope that the COVID-19 spread will very soon be contained worldwide and will allow all of us to see each other during the PSE-YSM2020 conference on July in Crete.

On behalf of the Phytochemical Society of Europe (PSE) and the Organizing and Scientific Committees, we have the pleasure to invite you to participate in the Trends in Natural Products Research: A Young Scientists’ Meeting that will be held at the small, picturesque seaport village of Kolymbari, in northwest Crete, in July 12-15, 2020.

The Phytochemical Society of Europe organizes annually a Young Scientists’ Meeting in order to give younger scientists (MSc students, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows) the opportunity to present their research results in the form of short talks or posters and to discuss them with colleagues and senior scientists in an informal and stimulating environment.

The scientific program will include topics, such as:

  • Drug discovery from terrestrial, marine and microbial natural sources
  • Synthesis of natural products and their analogues
  • Biological and pharmacological activities of natural products
  • Biosynthesis of natural products
  • Chemical ecology
  • Biotechnological applications of natural products
  • Screening for bioactive metabolites through application of –omics platforms
  • Dereplication and rational approaches for bioprospecting

There will be plenary lectures, invited talks, and contributed oral presentations, while poster sessions will be linked to the scientific themes.

In addition to the scientific content, there will be an exciting social program, including a welcome reception, a traditional Cretan festive dinner with live music and dancing and an excursion (optional).

We are looking forward to meeting you at Kolymbari in July of 2020.

 

Committees

Chair of the Conference

Ass. Prof. Efstathia Ioannou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)

Co-Chair of the Conference

Prof. Vassilios Roussis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
 

Organizing Committee

Prof. Maria Couladis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Dr. Stefanos Kikionis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Dr. Aikaterini Koutsaviti (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Prof. Olga Tzakou (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Dr. Leto-Aikaterini Tziveleka (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)

Scientific Committee

Prof. Pinarosa Avato (Università degli Studi di Bari, Italy)
Prof. Franz Bucar (Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria)
Prof. Virginia Lanzotti (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy)
Prof. Francisco Macías (University of Cadiz, Spain)
Dr. Kenneth Ritchie (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
Prof. Satyajit Sarker (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
Prof. Krystyna Skalicka-Woźniak (Medical University of Lublin, Poland)
Prof. Jianbo Xiao (University of Macau, China)

 

Scientific Program

Up to now, the following speakers have confirmed their participation in the Trends in Natural Products Research: A Young Scientists’ Meeting:
 
Invited speakers
 
Prof. Franz Bucar (Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria)
Prof. Carlos Duarte (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
Prof. Miriam Falkenberg (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil)
Prof. Maria-Jose Umbelino Ferreira (University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Prof. Simon Gibbons (University College London, UK) - recipient of the PSE-Medal for 2020
Prof. Sotirios Kampranis (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Prof. Virginia Lanzotti (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy)
Prof. Antonio Ortiz (University of Jaen, Spain)
Dr. Jamal Ouazzani (CNRS Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, France)
Prof. Satyajit Sarker (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
Prof. Krystyna Skalicka-Woźniak (Medical University of Lublin, Poland)
Prof. Miroslav Strnad (Palacký University & Institute of Experimental Botany, Czech Republic)
Prof. Emmanuel Theodorakis (University of California San Diego, USA)
Prof. Olivier Thomas (National University of Ireland - Galway, Ireland)
Prof. Christos Tsatsanis (University of Crete, Greece)
Prof. Jean-Luc Wolfender (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Prof. Jianbo Xiao (University of Macau, China)
Prof. Nadine Ziemert (University of Tübingen, Germany)

 

Registration

Type of registration Early registration
before June 20, 2020
Late registration
after June 20, 2020
Full participant, PSE member 1,2 450 € 525 €
Full participant, non-PSE member 1 500 € 575 €
MSc / PhD student or postdoc fellow, PSE member 1,2,3 350 € 400 €
MSc / PhD student or postdoc fellow, non-PSE member 1,3 400 € 450 €
Accompanying person 4 250 € 300 €

 

1 Registration fees include attendance to all sessions, certificate of attendance, book of abstracts, lunches, dinners, coffee breaks, welcome reception, and conference dinner (traditional Cretan festive dinner with live music and dancing).
2 Proof of an active PSE membership is needed for reduced registration fees to apply.
3 Proof of MSc / PhD student or early (<2 years from PhD defense) postdoctoral fellow status is needed for reduced registration fees to apply. Please send proof of student or postdoctoral status, as applicable, to info@pse-ysm2020.com.
4 Registration fees include lunches, dinners, welcome reception, conference dinner (traditional Cretan festive dinner with live music and dancing), and all-day excursion to Knossos Minoan Palace, the Archeological Museum and the city of Heraklion.

 
Important dates:

Deadline for early registration is June 20, 2020.

 
Registration process:

Please download, print and complete the registration form and send the completed form to info@pse-ysm2020.com. Please attach proof of payment and proof of student/postdoctoral status (if applicable).

 

Ensure that you enter your name and organization details exactly as you wish them to appear on your name badge and list of participants.

A confirmation of your registration will be sent within 1 week to the email address/es you indicate in the registration form.

Registration fees should be paid through bank transfer (in €, any bank charges are to be paid by the participant) at the following account:

 

Beneficiary: ORTHODOX ACADEMY OF CRETA
Bank name: COOPERATIVE BANK OF CHANIA
Bank Code: 069
Branch Code: 008
Branch Address: KOLYMPARI, 73006 CHANIA, CRETE
IBAN: GR20 0690 0080 0000 0011 3505 004
BIC: STXAGRA1XXX

Please state clearly at the comments section of the bank transfer "YSM2020" and "participant name".

Please contact us, for any queries you might have.

 

Abstract Submission

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster communications related to the scientific topics:

  • Drug discovery from terrestrial, marine and microbial natural sources
  • Synthesis of natural products and their analogues
  • Biological and pharmacological activities of natural products
  • Biosynthesis of natural products
  • Chemical ecology
  • Biotechnological applications of natural products
  • Screening for bioactive metabolites through application of –omics platforms
  • Dereplication and rational approaches for bioprospecting

 

Important dates:

  1. Deadline for the abstract submission is June 1, 2020.
  2. Submitting authors will be advised if their abstract has been accepted by June 5, 2020.
  3. The presenting author for each abstract must register to attend the conference no later than June 20, 2020. Abstracts that do not have a registered and paid presenting author by June 20, 2020 will not be included in the conference program and book of abstracts.

Abstract submission process:

  1. Download the abstract template.
  2. Insert title, authors, affiliations and main text in the specified space and save the file as a .doc or .docx (eg. presentingauthor.doc).
  3. Send the abstract to info@pse-ysm2020.com, indicating whether an oral or a poster presentation is preferred.

Please contact us, for any queries you might have.

 

Fellowships & Awards

To be announced soon!

 

Social Program

In addition to the scientific content, there will be an exciting social program, including a welcome reception, a traditional Cretan festive dinner with live music and dancing and an excursion (optional).

More information will follow soon.

 

 

views of Balos, Elafonissi and Gramvoussa near Kolymbari

 

  

 

 

traditional Cretan festive dinner with live music and dancing

 

 

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, in the small, picturesque seaport village of Kolymbari, close to the city of Chania in Crete.

The conference venue is located on the sea-front, 5 min away from one of the most beautiful and immaculate beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

The village of Kolymbari

The small fishing port of Kolymbari is still relatively unaffected by tourism and it has very good restaurants and tavernas, cafes and all kind of accommodations, from luxury quality hotels with excellent services to simple, family-owned rooms.

In Kolymbari you can warm yourself with the Cretan sun and local hospitality and enjoy the peaceful village atmosphere.

 

Accommodation

The OAC Conference Venue provides accommodation in 2 chapters. There are still available:
20 rooms in the 1st chapter
35 € / night for single occupancy or 50 € / night for double occupancy
 
12 rooms in the 2nd chapter
50 € / night for single occupancy or 75 € / night for double occupancy
 
Since the number of rooms at the OAC Conference Venue is limited, you are advised to book your accommodation the earliest possible, by sending an email to us.

Otherwise, within 5-10 min walking from the Conference Venue there is a wide selection of hotels and rooms (from 5 star resorts to simple pensions) that can be found through all Web searching engines.
 
Some of the recommended hotels are listed below:
5* Avra Imperial Beach resort & Spa
4* Grand Bay Beach Resort
Villa Disegno
3* Chryssana Beach Hotel
Casa di Akis
Panthea Suites
Aphea Village
 
It is recommended to ask for a quotation directly from the hotels since frequently you can get lower prices than through booking sites. As usual, early reservations are offered at a significantly lower price.

 

How to get there

Travelling to/from Crete:

By plane: more than 7 flights are available daily from/to the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki. Additionally, several charter flights are available daily from/to various countries of Europe.
 
By boat: several ferries are available from/to Piraeus port and other Greek islands ports.

How to reach Kolymbari:
 

The closest airport (Chania International Airport “Ioannis Daskalogiannis”) is located approximately 14 km northeast of the city of Chania, whereas the closest port is located in Souda Bay, approximately 7 km east of the city of Chania.
 
There are many buses daily connecting Chania International Airport and the main bus station at the city of Chania. Approximate travel time from the airport to the city of Chania is 30 minutes. For further information regarding bus schedules and fares, please visit http://www.e-ktel.com/en/.
 
There is also frequent public transportation (city buses) available connecting the port of Souda and the city of Chania. Approximate travel time from the port to the city of Chania is 10 minutes. For further information regarding bus schedules and fares, please visit http://chaniabus.gr/en/?content_lang=2&subsite=1#main.
 
Taxis are also an option for reaching Kolymbari.
 
Also, there is an airport (Heraklion International Airport “Nikos Kazantzakis”) and a port in the city of Heraklion, approximately 140 km from the city of Chania.
 
There are frequent bus connections every day between Heraklion and Chania. Approximate travel time is 3 hours. For further information regarding bus schedules and fares, please visit http://www.e-ktel.com/en/.

 

Sponsors

To be updated.

 

Contact

For further information and enquiries about the conference, please contact:
 

yTx8JN.jpg Efstathia Ioannou
E-mail: eioannou@pharm.uoa.gr
Tel.: + 30 210 7274913
   
2UdA5g.jpg Vassilios Roussis
E-mail: roussis@pharm.uoa.gr
Tel.: + 30 210 7274592