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On behalf of the FESPB 2010 Organising Committees we welcome all plant scientists attending the XVII Congress of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology in Valencia.

The Congress is organised by SEFV, the Sociedad Española de Fisiología Vegetal. SEFV was founded in 1974 and since then it has been very active in promoting knowledge in plant physiology and plant adaptation. SEFV organised in 1980 the II Congress of FESPB in Santiago de Compostela. Currently this Society has over 600 members and is one of the major contributors to FESPB.

The program of FESPB 2010 includes all aspects of plant physiology covering plant biology of organisms and systems and is intended to merge classical plant physiology with plant molecular biology and biotechnology. Moreover, we have included two special sessions, one dedicated to emerging techniques: modelling meristem development, and the other one to hot topics: a mechanistic analysis of endodermis as a selective and protective root-soil interface.

Welcome to Valencia, a city giving special relevance to research.

Recently it has been undertaken a joint venture among the University of Valencia, the Polytechnical University of Valencia and the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) for the establishment of a Campus of International Excellence, VLC/CAMPUS, focused on sustainable development, health, and technologies of information and communication, in which plant biologists will play a relevant role.

The Valencia Congress is officially under the patronage of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, the Spanish Research Council, The University of Valencia and the Polytechnical University of Valencia.

The Conference will take place at the “Palacio de Congresos” a building designed by Norman Foster equipped with the most advanced technologies, in which more than 900 attending scientists from 54 different countries will present their latest progress in research, bringing a unique opportunity to establish new links and collaborations with colleagues from all European countries.

Last but not least, we wish you a pleasant stay in Valencia, a melting pot of 2000 years of diverse cultural influences in which you will find a friendly atmosphere.

Mª Dolores Rodríguez
President of SEFV

José Pío Beltrán
President of FESPB

Organizing Secretariat: Grupo Geyseco, S.L. c/ Universidad, 4. 46003 - Valencia - Spain Tel: +34 96 352 48 89 Fax: +34 96 394 25 58 fespb2010@geyseco.es