Winslow Briggs' 90th Birthday Symposium: April 19, 2018

Event Dates: April 19, 2018 - 9:00am - 8:00pm

Symposium in Honor of Winslow Briggs

April 19, 2018

Register Here | Program Schedule | Travel & Lodging

A Celebration of 66 Years of Photobiology Research
Winslow Briggs has been conducting and publishing research for 66 years, right up to the present day (he is presently growing and measuring fava bean plants in the greenhouse). His incomparable career has been highlighted by many seminal discoveries. These include the demonstration that light regulates auxin transport in phototropism (the bending of plants toward light), the discovery of phototropins as the photoreceptors that drive phototropism, the discovery of phototropin-like photoreceptors that modulate bacterial infection of host animals and plants, and the mechanism by which smoke from forest fires trigger germination of dormant seeds. In addition to his many scientific accomplishments, Winslow has mentored a large number of graduate students and postdocs, many of whom have become major players in plant biology. Further, his leadership and inspiration have shaped the science and careers of generations of researchers at the Department of Plant Biology of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Not least of his important contributions has been dedication to the Annual Review of Plant Biology as a long-time editor and to the journal Molecular Plant as a founding editor. With generous financial support from these two journals and the Carnegie Institution for Science, we now invite you to A Celebration of 66 Years of Winslow’s Research - an all-day symposium here at Carnegie/Stanford, on April 19, 2018. The symposium will feature presentations by past and present Briggs lab members and collaborators, as well as leading scientists in the plant photobiology field.

Department of Plant Biology
Carnegie Institution for Science
260 Panama Street
Stanford, CA 94305

You can learn more about Winslow Briggs at the following web links:
People Behind the Science podcast:

An Interview with Sabeeha Merchant and Elaine Tobin

Annual Review in Plant Biology: A Wandering Pathway in Plant Biology: From Wild
flowers to Phototropins to Bacterial Virulence. 042809-112326


Tentative Program Schedule 

Thursday, April 19, 2018
The following schedule is subject to change:

Time Description
9:00am - 9:10am Opening Remarks
9:10am - 10:30am Session 1: Phototropism I: Phototropin and its actions
10:30am - 10:50am Coffee Break
10:50am-12:10pm Session 2: Phototropism II: Movement and Growth
12:10pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:50pm Session 3: Photomorphogenis: Phytochromes and Cryptochrome
2:50pm - 3:10pm Coffee Break
3:10pm - 4:30pm Session 4: Morphogenesis: responses to light and hormones
4:40pm Session 5: Open Mic
6:30pm Reception & BBQ at Carnegie


Travel and Lodging

Please refer to and contact the following for accomodations

Creekside Inn, Palo Alto (April 18th - April 20th)
Mention the "Winslow Briggs Birthday Symposium" group when reserving
3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306
$275-$295 per night

(650) 493-2411
CUT OFF DATE: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Stanford Guest House, Palo Alto (April 18th - April 20th) 
Mention the "Carnegie Science" group when reserving
2575 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025
$160 per night

(650) 926-2800
CUT OFF DATE: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Coronet Hotel, Palo Alto
2455 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 326-1081

Sponsored by Annual Review of Plant Biology, Molecular Plant, and Carnegie Institution for Science