ISPL2012 Book of Abstracts* and some oral presentations are publicly available for viewing.


Upcoming Events

  ISPL2024 26th International Symposium on Plant Lipids, 07/14/2024-07/20/2024, Lincoln, Nebraska, US.

  9th ASPL 9th Asian-Oceanian Symposium on Plant Lipids, 10/10/2023-10/13/2023, Seoul, Korea.

  11th ESPL 11th European Symposium on Plant Lipids, July 2023, Bonn, Germany.

  Gordon Research Conference 2023 Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism and Function, 01/29/2023-02/03/2023, Galveston, TX, US.


Past Events

  XVI RBMP XVI Meeting of Plant Molecular Biology, 09/14/2022-09/16/2022, Seville, Spain.

  ISPL2022 25th International Symposium on Plant Lipids, 07/10/2022-07/15/2022, Grenoble, France.

  ISC2022 20th International Sunflower Conference, 06/19/2022-06/23/2022, Novi Sad, Serbia.

  18th EFLC 18th Euro Fed Lipid Congress online, 10/18/2021-10/21/2021.

  PB2021 Plant Biology 2021 online, 07/19/2021-07/23/2021.

  10th ESPL 10th European Symposium on Plant Lipids, 07/11/2021-07/14/2021, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  PB2020 Plant Biology 2020 online, 07/26/2020-07/31/2020.

  ISC2020 20th International Sunflower Conference, postponed to 2022, Novi Sad, Serbia.

  ISPL2020 24th International Symposium on Plant Lipids online, 07/07/2020, Grenoble, France.

  XV RBMP XV Meeting of Plant Molecular Biology online, 11/26/2020-11/27/2020, Málaga, Spain.

  PB2019 Plant Biology 2019, 08/03/2019-08/07/2019, San Jose, California, USA.

  8th ASPL 8th Asian-Oceanian Symposium on Plant Lipids, 11/19/2019-11/22/2019, Canberra, Australia.

  17th EFLC 17th Euro Fed Lipid Congress, 10/20/2019-10/23/2019, Sevilla, Spain.

  9th ESPL 9th European Symposium on Plant Lipids, 07/07/2019-07/10/2019, Marseille, France.

  Gordon Research Conference 2019 Plant Lipids: Structure, Metabolism and Function, 01/27/2019-02/01/2019, Galveston, TX, US.

  16th EFLC 16th Euro Fed Lipid Congress, 09/16/2018-09/19/2018, Belfast, UK.

  ISOA Sunflower Oil Production, Quality and Applications, 09/05/2018, Edirne, Turkey.

  PB2018 Plant Biology 2018, 07/14/2018-07/18/2018, Montreal, Canada.

  ISPL2018 23rd International Symposium on Plant Lipids, 07/08/2018-07/13/2018, Yokohama, Japan.

  XIV RBMP XIV Reunión Biología Molecular de Plantas, 07/04/2018-07/06/2018, Salamanca, Spain.

  7th ASPL 7th Asian Symposium on Plant Lipids, 11/29/2017-12/02/2017, Taipei, Taiwan.

  15th EFLC 15th Euro Fed Lipid Congress, 08/27/2017-08/30/2017, Uppsala, Sweden.

  8th ESPL 8th European Symposium on Plant Lipids, 07/02/2017-07/05/2017, Malmö, Sweden.

  14th EFLC 14th Euro Fed Lipid Congress, 09/18/2016-09/21/2016, Ghent, Belgium.

  ISPL2016 22nd International Symposium on Plant Lipids, 07/03/2016-07/08/2016, Goettingen, Germany.

  6th ASPL , 12/02/2015-12/04/2015, Singapore, Singapore (jointly organised with ISLS6 at NUS).

  7th ESPL , 07/05/2015-07/08/2015, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, UK.

  Gordon Research Conference 2015 , 02/01/2015-02/06/2015, Galveston, TX, USA.

  ISPL2014 21st International Symposium on Plant Lipids, 07/06/2014-07/11/2014, Gueph,  Canada.

  5th ASPL , 11/29/2013-12/01/2013, Gwangju,  Korea.

  6th ESPL , 07/07/2013-07/10/2013, Bordeaux, France.

  Gordon Research Conference 2013 , 01/27/2013-02/01/2013, Galveston, TX, USA.

  ISPL2012 20th International Symposium on Plant Lipids, 07/08/2012-07/13/2012, Sevilla, Spain.



*You will find Late Abstracts included after the Authors Index Section




      1. New methods and technologies.
      2. Fatty acid biosynthesis and modification.
      3. Chloroplast lipid metabolism.
      4. Storage lipids: accumulation and mobilization.
      5. Surface lipids/Extracellular lipid metabolism.
      6. Oxylipins.
      7. Isoprenoids.
      8. Sphingolipids and sterols.
      9. Lipid trafficking and signalling.
      10. Algal and fungal lipids.
      11. Plant lipid biotechnology.
      12. Future developments.

Scientific Program






Date Time Event
Sunday, July 8

Opening Mixer*

Welcome Cocktail at Meliá Lebreros Hotel

Wednesday, July 11

General Excursion

Trip to Cadiz. Departure from Meliá Lebreros Hotel at 11:30 am. Bus trip to Cadiz, panoramic city tour, lunch at the Hotel Playa Victoria and free time to enjoy the beach until 19:30 returning to Seville.

Thursday, July 12

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner at Robles Peyré Restaurant.

*This social event is included in the ISPL2012 registration.

You will found a more detailed description in the following document:ISPL2012 Social Events


Organizing Committee


  • Enrique Martínez Force

  • Rafael Garcés Mancheño

  • Joaquín Jesús Salas Liñán

  • Jose Manuel Martínez Rivas

  • Luis Carlos Sanz Martínez

  • Ana Gracia Pérez Rubio

  • Monica Venegas Calerón

  • Mª Luisa Hernández Jimenez

Department of Physiology and Technology

of Plant Products

Instituto de la Grasa



Scientific Committee

René Lessire University of Bordeaux II, France
Penny von Wettstein-Knowles University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Peter Doermann IMBIO Institute, University of Bonn,  Germany
Yonghua Li-Beisson Institut de Biologie Environnementale et Biotechnologie, University Aix Marseille, France
Mee-Len Chye University of Hong Kong, China
Ivo Feussner Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences, University of Goettingen, Germany
Damaso Hornero Instituto de la Grasa, Spain
Johnathan Napier Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom
Christoph Benning Michigan State University, USA
John Harwood Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Edgar Cahoon University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
John B. Ohlrogge Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, USA



Dear Sponsor,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is a pleasure to invite you to the 20th International Symposium on Plant Lipids, to be held in Seville. Organizing an international symposium without the support of scientific societies requires considerable funds. Without financial support from the industry, this symposium would not be possible. To ensure this program, which provides the latest information and insights from the world’s leading experts, it is vital to maintain an affordable registration level for all participants allowing the assistance of most of the plant lipid research community. Your generous support will provide financial assistance to help promising postgraduate students attend ISPL2012.

A sponsorship or an advertisement in the framework of the 20th ISPL congress is a perfect investment to enhance your visibility on the World Market and beyond... The series of ISPL congresses is regularly attended by 250-300 delegates from over 50 countries. All sponsors will be recommended in the registration program booklet, the book of Abstracts, on the congress webpage and on special event signage.

Become an ISPL2012 sponsor, contact with the Scientific Secretariat and you will receive a dossier including a list of sponsorship/marketing options in different price levels that have been popular among companies in the past. An early decision is encouraged to prolong your visibility on the webpage. 





2012 Terry Galliard Award

The vote for the 2012 Terry Galliard Award has now been completed and we can inform you, with great pleasure, that Ivo Feussner has been chosen by a selection committee, formed by sixty members of the plant lipid scientific community, to receive this year’s award. Ivo will receive the Terry Galliard medal at the ISPL2012 meeting in Sevilla this July and will present the Terry Galliard Lecture entitled: “Conserved functions of oxylipins in flowering and non-flowering plants”.

2012 Paul K. Stumpf Award 

The recipient of this year’s P.K. Stumpf Award is Dr. Noemi Ruiz Lopez from Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom. Noemi is a promising scientist in the field of plant lipid research and has been designated by the ISPL2012 Scientific Committee. She will present the Paul K. Stumpf Lecture entitled: "The metabolic engineering of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic plants – less is more".


Registration Fees:

Price before 30 April 2012
Price after 30 April 2012
Normal Rate
EUR 500
EUR 600
Students Rate* (proof required)
EUR 300
EUR 350

*Please provide a suitable proof of your student status with the registration (e.g. copy of the student card, confirmation of the institute or similar).

The registration fee includes**:

-Admission to the scientific programme, poster sessions.
-Book of abstracts
-List of participants
-Opening mixer
-Free registration for the opening mixer
-Coffee Break beverages

**VAT not included

Registration and Social Events (including gala dinner and excursions for companions) are managed by our Technical Secretariat.

If you have any problem during registration, please contact with



Hotel rooms in various price categories in Seville have been reserved for the ISPL2012 congress. You can see the location of these hotels in the Accommodation Map.


Double Room

DUI Room

Hotel Meliá Lebreros ****

86,40 €

75,60 €

Hotel Virgen de los Reyes ***

64,80 €

59,40 €

Hotel Acor Monteolivos ***

66,96 €


Rates are per room AND per day with Breakfast INCLUDED and quoted in Euros (€). VAT and other taxes are also included. DUI: Double Room Single Use.

The reservation is managed by our Technical Secretariat and the online accommodation form is available once you are registered (REGISTRATION FORM).


The congress will take place in the "Hotel Meliá Lebreros". The stylish building is located at the very heart of Seville, just opposite the central station. With its magnificent location, the Meliá Lebreros is the largest hotel in the centre of the city and also provides a wide range of services to satisfy the needs of its guests. As mentioned before, the hotel is located near the Santa Justa train station and has direct access to the highway which leads to the airport.

The hotel provides a total of 437 rooms, 165 of which are standard rooms with king size bed, 15 with a special sports bed, 5 especially adapted for the disabled, 6 junior suites and 36 rooms on the Royal Service floor with an exclusive check-in / check-out area, and Premium and Premium Superior rooms. Meliá Lebreros has 16 event rooms with a capacity for up to 500 people, all of them fully equipped with the latest audiovisual technology, making our hotel a perfect choice for all of your business events. Built in 1978 and fully renovated in 1998, the Meliá Lebreros has become one of the most emblematic hotels in the city. It is also a Meeting Sol Meliá hotel and one of the most experienced hotels in hosting banquets, congresses and meetings in Seville.

The hotel offers a great variety of cuisine at its Arcos Buffet restaurant and the 'a la carte' La Dehesa Restaurant which serves grilled meats and traditional cuisine. La Garrocha is a private dining room within La Dehesa with capacity for 30 diners, perfect for business lunches. There is a large outdoor swimming pool surrounded by gardens and a sun terrace, ideal for relaxing, and there is also a well equipped gym. The hotel also provides the recently opened Abril discotheque with a capacity for up to 800 people and Abril Café-Bar with two spacious terraces and a great atmosphere.




Google map showing all congress locations is available here. The area is also covered by Streetview.




The Scientific Committee is accepting abstracts for oral communications (20 min incl discussion) and poster presentations from November 15th 2011. You are cordially invited to submit your lecture or poster online (Abstract submission form **). Just fill the submission form and click the send button. You are advised that, at least, you will need to have installed in your computer the Adobe Reader program (If you have any problem, please, ask for a form in text format to the Scientific Secretariat.


** If when you open the Abstract submission form Adobe Reader shows instructions in Spanish, please follow the next steps when you finish the abstract:
(1) Click in the upper right corner button "Enviar formulario"
(2) In the opening window you will find two dialog boxes, in the first one you must introduce your e-mail address, and in the second one your full name. After that, just click in the button "Enviar".


Deadlines for abstract submissions are:

Oral presentations: Friday, May 23 2012 CLOSED!.

Posters: Friday, June 8 2012, to be included in the Book of Abstracts.


Further details for poster preparations and oral talk’s instructions will be published in this web.


In addition to the book of abstracts, authors can collaborate on the publication of an e-book of the Congress with longer articles (3 or 4 printed pages per author and ISBN). This book will remain publicly available on the web pages of the publications service of CSIC.


The poster should be self-contained and self-explanatory, allowing viewers to proceed on their own while the author is free to supplement or discuss particular points raised in inquiry. During the scheduled Poster Session the responsible author is asked to be present beside the own poster.

(i) Poster Panel Size will be 1.0m wide X 2.20 m high. We recommend that maximum poster size will be 0.80 m wide X 1.40 m high. Please ensure that your poster does not exceed this size.

(ii) Fixing poster: the Secretariat will have adhesive materials available for delegate use at the Conference.

(iii) Poster Panel Allocation: a codified panel will be allocated for each poster. There will be time for poster viewing throughout the conference.

(iv) Titles and captions should be short and easy to read. Use large lettering: headings should be a minimum of 50 point size whereas 25 point size could be suitable for text. Remember to caption your poster with the abstract title, authors names and affiliations.

You can find further instructions in: Poster instructions


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Tourist links

Seville tourism, official website.

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Travel Guides

Seville Travel Guide: Download, view and print this free and complete Travel Guide [PDF].



Recent Plant Lipids Meetings

2011 4th ASPL Hong Kong      
5th ESPL Gdansk      
  Gordon Research Conference 2011      
2010 ISPL 2010 Cairns      
2009 3rd  ASPL Yokohama      
  4th ESPL Göttingen      
  Gordon Research Conference 2009      
2008 ISPL 2008 Bordeaux      
2006 ISPL 2006 East Lansing      


Useful Links

Arabidopsis Acyl-Lipid Metabolism

ISPL History

Kathy Schmid's Plant Lipid Home Page


AOCS Lipid Library