As of 26 Feb, 2020

Due to the current situation of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, we regret to inform you that we have decided to cancel the Chemistry and Plant Biology Symposium, which has been scheduled for March 11, 2020.
We have made this decision prioritizing the health and wellness of all attendees, speakers and staff involved.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused. We will send a book of abstracts for the symposium around the mid of March.
Please contact us via E-mail (chemplantbio[at] if you have any questions or concerns.


Chemistry and Plant Biology Symposium focuses the scientific boundaries between chemistry and plant biology, especially, researches on plant biology and biotechnology using chemistry and/or chemical methodology. The chemistry- and plant biology-related multidisciplinary research has recently been attractive and hot topics with involving various scientific communities. This might be because plant science has a great potential to contribute to “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO) Numata Organellar Reaction Cluster Project started in 2016 and developed several methods of peptide-based carrier for delivery into plant cells based on the knowledges of the polymer chemistry, organic chemistry and polymer physics as well as the plant biology. For further improvement, we need to seek out opportunities to share knowledges beyond the boundaries between chemistry and plant biology. The aim of this symposium is to bridge the gap between chemistry and plant biology and to create international research community in a broad range of fields. We hope that the findings and connections in this symposium will contribute to innovative insights to plant biology, chemistry and overall sciences.

Invited Speakers
  • Michael S. Strano (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Markita Landry (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Jing-Ke Weng (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Gregor Anderluh (National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia)
  • Chiara Daraio (California Institute of Technology)
  • Daniel J. Cosgrove (Penn State University)
  • Taku Demura (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)
General Information
  1. Date and Time
    March 11, 2020, 9:30 – 18:00 (Scientific mixer 18:00 – 20:00)
  2. Venue
    Takeda Hall (Takeda Building 5F), The University of Tokyo ( University Map, PDF )
  3. Chair
    Keiji Numata
    Biomacromolecules Research Team
    RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

"Chemistry and Plant Biology" Secretariat