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We are pleased to announce the 2nd international meeting on

Wild Plant Pathosystems

29-31 August 2016, Helsinki


Conference registration & welcome reception take place on Sunday evening 28 August. For those interested, we will organize a post-conference excursion to the Åland Islands to visit the classic metapopulation study system 1-3 September, more information here.

Research carried out on plant-pathogen interactions has provided breakthroughs in how ecological, molecular and evolutionary dynamics are coupled to produce the patterns on infection we observe in nature. This conference brings together scientists working in cutting edge areas of plant-pathogen interactions including coevolution, epidemiology, evolutionary genomics, pathogen movement across the agro-ecological interface and community level processes.

Confirmed speakers include

Janis Antonovics (University of Virginia)
Jeremy Burdon (CSIRO Canberra)
Pascal Frey (INRA, University of Lorraine)
Greg Gilbert (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Eric Holub (University of Warwick)
Michael Hood (Amherst College)
Anna-Liisa Laine (University of Helsinki)
Ales Lebeda (Palacky University, Olomouc)
Marie-Laure Desprez-Loustau (INRA)
Bruce McDonald (ETH Zurich)
Erin Mordecai (Stanford University)
Alison G. Power (Cornell University)
Laura Rose (Heinrich-Heine-Universität)
Michael Shaw (University of Reading)
Samuel Soubeyrand (INRA)
Eva Stukenbrock (Kiel University & MPI for Evolutionary Biology)
John Walsh (University of Warwick)

Abstract book

There will not be a printed abstract book, but you can load it as a pdf from here. We will give you a printed version of program and Helsinki down town map.


Click here for more detailed program

28.8. Pre-conference cocktail party & registration at Natural History Museum
           Address Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13
           6:30 pm – 9 pm

29.8. Talks and poster session in the University Main Building
          Address Unioninkatu 34, 3rd floor, auditorium XIV
          9 am – 5:15 pm
          Dinner at Suomenlinna 7:30 pm

30.8. Haltia, the Finnish Nature Centre in national Park Nuuksio
          8:30 am Bus leaves from Mikonkatu-street, on the side of Railway Station Square
          9:30 – 2:15 pm talks in Haltia
          2:30 pm Nuuksio excursions (short hike or visiting the exhibition in Haltia)
          5 pm Bus leaves back to Helsinki

31.8. Talks and poster session in the University Main Building
          Address Unioninkatu 34, 4th floor, auditorium XV
          9 am – 6 pm

Map of Helsinki Downtown

Map of University main building


On Tuesday when we visit the Nuuksio National Park for those interested we will do a short hike in the forest in the afternoon. The terrain is not difficult but please take comfortable shoes and be prepared for the possibility of rain.



Hotel Arthur offers rooms for our conference guests with prizes 99€ (single room) and 119 (double room) /night. Make the reservation by e-mail or phone and remember to mention reservation code WPP2016. Sales service: myyntipalvelu@hotelarthur.fi, +3589-1734 4200. Reception: vastaanotto@hotelarthur.fi, +3589-173 441. Sales service is open Mo-Thu 08.00-17.00 and Fr 08.00-16.00.

Hotel Seurahuone offers rooms for our conference guests with prizes 126,50€ (single room) and 145,15 (double room) /night. Make the reservation by e-mail (helsinki.seurahuone@restel.fi) or phone (+3589-69141) and remember to mention reservation code Wild Plant Pathosystems.


General information about Helsinki, including other accommodation options.

How to get from Airport to Helsinki city centre

  • Platforms for buses and coaches serving the Helsinki city centre and metropolitan area are located in front of both terminals. Bus 615 goes to Central Railway Station in 40 minutes.
    • Bus tickets can be bought from driver, price is 5,50€
  • The train station is located on the arrivals floor, between terminals 1 and 2. Both trains I and P go to city centre, but different routes. It takes about 30 minutes to Central Railway Station.
    • At the Airport train station there are ticket machines that sell tickets for Helsinki region. Both VR (railway) and HSL (public transport) machines are valid.
    • You can also buy a ticket from conductor on the train in the ticket sales compartment.
    • Price is 5,50€
  • Taxis are available in front of the doors of both terminals.

Public transport in Helsinki

  • You probably won’t need public transport, if you stay in city centre (except traveling from and to airport)
  • Note that the airport is located in Vantaa and thus you need a regional ticket to travel from there and back. Regional single ticket is 5,50€ and day ticket 12€
  • Single ticket inside Helsinki is 3,20€ from driver and 2,70€ from machine.
  • Day ticket inside Helsinki is valid for unlimited travel for 24 hours within Helsinki and costs 8€. Two day costs 12 €, three days 16€ and so on. One day tickets can be bought from machines, R-kioski (all around in Helsinki, also airport) and on bus/train/tram. Several day tickets can be bought from machines and R-kioski.
  • Journey planner is very useful



Registration opens on 14 March and closes on 31 May 2016 here. Please note that number of participants is limited and slots will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. The registration fee is 250 euros (150 euros MSc and PhD students) and conference dinner including boat trip to Suomenlinna is 75 euros.

Please submit your abstract at latest on 31 May here.
Payment. Bank transfer:
Bank: Nordea
IBAN – account number:  FI2216603000077738
Message: WPP16 and the name of participant.

If you want to pay with credit card, choose that option while registering.

If you have anything to ask about payments, please contact Krista Raveala (krista.raveala@helsinki.fi). All payments must be received by 2 June 2016.

Conference website: http://allaine.it.helsinki.fi/?p=244
Contact: krista.raveala@helsinki.fi and anna-liisa.laine@helsinki.fi


Scientific Committee

Prof. Helen Alexander (USA)
Prof. Janis Antonovics (USA)
Dr. Jeremy Burdon (Australia)
Prof. Anna-Liisa Laine (Finland)
Prof. Aleš Lebeda (Czech Republic)
Prof. Bruce McDonald (Switzerland)
Prof. Laura Rose (Germany)
Prof. Michael Shaw (UK)
Prof. Eva Stukenbrock (Germany)
Prof. Marco Thines (Germany)
Dr. Peter Thrall (Australia)
Dr. John Walsh (UK)