Dear Friends and colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 8th Asian-Oceanian Symposium on Plant Lipids (ASPL2019), to be held on 19-22 November 2019, in Canberra, the bush capital of Australia. Your participation is important to make this meeting successful and fruitful.

 ASPL 2019 - Canberra

In addition to the traditional sessions of past ASPLs, the Organizing Committee will bring in new sessions including lipids for food and nutrition, genome-editing and synthetic biology, vegetable oil and biofuel processing. ASPL2019 will offer some support to a certain number of students for registration and accommodation.

Canberra, nestled within a beautiful Australian bush environment, was chosen "the best place to live in the world" by a survey of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2014. It is a well-planned city, close to the famous beaches of the southern NSW coast, mountains with winter snowfields, award-winning wineries, wild life and a large multicultural diversity within the city itself. November springtime in Canberra is mild, with an average temperature close to 20°C. Enjoy our bush capital together with plenty of kangaroos and other unique wildlife.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you at Canberra!

Best regards,

Surinder Singh and Xue-Rong Zhou

Chairs, 8th Asian-Oceanian Symposium on Plant Lipids (ASPL2019)

Registration and Abstract Submission

Early bird deadline (15 September 2019)

Abstract submission deadline for the consideration of oral presentation: 15 September 2019.

Final abstract submission deadline for the symposium program: 31 October 2019.

Conference dinner on 21 November 2019: AU$ 85 (three-hour complementary drink supported by ASPL2019)
Excursion (afternoon 22 November 2019): AU$ 28

Download abstract template (Word, 52KB)

Student registration: Please attach certification from supervisor and indicate if you would like to apply for student support.

By Sept 30, refund minus AU$30 processing fee.

Conference Venue

CSIRO Discovery Lecture Theatre
Clunies Ross Street, Canberra, ACT, Australia

The Eighth ASPL Board

SINGH, Surinder (CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia, Co-chair of the eighth ASPL and the Committee)
ZHOU, Xue-Rong (CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia, Co-chair of the eighth ASPL and the Committee)
CHECHETKIN, Ivan (Kazan Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysica, Russia)
CHYE, Mee-Len (Hong Kong University, Hong Kong)
HAN, Oksoo (Chonnam National University, Korea)
HONGSTHONG, Apiradee (National Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand)
KIM, Hyun Uk (Sejong University, Korea)
LEE, Youngsook (Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea)
MASANI, Mat Yunus Abdul (Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Malaysia)
MATSUI, Kenji (Yamagushi University, Japan)
MURATA, Norio (National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan)
NAKAMURA, Yuki (Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
NISHIDA, Ikuo (Saitama University, Japan)
OHTA, Hiroyuki (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
SANINA, Nina (Far Eastern Federal University, Russia)
SUH, Mi Chung (Sogan University, Korea)
WADA, Hajime (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
WENK, Markus R. (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
YANG, Chunhong (Institute of Botany CAS, China)

The Eighth ASPL Local Organizing Committee

Surinder Singh, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia
Xue-Rong Zhou, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia
Qing Liu, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia
Thomas Vanhercke, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia
Pushkar Shrestha, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia
Anna El Tahchy, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia
Srinivas Belide, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia
Thusitha Rupasinghe, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Kim Lee Chang, CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere, Australia
Lisa Ermanli, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Australia


  • $150

    Full registration (before 15 September 2019)

  • $200

    Full registration (after 15 September 2019)

  • $250

    Full registration (On-site)

  • $50

    Student registration (before 15 September 2019)

    Proof of student status will be required from your supervisor. Please forward abstract to

  • $75

    Student registration (after 15 September 2019)

    Proof of student status will be required from your supervisor. Please forward abstract to

  • $100

    Student registration (On-site)

    Proof of student status will be required from your supervisor. Please forward abstract to

Event date: 19Nov 2019

Tuesday 19 - Friday 22 Nov 2019

Black Mountain Science and Innovation Park, CSIRO Discovery Lecture Theatre

Building 702, Clunies Ross Street, ACTON ACT

More information

Tentative Program of the 8th ASPL

Conference Venue: CSIRO Discovery Theater, Clunies Ross St, Canberra, Australia
(~1.5 Km from Canberra City Center)

Time Activity
Tuesday 19 November 2019 Registration Desk opens from 2 pm
Welcome mixer 5:00-6:30 pm
Opening session 6:30-7:45 pm
Opening lecture 7:00-7:45 pm
Dr Allan Green:
CSIRO, Australia. Rethinking oil production
Wednesday 20 November 2019 Session 1 Membrane lipids and environment
Session 2 Waxes, sphingolipids, sterols and isoprenoids
Session 3 Lipidomics and lipid metabolic analysis
Session 4 Lipid droplets and storage lipids
Thursday 21 November 2019 Session 5 Algae and microbial lipids
Session 6 Lipids for food and nutrition
Session 7 Lipase and lipid catabolism
Session 8 Lipids and plant biotechnology
Conference dinner
Friday 22 November 2019 Session 9 Genome-editing and synthetic biology
Session 10 Vegetable oil and biofuel processing (tentative session)
Closing Session
Announcement of ASPL2021
- wild kangaroo, koala and emu experience

Confirmed talks (in alphabetic order)

Dr Doug Allen: Plant Genetics Research, USDA, USA
Carbon partitioning and metabolic fluxes through lipid metabolism in plants

Dr Phil Bates: Washington State University, USA
Insights into the central role of phosphatidylcholine acyl editing for leaf membrane and oil accumulation

Professor Kent Chapman: Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas, USA
A novel poly estolide triglyceride seed oil with excellent lubricity properties

Professor Mee-Len Chye: School of Biological Sciences, the University of Hong Kong, China
The overexpression of plant acyl-CoA-binding proteins in transgenic model plants enhances protection against phytopathogens

Dr Apiradee Hongsthong: National Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Pathum Thani, Thailand
Deletion of the histidine kinase gene affects the fatty acid desaturation in cyanobacteria

Dr Wei Hua: Oil Crops Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Enhancing oil content of rapeseed through molecular approaches

Associate Professor Hyun Uk Kim: Department of Bioindustry and Bioresource Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea
Reconstitution of hydroxy fatty acid biosynthesis pathway in Arabidopsis and camelina

Professor Pingsheng Liu: Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
The lipid droplet is a membrane-bound organelle conserved from prokaryotes to humans

Assistant Professor Wei Ma: School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
New insights on the expanding complexity of WRINKLED1 in plant lipid metabolism

Dr Mat Yunus Abdul Masani: Advanced Biotechnology and Breeding Centre, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Malaysia
Oil palm genetic engineering: progress and prospects

Professor Kenji Matsui: Department of Biological Chemistry, Yamagushi University, Japan
Silkworms suppress formation of green leaf volatiles through snatching fatty acid hydroperoxides

Professor Peter Meikel: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, 75 Commercial Road, Melbourne, 3004, Australia
Lipidomics as a tool kit for studying lipids in health, disease and plants

Dr Yuki Nakamura: Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Phosphatidylcholine metabolism and function in plant development

Professor Ikuo Nishida: Division of Life Sciences, Saitama University, Japan
The enforcement of the endoplasmic reticulum pathways to TAG biosynthesis in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Professor Hiroyuki Ohta: Department of Bioresource Science, Ibaraki University, Japan
Lipid remodelling in response to phosphate starvation in microalgae

Associate Professor Munish Puri: College of Medicine & Public Health, Flinders University, Australia
Tunning desirable lipids profile in a microalgae

Professor Ute Roessner: School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Tissue-specific effects of osmotic stress on the lipidome of cereal roots

Dr Mi Chung Suh: Department of Life Science, Sogang University, Korea
Occurrence of land-plant-specific glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferases enabled cuticle formation and gametophore development in Physcomitrella patens

Professor Hajime Wada: Department of Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Japan
Roles of phosphatidylglycerol in photosynthesis

Conference dinner

Venue: National Museum of Australia


National Arboretum Canberra and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

National Arboretum Canberra features 94 forests of different types of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world, with spectacular lookouts to view Black Mountain, Lake Burley Griffin and Parliament House. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers excellent wildlife and natural experiences with a range of walking trails. You will see wild kangaroos, koalas and emus, if you are lucky enough, even platypus. Forty minutes’ drive from the conference venue.


Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve


Book your own accommodations (for example or choose one of the following hotels.

ANU University House
Distance: 1.4 Km, 17 min walking
Please call Reservations Team directly at +61 6125 5276 and quote "ASPL2019".
Discount only applies via phone booking.


ANU University House map

Pacific Suites Canberra
100 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT 2601
D: 02 6203 8422
Enter the Discount Code ASPL25, for 25% discount on all available room types.
Distance: 1.9 Km, 22 min walking

Pacific Suites Canberra map

Crowne Plaza Canberra
1 Binara Street, Canberra ACT 2601
Discount code AOS for 15% off the best available rate on the day of booking.
Distance: 2.3 Km 28 min walking

Crowne Plaza Canberra

Mantra Macarthur
via Promo Code ASPL (case sensitive)
To book and receive 10% off The Daily Rate, visit:
Distance: 2.4 Km, 29 min walking
The discount will apply for any room type travelling between 19/11/2019 – 22/11/2019, when booked before 19/10/2019.

Mantra Macarthur map


Please confirm with Australian Embassy in your country if you need a visa to enter Australia. Invitation for visa purpose will be provided upon request after registration.

How to arrive Canberra

By flight: Direct flights from Singapore or Doha to Canberra
Domestic flights from Sydney (50 min flight), Melbourne (1 hr 10 min flight), or Brisbane (1 hr 40 min flight)

By car: ~ 3 hr drive from Sydney Airport to Canberra City, via Hume Hwy

By coach: from Sydney (3.5 hr)
From Sydney International Airport or Domestic Airport to Canberra City Centre by Murrays or Greyhound.

By train: (~ 4 hr)
From Sydney Central Railway Station to Canberra Station (Kingston) via NSW TrainLink (~4 h)


Parliament House
Lake Burley Griffin
National Gallery of Australia
National Museum of Australia
Royal Australian Mint
National Portrait Gallery
Australian National Botanic Garden
Australian War Memorial
Old Parliament House
National Library of Australia
Mount Ainslie
Black Mountain and Telstra Tower
Mount Stromlo
National Arboretum Canberra
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
And more...

Science areas: Animals and plants

Event type: Conference or seminar