Virtual Symposium in Plant Omics Sciences

New deadline


The First Virtual Symposium in Plant Omics Science takes place in The Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, and it is the most important academic dissemination event in the OMICAS Program. We share scientific and technological advances on omics sciences applied to crops analysis and optimization, through conferences, workshops and tutorials, led by our researchers and specialized guests.



We invite the entire scientific community to participate with talks or as attendees to our Virtual Symposium. Works will be presented through remote presentations or virtual posters in the following topics, which cover the challenges of food security and sustainable productivity:


  • Epigenomics-genomics
  • Proteomics-metabolomics
  • Phenomics and sensors
  • In silico Characterization and improvement
  • Improvement of agricultural crops

Accepted papers will be published in a conference proceedings with ISBN available on IEEE Xplore

You can submit the full version or a short one-page preliminar version that includes the summary and additional explanatory information, such as tables, diagrams, or text. Beside, the publication on IEEE Xplore is optional. 


Submit your paper* or poster here


Attendee registration


Important dates

October 16th, 2020: Abstract submission deadline.
October 31st, 2020: Notification of Abstract acceptance
November 20th, 2020: Final full-paper submission deadline (IEEE proceedings)


Full paper

  1. All papers must be submit via Easychair:
  2. All papers must be focused on the proposed topics.
  3. All papers must be written in good English only. 
  4. People must be resgistered as a participant here 
  5. All final papers must strictly follow IEEE´s formatting instructions:
  6. Pages maximun: 6 pages (including references)



  1. All posters must be submit via Easychar
  2. Names and affiliation must be clearly marked at the top of the poster
  3. Recommended size: 1m X 0.7m 
  4. People must be resgister as a participant here 



Luis Eduardo Tobón (Chair)
Andrés Jaramillo, Scientific Director & PI P2
Julián Colorado, PI P4
Iván Leonardo Cepeda, Director of the investigation, development and innovation office, Javeriana Cali
Camilo Rocha, Co PI P5
Mauricio Quimbaya, PI P1
Victor Hugo García, Investigator P1
Leidi Johana Rojas, OMICAS Administrative Coordinator
Claudia Calderón, communication professional in OMICAS


Technical Program

Andrés Jaramillo Botero (Chair), Scientific Director & PI P2
Mauricio Quimbaya, PI P1
Victor Hugo García, Investigator P1
Carlos Arango, PI P3
Julián Colorado, PI P4
Jorge Finke, PI P5
Camilo Rocha, Co PI P5
Mathias Lorieux, PI P6
Fernando Muñoz, PI P7


Andrés Jaramillo, Scientific Director & PI P2
Leidi Rojas, Administrative Coordinator
Janeth Rodríguez, Financial professional
Paola Mejía, Procurement and contracting professional
Alberto Arias, Relationship Director
Carolina Pérez, Consulting professional 


Joao Valente

Dr. João Valente

Assistant Professor in the Information Technology Group (INF) from the Wageningen University & Research (WUR). His research focus in developing intelligent flying machines that smell and see for solving agri-food and ecology management challenges, while bridging the gap between UAV’s (aka. Drones) and people.

Conference: Intelligent drones that smell, touch and see: A farmer's fairytale

Abstract: Agricultural robotics faces several unique challenges and operates at the intersection of advanced perception, manipulation and crop science. Robotics will provide a key role in improving productivity, increasing crop quality and even enabling individualised weed and crop treatment. All these advancements are integral for providing food to a growing population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have already been identified as a promising tool to support sustainable farming. Nevertheless, most of the existing UAV farming applications are addressed by experts. In order to effectively assist the farmers and crop producers, it is essential that UAV-based systems become more intelligent and support non-experts users in near real-time. This talk will address recent advances and future challenges within this research line

Wei Gao

Dr. Wei Gao 

Assistant Professor of Medical Engineering in Division of Engineering and Applied Science at the California Institute of Technology. He is a recipient of IEEE EMBS Early Career Achievement Award, IEEE Sensor Council Technical Achievement Award, Sensors Young Investigator Award, MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) and ACS Young Investigator Award (Division of Inorganic Chemistry). His research interests include wearable devices, biosensors, flexible electronics, micro/nanorobotics, and nanomedicine.

Conference: Skin-Interfaced Wearable Sweat Biosensors

Abstract: The rising research interest in personalized medicine promises to revolutionize traditional medical practices. This presents a tremendous opportunity for developing wearable devices toward predictive analytics and treatment. In this talk, I will introduce our recent advances in developing fully-integrated skin-interfaced flexible biosensors for non-invasive molecular analysis. Such wearable biosensors can continuously, selectively, and accurately measure a wide spectrum of sweat analytes including metabolites, electrolytes, hormones, drugs, and other small molecules. These devices also allow us to gain real-time insight into the sweat secretion and gland physiology. The clinical value of our wearable sensing platforms is evaluated through multiple human studies involving both healthy and patient populations toward physiological monitoring, disease diagnosis, and drug monitoring. This talk will also feature our very recent works on laser-engraved lab on the skin and biofuel powered battery-free electronic skin toward metabolic/nutritional management as well as dynamic stress monitoring. These wearable and flexible devices could open the door to a wide range of personalized monitoring, diagnostic, and therapeutic applications

klaas simposio

Dr. Klaas Vandepoele

Professor of Ghent University, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

Conference: Unraveling gene functions and transcriptional regulation in plants using network biology

Abstract: Accelerated by technological innovations, genome‐wide data describing functional properties including gene expression, protein–protein interactions and protein–DNA interactions are becoming available for an increasing number of plant model species. Consequently, the integration of functional genomics information provides, apart from gene sequence data and protein homology information, an additional layer of information to study gene function and regulation across species. Gene regulation is a dynamic process in which transcription factors (TFs) play an important role. While TF binding events can have a direct or indirect effect on the activation or repression of gene transcription, more complex regulation of gene expression is achieved through cooperative binding of different TFs adding an extra combinatorial level of complexity. Despite the functional importance of transcriptional regulation, our global knowledge about the genes controlled by different TFs is limited. 

Moreover, both for Arabidopsis and other plant species, there are still thousands of genes for which we have a poor understanding of their functions and the biological processes they are involved in. Co-expression networks and modules offer a practical means to functionally annotate unknown genes, as genes with similar expression profiles frequently exert similar functions and/or are active in the same regulatory pathways (guilt-by-association principle). Through the processing and integration of different omics data types, we have constructed high-quality biological networks that allow us to shed light on gene functions and regulatory interactions between TFs and their target genes in Arabidopsis.  For regulators predicted to be involved in reactive oxygen species stress regulation, we confirmed in total 75% of TFs with a function in ROS and/or physiological stress responses. This includes 13 novel ROS regulators, previously not connected to any ROS or stress function, that were experimentally validated in our ROS-specific phenotypic assays of loss- or gain-of-function lines. Furthermore, through the combination of guilt-by-association analysis and comparative genomics, we are extending our gene discovery methods beyond Arabidopsis to identify novel regulators controlling yield traits in other plants.