"At the workshop, we aim to discuss how best to make use of these emerging
possibilities and how to actively influence the development of accompanying
bioinformatics methods as to adapt them to suit the plant genetic resource
community’s needs. The debate about the usefulness of many of these methods
needs to be moved from the informal setting of ‘institutional hallways’ to an
inter-institutional level in order to work on a common strategy to capitalize on
these rapidly emerging opportunities for the management of plant genetic
The workshop will consist of a series of lectures, ranging from technical and theoretical viewpoints to more applied aspects. We are also planning several ‘breakout sessions’, in which the participants will be able to get first-hand experience with some of the new methods and analysis techniques under the guidance of experts in the field. Furthermore a mediated discussion forum is envisioned, where scientists can freely exchange their ideas on this topic and debate controversial issues."