On behalf of the 8th International Rice Blast Conference (IRBC) organizing committee, we take great pleasure toinvite you to attend the 8th IRBC (IRBC08) during May 27-31, 2019 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. 

The IRBC has been held for over two decades and has been dedicated to the fostering of rice blast scientists around the world in their research and careers. Indeed, much progress has been made again in a wide range of research topics on the biology, genomics, host-pathogen interactions, resistance, and disease management since the last IRBC held at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, Philippines in 2016. To share the recent advancement in scientific researches and broaden our understanding of the disease, we will host the 8th IRBC in the home town of giant panda, Sichuan. 

The theme of IRBC08 is on “Innovations in Rice Blast Disease for Durable Resistance and Sustainable Management”. The six proposed session topics are: Host-Pathogen Interactions, Molecular Biology of the Blast Fungus, Effectors of the Blast Fungus, Mechanisms of Host Resistance, Epidemiology / Disease Management and Breeding, and Wheat Blast Disease.  IRBC08 will offer a limited number oftravel grants (US $300-$1,000 or equivalent RMB for participants from China) to attendees. This is for increasing the attendance of early career scientists whoneed financial aids. The graduate students, postdocs, young faculty and professionals are strongly encouraged to apply.

We anticipate that over 300 participants will attend the conference, which will provide a unique opportunity to promote scientific information exchange and collaborations. Afield trip to observe rice and rice blast disease near Chengdu will be organized during the conference. Welcome reception and closing event will beheld in the Felton Gloria Grand Hotel. Please register for the meeting and submit your abstract for oral presentation or poster before January 31, 2019. For more information about registration, travel and visa application, please visit

The conference will commence on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Please plan to arrive in Felton GloriaGrand Hotel in the afternoon or evening of Monday, May 27, 2019. Please email us if you need any assistance for your travel arrangements.

We look forward to seeing you in Chengdu, China in May 2019!


May 27, 2019 (Monday)

  • Arrival at Chengdu and check in at Felton Gloria Grand Hotel, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Registration

Day 1 : May 28, 2019 (Tuesday)

0830 - 0840

 Opening ceremony

0840 - 0900

 Welcome and Introductory remarks

0900 - 1200

 Scientific Program

1200 - 1400

 Lunch at Felton Gloria Grand Hotel

1400 - 1800

 Scientific Program


 Welcome reception at Felton Gloria Grand Hotel

Day 2 : May 29, 2019  (Wednesday)

0830 - 1200

 Scientific Program

1200 - 1400

 Lunch at Felton Gloria Grand Hotel

1400 - 1800

 Scientific Program


 Buffet at Felton Gloria Grand Hotel

Day 3 : May 30, 2019 (Thursday)

0830 - 1200

 Scientific Program

1200 - 1400

 Lunch at Felton Gloria Grand Hotel

1400 - 1800

 Scientific Program


 Closing Event at Felton Gloria Grand Hotel

Day 4 : May 31, 2019  (Friday)


 Departure from Felton Gloria Grand Hotel to SICAU- Chongzhou   research station

0930 - 1200

 Field tour at SICAU- Chongzhou research station

1200 - 1400

 Lunch at SICAU- Chongzhou research station


 Departure for Felton Gloria Grand Hotel

June 1, 2019  (Saturday), Departure of participants

Call for paper


International Organizing Committee

Local Organizing Committee

 Barbara Valent

 Kansas State University, USA

 Wen-Ming Wang

 Sichuan Agricultural University, China

 Guo-Liang Wang

 Ohio State University, USA

 Xue-Wei Chen

 Sichuan Agricultural University, China

 Ralph Dean

 North Carolina State University, USA

 Ping Li

 Sichuan Agricultural University, China

 Jin-Rong Xu

 Purdue University, USA

 Shi-Gui Li

 Sichuan Agricultural University, China

 Nicholas J. Talbot

 The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK

 Xian-Jun Wu

 Sichuan Agricultural University, China

 Ane Sesma

 Center for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics,   UPM, Spain

 Fu Huang

 Sichuan Agricultural University, China

 Yong-Hwan Lee

 Seoul National University, South Korea

 Yun-Liang Peng

 Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China

 Didier Tharreau

 CIRAD, France

 Jun Wu

 State Key Laboratory of Hybrid rice, China

 Bo Zhou

 International Rice Research Institute Philippines

 Chuan-Hong Feng

 Department of Agriculture of Sichuan Province,   China

 Yukio Tosa

 Kobe University, Japan


 Gloria Mosquera

 International Center for Tropical Agriculture   Colombia


 You-Liang Peng

 China Agricultural University, China


 Naweed I. Naqvi

 Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore


 Yulin Jia

 United States Department of Agriculture, USA


 Zonghua Wang

 Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University


 Drissa Silue

 Africa Rice Center, Benin



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Contact information

  • The IRBC08 secretariat
  • Wen-Ming Wang
  • +86 28 8629 0949
  • Xue-Wei Chen

Sponsored By

  • Sichuan Agricultural University