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How plants conquered land remains very poorly understood. From comparison between genomes of the filamentous alga Klebsormidium and genomes from bryophytes represented by the model species Physcomitrella and Marchantia it emerges that bryophytes were instrumental in the conquest of the land. Yet additional ongoing genome projects are still required from algal ancestors and a larger spectrum of bryophytes to understand the major events that enabled the transition from a blue (the reign of algae) to a green (the reign of land plants) planet Earth. This EMBO workshop will focus on the development and dissemination of resources for a growing community of researchers interested in this topic. It will include not only new development in research in bryophytes but also seminal studies in orphan groups of land plants’ ancestors such a characeans, zygnemataceans and more ancestral species of unicellular algae. Broad aspects including Phylogeny, Genomics, Development, Physiology, Cell Biology and Ecology will be covered.