CourseSource Online Writing Studios – Application Now Open

In partnership with Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) meeting, CourseSource is hosting Online Writing Studios this summer. The online Writing Studio will be offered twice this summer: July 19-21 from 12-4 pm Eastern each day (for participants writing about online and/or in-person lessons) August 16-18 from 12-4 pm Eastern each day … Read more

Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2021

Belonging to ASPB brings more than discounts for attending Plant Biology meetings or publishing in the Society’s journals. Our members form a community of dedicated individuals who, like you, work together to support and nurture an engaged, vibrant, and thriving community of plant scientists. By getting involved in ASPB and by voting in our elections, … Read more

Letter Expressing Support for the America Grows Act of 2021

ASPB has signed on a letter to Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member John Boozman, Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman Richard Shelby, Chairman Jeff Merkley, and Ranking Member John Hoeven expressing support for the America Grows Act of 2021 (S.1371), a bipartisan bill Senators Durbin and Moran have recently introduced that would significantly increase our nation’s … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Supporting $11.5 billion of Funding to Support America’s Agricultural Research Infrastructure

ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of funding of $11.5 billion to support America’s agricultural research infrastructure.  As you consider new initiatives to support rural America and investments in the agricultural economy, we strongly urge you to include a federal agricultural research infrastructure investment of $11.5 billion over a period of five … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Supporting the Creation of a Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation

ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of creating a Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI), which would fill a critical gap in successfully transitioning new energy technologies into the market and meeting the nation’s energy security and climate goals. We believe that it is time for DOE to have a foundation … Read more

Dealing with Pandemic Disruptions? Contact your Program Officer

As part of its March meeting, members of ASPB’s Science Policy Committee (SPC) met with program staff from several federal funding agencies, including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Biological and Environmental Research Program at the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Directorate for Biological … Read more

Immerse Yourself in Participatory Workshops During the Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit!

Registration is now open for the Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit, which will take place online from July 19–July 23.  We’re excited to announce that this year we have a fantastic lineup of workshops, organized in three main tracks – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Professional Development; and Technical Development and Innovation. Here are just a … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Supporting Increased Funding for the USDA Genome to Phenome Program

Genome to Phenome FY 2022 Letter: ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of increased funding for the USDA Genome to Phenome program, authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill. We, the undersigned organizations, are writing to request your support for $10 million in appropriations for the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative. Established in … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Urging Support for the Highest Possible Funding Allocation for the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bills for Fiscal Year 2022

ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of the highest possible funding allocation (302(b)) for the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2022. In sum, the federal government has a unique role in funding the R&D crucial for our national needs, but the federal share of R&D spending remains at … Read more

ASPB’s Position Statement on Diversity

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) considers increasing diversity among its membership to be an opportunity for investment. Indeed, ASPB believes strongly that meeting the serious challenges faced by humanity, including climate change, food insecurity, and diminishing natural resources, will require groups of scientists that exhibit diversity in their career stage, race, gender expression … Read more

ASPB Names 2021 Award Recipients

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021 awards, which honor distinction in research, education, outreach, and service.  ASPB Innovation Prize for Agricultural Technology Carla Yerkes, Corteva Agriscience, Indianapolis, Indiana Charles Albert Shull Award Adrienne Roeder, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award … Read more

March/April 2021 Presidents Letter

All Together Now BY MAUREEN McCANN, ASPB President, National Renewable Energy Laboratory It’s a rare experience to sit for an hour on the second level of a parking garage with a growing sense of elation. This morning, I drove my husband Nick for his first shot of vaccine against SARS-CoV2. We sat in the queue … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Supporting the Bipartisan RISE Act

ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of the bipartisan Research Investment to Spark the Economy (RISE) Act that would provide $25 billion to help restore our nation’s research capacity to its pre-pandemic strength, prevent setbacks against the formidable challenges our nation faces, and further the goal of a robust, diverse, and inclusive … Read more

Announcing the 2021 Travel Award/Attendance Award Winners

ASPB’s Travel Award Program aims to increase attendance of early career scientists at the annual meeting, ordinarily by providing travel funds for those in financial need. Increasing diversity among the annual meeting attendees is another primary goal. Undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and professionals beginning their careers in plant science are strongly encouraged to … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Supporting Increased Funding for Agriculture Appropriations Bills

ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of increasing the funding allocation (302(b)) for the Agriculture Appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2022. America’s farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers are at the fulcrum of multiple challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to strengthen our interconnected food and agricultural systems, the inequity in those … Read more

Registration is Open for ASPB’s Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit!

The Plant Biology 2020 Worldwide Summit, powered by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), will be a fully virtual conference that is taking place from July 19 to July 23, 2021. Building on the great success of last year’s first-ever fully virtual ASPB annual conference, which attracted over 2,600 plant scientists from 56 countries, … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Urging Support of the AFRI Coalition’s Letter supporting at least $600 million for the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

FY 2022 AFRI Coalition Letter: ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of the AFRI Coalition’s letter supporting at least $600 million for the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFR). The AFRI Coalition remains committed to our longstanding goal of achieving the $700 million authorized funding level for AFRI, while still investing … Read more

ASPB Signs Letter Encouraging Full Funding of the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority (AgARDA), Authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill.

ASPB is pleased to be a signee in support of fully funding the Agriculture Advanced Research and Development Authority (AgARDA), authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill. AgARDA’s authorizing legislation aims to quickly and definitively tackle some of the biggest challenges in food and agriculture, from climate change, to production mechanization, to zoonotic diseases. AgARDA’s specialized … Read more

Submit Your Abstract for Plant Biology 2021

The Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit will be virtual again this year, taking place online July 19-23, 2021.  As always, the program will provide a rich mix of scientific content in plenary talks, concurrent symposia, virtual posters, professional development workshops, a virtual exhibit hall, and ample opportunities for small-group networking. Building on the success of … Read more

The announcement you have been waiting for: the Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit

Are you ready for the Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit? As we completed the final session of Plant Biology 2020, our thoughts quickly turned to the following year and our excitement about gathering with you in Pittsburgh.  The 2020 Worldwide Summit was a resounding success, with 2,700 participants from 56 countries.  However, all want to … Read more