Conviron Scholars 2020 – Applications Now Open

ASPB and Conviron are delighted to announce an exciting opportunity to nurture the next generation of plant scientists. Open to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students studying plant biology, the ASPB Conviron Scholars program delivers an experience intended to serve as a foundation for a career in plant science. Applications welcome from any country.  Students who … Read moreConviron Scholars 2020 – Applications Now Open

Press Release – Blake Meyers Appointed Next Editor of The Plant Cell

Rockville, Maryland, October 21, 2019 – The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Blake C. Meyers to serve as editor-in-chief of The Plant Cell beginning January 1, 2020. The Plant Cell publishes novel research of particular significance in plant biology, especially in the areas of cellular biology, molecular … Read morePress Release – Blake Meyers Appointed Next Editor of The Plant Cell

Registration and Abstracts Are OPEN for Phenome 2020!

The survey results are in, and over 88% of Phenome 2019 attendees would recommend this conference to their colleagues! So we are pleased to invite you to the fourth annual Phenome conference, Phenome 2020, which will be held from February 24-27, 2020 at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ. You asked and we listened: … Read moreRegistration and Abstracts Are OPEN for Phenome 2020!

Plant Biology 2020 Call for Workshop Proposals!

The ASPB program committee is inviting proposals for one-hour workshops to be held during Plant Biology 2020 in Washington, D.C.,  July 25-29, 2020.   All ideas are welcome, but the preferred areas of focus for the workshops – intentionally broad – are:  Technical Development and Innovation Professional Development  Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion The committee encourages submissions … Read morePlant Biology 2020 Call for Workshop Proposals!

What to Expect Tuesday at Plant Biology 2019

For Day 4, we change up the schedule! Look for our plenary symposium in the afternoon today, starting at 3:00 PM in the Grand Ballroom! Today’s Highlights: Last chance to check out the posters! 7:00 AM–3:00 PM in Hall 2. The PUI Business Meeting begins at 7:00 AM in Room LL21AB At 7:30 AM join … Read moreWhat to Expect Tuesday at Plant Biology 2019

What to Expect at Monday at Plant Biology 2019

Welcome to Day 3 of #PlantBio19! Today’s Highlights: Start your day with some networking! Choose from the Networking Breakfast organized by the Minority Affairs and Women in Plant Biology Committees from 7:00–8:30 AM in LL21EF. Remember to bring business cards to share! Or, if you’re a first-timer, come to the First-Time Attendee Check-in from 8:00–8:20 … Read moreWhat to Expect at Monday at Plant Biology 2019

What to Expect Sunday at Plant Bio 2019

Hit the ground running on Day 2 as we launch Concurrent Symposia, Posters, and Conversation Circles in addition to our wide range of workshops and networking opportunities! Today’s highlights: If you are registered for the morning workshop PUI- Being a Plant Biologist in a Primarily Undergraduate Institution, head over to room LL21EF from 7:00–8:30 AM … Read moreWhat to Expect Sunday at Plant Bio 2019

What to Expect Saturday at Plant Biology 2019

Welcome to Plant Biology 2019! We’re excited to bring you the outstanding lineup of symposia, workshops, and networking events that you’ve come to expect, with fun new activities and returning favorites! Questions? Visit our team at Registration! Don’t forget to check out our online agenda, social media policy, and code of conduct.

We encourage you to share your experience on social media! Follow @ASPB, @ASPBPlantBioMtg and @plantae_org, and hashtag #PlantBio19! Join our Plant Biology 2019 meeting network on Plantae to participate in discussions and share your meeting notes.

Today’s highlights:

Begin your day with a choice of workshops:

  • PUI Faculty Development Workshop- 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Room LL21EF. Do you work at a PUI? Join us for talks and group discussions focused on maintaining a successful research program at a primarily undergraduate institution.
  • Mathematical Plant Biology: A Collaborative Session- 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Room 230B. This popular workshop tackles interdisciplinary connections between mathematics and statistics and plant biology. Includes discussion and networking. Registration required.
  • ASPB/CSPB Recruitment Summit-Room 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM LL20B . Are you interested in pursuing a faculty position in China? Join us for this joint networking meeting and luncheon to learn more! Hosted by the ASPB and the Chinese Society for Plant Biology. Registration required.
  • Undergrad Networking Session-12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Room 230A. Calling all undergrads! Where will your career take you? What will your next steps be? Join other undergrads and science professionals for this dynamic networking session.

In the afternoon, we invite you to make your way to the Grand Ballroom (Room 220) at 1:15 PM for the official launch of the conference: the ASPB President’s Symposium 2019: Biological and Personal Networks: Why They Matter for Plant Biology. Organized by Robert Last, and featuring Manajit Hayer-Hartl, Gaurav Moghe, David J. Asai and Beronda Montgomery. Join us as we explore approaches to harnessing biological diversity and complexity, while strengthening our community through broader participation.Following the opening symposium, stay right where you are for the presentation of the 2019 awards at the Awards Scientific Symposium at 4:30 PM. Then, at 6:15 PM, head over to the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall.

Ongoing Events

Don’t miss these daily happenings throughout the conference!

  • Career Mentoring – 8 AM-5 PM Saturday-Tuesday. Could your resume use a little pruning? Maybe some new growth? Sign up for career advice and resume help! Visit us in the Hall 1 Lobby.
  • Draw Your Science – 8 AM-5 PM Saturday-Tuesday. Show us your work! Join us for Draw Your Science-no artistic talent required, anything goes! Located near the registration desk.
  • How Far Have You Traveled – 8 AM-5 PM Saturday-Tuesday. Visit the world map near Registration and show us how far you’ve travelled to attend PlantBio19!
  • #SELFIE Station – 8 AM-8 PM Saturday-Tuesday. Visit our Selfie Station and share the fun on social media! Located at the #ASPBForward Innovation Pavilion in Hall 2. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #PlantBio19!
  • Plantae Career Center – 8 AM-8 PM Saturday-Tuesday. Make the right job connection! The Plantae Career center is open throughout the conference. Looking for a job? Bring an electronic copy of your CV to the #ASPBForward Innovation Pavilion in Hall 2 to post on our electronic job boards and check out the onsite job board near Registration.
  • Speaker Ready Room – Open daily, through Wednesday morning, in Room 111. Check the online agenda for hours. Note: speakers must check in to upload and review their presentations 24-hours before the beginning of their session.

To access the full agenda download the PB19 Conference App:

  • Download the CROWDCOMPASS ATTENDEEHUB app from Google Play or the App Store.
  • Open the app and search for PLANT BIOLOGY 2019 then select Download.

The full agenda can also be found online here.

ASPB President’s Letter Collections

This year, ASPB President Rob Last did an experiment aimed at increasing the value of the President’s Letters. Four of these letters were accompanied by essays from community members of all career stages. Two were co-authored. The idea was to explore the topics of President’s Letters more fully and include more voices. A general theme … Read moreASPB President’s Letter Collections

A crucial gene controls stem juiciness in sorghum and beyond

The discovery of the gene behind stem juiciness in sweet sorghum could have huge agricultural implications Sorghum, the fifth most popular crop worldwide, is used to create many products in the United States and is widely consumed by people in developing countries. The discovery of a crucial gene controlling stem juiciness in sorghum has important … Read moreA crucial gene controls stem juiciness in sorghum and beyond