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

Support the Creation of an Early Career Researcher Section of ASPB

It is proposed that ASPB establish a new section that is organized around Early Career Researchers (students, post-docs, scientists in transition, and generally anyone who self-identifies as an Early Career Researcher). The creation of this section will benefit ECRs currently within the society by establishing a formal means of communication among the ECR leadership, as … Read moreSupport the Creation of an Early Career Researcher Section of ASPB

Halfway to Establishing the New Primarily Undergraduate Institution Section

BY ANDREAS MADLUNG University of Puget Sound For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to focus my career on working with students; designing curricula, lesson plans, and lab activities; and passing on my excitement about living things to anyone who might share this interest. While in graduate … Read moreHalfway to Establishing the New Primarily Undergraduate Institution Section

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!

NSF Announces Next Phase of Reintegrating Biology Initiative

October 2019 Washington Update – Prepared by Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC for the American Society of Plant Biologists Following their Town Halls in September, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Reintegrating Biology Initiative has announced the next phase of the process.  Reintegrating Biology will convene four “Jumpstarts”, two and a half-day workshops to “develop new and innovative … Read moreNSF Announces Next Phase of Reintegrating Biology Initiative

Press Release – Gene Responsible for Lutein Esterification in Bread Wheat Identified

The activity of this gene controls the timing of esterification in grain, which is related to storage and nutritional qualities of bread wheat and other grains. This work provides insight into the timing and control of esterification, related to storage and nutritional qualities of bread wheat and other grains. ASPB is pleased to announce the … Read morePress Release – Gene Responsible for Lutein Esterification in Bread Wheat Identified

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!

President’s Letter – Be the Change

By Rob Last, Michigan State University, and Mary Williams, Features Editor, The Plant Cell “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Attributed to Margaret Mead (1901–1978), American cultural anthropologist Whether or not Dr. Mead actually uttered this quote, the words … Read morePresident’s Letter – Be the Change

Action Alert: America Grows Act

  The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and the Plant Science Research Network (PSRN) are pleased to pass along an Action Alert released by the American Society for Agronomy (ASA), the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) in support of new legislation introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL). The … Read moreAction Alert: America Grows Act

New Teaching Tool “Computational Image Processing in Microscopy”

We’re excited to announce the publication of The Plant Cell’s latest Teaching Tool, “Computational Image Processing in Microscopy,” by Adrienne Roeder, available without subscription at Plantae.org (and in the October issue of The Plant Cell). The age of big data includes sophisticated imaging datasets. Computational image processing is essential for extracting quantitative information from these … Read moreNew Teaching Tool “Computational Image Processing in Microscopy”

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.

President’s Letter – Big Challenges Require Broad Thinking

ASPB News • July/August 2019 • Volume 46, Number 4 This continues the experiment of publishing the President’s Letter as part of a collection of essays and other resources related to the topic (https://tinyurl.com/HumanNetworks). Please also have a look at the previous collections on the future of not-for-profit science organizations (http://bit.ly/futurenonprofitscience), member security (http://bit.ly/SecuringFuturePlantBiologists), and … Read morePresident’s Letter – Big Challenges Require Broad Thinking

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

Join the PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team

The PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team provides compensation for a cohort of 12 graduate students and postdocs who make a substantial contribution as an online scientist mentor. Master Plant Science Team Members receive • Free membership to ASPB for the year commitment • 50% off annual meeting registration • PlantingScience T-shirt Team involvement requirements • … Read moreJoin the PlantingScience Master Plant Science Team

Press Release – ASPB Names 2019 Recipient of Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award

Honor to be presented at Plant Biology 2019 in San Jose, California ROCKVILLE, MD – The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce that Pamela Ronald is the recipient of its 2019 Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award. The ASPB Science Policy Committee awards the Leadership in Science Public Service Award … Read morePress Release – ASPB Names 2019 Recipient of Leadership in Science Policy Public Service Award

Highlights from Fascination of Plants Day 2019

The fifth international Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) launched on May 18, 2019. Hosted under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO), FoPD aims to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science. ASPB is the national coordinator for FoPD in … Read moreHighlights from Fascination of Plants Day 2019

ASPB’s 2019 Election Results

Many thanks to those members who took the time to vote this spring; and hearty congratulations to our newly elected Board of Directors members: Maureen McCann (incoming president-elect) and Clint Chapple (incoming elected member)! Additionally, the election of Robert Furbank, Yi-Fang Tsay, and Andreas Weber as Enid MacRobbie corresponding members was endorsed by the ASPB … Read moreASPB’s 2019 Election Results