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 (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 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 19

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 19

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 ( Please also have a look at the previous collections on the future of not-for-profit science organizations (, member security (, 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

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

PSRN Updates: Inclusivity in the Plant Sciences and Plant Summit 2019

In early 2019, the Plant Science Research Network (PSRN) held two strategic planning meetings. The PSRN is an NSF-supported Research Coordination Network whose members are research councils and scientific societies, including ASPB. Among the participants at both workshops were early career researchers and scientists from the public and private sectors across the plant science research … Read morePSRN Updates: Inclusivity in the Plant Sciences and Plant Summit 2019

Meet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2019

View the recording of this event. Join us for a live, online “meet the candidates” event and get to know the candidates for ASPB President-elect. Date and Time: *Monday, April 8, 8:30 AM PDT, 11:30 AM EDT; 4:30 PM BST  – Register today and be sure to bring your questions and ideas to the webinar.  … Read moreMeet the ASPB President-Elect Candidates for 2019

Meet the Ambassador of the Year for 2019, Arif Ashraf

We are happy to announce that this year’s Ambassador of the Year award is presented to Arif Ashraf, who is currently in Japan, although will be moving to Michigan shortly.  Please read below to learn more about Arif, in his own words. I am Arif Ashraf. I graduated from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular … Read moreMeet the Ambassador of the Year for 2019, Arif Ashraf

ASPB Names 2019 Award Recipients

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 awards, which honor excellence in research, education, outreach, and service. Honors to be presented at Plant Biology 2019 in San Jose, California Adolph E. Gude, Jr. Award Maarten Chrispeels, University of California, San Diego ASPB Innovation Prize for Agricultural … Read moreASPB Names 2019 Award Recipients

ASPB Member Julian Schroeder Awarded Khalifa International Award

Media Contact: Mario Aguilera 858-822-5148; Julian Schroeder Awarded International Prize for Advances in Plant Research Khalifa International Award recognizes agricultural innovation Division of Biological Sciences/University of California San Diego UC San Diego Distinguished Professor Julian Schroeder has been awarded a prestigious international prize for his research achievements in plant drought and salt tolerance, as … Read moreASPB Member Julian Schroeder Awarded Khalifa International Award

Welcome to the New Early Career Representatives on ASPB Committees

As part of the #ASPBForward movement, five of the ASPB committees have added an Early Career Representative (ECR) to their committee rosters: Education Committee, International Committee, Minority Affairs Committee, Publications Committee and the Women in Plant Biology committee (Membership Committee and Science Policy Committee already had ECR positions).  ASPB is happy to introduce these exceptional … Read moreWelcome to the New Early Career Representatives on ASPB Committees

Welcome the New ASPB Ambassadors

ASPB Ambassadors are early career scientists (students and postdocs) and industry employees enlisted to communicate the mission and vision of the Society to other plant biologists and to the general public, to help ensure the ongoing vitality of the Society.  These young leaders engage their campus communities in outreach activities, represent ASPB at section conferences, … Read moreWelcome the New ASPB Ambassadors

Gazing into the Crystal Ball: Next-Gen Careers

President’s Letter—March/April 2019 By Rob Last, Michigan State University, ASPB President. Co-authored by Laura Grapes, Bayer Crop Sciences, and Andrew Hanson, University of Florida. We continue the experiment of expanding participation in ASPB started with the last President’s Letter (…). This letter is part of a collection of resources (…) about training and jobs in the … Read moreGazing into the Crystal Ball: Next-Gen Careers

Announcing the new global Plant Science Events Calendar!

ASPB community – are you hosting a plant science event or attending one?  If so, please consider posting on the new Plant Science Events Calendar on This service is provided free to the plant science community with the support of Agrisera, a Swedish company specializing in polyclonal and monoclonal antibody production, and longtime presence in the community. The … Read moreAnnouncing the new global Plant Science Events Calendar!

Announcing the 2019 Travel Grant Winners

The Travel Grant Program aims to increase attendance of early career scientists at the annual meeting 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 apply. … Read moreAnnouncing the 2019 Travel Grant Winners