Plant BLOOME 2019 is open to ASPB members with education and outreach projects that advance youth, student, and general public knowledge and appreciation of plant biology. These projects should strive to promote and explain varying facets of the:
- Importance of plants for the sustainable production of medicine, food, fibers, and fuels;
- Critical role plants play in sustaining functional ecosystems in changing environments;
- Latest developments in plant biotechnologies, including genetic modifications that improve the quality and disease- and stress-resistance of crops;
- Discoveries made in plants that have led to improved human health and wellbeing; and
- Range of careers related to plant biology or available to plant biologists.
Parameters for Proposals: Plant BLOOME does NOT support lab or field plant science research projects. Priority will be given to education and outreach projects with goals that include, but are not limited to the development, implementation, wide dissemination and evaluation of:
- Innovative instructional materials or strategies in K-12 or undergraduate settings, science centers and museums, after-school science clubs, etc.;
- Professional development about plant biology for educators (e.g., teachers, museum educators, 4-H agents);
- Professional development about education and outreach for plant biologists and plant biologists in training;
- Educational exhibits or displays in science museums, science centers, libraries, and other public venues;
- Multimedia educational resources such as radio or video pieces, websites, applications for electronic devices (‘apps’), and animations; and
- Education and outreach collaborations between plant biologists and educators.