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 Pre-registration required.

For some morning networking, join us for coffee in the Grand Ballroom from 8:00–8:30 AM, or at the Careers in Science Policy and Advocacy networking session from 8:00–8:20 AM.

Fueled for the day, join us at 8:30 AM in the Grand Ballroom for the Plant Cell Editor’s Symposium: Receptor Signaling in Plants, organized by Giles Oldroyd and featuring Cyril Zipfel, Jenny Russinova, and Julia Santiago Cuellar. In order to survive, plants must be able to integrate information related to developmental status as well as the nature of the surrounding environment. Cell surface receptors allow perception of both biotic and abiotic signals, as well as cell-to-cell coordination for the integration of developmental responses. This symposium will explore cell surface receptors that function in both plant-microbe interactions and in plant development, covering the commonalities and differences that exist in receptor signaling in plants.

Midday networking sessions include:

  • Plant Science Demos.
  • Innovative Teaching Strategies.
  • Open Space Conversation Circles.
  • Effective Mentoring Relationships.
  • Tips for Establishing and Leading Training Grant Research Programs.
  • Mid-Career Faculty Discussion.
  • ASPB Education & Outreach Opportunities.
  • Rotation Opportunities at U.S. Federal Agencies.

And on the Innovation Stage:

  • Calling all Visual Communicators!
  • Inclusivity in the Plant Sciences.
  • Making Your Work Environment LGBTQ+ Welcoming and Affirming.

Or participate in one of our many midday workshops, like a luncheon focused on promoting diversity in STEM faculty with Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung from 11:15 AM–1: 00 PM in Room 230B, or head over to the Planting Science Workshop from 11:30 AM–1:00 PM in Room 230A, to learn strategies to help you be a better mentor.

Other midday workshops include:

  • Commercialization in Plant Science-Room LL20A.
  • How ASPB Members Can Increase Their Effectiveness as Advocates for Plant Science-Room LL21C.
  • When to Preprint/When to Publish-Room LL21A.


From 1:00–2:45 PM choose from one of our five Concurrent Symposia sessions, with topics ranging from Education to Plant-Biotic Interactions.

From 2:45–3:15 PM, take a coffee break in the Exhibit Hall, or choose from one of our other afternoon networking sessions: participate in our Open Space Conversation Circles or join the discussion on Trends in Science Policy & Funding on the Innovation Stage (2:45–3:05 PM).

Concurrent Symposia begin again at 3:15 PM, covering hot topics like Phenomics (chaired by Malia Gehan), Protein Networks: Biology and Technology (chaired by Zhiyong Wang) and more!

Wind up a busy Day 2 with a visit to Hall 2 for the Exclusive Poster Session and Exhibit Hall Reception from 5:00–7:00 PM. At 7:00 PM all LGBTQ+ community members and allies are invited to a meetup to decide on an offsite location for an evening out!

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