2018 Plant Molecular Biology Gordon Research Conference and Seminar

Monday, April 2, 2018

Application Information

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 13, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the conference chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Conference Description

The theme of the 2018 Plant Molecular Biology GRC is "Dynamic Plant Systems". At this meeting, we aim to foster interactions in this emerging new field - plant system dynamics. Our goal is to spark discussions and collaborations across different scales of time (minutes, hours, days, years) - and across different levels of inquiry - from epigenetic and transcription dynamics, to dynamics of cell biological and developmental processes, to whole plant physiology and evolutionary dynamics. Our program will bring together thought-leaders in this new and emerging field of plant system dynamics that span PIs, post-docs and students.

Conference Website

Register now and see the full program here

10th Annual Graduate Climate Conference Accepting Abstracts

Thursday, May 26, 2016

There is still one week left to submit an abstract to the 10th Annual Graduate Climate Conference, which will be held October 28-30, 2016 at the University of Washington Pack Forest Conference Center.  The Graduate Climate Conference (GCC) is an interdisciplinary climate conference run by graduate students, for graduate students, with the goal of assembling a broad range of talks and posters featuring high-quality research focused on past, present, and future climate change and its impacts. 

We encourage students at all stages of their graduate career to apply and we seek abstracts on climate research from a variety of disciplines from the physical, natural, and social sciences and humanities, including: anthropology, atmospheric sciences, biology, Earth and environmental sciences, economics, engineering, ethics, geography, law, oceanography, public policy, and resource management. 

We highly encourage abstracts from students with traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

The abstract submission period opened on April 11 and closes June 1. Lodging and meals are covered for all participants. Limited travel funding is also available. Please see our website for more information and for submitting abstracts:



Minorities and Limited Resources Conference in Sikeston, Missouri

Friday, March 11, 2016

By Nadia Navarrete-Tindall

The Minorities and Limited Resources Farmers Conference hosted by Lincoln University Cooperative Extension took place on March 4th, 2016 at the Clinton Community Center in Sikeston, Missouri. Target groups for this conference where minority and limited resources farmers, producers and others interested in farming and gardening.  Approximately 100 people participated from different locations in the Bootheel (photo top left), St. Louis and Cape Girardeau.

Topics included soil conservation, native plants for pollinators, integrated pest management, plant diseases, basics of honey bee production, composting, community gardens and USDA agencies discussed about services and opportunities for small farming operations.  EPSCOR members Pat Guinan from MU-Extension (photo middle right) of the Climate team offered presentation about Missouri Bootheel Climate Trends and Weather Extremes. Community Team members: Nadia Navarrete-Tindall presented information about Native Plants: Uses and Benefits and made emphasis on vegetation from the Bootheel. Jeff Hargrove and student interns Timothy Fields and Alana Washing helped facilitate at the conference. Wes Buchheit presented a poster about birds from local communities in the Bootheel with preliminary results from surveys conducted in 2015.

Educational exhibits (photo bottom left) by Lincoln University Programs and federal and state agencies including the NRCS, FSA, LU-Native Plants Program, Quails Forever, USDA Health Department, USDA Rural Development, LU-ISFOP and others offered additional information about sustainable agriculture.  The conference was organized by the Native Plants Program and Horticulture Program from Lincoln University Cooperative Extension with funding from NRCS, USDA and EPSCoR. A workshop about High Tunnel Construction is scheduled for April 16 and a Farm Tour will be offered in mid-Summer in 2016.


ATGC-STL Conference: Linking People, Linking Genes

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Harris-Stowe State University will be hosting the Advocating Translational Genetics/Genomics Conference in St. Louis (ATGC-STL) Genetics Symposium on February 27th, 2016.

The trainee-organized symposium hosted by Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) aims to pioneer early exposure to quality research in genetics, and to promote genetic literacy of under-represented student populations at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. The symposium will offer activities for a wide range of genetics scholars and provide the opportunity for students to present their work in the genetics field, interact with university faculty, and obtain information on undergraduate and graduate level opportunities in genetics research.

For more information about the symposium, visit the ATGC-STL website and Twitter.  To register, click here.

2018 Nanotechnology for Health Care Conference

Event date(s): Thursday, December 6, 2018 to Sunday, December 9, 2018
Location: The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Petit Jean Mountain, Arkansas

Visit Conference Website for registration and more details:

NSF Grants Conference - New Orleans, LA

Event date(s): Thursday, November 8, 2018 to Friday, November 9, 2018
Location: New Orleans, LA

November 8-9, 2018

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


The Next NSF Grants Conference will be held November 8-9, 2018, in New Orleans, LA. 

Registration will open Thursday, September 6th at 12:00 PM EST. 

For additional details and to sign up to receive information about this conference and other events, visit the Grants Conference website.

Key officials representing each NSF program directorate, administrative office, Office of the General Counsel and Office of the Inspector General will participate in the two-day conference. The conference is designed for new faculty, researchers, educators and administrators who want to gain insight into a wide range of important and timely issues at NSF including: the state of current funding; the proposal and award process; and current and recently updated policies and procedures.

Topics will include:

  • An introduction to NSF;
  • NSF's proposal preparation and merit review process;
  • Award management;
  • Conflict of interest policies;
  • New programs and initiatives;
  • Cross-disciplinary and special interest programs; and
  • Breakout sessions by discipline.


Meeting Type

Registration Questions, (703) 245-7407, grants_conference [at] nsf [dot] gov
       Preferred Contact Method: Email
Program Questions, (703) 292-8243, policy [at] nsf [dot] gov ( email: policy [at] nsf [dot] gov)
       Preferred Contact Method: Email

NSF Related Organizations
Office of Budget Finance & Award Management

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Microbiomes conference at Nebraska (register by Oct. 1)

Event date(s): Tuesday, October 16, 2018 to Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Location: Lincoln Embassy Suites Hotel, Lincoln, NE

Microbiomes From Different Habitats: Soil, Water and Gut

Oct. 16-17, 2018

Lincoln Embassy Suites Hotel


A two-day symposium, “Microbiomes From Different Habitats: Soil, Water and Gut,” gathers experts Oct. 16-17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Lincoln. Registration (free) closes October 1. Speakers include The Atlantic’s Ed Yong, and a special session offers an interactive workshop on how scientists can succeed in media interviews.

This conference is part of the Nebraska Research & Innovation Conference (NRIC) annual series, conducted by Nebraska EPSCoR and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2016 a five-year, $20 million NSF project established the Center for Root & Rhizobiome Innovation (CRRI): a collaboration to research crop productivity focused on plants’ root microbiome. CRRI scientists aim to grow scientific knowledge that will better feed the world’s growing population.

Students and faculty interested in attending the 2018 NRIC event should register at (note: deadline for discount hotel room reservations at the group rate is September 24). Attendees may also present a relevant poster in the event’s poster session on the afternoon of October 16 (posters must be registered no later than October 1).

If you have questions about this event, please email epscor [at] nebraska [dot] edu.


Third Annual Midwest Bioinformatics Conference

Event date(s): Wednesday, April 11, 2018 to Thursday, April 12, 2018
Location: MU Bond Life Sciences Center Monsanto Auditorium | 1201 Rollins St., Columbia, MO 65201

The Third Annual Bioinformatics Conference serves to bring together bioinformatics-minded researchers from academia and industry to discover capabilities, share tactical approaches to problem solving, explore synergies, and launch potential collaborations.

The goals of the Conference are (1) bring together bioinformatics-minded researchers from academia and industry to discover capabilities, share tactical approaches to problem-solving, explore synergies, and launch potential collaborations, and (2) provide an opportunity for bioinformatics students to learn about employment opportunities within the region and employers to meet prospective candidates.


Marylyn D. Ritchie, PhD

Johnny Park, PhD

Blake Meyers, PhD




Conference Website:

ASPB Southern Section 2017 Meeting - Save the Date

Event date(s): Saturday, April 8, 2017 to Monday, April 10, 2017
Location: Orlando, FL

Please join us for the 2017 Southern Section ASPB meeting at the Doubletree Hotel Orlando Downtown.  Come early or stay late to visit any of the other local attractions.  A block of affordable rooms has been secured, so take advantage and register early!  Check for upcoming registration details.

April 8: Field trip to Blue Springs State Park and Opening Night Mixer
April 9: Oral and Poster Presentations, Banquet and Student Awards
April 10: Kriton Hatzios Symposium "Epigenetics in plant development and beyond"

For more information visit or contact Dr. Shahid Mukhtar, Secretary/Treasurer, SS-ASPB, smukhtar [at] uab [dot] edu, or Paul Stephenson, Local Site Coordinator, pstephenson [at] rollins [dot] edu.

Hope to see you in Florida!

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Missouri Minority and Limited Resource Farmers' Conference

Event date(s): Friday, March 4, 2016
Location: Clinton Building, 501 Campanella Dr., Sikeston, MO 63801

Save the Date! Friday, March 4, 2016 is the Missouri Minority and Limited Resource Farmers' Conference in Sikeston, MO.

The event is led by Lincoln University Extension Program and sponsored by USDA-NIFA and NSF EPSCoR funding.