Canceled 2020 MAS-ASPB/University of Maryland Plant Symposium-Joint Meeting

February 19, 2020

COVID-19 Updates from our Conference Organizers:



The 2020 meeting of the Mid-Atlantic section of ASPB / Univ. Maryland Plant Symposium has been canceled, at least for the foreseeable future. We consider this a valuable meeting. If things change, we hope to have a meeting in the fall. 


You may be wondering, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, whether our plans have changed.  For now, we are continuing to plan, and we will, of course, re-evaluate as the date draws nearer. It is possible that the epidemic will subside by then. For now, please keep us on your calendar, but do not make definite travel plans. 



Conference Details:

When: Thursday, May 28, 2020 to Friday, May 29, 2020

Where: Biomedical Research Building Rm 1103, University of Maryland


4066 Campus Drive

College Park, MD 20742

United States

Event Type: Conference

Organization/Sponsor: MAS-ASPB and the University of Maryland

Presenters: Multiple

Description / Notes: 

The 2020 Mid Atlantic American Society of Plant Biologists and the University of Maryland will hold their annual joint meeting on May 28th and 29th.

Preliminary Agenda:

Day One Thursday, May 28, 2020

9:00-10:00  Onsite Registration/Check-In and Breakfast

10:00-11:00   Welcome

Session I: Plant Development

11:00 - 11:20  Break

11:20-12:45    Session II: Plant Cell Biology

12:45-2:15   Lunch and Poster Sessions 

2:15-3:00  Special Lecture 

3:00-4:35     Session III: Plant Genomics

4:35-6:30     Poster Session and networking

5:30-6:30     Career Development Panel Discussion

6:30-8:00 Reception (dinner)

Day Two Friday, May 29, 2020

8:30-9:00  Breakfast

9:00-10:10   Session IV: Plant Biotic Interactions

10:10-10:40  Break

10:40-12:00 Session V: Plant Engineering

 12:00-1:30   Lunch and Poster Session

 1:30- 2:40   Session VI : Population genetics & beyond 

2:40-2:50     Break

2:50- 3:50    Keynote address

3:50-4:00     Awards, Acknowledgments and Closing

Registration and Abstract Submission:

 ASPB/UMD Registration Form

 ASPB/UMD Registration Payment (Eventbrite)

Registration includes receptions, luncheons, dinner, and coffee breaks.  Both the form and the payment must be received in order for registration to be complete. Attendees may also have the option to pay registration fees onsite via check made payable to the University of Maryland or cash.


o   Corporate   $100

o   Faculty        $65

o   Postdoc/graduate students (including technical staff)  $30

o   Undergraduate students          $20

MAS-ASPB members will receive a $5 discount.

ASPB members will receive a $15 discount.  (including those with both MAS-ASPB and ASPB memberships)

Hotel Accommodations:

We have partnered with The Cambria Hotel in the College Park, MD area to offer special rates for ASPB/UMD joint mini-symposium attendees. Reservation information will be provided shortly. Please check back soon!