Annual Meeting

2018 Northeast ASPB Section annual meeting

82nd Annual Meeting of the Northeast Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists

Saturday April 28 – Sunday April 29, 2018

NEASPB 2018 Symposium Program Booklet

Theme of the 82nd annual symposium is “Translational Research for Improving Crop Productivity.” Registered participants will attend the Saturday afternoon symposium and a scientific poster session followed by dinner and entertainment.

On Sunday morning, the conference will conclude with two platform sessions of scientific talks, a business meeting, and best poster and speaker awards. We encourage participation of young researchers (students, postdoctoral research associates and early career investigators). The organizing committee will select oral presentations from the submitted abstracts. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best “Oral Abstract Presentations” and the best “Poster Abstract Presentations”. All abstracts submitted on or before April 10, 2018 will be considered for a talk. Abstracts submitted on or before April 20, 2018 will be accepted for poster presentations and will be included in the program book.

Registration Deadline: April 16, 2018; Late registration fee assessed after April 16: Additional $10 **If you are not an ASPB member or a NE section member, you will need to create a profile on the registration page to be able to register.  If you have any trouble with this, please contact Shoshana Kronfeld.**

Abstract Submission

Abstract Deadlines:

April 10 – deadline to have your abstract considered for a talk

April 20 – deadline to be accepted for a poster and be in the program book



Om Parkash Dhankher  Tel: 413-545-0062

Shoshana Kronfeld (ASPB Membership Manager)

Stockbridge School of Agriculture

UMass Amherst

Why attend the 82nd Annual NEASPB meeting?

  • Attend the “Translational research for Improving Crop Productivity” symposium with outstanding invited speakers
  • Opportunities to network with fellow attendees
  • Short duration and small size provides perfect introduction to scientific conferences for young scientists
  • Presentations by undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists are strongly encouraged
  • Low cost
  • Scenic UMass Amherst campus

Who attends this meeting?
The NE ASPB meeting is an outstanding environment for plant biologists to meet, mingle, and network in a relaxed, inviting setting.  This meeting provides scientists at all career stages and diverse positions opportunities to discuss research efforts, teaching programs, administrative circumstances, funding scenarios, career designs, and other topics influencing plant biology.

Why is it a great opportunity?
We pride ourselves on promoting the work of rising plant biologists.  This meeting serves as a superb networking opportunity for undergraduate researchers to make connections with potential graduate programs and advisers.  For graduate students and post-doctoral research associates, the meeting promotes interactions with possible future post-doctoral advisers or employers in the private or public sector.

Being a member of NE ASPB is only $5 and provides a great way to network with local plant biologists. Plus the meeting registration fees are rather cheap (student presenters registration fees are reimbursed) and attendees get to join in on the fun during the banquet.

Learn how to present your research efforts
An essential trait for all scientists is to effectively and efficiently describe, explain, and promote their research efforts.  The NE ASPB meeting provides ample opportunities for maturing plant biologists to develop this capacity in oral and/or poster formats.  Attendees are highly encouraged to submit poster abstracts when registering; we will find space for you to proudly display and elucidate your work.  For those interested in providing talks, particularly undergraduate and graduate students, please submit abstracts for consideration.

If you are:

  • an undergraduate student seeking new horizons for study
  • a first-second year graduate student desiring experience in presenting your initial research forays
  • an experienced graduate student wanting to show you are ready for a new growth opportunity
  • a post-doctoral research associate looking to pilot your own ship

We want to hear from you!

A rewarding experience
For both poster and talk presenters, you will find the NE ASPB meeting a receptive, understanding, developmental experience.  In addition, there are numerous honors (monetary and certificate) awarded for talk and poster presentations given by undergraduate and graduate students that are judged as being of superior quality.