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2020 Maize Genetics Abstract and Program Information:

Abstract Submission:

All abstracts must be submitted electronically by January 17, 2020. Use the link below to begin the process of submitting your abstract. Those who plan to be away near the time of the submission deadline tending to winter crops should submit abstracts in advance. Please indicate on the abstract form whether you wish to present a talk or a poster. Do not check both options. Abstracts are limited to 300 words. Time constraints on the meeting may mean that some authors who request oral presentations will be asked to present their data in poster format instead. Abstracts should be submitted under one of the seven research topic categories listed on this abstract submission page and meeting website, based on which the submitter believes is most appropriate. Session topics will be determined (by the MGMSC) based on the abstracts selected for talks, but will likely be similar to the listed categories. The list of research categories has changed slightly from previous meetings.

In choosing the short talks for the Maize Meeting, the goals of the Maize Genetics Meeting Steering Committee (MGMSC) are to select the most exciting science and to include a broad representation of the maize genetics community. All members of the MGMSC independently score each short talk abstract based on their excitement and enthusiasm for the science. Committee members with a conflict of interest (e.g., being from the same institution, on a grant with the speaker's lab, being a former mentor, etc.) abstain from scoring the conflicting abstract. Top scoring abstracts are then prioritized for talks. Abstracts that convey the importance of the work, that contain new and exciting research findings, and are accessible to a broad audience typically rank higher. Additional factors are taken into account when selecting the final program of short talks. For example, it is important to balance the program for subject categories, preference is given to presentations by students and postdocs, and the demographic composition of the speakers may also come into play. In general, no more than one abstract is selected from individual laboratories or multi-investigator projects per meeting. When multiple abstracts are ranked equally within a category, speakers who have not presented in the previous year and/or that are sole representatives of their laboratory requesting to speak are more likely to be chosen to broaden the topics highlighted over the course of several meetings. We are well aware that, if your abstract is not selected for a talk, you might be disappointed - hence we are providing this explanation to make the selection process as transparent as possible and to help you write the best abstract.

If you are reporting on new genes in your abstract then please take the time to check MaizeGDB to see if your gene already exists and to review the nomenclature guidelines. If you require assistance contact Lisa Harper at [email protected] for questions about naming genes and John Portwood at [email protected] for technical questions about abstract submission.

Abstract submissions are now closed

Logo/photo Contest Submission:

The logo/photo for the cover of the abstract book will be selected from submissions by cooperators. Those who wish to express their enthusiasm for maize in artistic form are encouraged to submit original artwork (i.e. copyright-free), by January 17, 2020. Previous logo contest winners can be viewed here.

Logo submissions are now closed.

Author Presentation Notification:

Authors of abstracts selected for oral presentations will be informed by email by February 15, 2020. Authors should check the meeting website to make sure that their abstracts are posted and contain no errors. If you have not received any information about your abstract, and it is not accessible on the web site by February 21, 2020, please contact John Portwood by e-mail at [email protected].

Consistent with past practice, and the spirit of collegiality and inclusivity within the maize community, all poster abstracts will be accepted for presentation.


Each poster space will be 114cm horizontal x 104cm vertical (45 inches horizontal x 40 inches vertical) and authors are responsible for bringing their own tacks for hanging the poster.


Abstract submissions are due by January 17, 2020.

Research Topics:

  • Biochemical and Molecular Genetics
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Computational and Large-Scale Biology
  • Cytogenetics
  • Education & Outreach
  • Quantitative Genetics & Breeding
  • Transposons & Epigenetics

Program Overview:

The Meeting will open with the Thursday evening meal, March 12 and close at noon Sunday, March 15, 2020.

This year the meeting will feature four plenary speakers: Sarah Hake, UC Berkeley; Bin Han, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Frank Hochholdinger, University of Bonn; Kirsten Bomblies, ETH Zurich. The program will also include approximately 30 short talks (15 minutes each), and extended poster sessions. A link to the complete program will be available on this page prior to the meeting.

Audio/Video Equipment:

Click here for helpful instructions for preparing your oral presentation.

Program and Abstract Volume:

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Important Dates
Conference Date
Start Date 12 Mar 2020
End Date 15 Mar 2020

Deadlines Date
MaGNET / PUI / DB / Jamboree 2 Dec 2019
Abstract Submission 17 Jan 2020
Registration Site 17 Jan 2020
Financial Aid 17 Jan 2020
Hotel 17 Jan 2020
Late-Poster Submission 24 Jan 2020

News & Information
Feb 27: Due to the concerns of the spread of the novel Coronavirus COVID-19, the MGC Board of Directors (BOD) together with the Maize Genetics Meeting Steering Committee (MGMSC) have decided to cancel the 2020 Maize Genetics Meeting.
Jan 21: Talk submissions are closed, but you may submit a poster abstract until Jan 24!
Jan 16: Notice! If you don't have approval to register for the conference yet, then please proceed with submitting an abstract by the deadlines. If you're unable to receive approval by late Feb then we will pull your abstract from the program.


Five pre-conference Workshops are being offered before the Maize Meeting on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Meeting Organizers
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