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Travel restrictions related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please note that there are current travel restrictions from China to the United States related to the 2019 novel coronavirus. These restrictions are very likely to be in place during the dates of the conference.

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Policy on using Social Media (including Twitter) concerning unpublished data in talks or posters:

To maintain and foster an environment at the Maize Genetics Meeting where colleagues feel comfortable and are encouraged to share unpublished data, Tweeting (or sharing on other Social Media) of all data, results, hypotheses, conclusions, or any other aspects of a talk or poster are not permitted without the expressed consent of the authors. Authors will be able to give consent when making their abstract submissions. Whether permission has been granted will then be indicated by a blue bird symbol next to their entry in the abstract book, and on their first slide or poster. In the absence of this pre-obtained approval, the only permissible information to Tweet about a talk is the information publically available in the abstract book.

Prohibition of side or project meetings during the Official Program of the Maize Genetics Meeting (MGM):

The Maize Genetics Meeting Steering Committee (MGMSC) is charged with organizing the MGM and all affiliated activities. The MGMSC discussed and decided to prohibit any group from making a hotel meeting room reservation during the organized sessions of the MGM, including the short talks, poster sessions, or plenary talks. This action was taken to avoid splinter or concurrent sessions at the MGM outside of the purview of the MGMSC, which would fundamentally change the meeting and potential interactions among cooperators. Groups wishing to organize project or side meetings at the MGM are encouraged to do so on Thursday before the start of the meeting, Sunday after the conclusion of the meeting, or may do so during breakfast, lunch, or dinner during the meeting. However, in the latter cases, the project or group meeting must conclude prior to the start of the next session organized as part of the MGM. It is expected that all students receiving financial support to participate in the MGM be fully present and in attendance during all MGM sessions.

2020 Maize Genetics Hotel and Travel Information:

Meeting Hotel:

Sheraton Kona

Hotel Reservations:



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Transportation Options from the Airport to the Sheraton Kona

The closest airport is the Kona International Airport (KOA) and is located approximately 15 miles from the Sheraton Kona Resort, an estimated 30 min drive.

The Hilo International Airport is located approximately 86 miles from the Sheraton Kona Resort, an estimated 2 hour drive.

SpeediShuttle provides shared ride airport transportation in Mercedes shuttles at a rate of $23.10 one way, $43.89 round trip between Kona International Airport and Sheraton Kona. Guests with prearranged arrival reservations are met in the baggage claim area, then directed to their waiting shuttle. Vehicle amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi.

The Sheraton Kona Resort has a discounted $5.00/per day self-parking charge. Those using porter/bellman services with luggage are suggested to tip $5.00 per bag and alert the hotel of your estimated arrival and departure times if you require assistance.

Roommate Bulletin Board:

If you need to locate a roommate, please do so before submitting your lodging registration. A roommate link is located here:

Find a roommate.

Meeting site resources for child and other family care:

The Maize Genetics community strives to include all members wishing to attend and participate in the meeting. We recognize that parents of young children may have difficulties attending and arranging for child care during the meeting to allow their participation. Parents who would not otherwise be able to attend the meeting should contact Clinton Whipple before February 7 to discuss possible accommodations we may be able to provide during the meeting to enable you to participate.

International Attendees:

Those international attendees who require letters of invitation to facilitate visa processing may contact the meeting Chair, Clinton Whipple.

To travel to this conference, you may need to obtain a non-immigrant visitor's (or other) visa, usually from a US embassy in your home country. Please determine specific requirements for your country. Relevant information may be found at US government web sites:

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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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