Idea Cafés (Topics and times to be announced)Looking for solutions to an existing problem, a conversation on a specific issue or concern, or innovative ideas in your area of research or outreach? Idea Cafés gather great minds in plant pathology in an informal setting (one round table of 10 assigned to each topic) to converse on an area of interest to you! Watch for more details.
PhytoViews(Topics and times to be announced)Engage in facilitated conversations that explore questions/issues of regulatory, policy, research, extension, and education in plant pathology as we explore all points of view.
Take A Walk Sessions - NEW!Take a break from the traditional meeting room and experience these scientific sessions under a blue California sky. Held Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, Take a Walk sessions will take place at the beautiful Pasadena Huntington Gardens. Pre-registration is required, transportation is provided. Attendance is limited. Poster HuddlesMonday and Tuesday3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Poster Huddle Time4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Poster time with Authors(Poster Huddle topics to be announced)Poster Huddles focus on special areas of interest among the submitted posters offering more in-depth discussion of research and findings presented by poster authors. Selection of topic areas will be made following poster submissions.
Posters by AppointmentLooking for more one-on-one time with a poster author? Posters by Appointment allow meeting attendees to connect with poster authors, by use of the mobile app, to make appointments to meet and discuss poster content (in addition to the poster author time). More information will be available closer to the meeting.Industry BoulevardJoin our exhibitors on Industry Boulevard (located in the Exhibit Hall) as they showcase advances in research and technology and offer solutions for equipment services and needs.
LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: EI and IP – Core Tools for Science Leaders 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.New this year, you’ll gain the benefit of a two part interactive workshop with the morning focused on Emotional Intelligence (EI), a break for lunch with a networking opportunity, and an afternoon concentrating on Influence and Persuasion (IP). This year’s workshop features expert facilitators in these core leadership areas from the Center for Nonprofit Management. The workshop is substantially supported by the APS Council as a priority for APS leadership development and also provided, in part, by support from Monsanto. In addition to this support, attendee fees help cover your individual assessment, workshop materials, continental breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch. Space is limited to 50 participants. Preregistration is required. Find detailed information on the Leadership Opportunities page.
First Timers Orientation4:30 – 5:30 p.m.Make the most of your first meeting experience and make connections that will last well beyond the meeting. APS leaders will provide helpful hints and suggestions to ensure you make the most of your meeting experience. Preregistration is required.
APS Opening General Session and Awards & Honors Ceremony10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Join colleagues as we recognize members with awards and honors acknowledging their hard work and dedication to plant pathology and learn about important society goals, accomplishments, and initiatives directly from APS leaders.
11th Annual APS-OIP Silent Auction12:00 – 6:00 p.m.Support the APS Office of International Programs’ Global Experience Program by bidding on a wide variety of items from around the world. You can also donate your own worldly treasures to support this unique program! Items can be brought with you or sent directly to APS Headquarters in advance, visit www.apsnet.org/members/outreach/oip/Pages/SilentAuction for details.
Welcome Reception – Exhibition and Posters4:00 – 6:00 p.m.Ticket is included with full registration. Guest tickets are available for purchase on the registration form.Alumni Gatherings 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (new time)Connect with fellow alumni! Check the program book for a listing of participating universities.
Plenary Session – Crossroads in Science1:00 – 3:00 p.m.Michael Rogers, best-selling author, technology pioneer and futurist, New York City, New York.
The 21st century has brought enormous opportunities to the life sciences: big data, cognitive computing, and increasingly inexpensive tools for genomics. What kind of careers lays ahead for young scientists, with the rise of peer-to-peer innovations like crowdfunding and open access journals? How do older researchers adapt to disciplines that seem increasingly driven by algorithms? And what is the responsibility of scientists to speak out on global issues that may well threaten life as we know it? Find answers to these questions and more at this thought provoking and insightful session. Click here for more details. Early Career Professionals’ Social with Employer Networking Opportunity6:00 – 7:00 p.m.Tickets: $10Mingle with employers to learn about new job opportunities and connect with your fellow early career professionals. Academic, government, and industry employers are invited to join the event to network with prospective employees. Light refreshments will be served. Preregistration is required.
Graduate Student Social6:00 – 7:00 p.m.Tickets: $10Make plans to attend the one social spot where all plant pathology students come together to connect. Light refreshments will be served. This event is limited to students only. Preregistration is required.Industry & Extension Networking Event6:30 – 9:30 p.m.Tickets: $40Create lasting business connections while exploring one of Pasadena’s most unique places, Castle Green (castlegreen.com). Built in 1898, this imposing seven story Moorish Colonial and Spanish style building is located next to Central Park in Old Pasadena. Discuss your favorite research topic over dinner, while strolling through the grounds or having a drink on the veranda. Just a few blocks from the convention center, this is a great opportunity to expand your professional network with industry representatives from a variety of companies and extension professionals from around the country. Preregistration is required; space is limited.
Academic Unit Leader Breakfast and Meeting (formerly Department Heads Meeting) 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tickets: $40Plant pathology department heads/chairs, academic unit leaders, or their representatives, from the U.S.A. and international institutions, are encouraged to participate, meet with colleagues, review priority issues, learn more about the APS Academic Unit Leader Forum (AULF), and identify opportunities for advancing the APS/Academic partnership. Ticket includes cost of breakfast and break. Preregistration is required.
Plenary Session - "When Generations Connect"1:00 – 2:00 p.m.Scott Zimmer, Generation Expert, BridgeWorks (Bridging the Generational Divide), Minneapolis, Minnesota.With four distinct generations working together shoulder to shoulder, each brings with it a unique set of attitudes, values and work styles. It used to be that older workers were bosses and younger ones took orders. Now, roles are all over the map and rules are being rewritten. Businesses and institutions struggle to manage productivity and morale while maintaining high standards and morale. This program will give you the tools to convert this form of diversity from an obstacle to an opportunity.
Scientific Sessions All Day8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.Be sure to plan your travel to attend sessions Wednesday morning and afternoon!Final Night Celebration – California Dreamin’6:00 – 9:00 p.m.APS takes to the streets on Wednesday during this outdoor celebration that goes into the night and under the stars. Enjoy food, beverages, music and fun! It’s a great way to wrap up the meeting and make one final connection with your colleagues and friends before heading home. Ticket is included with full registration. Guest tickets are available for purchase on the registration form.