Meeting Highlights

New Ways to Explore Science!

Idea Cafés
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!

Monday, August 3

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Balancing a Successful Career and Family; Moderator: Julia Crane, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
  • Effectors, Virulence and Resistance; Moderator: Lilian Cano, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Efficacy and Biological Control Agents; Moderator: Mojan Rabieyghahfarokhy, University of Reading, UK
  • Graduate School: 101 Ways to Succeed; Moderator: Carolee T Bull, USDA-ARS, Salina, CA, USA
  • Liberibacter: Recent Advances and Implications; Moderator: Hossein Ali Khandan, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • Modeling Plant Disease Epidemics: Hourly vs. Daily Time Steps; Moderator: Ariena van Bruggen, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • Phytobiome: Forest Health and Management; Moderator: Jane Stewart, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
  • Reemergence of Xylella fastidiosa and Global Implications; Moderator: Christopher Wallis, USDA-ARS, Parlier, CA, USA

Tuesday, August 4

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

  • Emerging and Reemerging Global Plant Diseases; Moderator: Scott Adkins, USDA-ARS, Fort Pierce, FL, USA
  • Empirical and Mechanistic Models in Botanical Epidemiology; Moderator: Ariena van Bruggen, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
  • Fungicide Resistance and Monitoring: Recent Developments; Moderator: James Kitchen, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK
  • Identification, Quantification and Management of Parasitic Nematodes; Moderator: Murli Manohar, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
  • Interactions affecting Cultural Disease Management; Moderator: TBD
  • Methods in Pathogen Detection: Advances and Future Needs; Moderator: Lina Quesada-Ocampo, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Population Genetics and Fungal and Oomycete Pathogens; Moderator: Zhian Kamvar, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA

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.

  • Protecting Seed Health: More than the Eye Beholds
  • Phytobiome Initiative–Something for Everyone

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 Huddles
Monday and Tuesday
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Poster Huddle Time
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Poster time with Authors
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.

Monday Poster Huddle Topics

HUDDLE #1 - How Do You Determine which Microbes Have the Best Potential to Become a Successful Biological Control Agent?

HUDDLE #2 -How Do You Develop a Screening Method to Identify Disease Resistant Plants?

HUDDLE #3 - What Types of Research Should be Prioritized When New Diseases are Found?

HUDDLE #4 - How Do You Decide on a Sampling Strategy to Determine the Spatial Distribution of a Pathogen?

Tuesday Poster Huddle Topics

HUDDLE #5 - What are Nanoparticles and How Do They Impact Biological and Chemical Disease Control?

HUDDLE #6 - What are the Important Concepts Needed for Population Analyses?

HUDDLE #7 - What are the Essential Factors Needed to Evaluate Disease Risk?

HUDDLE #8 - Where are we in Finding Alternatives to Antibiotics for the Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases?

Posters by Appointment
Looking 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 Boulevard
Join 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 Orientation
4:30 – 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 Ceremony
10:30 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 AuctionConnecting Knowledge with a Growing World
12:00 – 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 for details.

Welcome Reception – Exhibition and Posters
4:00 – 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 Science
1:00 – 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.

Plenary Session – Crossroads in Science
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Doug Parker, Ph.D., DIrector, California Institute for Water Resources, Oakland, California, U.S.A.Doug Parker

To understand California’s water situation, one must recognize a fundamental paradox: Enough will never be enough. We are a land-rich but water-limited state, and increased supply leads to more demand, which makes answers to California’s water challenges complex, involving a combination of policy, technology and conservation. Click here for details.

Early Career Professionals’ Social with Employer Networking Opportunity
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Mingle 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 Social
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10
Make 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 Event
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $40Castle Green Lobby
Create lasting business connections while exploring one of Pasadena’s most unique places, Castle Green ( 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: $40
Plant 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 Day
8:30 – 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.

 Pasadena Convention Center

Pasadena Convention Center

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