2017 APS Annual Meeting:
Networking Opportunities & Events
Whether you are a newcomer or veteran, make the most of the APS Annual Meeting experience and make connections that will last well beyond the final session. We have an ever-expanding choice of networking opportunities, small-scale workshops, and social events to help you to get together with industry members and make valuable connections.
Saturday, August 5
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 your first meeting is one of the best! This year even more connections will be provided for you through new networking opportunities, but you must register to be connected. Pre-registration is required.Committee Meetings6:00—7:00 p.m.7:15—8:15 p.m.8:30—9:30 p.m.Open to everyone! See meeting schedule for list of subject matter committees.
Sunday, August 6
Social Gathering in the Mercado with Exhibition and Posters4:00—6:00 p.m.This will be your first opportunity to connect with colleagues and expand your global network in the industry by meeting with exhibitors. Scientific posters will be on display. Watch for new interactive areas in the hall this evening as well as throughout the week. Light refreshments with a beverage ticket are included with registration. A few culinary delights in the Mercado (Mexican market) might include: queso fundido, carnita, arroz, and pepper poppers. Join in the fun and even dress for fiesta with APS!University Networking Socials6:00—7:00 p.m. Re-connect with fellow alumni! Check the program book for a listing of participating universities.Pitch120 Training & Practice7:00—9:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Office of Public Relations & Outreach (OPRO), the Pitch120 Training & Practice Session is a free workshop, available to the entire APS membership.
Monday, August 7
Graduate Student & Industry Lunch11:30 a.m. —1:00 p.m.Meet with industry members and make valuable connections in this informal lunch setting. Pre-registration fee is required.Early Career Professionals’ Social with Employer Networking Opportunity6:00—7:00 p.m.Participate in this unique social, designed for early career professionals, to mingle with your colleagues as well as learn about new job opportunities. Academic, government, and industry employers are invited to join the event to network with prospective employees. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration fee is required.Graduate Student Social6:00—7:00 p.m.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. Pre-registration fee is required.Industry & Extension Networking Event6:30—9:30 p.m.This evening will provide an opportunity to expand your professional network with industry representatives and extension professionals from around the country. Pre-registration fee is required. Attendance is limited so sign up early.
Tuesday, August 8
Academic Unit Leader Meeting8:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. This focused meeting provides a platform for plant pathology department heads/chairs, academic unit leaders, or their representatives, from the U.S.A. and international institutions, to meet with colleagues, review priority issues, and learn more about the APS Academic Unit Leader Forum (AULF). Ticket includes cost of breakfast. Pre-registration is required.LGBTQA Social and Networking Hour6:30—7:00 p.m.Committee for Diversity and Equality presents "STRIDE for the Future" Workshop7:00—8:30 p.m.Guest tickets are available for purchase on the registration form.
Wednesday, August 9
Final Night Celebration — The Last Alamo Revelry7—9:30 p.m.Join your colleagues and the APS team at the Final Night Celebration at The Grotto at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Get ready for a surprise or two along the way as we network and revel the night away deep in the heart of Texas!Ticket is included with full registration. Guest tickets are available for purchase on the registration form.