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You are invited to attend the 52nd Annual Maize Genetics Conference. The Conference will be held March 18-21, 2010, at the Congress Centre of Riva del Garda (Trento), Italy.

The Conference will open with the Thursday evening meal, March 18 and close at noon Sunday, March 21, 2010. Download the Announcement Letter

Download the 2010 Maize Genetics Conference Abstract Book

Join researchers in Riva del Garda, located at the foot of the Dolomites and on the shores of one of the most enchanting lakes of Europe, to:

  • Listen to invited talks given by internationally renowned plant genetic researchers
  • Learn the most current scientific and technical advances in maize genetics
  • Participate in broad subject area sessions to stimulate new ideas that you can bring back to your lab
  • Network with potential collaborators at meals, poster sessions and evening mixers
  • Submit your latest research in an abstract for inclusion as an oral or poster presentation

Plenary Speakers:

  • Marianne Banziger, CIMMYT, Mexico
    "Stress tolerant maize for the developing world - challenges and prospects"
  • Alain Charcosset, INRA, France
    "Genomics of quantitative traits: insights into maize adaptation to Europe and prospects for marker assisted breeding"
  • Enrico Coen, John Innes Centre, England
    "From Genes to Shape"
  • Michele Morgante, University of Udine, Italy
    "The pan-genome concept in plants: origin, structure and function of the dispensable genome."
  • Anne Sylvester, University of Wyoming, USA
    "Balancing cell division and expansion during maize leaf development: From genome to cells"

Session Topics covered:

  • Biochemical Genetics
  • Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
  • Cytogenetics
  • Development & Cell Biology
  • Functional Genomics
  • Education & Outreach
  • Quantitative Genetics & Breeding
  • Transposons & Epigenetics

Lodging/Shuttle Reservation Information:

  1. The Rivatour Travel Agency is managing both lodging and shuttle service to Riva del Garda.
  2. Participants must use the Rivatour link to book their hotel.
  3. Since the conference site is not located near major transportation routes, Rivatour has organized a shuttle service from the main airports to Riva del Garda. For your convenience, all participants are strongly encouraged to use the organized shuttle service for transportation to Riva del Garda.
  4. Prior to booking the shuttle, you must already have booked your flight to Italy as this information is required when making the shuttle reservation.
  5. The Rivatour site is ready to receive reservations now, so book as soon as possible!
Check the Hotel/Travel page for additional important details.

Travel Considerations:

  1. Apply for travel visas three months prior to when they are needed. International scientists/students within the U.S. may require a visa for travel to Europe. For further information, visit the State Department web site or the International Visitors Office web site. Please check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy to find out the earliest that you may apply.
  2. U.S. citizens require a valid passport to travel to this conference.
Check the Hotel/Travel page for additional important details.

Interested in becoming a sponsor of the Maize Genetics Conference?

If you are interested in becoming one of our partners to help sponsor the conference, please contact, (in North America) Mark Cigan ([email protected]) and Robert Bensen ([email protected]) or (in Europe) Roberto Tuberosa ([email protected]).

Important Dates
Opening Date
Housing 24 Nov 2009
Registration Site 07 Dec 2009
Abstract Submission 08 Dec 2009
Financial Aid 14 Dec 2009
Late Poster Submission 03 Feb 2009

Final Deadline Date
Housing 29 Jan 2010
Registration Site 29 Jan 2010
Financial Aid 29 Jan 2010
Abstract Submission 29 Jan 2010
Late Poster Submission 05 Feb 2009

News & Information
March 17: Upload your poster to MaizeGDB.

Meeting Organizers

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