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2013 Maize Genetics Abstract and Program Information:

Abstract Submission:

All abstracts must be submitted electronically by January 31, 2013. Use the link below to begin the process of submitting your abstract. Those who plan to be away near the time of the submission deadline tending to winter crops should submit abstracts in advance. Please indicate on the abstract form whether you wish to present a talk or a poster. Do not check both options. Abstracts are limited to 300 words. Time constraints on the meeting may mean that some authors who request oral presentations will be asked to present their data in poster format instead. Abstracts should be submitted under one of the seven research topic categories listed on this abstract submission page and meeting website, based on which the submitter believes is most appropriate. Session topics will be determined (by the MGCSC) based on the abstracts selected for talks, but will likely be similar to the listed categories. The list of research categories has changed slightly from previous meetings.

Update (March 4th). Talk and poster submissions are now closed.

Logo/photo Contest Submission:

The logo/photo for the cover of the abstract book will be selected from submissions by cooperators. Those who wish to express their enthusiasm for maize in artistic form are encouraged to submit original artwork (i.e. copyright-free), by January 31, 2013.

Logo submission is now closed. No more logos are being accepted.

Author Presentation Notification:

Authors of abstracts selected for oral presentations will be informed by email by February 15, 2013. Authors should check the meeting website to make sure that their abstracts are posted and contain no errors. If you have not received any information about your abstract, and it is not accessible on the web site by February 21, 2013, please contact echo Phil Becraft by e-mail at [email protected].

Consistent with past practice, and the spirit of collegiality and inclusivity within the maize community, all poster abstracts have been accepted for presentation.


Each poster space is 122cm horizontal x 122cm vertical (48 inches horizontal x 48 inches vertical) and authors are responsible for bringing their own tacks for hanging the poster.


February 4, 2013: Update! The maize meeting abstract submission for talk submissions has been closed. Poster abstract submissions will reopen on February 5th at 11:00am CST and be open until 11:00am CST on Wednesday, February 13th. This is a hard deadline for your abstract to appear in the printed abstract book. Abstracts received after this time will appear in the electronic version only.

Research Topics:

  • Biochemical and Molecular Genetics
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Computational and Large-Scale Biology
  • Cytogenetics
  • Education & Outreach
  • Quantitative Genetics & Breeding
  • Transposons & Epigenetics

Program Overview:

The Conference will open with the Thursday evening meal, March 14 and close at noon Sunday, March 17, 2013.

This year the meeting will feature four plenary speakers: James Holland, North Carolina State University; Michael J Scanlon, Cornell University ; Julia Bailey-Serres, University of California, Riverside; Jen Sheen, Harvard Medical School . The program will also include approximately 30 short talks (15 minutes each), and extended poster sessions. A link to the complete program will be available on this page prior to the meeting.

Audio/Video Equipment:

Click here for helpful instructions for preparing your oral presentation.

Poster/Presentation Upload Instructions:

See link below to upload your poster/presentation to MaizeGDB. By doing so, your poster/presentation will be available to download from MaizeGDB through the reference pages.

Upload your poster to MaizeGDB

Program and Abstract Volume:

Check here for the meeting program and abstract book (Available three weeks prior to meeting).

Download abstract books from previous meetings.

2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2009  |  2008  |  2007  |  2006  |  2005
Important Dates
Conference Date
Start Date 14 Mar 2013
End Date 17 Mar 2013

Deadlines Date
MaGNET 4 Jan 2013
Registration Site 31 Jan 2013
Financial Aid 31 Jan 2013
Talk Submission 4 Feb 2013
Poster 13 Feb 2013
Housing 15 Feb 2013

News & Information
Jan 18: Pioneer, a sponsor of the 2013 Maize Genetics Conference, announces that the 2013 ASPB-Pioneer Hi-Bred Graduate Student Fellowship competition is now accepting applications.
Dec 7: Maize Meeting registration, abstract submission, and lodging reservation links are now available!
July 20: MaGNET (Maize Genetics Network Enhancement via Travel) Award for 2013 has been announced.


The iPlant Collaborative is offering a workshop in their cyberinfrastructure to manage and analyze large datasets, immediately before the Maize Meeting from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

MaizeGDB is offering hour long "How to" tutorials immediately before the Maize Meeting at 4:00 and 5:00pm on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Can't make a workshop on Thursday. Contact the following to schedule a meeting during a poster session at MGC 2013:

      iPlant: Uwe Hilgert
      MaizeGDB: Lisa Harper

New! Please contact the conference chair if you would like to host a workshop.

Meeting Organizers
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