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All Maize Meeting attendees are encouraged to arrive in Saint-Malo on March 21st due to the possible train strike on March 22nd, or make their trip on the 22nd independent from trains, including subway.

2018 Maize Genetics Abstract and Program Information:

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Abstract Submission:

All abstracts must be submitted electronically by January 19, 2018. 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.

In choosing the short talks for the Maize Meeting, the goals of the Maize Genetics Conference Steering Committee (MGCSC) are to select the most exciting science and to include a broad representation of the maize genetics community. All members of the MGCSC independently score each short talk abstract based on their excitement and enthusiasm for the science. Committee members with a conflict of interest (e.g., being from the same institution, on a grant with the speaker's lab, being a former mentor, etc.) abstain from scoring the conflicting abstract. Top scoring abstracts are then prioritized for talks. Abstracts that convey the importance of the work, that contain new and exciting research findings, and are accessible to a broad audience typically rank higher. Additional factors are taken into account when selecting the final program of short talks. For example, it is important to balance the program for subject categories, preference is given to presentations by students and postdocs, and the demographic composition of the speakers may also come into play. In general, no more than one abstract is selected from individual laboratories or multi-investigator projects per meeting. When multiple abstracts are ranked equally within a category, speakers who have not presented in the previous year and/or that are sole representatives of their laboratory requesting to speak are more likely to be chosen to broaden the topics highlighted over the course of several meetings. We are well aware that, if your abstract is not selected for a talk, you might be disappointed - hence we are providing this explanation to make the selection process as transparent as possible and to help you write the best abstract.

If you are reporting on new genes in your abstract then please take the time to check MaizeGDB to see if your gene already exists and to review the nomenclature guidelines. If you require assistance contact Lisa Harper at for questions about naming genes and John Portwood at for technical questions about abstract submission.

Abstract 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 19, 2018.

Logo submission is now closed.

Author Presentation Notification:

Authors of abstracts selected for oral presentations will be informed by email by February 16, 2018. 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, 2018, please contact John Portwood by e-mail at

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


NOTE: This year each poster space will be portrait orientation at 84cm horizontal x 118cm vertical (33 inches horizontal x 46 inches vertical) and there will be attached velcro and adhesive tape provided at the conference to hang your poster.


Abstract submissions are due by January 19, 2018.

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 22 and close at noon Sunday, March 25, 2018.

This year the meeting will feature four plenary speakers: Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid, Gregor Mendel Institute; Magnus Nordborg, Gregor Mendel Institute; Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, University of California - Davis; François Tardieu, INRA. 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.

Program and Abstract Volume:

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Important Dates
Conference Date
Start Date 22 Mar 2018
End Date 25 Mar 2018

Deadlines Date
MaGNET 19 Jan 2018
Abstract Submission 19 Jan 2018
Registration Site 12 Mar 2018
Financial Aid 19 Jan 2018
Hotel 12 Mar 2018
Late-Poster Submission 26 Jan 2018
Workshop Registration 12 Mar 2018

News & Information
Aug 24: 2018 Maize Meeting website is live.
Feb 23: All Maize Meeting attendees are encouraged to arrive in Saint-Malo on March 21st due to the possible train strike on March 22nd, or make their trip on the 22nd independent from trains, including subway.


Five pre-conference Workshops are being offered before the Maize Meeting on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

Meeting Organizers
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