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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.

Policy on using Social Media (including Twitter) concerning unpublished data in talks or posters:

To maintain and foster an environment at the Maize Genetics Conference where colleagues feel comfortable and are encouraged to share unpublished data, Tweeting (or sharing on other Social Media) of all data, results, hypotheses, conclusions, or any other aspects of a talk or poster are not permitted without the expressed consent of the authors. This year authors will be able to give consent when making their abstract submissions. Whether permission has been granted will then be indicated by a blue bird symbol next to their entry in the abstract book, and on their first slide or poster. In the absence of this pre-obtained approval, the only permissible information to Tweet about a talk is the information publically available in the abstract book.

Prohibition of side or project meetings during the Official Program of the Maize Genetics Conference (MGC):

The Maize Genetics Conference Steering Committee (MGCSC) is charged with organizing the MGC and all affiliated activities. The MGCSC discussed and decided to prohibit any group from making a hotel meeting room reservation during the organized sessions of the MGC, including the short talks, poster sessions, or plenary talks. This action was taken to avoid concurrent sessions at the MGC outside of the purview of the MGCSC, which would fundamentally change the meeting and potential interactions among attendees. Groups wishing to organize project or side meetings at the MGC are encouraged to do so on Thursday before the start of the meeting, Sunday after the conclusion of the meeting, or may do so during breakfast, lunch, or dinner during the meeting. However, in the latter cases, the project or group meeting must conclude prior to the start of the next session organized as part of the MGC. This year the lunch breaks will be extended by an additional 30 minutes to provide more time for attendees to connect with collaborators. It is expected that all students receiving financial support to participate in the MGC be in attendance during all MGC sessions.

2018 Maize Genetics Hotel and Travel Information:

Congress Venue:

Palais du Grand Large, Centre de Congrès Saint-Malo
1 Quay Duguay-Trouin
BP 109 - 35400
Saint-Malo, France
Tel: +33 (0) 2 99 20 60 20

The Congress venue is the Palais du Grand Large, a modern convention center situated in the heart of the town and in close proximity to the hotels and restaurants. The convention center includes an auditorium, two large, pleasant rotundas with views over the sea and the ramparts of the old town for exhibition and poster presentations and several rooms for committee meetings and catering.

Hotel Reservations:

Click here to reserve your hotel room



Get Directions to the Palais du Grand Large in Saint-Malo, France

International attendees:

Travelers from other EU countries can enter France without visa. This also true for stays below 90 days for a number of countries including USA, Canada, Israel, Taiwan, etc. However, most visitors from outside the EU must arrange a non-immigrant visitor's visa in advance, usually from a French consulate or embassy in your home country. Please determine specific requirements for your country. Relevant information may be found at French Foreign Office government web site: Information for US citizens traveling to France may be found at the State department's travel website:

International attendees who require letters of invitation to facilitate visa processing may contact the meeting Chair: Alain Charcosset.

Transport and Travel

You can travel to Saint-Malo by plane, high-speed train (TGV), ferry or car, or mix these means of transport. The convention center and hotels are walking distance from the train station.
  • Plane
    Paris airports:
    Depending on the airline company, you will land at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) or Orly airport (Orly), both close to Paris. Then you can either take a connecting flight to a local airport near Saint Malo, or travel to Saint-Malo by high speed train (TGV) , or rent a car (see below for details on these options).
    Local airports:
    ▪ Rennes Saint-Jacques airport has 80 regular connections with major French and European cities. Then it is a 45 minutes taxi drive from Saint-Malo (approximately 150-180 € by taxi) or a 45 minute train journey from the Centre of Rennes to Saint Malo (approximately 10 € train fare). There are 3 flights a day from Roissy CDG to Rennes Saint-Jacques airport.

    ▪ Dinard/Pleurtuit/Saint-Malo airport is 15 minutes from Saint-Malo and has daily flights from London and Nottingham in the UK.

    Due to increased security and border checks, please allow plenty of time for your connection with trains and taxis etc. Please also remember that local airports are quite small so you may have to wait for a taxi particularly in the evenings.
  • Train
    From Paris-Montparnasse railway station:
    There are two options here, either get a direct high speed train (TGV) from there to Saint-Malo, or get TGV from CDG to Saint-Malo with a connection in Rennes. TGV from Paris-Montparnasse to Saint-Malo takes 2h15, and about 3 hours when connecting in Rennes.
    From Roissy-CDG airport:
    ▪ TGV from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport to Rennes (2 or 3 trains a day, #3 hours), with a connection in Rennes to Saint-Malo (#45 min.).
    ▪ Air France direct bus shuttle to Paris-Montparnasse railway station run runs every 30 min, from 6 am to 10 pm with average journey time 50 min, fare about 17 €.
    ▪ Paris-Montparnasse railway station may be reached by underground public transportation (RER B to station Denfert-Rochereau, connection to metro line 6, journey time approx. 1 hour)
    From Orly airport:
    ▪ Air France direct bus shuttle to Paris-Montparnasse railway station run every 20 min, from 6 am to 11 pm, average journey time 45 min, fare about 13 €.
    ▪ Paris-Montparnasse railway station may be reached by underground public transportation (Orlyval train to station Antony, connection to RER B stop in station Denfert-Rochereau, connection to line 6, journey time approx. 1 hour).
    Alternatively, there are TGV from Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg and Brest with a connection in Rennes to Saint-Malo. You have to book your ticket to travel on TGV. Please follow this link for prices, schedules and reservations:
  • Car
    Located 400 km from Paris, the drive will take you around 4 hours.
    ▪ From Paris: motorway A11/A81 to Rennes and then RN 137.
    ▪ From Normandy: motorway A84.
    Most motorways include toll fees (25 € from Paris to Rennes). Many rental agencies exist in either CDG or Orly. There are 1600 parking spaces near the Grand Large. Depending on your hotel policy, you can benefit of a free or paying private parking space.
  • Ferry
    There are daily ferry services from Plymouth (England) directly into Saint-Malo, and from Guernsey and Jersey islands too.
    Brittany Ferries -- Condor ferries
  • Local transports: bus, taxi and bike
    The convention center and hotels are walking distance from the train station, but below are some local transports that you may want to use for tourism or if you are coming from local airports.
    Once you have arrived in Saint-Malo, you can use the bus service to get to the congress venue or your hotel. Download the bus map.
    ABC Taxi ST MALO : +33 6 10 03 18 86 / ABC Taxis. Expected transfer fees from Rennes Airport to Saint-Malo (for a car up to 8 seats).
    ▪ 130 € from 07h00 to 19h00 from Monday to Saturday
    ▪ 170 € from 19h00 to 07h00 on Sundays
    Hire a bike

Useful Information

  • The Brittany peninsula, the longest French shoreline, offers a variety of amazing landscapes. Each coastal area has its own identity, a subtle marriage between the colours and shapes of the rocks and the sea. This maritime influence has left its mark on Brittany's history as many hardened sailors, fishermen and other seafarers have left its coast to sail the world's oceans.
    From the superb seascapes of its ever-changing coastline to the forests and farmland of its inland areas, the "Haute Bretagne" is a land steeped in history and full of contrasts, which contains architectural treasures that will seduce both history enthusiasts and those who love exploring.
  • A town of artistic interest, Saint-Malo has a turbulent maritime history. Chateaubriand, Surcouf, Jacques Cartier, who started from there his expedition to Canada … Whether they were writers, privateers or sailors, Saint-Malo was the cradle of many brave hearts. Just like them, proud and independent, the Corsair city erects its forts and its ramparts in full view of the sea, and appeals both by its character and its exceptional setting.
    Visitors can take in the stunning view of the bay of Saint-Malo on a 1.5- mile stroll around the ramparts that surround the walled city and enjoy a crepe or a glass of artisan cider along the way. A visit to the City Museum is a must to guide you through the history of Saint-Malo and the stories of its great personalities, history and the evolution of the region.
    There are plenty of shops, restaurants and patisseries to really sample the Brittany gastronomy experience. Saint-Malo itself has ample hotels to suit all budgets and requirements, which are mainly to be found in the walled city and along the seafront, all within walking distance of the congress venue.
    History and heritage, attractions.
The surroundings of Saint-Malo
  • Cancale
    A charming fishing port, and one of the best French places to taste delicious oysters. Cancale is 17 km from Saint-Malo.
    More information
  • Le Mont Saint-Michel
    Situated approximately 50 km from Saint Malo, the « Wonder of the Western World » forms a tower in the heart of an immense bay invaded by the highest tides in Europe. UNESCO has classed the Mont Saint-Michel as a world heritage in 1979. It welcomes more than 2,5 millions visitors a year.
    More information
  • Dinard
    A famous seaside resort, with typical "Années Trente" villas. Dinard is 12 km from Saint-Malo by road and the barrage de la Rance, or 20 min by sailing across the bay.
    More information
  • Dinan
    A wonderful city with a famous medieval heritage, by the Rance river. About 35 km from Saint-Malo.
    More information
Electrical Power
  • In Europe the electrical power is supplied in 250 V. Attendees from the USA and other parts of the world will need to bring a power adapter in order to charge their electronic devices.
Currency and practices
  • The currency in France is the Euro.
    1 EUR = 100 cents.
    Coins: 1, 2 euro and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.
    Notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 euro.
    For currency converter please click here
  • Currency is easy to get by cash withdrawal thanks to numerous ATM available at the entrance of the banks and post offices, as in railway stations and airports. Change is possible in banks, a few post offices and change offices. Banks are closed during the weekend. In France, cheap purchases (less than 10 or 20 Euros) are usually paid cash. For more expensive purchases, credit card is the most common way to pay.
Shops and Restaurants
  • Shops generally open on 9 or 9:30 am, close on 12:30, and in the afternoon then open again on 14:00 and close on 19:00. Banks close sooner, around 17:00. Most shops are closed on Sundays.

    Restaurants open around noon for lunch, and 19:00 for dinner except the "crêperies" that open all day long. Most of them are closed on Sunday nights and Mondays.
French winter time is UT+1 and French summer time is UT+2. Unfortunately change will occur during the meeting (as for MGC 2017 in Saint Louis …). Clocks will have to be advanced by one hour during the night of Saturday to Sunday (the change is official at 3 am).

Useful numbers
If you need to contact the emergency services (ambulance, fire brigade, police) while in France the number to dial is 112.

Hospitals in St Malo:
Hospital Center de Saint Malo (+33 2 99 19 84 76)
Centre Hospitalier de Saint Malo (+33 2 99 21 21 21)

Conference site resources for child and other family care:

The Maize Genetics community strives to include all members wishing to attend and participate in the meeting. We recognize that parents of young children may have difficulties attending and arranging for child care during the meeting to allow their participation. Parents who would not otherwise be able to attend the meeting should contact Alain Charcosset as soon as possible (at the latest February 9) to discuss possible accommodations we may be able to provide during the meeting to enable you to participate.

Roommate Bulletin Board:

If you need to locate a roommate, please do so before submitting your lodging registration. A roommate link is located here:

Find a roommate.

Click here to donate to an endowment? that will provide financial assistance to students attending the meeting.

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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Saint-Malo weather:

According to the oceanic climate, the weather in Saint-Malo may be quite cold in March due to the Northern wind. Minimal and maximal average temperatures are 5°C and 12°C respectively. Although raincoats or umbrellas are advised, there are more sunny days than rainy days in March, which allows wonderful walks on the ramparts of the Intra-Muros city.