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Policy on using Social Media (including Twitter) concerning unpublished data in talks or posters: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foster an environment at the Maize Genetics Conference where colleagues feel comfortable and are encouraged to share unpublished data, Tweeting (or sharing on other Social Media) of all data, results, hypotheses, conclusions, or any other aspects of a talk or poster are not permitted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. The permission of the author to Tweet any information about their presentation must be obtained prior to Tweeting. In the absence of this pre-obtained approval, the only permissible information to Tweet about a talk is that 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 splinter or concurrent sessions at the MGC outside of the purview of the MGCSC, which would fundamentally change the meeting and potential interactions among cooperators. 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. It is expected that all students receiving financial support to participate in the MGC be fully present and in attendance during all MGC sessions.

2017 Maize Genetics Hotel and Travel Information:

Conference Hotel:

Union Station

Hotel Reservations:



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Transportation Options from the Airport to the St. Louis Union Station

Roommate Bulletin Board:

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

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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 Erich Grotewold before February 9 to discuss possible accommodations we may be able to provide during the meeting to enable you to participate.

International Attendees:

Those international attendees who require letters of invitation to facilitate visa processing may contact the meeting Chair, Erich Grotewold.

To travel to this conference, you may need to obtain a non-immigrant visitor's (or other) visa, usually from a US embassy in your home country. Please determine specific requirements for your country. Relevant information may be found at US government web sites:

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Important Dates
Conference Date
Start Date 9 Mar 2017
End Date 12 Mar 2017

Deadlines Date
MaGNET 25 Jan 2017
Abstract Submission 22 Jan 2017
Registration Site 22 Jan 2017
Financial Aid 22 Jan 2017
Hotel Check availability
Late-Poster Submission 27 Jan 2017
Workshop Registration 24 Feb 2017

News & Information
Dec 1: 2017 Maize Meeting website is live.


Six pre-conference Workshops are being offered before the Maize Meeting on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Meeting Organizers
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