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Workshops for the 62nd Annual Maize Genetics Meeting

The "Maize Annotation Jamboree" workshop has limited seating. Pre-registration is required (see contact information below). The "Maize Developmental Genetics Meeting" is nearly full. Please contact the organizers if you are interested in attending. Attendance for all the other workshops are open to everyone, and seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2020 Schedule:

Maize Annotation Jamboree

March 10 - 12, 2020
Location: Hualalai Room (limited to 30 registered participants) Contact
Tuesday, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Maize Annotation Jamboree: Welcome Dinner
(located outside at the Pa'akai Point)
Doreen Ware,
Marcela K. Tello-Ruiz
Cristina Fernandez-Marco
Wednesday, 9:00am - 8:00pm Maize Annotation Jamboree: Day #1
Thursday, 9:00am - 4:00pm Maize Annotation Jamboree: Day #2

Maize Community Workshops: Room 1

March 12, 2020
Location: Mauna Loa Room (limited to first 70 participants per session) Contact
1:00pm - 2:30pm Maize Genetic Transformation Technology: an Update
In this workshop, labs from both academic and industry will share their research and protocol details of genetic transformation in maize inbred lines.

  • Heidi Kaeppler (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Transformation of maize inbred line, LH244, a new public resource for maize functional genomics research
  • Morgan McCaw (Iowa State University, USA)
    Genetic transformation of Fast-Flowering Mini Maize
  • Bill Gordon-Kamm (Corteva AgriScience, USA)
    Leaf Transformation in maize: differences and similarities compared to immature embryo transformation
Kan Wang
2:30pm - 4:00pm Maize Community Resources: MaizeGDB & Gramene Lisa Harper,
Marcela K. Tello-Ruiz
4:00pm - 5:30pm Maize Epigenetics and Chromatin (Maize EPIC) Network

Biology Talks (20 min each):
  • (4:00pm) Sarah Anderson, Iowa State University
    Dynamic TE transcripts suggest open chromatin in repetitive regions of the maize genome
  • (4:20pm) Thelma Madzima, University of Washington Bothell
    MOP1-mediated epigenetic regulation of ABA-induced transcriptional responses in maize
Resource Talks (15 min each)
  • (4:40pm) Kelly Dawe, University of Georgia
    NAM pan-genome and (soon to arrive) pan-methylome
  • (4:55pm) Rob Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    The MaizeCODE pilot Project
  • (5:10pm) Hank Bass, Florida State University
    Maize EPIC Network Discussion
Hank Bass,
Vincenzo Rossi

Maize Community Workshops: Room 2

March 12, 2020
Location: Mauna Kea (limited to first 80 participants per session) Contact
9:00am - 4:00pm Maize Developmental Genetics Meeting
(Session is nearly full - please contact Sarah and Paula before attending)
Paula McSteen,
Sarah Hake
4:00pm - 4:30pm Break
4:30pm - 6:00pm Speed Networking with Undergraduates: Connecting to Community Mark Lubkowitz


There is no registration form this year for the community and resource workshops. The Maize Annotation Jamboree workshop is limited to registered graduate students and faculty interested in course development, click here to apply. Workshops will be walk-in only, open to everyone, limited seating for each section will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The workshops will take place in the Sheraton Kona meeting rooms. Click the image below to see a map of the hotel conference area.