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2018 Maize Genetics Conference Registration:

Details on conference registration are not yet finalized. This page will be updated as new information becomes available, and once all of the details have been finalized an announcement will be posted at MaizeGDB.

How To Register:

To attend the meeting, you will need to register and pay the registration fee. The registration fee includes meals, abstract books, everyone's share of the meeting and poster room rental costs along with all the audio-visual and poster equipment, and other conference fees. The hotel reservation cost only covers lodging. The cost per person for the conference pass will be TBD for regular attendees (see full fee schedule below). Rooms are TBD per night/TBD for three conference nights for a double room (upgraded room locations or amenities have higher prices). Please make roommate arrangements before you reserve your hotel room and make the reservation with both guest names.

There are four steps to complete the registration process for the 2018 meeting:

Step 1Registration Follow the registration instructions on this page. Registration includes meals, abstract books, and some of the other meeting costs.
Step 2Hotel Reservation To make reservations for the conference hotel follow the the Hotel instructions on this page.
Step 3Abstract submission To submit a talk or poster abstract follow the instructions on this page. You must be registered for the conference to submit an abstract.
Step 4Financial Aid Please read about the eligibility requirements before applying for the award.

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Step 1
Registration Package:


Full registration is due by January 19, 2018.

We strongly encourage you to register in advance of the meeting as pre-registration allows us to compile a list of attendees with their affiliations, pre-print nametags, and give meal guarantees.

Registration Package:

Registration will open soon.


Alternatively, you may download a registration form (once registration opens) and mail or FAX it with your registration payment. Note that we cannot accept credit cards via email.

Registration Package Fees:

Registration fees are as follows:

By January 19, 2018After January 19, 2018
Advance Registration (Academic, Government, and Industry participants) TBDTBD
Postdoc TBDTBD
Emeritus/Retired attendees TBDTBD
Student* TBDTBD

Information for all participants:

Information on conference registration for all participants will be shown here once those details are finalized.

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.

*Student Attendees:

Information on conference registration for students will shown here once those details are finalized.

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Step 2
Hotel Reservation:

Please read the following instructions before you reserve your hotel room:
  1. Before proceeding to the reservation link, please make roommate arrangements if you plan to share a room. The meeting site does not have a fixed process to handle room sharing, the participant should find a roommate (Need help finding a roommate), and discuss the payment with each other. Please find a roommate in advance and make the reservation with both guest names.
  2. The front desk can only check you in if they received a whole room deposit. If you have a roommate and you arrive at the hotel at the same time, each person will pay one-half the room deposit and check-in at the front desk of hotel. If a participant arrives at the hotel first, and wants to check-in first, the guest will have to pay the whole room deposit (the balance will be returned at check out), and each guest will pay for half of the room charge when they check-out.
  3. Student attendees who wish to cancel a reservation must do so before March 2, 2018 for a full refund, otherwise they will be charged a room rate of one night. All other attendees must give the hotel a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund.
  4. Please be aware that because of the size of the hotel rooms, if you select either a triple or quad occupancy for the hotel room, it is likely that roommates will need to share a bed.
All the participants need to make hotel reservations using the following link:

Hotel reservations will open soon.


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Step 3
Abstract Submission:

All abstracts must be submitted electronically by January 19, 2018. Use the link below to begin the process of submitting your abstract. Please indicate on the abstract form whether you wish to present a talk or a poster. 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.

Abstract submissions will open soon.


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Step 4
Financial Aid:

There are two types of financial aid for the 60th Annual Maize Genetics Conference:

MaGNET Awards:

The MaGNET Awards program will provide competitive support for attendance at the Conference, for members of underrepresented groups, as well as for faculty mentors accompanying eligible students.

MaGNET submissions will open soon.


Student Registration/Financial Aid:

The application deadline will be January 19, 2018.

The steering committee is soliciting federal grants and industry donations to help defray meeting costs for graduate students and for those undergraduates who are the first and presenting author of a poster or talk. More information on how students should register will be posted here once those details are finalized.

Students are actively encouraged to apply for travel awards within their graduate program, college or university. If you have concerns about student financial aid or need information to assist in any local grant application, please do not hesitate to contact the conference chair, Alain Charcosset, at

NO applications for student support received after January 19, 2018 will be considered. Please act promptly to assure that your application is received before this deadline.

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 19 Jan 2018
Financial Aid 19 Jan 2018
Hotel 19 Jan 2018
Late-Poster Submission 26 Jan 2018
Workshops 9 Feb 2018

News & Information
Aug 24: 2018 Maize Meeting website is live.


Information about pre-conference workshops will be released soon.

Meeting Organizers
View the full Steering Committee