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Survey to gather input into planning of the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) 2020, scheduled for North America (Summer, 2020)

Dear colleagues,

The International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) was first held in 1965 and became an annual meeting in 1995. Over the last decade, ICARs have had an average attendance of approximately 900 people (1).

ICARs are organized on a volunteer basis by countries with significant Arabidopsis-related research and have a North America/Europe/Australasia, Oceania 3-year rotation cycle. ICAR 2017 took place in the US (2); ICAR 2018 is scheduled for Finland (3), and ICAR 2019 is scheduled for China. ICAR 2020, the subject of a portion this request for input, is expected to take place in the US.

Mechanistic plant research is broadening its scope and tackling important questions across a wide range of species, experimental conditions and scales of organization. Thus, the function of a model-organism-centric meeting, like the ICAR, is naturally questioned.

The North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC) (4) will organize ICAR 2020 in the US. NAASC members, which are tasked with understanding the current plant research landscape and future opportunities to utilize Arabidopsis as a model system, are interested in hearing community perspectives on how the ICAR meetings should be shaped to maintain relevance to the plant community.

NAASC members have reached out to the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) (5) to seek input and perspectives from plant biologists, including Arabidopsis researchers and those working in other plant systems, to help inform future ICARs with respect to their program, structure, topics, and locations. Input gathered in this survey will all be useful and relevant to other plant biology communities and NAASC will willingly share the aggregate input from general questions to interested plant biology communities.

Note: Many survey questions are not specific to Arabidopsis or the ICAR- they ask for your thoughts on plant biology conferences in general. You are welcome to answer any subset of questions you wish.

NAASC has developed a brief online survey and actively seeks input. Please take a few minutes to give your thoughts on what makes a plant biology conference valuable and relevant to you. Note that all survey responses are anonymous; only general demographic data are requested.

Please visit the following URL (or click the button below) to fill out the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ICAR2020 (survey should only be completed once)

thank you, in advance
Joanna
on behalf of NAASC

Sarah Assmann, Penn State University, (2013 - 2018)
Erich Grotewold, The Ohio State University, (2013 - 2018)
Rick Vierstra, Washington University- St. Louis, (2014 - 2018)
Doris Wagner, University of Pennsylvania, (2014 - 2018) NAASC President, MASC Co-Chair
Jose Dinneny, Carnegie Institution for Science, (2015 - 2019) NAASC Treasurer
Elizabeth Haswell, Washington University- St. Louis, (2015 - 2019) MASC Co-Chair
Roger Innes, Indiana University (2016 - 2020), ICAR 2020 Co-chair
Peter McCourt, University of Toronto, (2016 - 2020), ICAR 2020 Co-chair
Sean Cutler, University of California, Riverside (2017-2023)
Jennifer Nemhauser, University of Washington, Seattle (2017-2023)

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