Past Symposium Highlights

Highlights from the 2019 Plant Sciences Symposium

In March 2019, The Ohio State University hosted its 2nd annual inaugural Plant Sciences Symposium, ‘Planting Profitability Using Interdisciplinary Approaches.’ This symposium aimed to provide a platform to showcase the many approaches in plant sciences used to increase productivity of various ornamental, vegetable, and field crops.

The 2019 symposium was honored to have four keynote speakers representing diverse areas of industry and academic research from multiple universities, including The Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Iowa State University, and University of North Texas.

The 2019 symposium offered its participants tours of the Ohio State Stadium Turf Science Tour, the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center, and the Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center. Workshops and panel discussions focused on science communication.

The Ohio State Stadium Turf Science Tour

Tour of the Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center

Science Communication Workshop featuring Joe Palca, a science correspondent for NPR, as one of the speakers.

The student speaker and poster competition featured research from multiple specialized fields within the field of plant science, including plant pathology, plant biotechnology, plant breeding, entomology, weed science, plant-based medicinal chemistry, etc.

Student speakers at the 2019 Plant Sciences Symposium

Research poster presentation

Research poster presentation

The symposium was free for all participants in person as well as via webinar. There was a total of 102 people participated the symposium in person, and 3 participated via Webinar. The participants came from industry and universities in Ohio and in other parts of the country and the world.

Map of states where 2019 Symposium participants came from (in red)

Thank you to our major sponsors below for their generous donations for the symposium.

Thank you to all of the sponsors, speakers, participants and organizers who made the 2019 Plant Sciences Symposium a successful event. We hope to see many familiar and new faces at the 2020 Plant Sciences Symposium!