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The ASPB Program Committee is soliciting applications from early career scientists (graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early assistant professors, as well as their counterparts in government and corporate labs) to present their work in a Plenary Symposium during Plant Biology 2024 in Honolulu, HI. The goal of this symposium is to highlight novel science and the future plant biology leaders doing the work.

We are specifically seeking early career scientists who have made substantial contributions to research areas that are unique to plant biology, such as photosynthesis, plant cell wall deposition, plant genomics, cell biology, structural and synthetic biology, and other areas that highlight the future of plant biology.


Over the last 100 years, plant biologists have provided critical insights into our understanding of key biological concepts, including the fundamental nature of genes and cells. Plant scientists have also developed our understanding of hormone signaling pathways, photosynthesis, metabolism, genome structure, and many other topical areas in incredible molecular detail. Today, plant biologists continue to push boundaries of experimental and agronomically relevant plant systems to provide real-world solutions aimed at alleviating critical problems, such as climate change, global food insecurity, and sustainability. To recognize both the plant scientists whose work has formed the foundations of our discipline and those who will carry these efforts into the future, and in celebration of the centennial anniversary of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) taking place at Plant Biology 2024, the ASPB program committee seeks to highlight ground-breaking research performed by the next generation of plant scientists that builds upon the incredible insights gained over the last 100 years of research.

To Apply

Applicants should submit:

  1. Their CV
  2. A seminar abstract (350 words),
  3. A short (2- to 3-minute) video highlighting the impact of this scientific contribution in the historical context of the field. (If selected, this video may be used to promote the session)
  4. At least one recommendation letter supporting this scientific contribution and the leadership qualities of the applicant.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Alignment of the research topic with the plenary symposium theme
  • Impact of the research on the broader plant science community
  • Representation of early career scientists across multiple axes of diversity.

Applications are due by January 22, 2024 and will be evaluated by the ASPB Program Committee for selection. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are selected to give a talk for this Plenary, you will receive complimentary registration and a $1000 stipend to use for hotel or travel.

The Program Committee will review applications after the due date of January 16, 2024, and notifications will be sent in February 2024.

Yes. A video is required as part of the application process.

All presenters are expected to attend Plant Biology 2024 in person.

The program committee encourages all oral presentation presenters to bring posters. Remember, that all Plant Biology conference attendees have an opportunity to present a poster and showcase the great work they are doing!