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Policy on using Social Media (including Twitter) concerning unpublished data in talks or posters:

To maintain and foster an environment at the Maize Genetics Conference where colleagues feel comfortable and are encouraged to share unpublished data, Tweeting (or sharing on other Social Media) of all data, results, hypotheses, conclusions, or any other aspects of a talk or poster are not permitted without the expressed consent of the authors. Authors will be able to give consent when making their abstract submissions. Whether permission has been granted will then be indicated by a blue bird symbol next to their entry in the abstract book, and on their first slide or poster. In the absence of this pre-obtained approval, the only permissible information to Tweet about a talk is the information publically available in the abstract book.

Prohibition of side or project meetings during the Official Program of the Maize Genetics Conference (MGC):

The Maize Genetics Conference Steering Committee (MGCSC) is charged with organizing the MGC and all affiliated activities. The MGCSC discussed and decided to prohibit any group from making a hotel meeting room reservation during the organized sessions of the MGC, including the short talks, poster sessions, or plenary talks. This action was taken to avoid splinter or concurrent sessions at the MGC outside of the purview of the MGCSC, which would fundamentally change the meeting and potential interactions among cooperators. Groups wishing to organize project or side meetings at the MGC are encouraged to do so on Thursday before the start of the meeting, Sunday after the conclusion of the meeting, or may do so during breakfast, lunch, or dinner during the meeting. However, in the latter cases, the project or group meeting must conclude prior to the start of the next session organized as part of the MGC. It is expected that all students receiving financial support to participate in the MGC be fully present and in attendance during all MGC sessions.

2019 Maize Genetics Hotel and Travel Information:

Conference Hotel:

Union Station

Hotel Reservations:



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Transportation Options from the Airport to the St. Louis Union Station

  • By MetroLink, for a one way rail fare of $2.50. There is a MetroLink station at Lambert Airport and one at Union Station near the hotel.
  • By Go Best Express Airport Shuttle, for these rates at a 10% discount:
    1 passenger: $22.50 one way / $40.50 roundtrip
    2+ passengers: $18.00 per person one way / $34.20 per person round trip
    Note: If making the reservation by phone mention the code "MAIZE2019" to receive the discount.
  • For those driving, the parking fees are $15 per day for self-parking and $20 per day for valet-parking.

Roommate Bulletin Board:

If you need to locate a roommate, please do so before submitting your lodging registration. A roommate link is located here:

Find a roommate.

Conference site resources for child and other family care:

The Maize Genetics community strives to include all members wishing to attend and participate in the meeting. We recognize that parents of young children may have difficulties attending and arranging for child care during the meeting to allow their participation. Parents who would not otherwise be able to attend the meeting should contact Michael Muszynski before February 9 to discuss possible accommodations we may be able to provide during the meeting to enable you to participate.

International Attendees:

Those international attendees who require letters of invitation to facilitate visa processing may contact the meeting Chair, Michael Muszynski.

To travel to this conference, you may need to obtain a non-immigrant visitor's (or other) visa, usually from a US embassy in your home country. Please determine specific requirements for your country. Relevant information may be found at US government web sites:

Click here to donate to an endowment? that will provide financial assistance to students attending the meeting.

Important Dates
Conference Date
Start Date 14 Mar 2019
End Date 17 Mar 2019

Deadlines Date
MaGNET 15 Dec 2018
Abstract Submission 25 Jan 2019
Registration Site 25 Jan 2019
Financial Aid 25 Jan 2019
Hotel 25 Jan 2019
Late-Poster Submission 1 Feb 2019
Workshop Registration 1 Feb 2019

News & Information
Jan 23: Federal employees who are unable to register by Jan 25 because of the shutdown should email Michael Muszynski by Feb 20 for a discount code to waive the late fee.
Dec 4: Disciplinary Breadth (DB) applications are now being accepted!
Nov 20: Registration and abstract submission is now open!


Four pre-conference Workshops are being offered before the Maize Meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Meeting Organizers
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