The theme of this year's University of Illinois Plant Science Symposium is “Breeding for a Changing World– An Arms Race Against Nature”. The topic is aimed to explore the future demands of agriculture and how we can adapt to meet those demands. We have invited a number of speakers with backgrounds in plant breeding, weed science, high-throughput phenotyping, and controlled environment agriculture to discuss their research. We hope to stimulate a discussion about long-term needs in agriculture that require attention in today’s research programs.

Along with these presentations, the event will also include a poster session and competition with a social hour at Crane Alley in downtown Urbana. Registration is free and will include a light breakfast, lunch, and access to the social hour. For those unable to attend, the event will be live-streamed on our website during the presentations. The link will become available as we move closer to the seminar.



The schedule will include opening remarks from Dean Kimberlee Kidwell followed by a variety of presentations, speakers, and poster sessions. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. To wrap up the event, the symposium will be hosting a mixer at Crane Alley in downtown Urbana.

Abstract Submission

In order to participate in either an oral or poster presentation, please complete the following form below in addition to the registration application. The abstract submission includes opportunities to submit a travel grant application. Two winners of the poster sessions will each recieve a $100 cash prize! The deadline to recieve a travel grant is July 20th, 2018.

Planning Committee


Left to Right:
Kathryn Lillie
Jay Howard
Stephen Jinga
Brent Murphy
Sabin Khanal
Lucas Roberts
Danielle Cooney
Michael Paulsmeyer
Brian Rice