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Nina Fedoroff nvf1 at psu.edu
Thu Dec 4 12:13:18 EST 1997

The Organizing Committee for the next International Botanical Congress
encourages you to submit a proposal to organize a session for the Congress.
While areas I, I and III are well covered, the Organizing Committee
received fewer proposals for areas IV, V and VI than it would like to have.

XVI International Botanical Congress
1-7 August 1999
Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.


All prospective participants in the XVI International Botanical Congress in
Louis in 1999 are invited to submit a proposal for a General Symposium on any
topic in the plant sciences, including botany, mycology, plant ecology,
horticulture, agriculture and related fields often under-represented in
Most of the scientific program of the Congress will be devoted to these
Symposia, which will be presented in numerous concurrent sessions on all days
of the Congress. Symposia will be organized within the Scientific Program into
one of six broad disciplinary areas:

  I. Botanical Diversity: Systematics and Evolution
 II. Ecology, Environment, and Conservation
III. Structure, Development, and Cellular Biology
IV. Genetics and Genomics
 V. Physiology and Biochemistry
VI. Human Uses of Plants: Economic Botany and Biotechnology

Each symposium will consist of seven 20-minute presentations and a concluding
10-minute discussion period. In view of the broad representation of
at the Botanical Congress, symposia should emphasize interdisciplinary and
integrative approaches as well as limits to current knowledge and prospects
opportunities for future developments.

Each symposium should have two (or more) conveners, no more than one of whom
should be from the United States. Prior to submitting a proposal, organizers
should contact prospective speakers to obtain their conditional agreement to
speak. In proposing a roster of speakers, organizers should emphasize broad
international participation and appropriate gender balance. Each attendee at
the Congress (plenary speakers excepted) will be limited to one oral
presentation and participation as a convener in only one symposium.  In
considering symposium proposals, the Scientific Program Committee reserves the
right to decline any proposal.

For convenience, use the Symposium Proposal Form
(available at http://www.ibc99.org). Proposals for symposia should
be developed in as much detail as possible, including the following:

1.  Title of symposium.
2.  Brief paragraph describing the topic, scope and relevance of the
3.  Name, address, and contact numbers (telephone, fax, E-mail) of
4.  List of prospective speakers, with professional affiliations, mailing
     address and contact numbers (telephone, fax, E-mail)


Proposals, or questions regarding the Congress, should be submitted to:
Secretary General, XVI IBC
Missouri Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 299
St. Louis, MO 63166-0299                                http://www.ibc99.org

Telephone: +011 314/577-5175
Fax: +011 314/577-9589
E-mail: ibc16 at mobot.org

Dr. Nina V. Fedoroff
Director, Life Sciences Consortium and Biotechnology Institute
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pa. 16802
Office: 814-863-4576
FAX: 814-863-1357
Life Sciences Consortium URL: http://www.lsc.psu.edu
Transposon Lab URL: http://www.lsc.psu.edu/ptl/ptlmain.html
Fedoroff URL:  http://www.biotec.psu.edu/lsc/fedoroff.html

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