Dear Arabidopsis Community
I am writing as chairman of the North American Arabidopsis Steering
Committee (NAASC) to inform you about plans for holding Arabidopsis
meetings during the next three years. There is a growing consensus that
the field has reached a level of maturity that warrants an annual meeting
and we have decided to proceed on this basis.
After exploring several options, the NAASC (F. Ausubel, J. Chory, G.
Coruzzi, J. Ecker, M. Estelle, and D. Meinke) agreed that the next
Arabidopsis meeting would be held at the University of Wisconsin in
Madison, starting Wednesday evening June 7 and ending Sunday noon June 12,
1995. The meeting will be three full days, one day longer than the meeting
at OSU. The posters will be available for veiwing during most of the
In 1996, the Arabidopsis meeting will most likely be held June 24-28 at the
University of East Anglia in Norwich. Caroline Dean from the Cambridge
Laboratory at the John Innes Institute will be organizing this meeting.
Acting on the decision that there should be an Arabidopsis meeting in the
US at least every other year, we have tentatively reserved the second
weekend of June at the University of Wisconsin for the 1997 meeting,
assuming a successful meeting in Wisconsin in 1995.
A variety of factors lead us to the decision to start holding regular
meetings (on a trial basis) at the University of Wisconsin. These factors
included the ease of planning future meetings, price, outstanding
conference facilities (poster viewing adjacent to lecture hall), and the
fact that the C. elegans community holds their annual meeting at the
Univeristy of Wisconsin and is satisified with this arrangement.
Because we plan to hold regular meetings at a single location, it seemed
appropriate that the program committee for future meetings be appointed by
the NAASC, rather than being composed solely of faculty from the University
of Wisconsin. However, Rick Amasino at the Univ. of Wisconsin has agreed
to serve as an "ad hoc" member of the program committee to facilitate local
More information about the upcoming meetings will be distributed on the
NETWORK. In the meantime, please reserve the above dates.