6–10 July 2020, Seattle, WA, USA
The International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) was first held in 1965 and became an annual meeting in 1995. Over the last decade, ICARs have had an average attendance of approximately 900 people.
ICARs are organized on a volunteer basis by countries with significant Arabidopsis-related research and have a North America/Europe/Australasia, Oceania 3-year rotation cycle. ICAR 2017 took place in the US; ICAR 2018 took place in Finland, and ICAR 2019 took place in China. ICAR 2020 is to take place in the US.
Mechanistic plant research is broadening its scope and tackling important questions across a wide range of species, experimental conditions and scales of organization. Thus, the function of a model-organism-centric meeting, like the ICAR, is naturally questioned.
The North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC) will organize ICAR 2020 in the US. NAASC members, which are tasked with understanding the current plant research landscape and future opportunities to utilize Arabidopsis as a model system, are interested in hearing community perspectives on how the ICAR meetings should be shaped to maintain relevance to the plant community.
NAASC members have reached out to the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) to seek input and perspectives from plant biologists, including Arabidopsis researchers and those working in other plant systems, to help inform future ICARs with respect to their program, structure, topics, and locations. Input gathered in this survey will all be useful and relevant to other plant biology communities and NAASC will willingly share the aggregate input from general questions to interested plant biology communities.
Looking forward to meeting you in Seattle at the ICAR 2020!