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Symposium Sponsors

DECEMBER 12-17, 2021

Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando

When:          December 12-17, 2021

Where:         Caribe Royale Resort, Orlando

Hosted by:  UF/IFAS Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture and the University of Delaware in collaboration with Industry Partner:  Hi-Fidelity Genetics.

Course Description:
This course provides a unique and immersive training opportunity for graduate and postdoctoral students with an interest in plant root research. During this one-week course, attendees will gain in-depth knowledge on topics related to root biology through short lectures, hands-on activities, research site visits, peer learning activities, and interaction with experts in the field. Now in its second year, the root short course will include a focus on professional development opportunities through industry partnership where participants are able to engage with industry research, technology development and agricultural innovation.

Registration is capped at 25 participants, Participants must be graduate students or Postdocs unless special permission has been given to register. Registration is open August 1, 2021 - December 11, 2021.

University of Florida/University of Delaware affiliated Students/Postdocs:

  • Early Registration (Until September 15, 2021):  $900.00
  • Regular Registration (September 16 – December 11, 2021):  $1100.00

All other Institution affiliates:

  • Early Registration (Until September 15, 2021):  $1500.00
  • Regular Registration (September 16 – December 11, 2021):  $1700.00
Virtual Students/Postdocs:
  • Early Registration (Until September 15, 2021): $300
  • Regular Registration (September 16 – December 11, 2021): $450
* Virtual registrants must meet specific criteria, and once approved, will be provided with a code to register.

Registration fee, for in-person attendees, includes:

  • Lodging:  Sunday-Thursday*
  • Breakfast Vouchers: Monday – Friday
  • Lunch MondayThursday
  • Dinner  Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Transportation for field day
  • All course related materials


*Lodging can be arranged for up to 3 days before and after the short course at the attendees expense.  Please note this option at the time of your registration.

Cancelation Policy:  A refund of the registration fee less $150 will be given for cancellations made through November 1, 2021.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after November 1, 2021.


Faculty Hosts:

Erin Sparks, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Amanda Rasmussen, Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham UK

Lorenzo Rossi, Assistant Professor, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences at Indian River REC, Ft. Pierce, Director, Plant Root Consortium

Elias Bassil, Assistant Professor, UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences at Tropical REC, Homestead

Alina Zare, Professor, UF Electrical and Computer Engineering

Chris Wilson, Assistant Professor, UF/IFAS Agronomy

Rose Koenig, Lecturer and Director - Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture, UF/IFAS Agronomy


Eric Rogers, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Hi Fidelity Genetics

Magda Julkowska, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University

David McNear, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky

Felix Fritschi, Ph.D., C. Alice Donaldson Professor in Bioenergy, Crop Physiology and Genetics, University of Missouri

To purchase specially priced Disney Meeting/Convention Theme Park tickets, please call 407-566-5600 or CLICK HERE.  Tickets are valid 7 days pre, during, and 7 days post meeting dates.  Please note the cut-off date for advance purchase savings is 12/10/2021.