CALL FOR PAPERS

The Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference is soliciting scientific presentations for the January 8th to January 12th, 2018, meeting at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, in Philadelphia, PA. This meeting is a joint conference of the Northeastern Regional Branch of the American Society of Agronomy – Crop Science Society of America – Soil Science Society of America, the Northeast Region of American Society of Horticultural Sciences, and the Northeastern Weed Science Society. Scientific topics will include but are not limited to: Agriculture, Turfgrass Management, Pest Management, Urban and Medical Pests, Invasive Species, Ecology, Organic Plant Production, Forestry Pests, Soil Science, and Plant and Pest Physiology.

Submitting Titles and Abstracts

Submitting a title or abstract does not automatically register you for the conference. Visit the Registration Page for details and to register for the conference.

Titles and abstracts must be submitted at the following website: http://wssaabstracts.com. New users must create an account; if you submitted a title last year, then login with your existing wssaabstracts username and password. For further instruction on how to submit a title and abstract, please view the following video.

Title Submission

Title Submission Deadline was September 30, 2017, and is now closed.

Abstract Submission

Deadline: November 15, 2017

 Submit your abstract at http://wssaabstracts.com. Login as you did to submit your title, and enter the record for your title. There is a field for you to compose or paste your abstract text. DO NOT ENTER THE TITLE, AUTHOR/S or AFFILIATION here. It’s already in the system and will be automatically united with your text when the proceedings are generated. Remember to save – do not just exit the window!

Please note: If your title was submitted by a third party (colleague, friend, major professor, lab-leader, etc.) the same person will have to log in using her/his login information in order to submit the abstract. If you submitted the title directly to the Program Chair, you will have to e-mail your abstract to the Program Chair (carroll.moseley@syngenta.com) and copy the same to Program Co-Chair (flessner@vt.edu) to ensure publication.

All abstracts will be published in the NEPSSC proceedings electronically.

PowerPoint Slides Submission

Deadline: January 7, 2018

PowerPoint presentations must be uploaded by Sunday, January 7, 2018 by entering the same Title/Abstract submission website (http://www.wssaabstracts.com) using your sign-in credentials, and following instructions posted there. Please direct questions related to presentation uploads or formatting to the respective section moderator indicated in the program or your society program representative (pg. 3 of the Program). Presenters not affiliated with a society please contact program chair (carroll.moseley@syngenta.com) and copy Co-Chair (flessner@vt.edu). Please feel free to contact a NEPPSC representative at the Registration Desk if you have any additional questions.

Sessions

Papers will be categorized as Oral Presentations or Posters.

  • Oral Presentations are limited to 12 minutes with typically 10 minutes of presentation and an additional 2 minutes for questions.
  • Student posters should not exceed 36 inches by 48 inches.

Concurrent sessions of oral presentations will include both student and nonstudent presentations. Students will be able to present papers in separate oral or poster contest sessions. Student contest sessions will be weighted, or segregated by society in some cases, to ensure equitable judging of papers. Contest presentations will be judged by individual societies and are subject to rules of the respective society. Students of ALL societies will be limited to one contest presentation and students that compete in the contest must choose only one host society while registering titles. All other presentations from the participating societies will be integrated in sessions with overriding themes related to commodity or broader academic focus.

Concurrent sessions include the following areas:

  • Agronomic Crops: Cultural and pest management inputs in production of grain and fiber crops. Research results may include but are not limited to fertility, cultivar evaluation, tillage, soil amendments, disease, insect, and weed management, cross-disciplinary research.
  • Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Crops: Cultural inputs of and pest management in fruit, vegetable and herb crops. Research results may include but are not limited to fertility, cultivar evaluation, tillage, soil amendments, disease, insect, and weed management, cross-disciplinary research.
  • Turf & Ornamentals: Golf, athletic, lawn, utility, and sod turfgrass culture and pest management. Ornamental plant production and ornamental landscape management including insect, weed, and diseases.
  • Vegetation Management & Restoration: Industrial vegetation management including but not limited to roadside, utility, fallow areas, and aquatic habitats. Restoration of native habitats, cross-disciplinary research.

Allocation of Papers to Concurrent Sessions

Criteria for allocation of papers to various sections will be based first on author’s choice but may be altered at the discretion of the program chair to meet program requirements. Authors will be requested to provide up to three possible session choices for each paper. In case of an overflow of papers in a given session, the author’s second or third choice will be utilized only after the author has been notified of the desired change. Section chairs will also have the liberty to move papers across sessions or to the poster session or reject papers as needed to ensure organizational flow and highest quality of information exchange. Abiding by submission deadlines and submitting quality abstracts are imperative.