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Phenome 2017




Phenome 2017




Collaborations among biologists and computational and information scientists are already redefining the frontiers of our understanding of plant function. Additionally, engaging chemists, mathematicians, engineers, geologists, physicists, and meteorologists, among others, will be required if we are to attain the goals outlined in The Decadal Vision.

To build the skills sets and knowledge base necessary to support the bioeconomy as it grows rapidly beyond its traditional products of food, feed, fuel, and fiber we need to implement new paradigms that blur disciplinary lines. The Phenome 2017 conference, and the ones that will follow, are vital steps in developing this important path of learning and interdisciplinary collaboration that is poised to solve critical social issues.


Registration & Fees

Registration & Fees

Phenome 2017 Pricing

To take advantage of early bird rates, register by December 1st!

(until December 1)    
(December 2 - January 27)   
  On Site
(Beginning January 28)
Universities & Non-Profit
Organizations, Government    
$650 $750 $850
Industry - Companies &
Commercial Organizations
$850 $950 $1,050
Students - Pre-PhD $495 $495 $495


  • Access to plenary lectures, concurrent sessions and poster sessions

  • Free Wi-Fi in guestrooms and in the meeting rooms

  • Opening reception (Friday night)

  • 3 Breakfasts

  • 3 Lunches

  • 1 Dinner

  • Transportation to Tucson Dine Around

  • 3 Days of coffee breaks and snacks

  • Closing Party and Dinner (Monday night)


Requests for refunds will be honored only if received in writing to on or before January 2, 2017.  A $50 processing fee will apply to all cancelled registrations. There will be no refunds or requests received after the deadline.  There are no refunds for no-shows and on site registrations.

Travel Awards

Travel Awards

Award Details 


The Phenome 2017 steering committee is pleased to offer a limited number of travel awards to students, postdocs, and early career researchers. Travel awards to Phenome 2017 are generously supported by the National Science Foundation, Li-Cor (, and the Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH, We are pursuing additional support from other sponsors, and should that funding become available, we will increase the number of awards we will make.

The MBDH is offering a seed grant to address improved data democratization; interoperability among projects and resources; and re-use of agricultural datasets, databases and resources. This is part of the Hub’s effort to improve access, use, and automation of Big Data pipelines across plant and cropping systems. So we are particularly interested in supporting travel awards for individuals who have an interest in the following areas: using Big Data and/or sophisticated data pipelines, developing agricultural data sets and/or databases, etc. MDBH will also be assisting with the Commercialization Potential Town Hall, organizing a session on challenges/barriers to Big Data in phenomics and soliciting seed grant applications.

Travel Award Application: Now closed

Deadline extended! Applicants must submit for review by the Phenome 2017 steering committee before Tuesday, January 3, 2017 (2:00 PM EST):

  • An abstract of the research that they intend to submit for presentation at Phenome 2017*
  • A paragraph expressing why attending Phenome 2017 would enhance their career
  • A paragraph describing the level of other funds available, if any, to support applicant travel

*PLEASE NOTE: Submission of an abstract as part of the Phenome 2017 Travel Grant application is a distinct process from submitting an abstract for presentation at Phenome 2017. Travel Awardees are required to present a poster at Phenome 2017; if you accept a travel award, please submit your abstract through the regular meeting abstract system.

Selection criteria 

Travel Award selection criteria will be based (in this order) on:

  • The science and the quality of the abstract
  • The statement about how attending the meeting will have an impact on the applicant's career
  • Ethnic minorities underrepresented in US STEM disciplines and women, are especially encouraged to apply, although all individuals will be considered

Applicants who are selected to receive a travel award will be notified by email by Monday, January 9, 2017. Non-recipients will be notified shortly thereafter. Travel award recipients will be emailed a special registration promotion code to cover their registration fees. Checks (or wires) for the stipend are issued only AFTER the award recipient has registered for the meeting. Travel award recipients qualify for the early-bird registration rate.

Should unforeseen events prevent a travel award recipient from attending the meeting, the recipient must notify Phenome 2017 immediately and return the grant so that another applicant can use the funds to attend the meeting.

International Visitors

International Visitors

Below are the resources you need to help make your travel and meeting experience as convenient as possible.

Apply Early For Your Visa!

Advance travel planning and early application are important, since visa applications are now subject to greater degree of scrutiny that in the past. Applying for a visa can be lengthy process. We recommend that you begin the application process 4 to 5 months before your scheduled departure date. It is very important to start this process early!

For the most current requirements and those specific to your situation, please check with your local U.S. consulate or embassy or the U.S. Department of State Visa Services Information.

Letter of Invitation

Phenome 2017 offers assistance should you need a letter of invitation to facilitate the visa application, process, or obtain authorization for your attendance to the conference. Please request a letter of invitation as soon as possible. We recommend that this is done 4-6 months in advance. According to the U.S. State Department, an electronic letter should be acceptable for visa purposes. In the rare case where the U.S. Embassy to which you are submitting your visa insists on a hard copy letter, we can mail you a copy of the letter. If you require additional assistance obtaining a visa, please email (add email here)


Some, but not all visa applicants must have an interview. Attendees from some countries, such as Mexico,  must schedule an interview with their local U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

It is advised that you provide the following information at your interview:

  • Your entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States. (If completion of travel plans is contingent upon early approval of the visa application, specify this at the time of the application.)

  • Proof of scientific status.

  • Letter of invitation

  • Evidence that you are intending to return to your country of residence.This includes items such as:

    • Family ties in current country of residence.

    • Property ownership.

    • A bank account.

    • An employment contract or statement from employer showing that position will continue after the dates of the meeting.

Some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews so applicants should first contact the consulate to find out how long the wait is for an interview. More information is available at  Visa Wait Times – for Interview Appointments and Processing.