January 8 & 9, Baltimore

US (MD): 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference announced

The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, is held annually and is the country’s longest running woody ornamental research conference, and provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but the roots were planted by several SNA board members that recognized the need to consolidate duplicate research programs throughout the region. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, this two-day Horticultural Research Conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research.

Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country. Hundreds of topics in thirteen categories are shared in presentations that run approximately seven minutes each. A printed agenda, available after December 1, and the conference format permits selection of research topics of special interest for those interested in attending. All industry members are invited to attend any and all sessions.

One unique feature of the conference is the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition, an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present their latest research results, hone their communication skills and compete for cash awards. These students historically demonstrate strong academic and research ability and move forward in the industry to make outstanding contributions. The competition is named for Dr. Bryson L. James who served as Director of Horticultural Research for the Southern Nursery Association, as well served as coordinator of the conference and editor of the Annual Proceedings of the SNA Research Conference for nearly 50 years.

Today, Dr. Nick Gawel serves in this volunteer position. He coordinates the conference, recruits section editors and edits the annual Proceedings.

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