LIVE ZOOM MEETING SCHEDULE: Two sessions are planned to facilitate attendees in key Rhododendron
regions around the world. When you register, choose the live session that fits your schedule, or you may attend both
live sessions. All live sessions will be archived for public viewing on the
R-RN YouTube Channel
following the meeting.
Session 1: August 19/20, 2021
1pm-4pm PST, Thursday August 19 - Western North American attendees
4pm-7pm EST, Thursday August 19 - Eastern North American attendees
9pm-12am BST, Thursday August 19 - United Kingdom attendees
10pm Thursday August 19 to 1am CET, Friday August 20 - Central European attendees
4am-7am CST, Friday August 20 - East Asian Sikkim
Session 2: August 20, 2021
4am-7am PST, Friday August 20 - Western North American attendees
7am-10am EST, Friday August 20 - Eastern North American attendees
2pm-5pm BST, Friday August 20 - United Kingdom attendees
3pm-6pm CET, Friday August 20 - Central European attendees
7pm-10pm CST, Friday August 20 - East Asian attendees
LIVE ZOOM MEETING DETAILS:
Session 1 - August 19: Dr. Jean Burns: Rhododendron pests and diseases in a changing climate.
Session 2 - August 20: Dr. Matthias Ullrich: A systematic approach to phytochemically evaluate
activities of a large subset of Rhododendron species.
Collaborative Research Panel Discussions:
Session 1 - August 19: An R-RN National Science Foundation proposal submission is planned for late
2021. We will discuss ideas so far and invite feedback for collaboration across disciplines, across sites,
and including community-based researchers and conservation aspects in the work. The project
description will be uploaded to the
Projects website for commentary by August 6. Panelists will include North American researchers,
horticulturalists and conservationists to discuss ideas for the NSF collaborative research proposal.
Session 2 - August 20: Creative solutions are needed to increase student, postdoctoral and early
career researcher support across the global community of Rhododendron researchers. We will hear
from students and seek feedback for how student/early career support should be included in our
upcoming National Science Foundation proposal. Panelists will include an international group of
students and post-docs.
Breakout Group Presentations - August 19 and 20
Posters submitted by August 5 will be considered for a Breakout Group Presentation. These are
15-minute live presentations, followed by 5-minute Q&A, with up to three talks per Breakout Group,
and up to 15 posters chosen for each of the live zoom sessions. Talks are grouped by subject,
with more technical scientific content appropriate for the subject area. Breakout Group Presenters
will be notified on August 6th if they have been chosen for a talk. Each attendee chooses their top
three choices for Breakout Group, but the final group assignments will depend on the number of registered
attendees and the types of presentations submitted. Final Breakout Group Presentation Schedule will
be announced on August 6th. Subject area selections during registration include:
• Genetics and evolution
• Ecology and environment
• Ethnobotany and medicine
• Horticulture and conservation
• Pests and diseases
Virtual Lab Tour Highlights - August 19 and 20
Discover fun and interesting things going on in the Rhododendron world as we highlight Virtual Lab Tours uploaded to the
Make: Projects platform website.
R-RN VIRTUAL CONVENTION SPACE: (Opens August 6, 2021)
Virtual Poster Session: Submit your poster presentation at the registration link above by August 5. We welcome
posters describing projects relating to any aspect of Rhododendron research, horticulture, education, or outreach. Poster
presentations will be hosted on the public Make: Projects website. The R-RN Virtual Poster Session will open for viewing at
9am EST on August 6 to facilitate pre-viewing prior to the live Zoom sessions.
Virtual Lab Visits: The Virtual Lab Tour provides an opportunity for you to share and discuss
technical information about your overall research program and the projects being conducted in your lab. What are
you excited about? What major discoveries have you made? What kinds of facilities do you have?
What collaborations are you seeking? You are invited to use the public Make: Projects website to share posters,
presentation slide decks, publications, or video tours of your laboratory, field sites or project descriptions. Once
your content is loaded into Make: Projects, simply send us the URL by August 5 and we will feature your
Virtual Lab Tour in the pre-conference programming, where attendees will have a chance to ask and answer questions about your
postings on Make: Projects. Virtual Lab Tours submitted by August 5 will also be featured in the Highlights section of the
live Zoom meeting.
Poster and Virtual Lab Tour Submissions: Submit your poster and/or URL for your Make: Projects page to
firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight EST on August 5 to be
included in the poster session and virtual lab tours.
Fall Meeting - Empowering Community Participation
November 4-5, 2021 (save the date)
MEETING DESCRIPTION: This meeting will focus on sharing the latest research findings and
empowering community-based science projects, including virtual plant collections tours, short 15-minute talks giving an
overview of research areas in Rhododendron, and Roundtable Q&A where we will discuss the future of R-RN community-based
research initiatives. The meeting will wrap up with a Plenary Lecture and Roundtables that speak to our theme of
"Empowering Community Participation".
ATTENDEES: Scientists and members of the public are encouraged to attend, and the meeting will be
open to all those interested in Rhododendron. Research talks will be geared toward a general audience, assuming no scientific
MEETING DATE: This meeting will be offered in two sessions to accommodate live attendance in key
regions around the globe. Both sessions will include the same content. Recordings of the event will also be available on the
R-RN YouTube Channel.
Session 1: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Session 2: Friday, November 5, 2021