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Virtual Connections Series 2021
Building Community Partnerships

The Rhododendron Research Network (R-RN) is pleased to present the first installment of the Virtual Connections Series. This online series seeks to bring people together from all over the globe and from all walks of life to "Build Community Partnerships" in Rhododendron research. Whether you are currently a Rhododendron researcher, a scientist considering Rhododendron research, a community-based researcher, or a gardener who loves to learn all you can about your plants, we hope to expand your network and your imagination.

Spring Meeting - Energizing Collaborative Working Groups
March 25-26, 2021

MEETING DESCRIPTION: This meeting will focus on tools that the R-RN has developed to support collaborative working groups, including both Hands-on Workshops and Roundtable Q&A where we will be seeking participant feedback. The meeting will wrap up with a Plenary Lecture by Dr. Alan Elliott and Roundtable Q&A that speak to our theme of "Energizing Collaborative Working Groups".

ELIGIBILITY: Both scientists and members of the public are encouraged to attend, but registration for this Spring 2021 Meeting requires you to be a "Research Network Participant" at the Rhododendron Research Network website. If you are not yet a R-RN participant, you will be contacted to do so before your registration can be completed. Presentations will be geared toward a general audience, a scientific background is not required.

Registration has closed for
the Spring Virtual Meeting

MEETING DATE & TIME: 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. Recording of the sessions will also be available on the R-RN YouTube Channel.

Session 1: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 11PM-2AM Greenwich Mean Time
     Corresponding times in key regions:
     Thursday March 25, 7PM-10PM U.S. Eastern Daylight Time
     Thursday March 25, 4PM-7PM U.S. Pacific Daylight Time
     Friday March 26, 8AM-11AM China Standard Time

Session 2: Friday, March 26, 2PM-5PM Greenwich Mean Time
     Corresponding times in key regions:
     Friday March 26, 10AM-1PM U.S. Eastern Daylight Time
     Friday March 26, 7AM-10AM U.S. Pacific Daylight Time
     Friday March 26, 11PM-2AM in China Standard Time

MEETING AGENDA: (Start time depends on your session and time zone)

0:00-0:15: Welcome and introduction to the meeting.  - Juliana Medeiros
0:15-0:30: Presentation of tools developed by R-RN. - Robert Weissman
0:30-0:50: Hands-on Workshop on R-RN Discussion Forum. - Robert Weissman
0:50-1:00: Roundtable Q&A on the Discussion Forum.
1:00-1:45: Hands-on Workshop on Mendeley Literature Database. - Valerie Soza
1:45-2:00: Roundtable Q&A on Mendeley Literature Database and other RRN Tools.
2:00-2:05: Break
2:05-2:45: Plenary Lecture: Towards a Global Conservation Consortium for Rhododendron. - Alan Elliott
2:45-3:00: Roundtable Q&A on Energizing Collaborative Working Groups.

PRESENTER BIOS.:
Juliana Medeiros is a Plant Biologist at the Holden Arboretum, where she studies the physiology, ecology and evolution of Rhododendron and other woody plants. Dr. Medeiros is also a founding member and Co-Chair of the Rhododendron Research Network Committee.

Robert Weissman is Chairman of the Electronic Media Committee of the American Rhododendron Society, that maintains the Society's websites. Dr. Weissman is a member of the Steering Committee of the Rhododendron Research Network.

Valerie Soza is a Plant Biologist who has studied the evolution of tropical rhododendrons and genomes of temperate rhododendrons. Dr. Soza is a Steering Committee member of the Rhododendron Research Network.

Alan Elliott is the Biodiversity Conservation Network Manager for World Flora Online and the Global Conservation Consortium for Rhododendron at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.


Summer Meeting - Building International Relationships
August 19-20, 2021   (save the date)

MEETING DESCRIPTION: This meeting will focus on networking with Rhododendron scientists from around the globe, including virtual lab tours, short 15-minute research talks, and Roundtable Q&A where we will discuss potential for international funding initiatives. The meeting will wrap up with a Plenary Lecture and Roundtable Q&A that speak to our theme of "Building International Relationships".

ATTENDEES: Both scientists and members of the public are welcome to attend, and the meeting will be open to all those interested in Rhododendron. Research talks will be geared toward a broad scientific audience, with breakout groups to include more subject-specific scientific content.

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, August 19, 2021
Session 2: Friday, August 20, 2021


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 background.

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

 

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