2019 International Annual Meeting

The annual AAIC meeting is an excellent venue for various stakeholders to present developments on industrial and new crops, discuss new research findings, collaborate with colleagues, and learn about new and emerging technologies. The meeting includes plenary talks, scientific sessions and technical tours.

Our next conference will be the 31st AAIC Meeting on September 8-11, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona. Nominate deserving colleagues for an award! Visit our Awards page for more information.


We look forward to seeing you in Tucson!


Click below for more information about Tucson, Arizona

"Advancing the adoption of industrial crops through innovation and technology"

​AAIC joint meeting with the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR)
*Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2019*
*Deadline to submit application for student travel support is extended to July 31, 2019*

Registration and fees (in U.S. currency)*

 Prior to July 10, 2019After July 10, 2019
Full conference attendance   
Guest (banquet only)$90$100
Wednesday-only attendance$300$350
*registration fees are inclusive of business lunch and dinner banquet  

Conference Agenda

September 8 (Sunday)

Registration and Poster Set Up (4 PM)
Opening Reception (7 PM)

September 9 (Monday)
Plenary Session (8 AM – 12 PM)

Keynote address - Congressman Tom O'Halleran, United States House of Representatives, 1st District of Arizona

SpeakersDr. Murat Kacira, Director, Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
 Dr. Joyce Van Eck, Director, Boyce Thompson Center for Plant Biotechnology Research, Ithaca, NY
 Dr. Kelly R. Thorp, Agricultural Engineer, USDA-ARS Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center, Maricopa, AZ
 Dr. Kamel Didan, Associate Professor and Head, Vegetation Index and Phenology Lab, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Technical Sessions (1 AM to 4 PM)

  • Oilseeds

September 10 (Tuesday)
Tour (8 AM – 11AM) (optional)

  • Biosphere 2 - behind-the-scenes tour and up-to-date insights about the important research being conducted at the world’s largest controlled Earth systems research facility located in Oracle, Arizona

Technical Sessions (1 PM to 4 PM)

  • Fiber and Cellulosic Crops
  • Medicinal & Nutraceutical Plants

September 11 (Wednesday) - with SBAR
Technical Sessions (8 AM to 4 PM)

  • General Crops and Products
  • Natural Rubber and Resins

AAIC Awards and Closing Banquet (7 PM)

Guest speaker: Mr. John Adams, Deputy Director, Biosphere 2, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


El Conquistador Tucson Hilton Resort
10000 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
TEL: +1-520-544-5000 FAX: +1-520-544-1222
Federal rate : $93
Standard conference rate: $169
Complimentary parking
Book by August 8, 2019 to reserve your room  - Reservation link
To book a room at the government rate, an accessible room, please reach out directly to AAIC reservations coordinator Dawn Glass at 520-544-1155 or Dawn.Glass@Hilton.com.

Air Travel

The two major airports serving the area include Tucson International Airport (TUC) - 22 miles, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport(PHX) - 107 miles to the conference venue.


Send abstracts to Dr. Von Mark Cruz (CruzVonMark@BFUSA.com). Indicate in your e-mail the Division in which you which to present your research (Oilseeds, General Crops, Rubber and Resins, Fiber and Cellulosics, Medicinal and Nutraceutical) and if oral or poster presentation.

Note: Abstracts in Energy or Biomass crops will be presented in the General Crops Division

Abstracts instructions:

Write the abstract in only one paragraph, single spaced, Times New Roman 12, 1” margins, with full justification.

Use SI units (kg/ha, Mg/ha, L, m, cm, g). All plant Latin names including authority must be included the first time a common name is indicated, example castor bean (Ricinus communis L.) even in the title.  The abstract must include rationale, objectives, materials and methods, results and conclusions. Include your contact information at the bottom of the page. An abstract example can be found here.

Poster presentation

For poster formatting instructions please see this guide.

AAIC Student Travel Grants

*Deadline to submit application for student travel support is extended to July 31, 2019*

AAIC will award $500 travel grants to students conducting research with industrial crops.  Up to two travel awards will be given to each of the standing divisions in AAIC.  Applications should include: 1) a brief application letter stating the student's current research and career goals, 2) an abstract of the research being presented, and 3) a letter of support from their major professor.

The selected students will be required to give a 20 minute oral presentation during a division technical session at the annual conference.

For questions or to submit applications for the student travel grant contact:

Dr. Jim Todd
Simcoe Resource Centre

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)
1283 Blueline Road, Box 587
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4N5 Canada
Phone: 519-426-3823
E-mail: jim.todd@ontario.ca