Biological Systems
Simulation Conference

March 8-10, 2004

Gainesville, Florida

       Hosted by:

BSSG
Biological Systems
Simulation Group


SITE INDEX

l Background l Registration Information
l Proposed Conference Sessions l Hotel Information

l Agenda    l Detailed Printed Agenda

l Area Information
l Call for Abstracts l Conference Organizers

l Printable Conference Brochure (PDF)


Background

There is a need to improve the understanding and integration of processes that comprise the biological systems that underpin our economy and environment. There have been many studies of bioprocesses ranging from nutrient uptake to energy capture in greenhouse, field, and forest crops, particularly relative to understanding the impacts of climatic, edaphic, and biotic stresses on these processes. While research has discovered and identified many key physiological and biological processes involved, there is an increasing need to integrate the resulting knowledge into management tools. How can we synthesize existing knowledge and information to develop viable technology? Can dynamic systems simulation models serve a role in such knowledge integration, and in the delivery of management technology? What are the most efficient ways of delivering and maintaining the resulting technology, and adapting it to different bio-economic environments and conditions? Can we project with confidence the possible consequences of global climate change, weather variability, genetic improvement, or shifts in crop management strategies? How can we overcome the gaps and build long-lasting bridges between research, technology, and implementation?

History: The BSSG is in its 34th year, and is comprised of an international group of scientists interested in using integrated systems approaches to study agricultural and natural systems. This includes topics as diverse as basic physiological and biological systems, ecosystem simulations of field-level flows of water, carbon, energy, and nutrients, and region-level analysis of the impacts of climatic variability and climate change. In all this, there is a strong focus on the study and dynamic simulation of climatic and biotic stresses on crop performance.

Invitation: You are invited to attend the Biological Systems Simulation Conference. The conference will serve as a forum for the exchange of scientific knowledge on different facets of plant/crop systems, from experimental results addressing fundamental questions, to the development and use of dynamic simulation models, to the delivery of integrated systems technology. Participation will be broad-based and include a wide-range of disciplines.

Conference Highlights

  • Oral Presentations

  • Software Demonstratons

  • Poster Session

  • Web and Hard Copy Abstracts

  • Lunches

  • Beautiful University of Florida ambiance

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Proposed Conference Sessions

  • Simulating Plant-Level Biological Processes

  • Simulating Soil Water, Nutrient, and Energy Balance in the Field

  • Simulating Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration

  • Assessing Impacts of Biotic Pests on Crop Performance

  • Management and Decision Support Systems

  • Modeling Effects of Climatic Variability on Crop Performance

  • Modeling Climate Change Effects on Crops: Improving the Mechanisms

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Agenda

    Click here for a detailed printed Agenda (PDF format)

Sunday, March 7, 2004

4:00pm-6:00pm

Registration

Monday, March 8, 2004

7:00am-5:30pm

Registration

7:30am-6:00pm

Poster Display & Computer Software Demonstration

7:30am-8:30am

Morning Refreshments

8:30am-10:40pm

General Session

10:40am-11:00am

Refreshment Break

11:00am-12:20pm

General Session

12:20pm-2:00pm

Luncheon

2:00pm-3:20pm

General Session

3:20pm-3:40pm

Refreshment Break

3:40pm-5:00pm

General Session

Tuesday, March 9, 2004

7:30am-5:30pm

Registration

7:30am-6:00pm

Poster Display & Computer Software Demonstration

7:30am-8:20am

Morning Refreshments

8:20am-10:00am

General Session

10:00am-10:20am

Refreshment Break

10:20am-11:40am

General Session

11:40am-2:00pm

Field Trip and Boxed Lunch

2:00pm-3:40pm

General Session

3:40pm-4:00pm

Refreshment Break

4:00pm-6:00pm

Poster and Software Sessions

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

7:30am-11:00am

Registration

7:30am-8:20am Morning Refreshments

8:20am-10:20am

General Session

10:20am-10:40am

Refreshment Break

10:40am-12:00pm

General Session

12:00pm-1:20pm

Luncheon

1:20pm-3:20pm

General Session

3:20pm-3:40pm

Refreshment Break

3:40pm-4:00pm

General Session

3:40pm

Removal of Posters & Computer Demonstrations

4:00pm

CONFERENCE CONCLUDES

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Call for Abstracts

Interested participants should register on the website, submit their abstracts, and make hotel reservations by the stated deadlines. The conference will include oral presentations, posters, and software demonstrations. While paper submissions in the above categories are encouraged, all submissions that are broadly under biological systems simulation will be accepted. If a submitted paper does not fit well in the oral sessions or if there are too many paper submissions, the conference organizers reserve the right to request the paper be presented as a poster. Software demonstration will be on participantís own portable computers. Fast internet link is available. Abstracts must be submitted as camera-ready hard-copy (or PDF files) up to 2-pages in length, following the formatting guidelines. 

Abstract Submission Deadline has been extended to January 16, 2004.

Abstract Preparation Instructions:

  • Abstract must be 2 pages or less (1 page is preferred).

  • Set margins at 1.5", top, bottom, and sides.

  • Font to be Times Roman, 12 point.

  • Title to be bold, capital letters, centered.

  • Authors, to be bold, centered, with senior author first.

  • Type author affiliations as a group below the author lines, and link to author names with footnotes as shown in sample. Do not include professional titles. Type affiliation below author lines, including affiliation name, city, state, and country. Center this and place in italics. Do not include full address mailing list.

  • Type text as shown in sample abstract, single spaced, but double-space between
    paragraphs.

  • Because this will be PDF or hard-copy, you can use figures, superscripts, subscripts, symbols as you wish. Just remember to meet the margin and page limits, and keep the figure size large enough to read.

  • If references are cited, indicate References in bold font, then cite the papers in the format shown (Agron. J. style), making the authors and date in bold font.

Abstract Submission Instructions:

  • Mail hard-copy abstract to:
        BSSG Abstract
        UF/IFAS Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
        Building 639 Mowry Road 
        PO Box 110750
        Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
           

  • Email PDF file as an attachment to:
        Dianne Kattawar
        Email: dkattawar@ifas.ufl.edu

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Registration Information

The early REDUCED registration fee is $225 if payment is received on or before January 9, 2004. After that date the REGULAR registration fee of $275 will apply. Students are offered a reduced registration fee of $150. The registration fee provides each attendee with a copy of the abstract book, morning & afternoon refreshment breaks, lunches, and tour.

We are delighted you wish to register for the Biological Systems Simulation Conference. While Advance Registration is closed, we will be happy to register you onsite at the conference, and look forward to your participation. Thank you.

Refund Policy: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notice of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences and Institutes on or before February 2, 2004. A $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after February 2, 2004.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by FAX at 1-352-392-9734, or by calling 1-800-955-8771 (TDD). The TDD number can only be accessed from within the State of Florida.

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Hotel Information

The conference will be held at The Hilton University of Florida Conference Center (1714 Southwest 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32607). Facilities include a complete business service center and all hotel rooms have a large desk with lamp for working after-hours, WebTV, ethernet ports, dual-line telephones and analog ports for modem access. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special per night rate of $99 single or double occupancy plus 10% tax (Federal and State employees will be tax-exempt with proper documentation presented at check-in). Rooms may not be available after Monday, February 2, 2004. The group rate will be honored 3 days prior and 3 days following the conference. Call the hotel directly at (352) 371-3600 to make a reservation and identify yourself as a participant of BSSG.

Air service is provided through the Gainesville Regional Airport, just north of Gainesville, and The University of Florida Hotel provides daytime shuttle service.  Additional airports within a 2 - 3 hour drive of the University of Florida are located in Jacksonville (85 miles), Orlando (110 miles), and Tampa (130 miles).  A map and hotel information will be mailed to you with your registration confirmation.

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Area Information

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Conference Organizers

Program Information

Kenneth J. Boote
Agronomy Dept.
Univ. of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0500
Email: kjb@ifas.ufl.edu

James W. Jones
Dept. of Agric and Biol. Engineering
Univ. of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570
Email: jjones@agen.ufl.edu

Ted Wilson
Agroecosystems Research Group
Texas A & M Univ. System, AREC
Beaumont, TX 77713

Registration Information

Dianne Kattawar
IFAS Office of Conferences & Institutes (OCI)
University of Florida 
Leadership and Education Foundation, Inc. 
Building 639 Mowry Road 
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
Email: dkattawar@ifas.ufl.edu
Phone: (352) 392-5930
Fax: (352) 392-9734 

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