21st International Pepper Conference

November 4-6, 2012
Waldorf Astoria  |  Naples, Florida


Call for Abstracts

All individuals involved in research, extension and technology of Capsicum are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral or poster presentation. Abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online submission form by July 15, 2012 following the detailed submission instructions. The program will focus on all pepper types including bell, long green/red chile, high color paprika, ancho, pimiento, cayenne, Tabasco, jalapeno, yellow pickling, serrano, and cherry peppers.

Session Topics

Below is a list of Session Topics to be featured at the conference. When filling out the online abstract submittal form, you will be asked to identify which topic and applicable subtopic is relevant to your submission. BEFORE going online to submit an abstract, review the list below and confirm which applies to your submission(s).


  • Breeding and Genetics (germplasm evaluation and utilization, crop physiology and technology)
  • Horticultural Management and Production (production methods, cultural systems and sustainable approaches;)
  • Integrated Pest Management (weed, insect and disease management)
  • Post Harvest Issues (post harvest physiology and technology, economics, marketing and trade)
  • Protected Ag (tunnel, shadehouse, greenhouse)

Please Note: All program participants, including speakers, poster presenters, panelists, session organizers and moderators, must also pay the conference registration fee to attend and participate in the conference.


Midnight EDT,
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Abstracts Due
August 1, 2012 Abstract Submitters Receive Notification on Status of Abstract
August 17, 2012 All Speakers & Poster Presenters Must Register to Confirm Participation


The Abstract Submission Process Consists of Completing THREE Consecutive Steps:

Step 1. Review and Follow Abstract Preparation and Submission Instructions

Step 2. Submit Presenter Profile Information and Upload Abstract File

Step 3. Print Abstract Submittal Confirmation Form

After you have successfully completed the first two steps, a confirmation form will be generated confirming receipt of your abstract. Please keep a copy of this form on file for your records.

If you do not receive a confirmation form, the submission did not go through. For questions or to verify the status of your abstract contact: Beth Miller-Tipton, Tel: 352-392-5930; Email: bmt@ufl.edu

Step 1: Review & Follow Abstract Preparation and Submission Instructions

  • Abstracts should ONLY be submitted as either a Microsoft Word or a Rich Text Format file
  • Files must be named with ONLY letters or numbers, or combinations thereof. Symbols (dashes, etc.), spaces or commas will not properly transmit. Do NOT use a space in your abstract file name or it will NOT transmit.
    EXAMPLES: INCORRECT: Smith_J, V-2.doc || CORRECT: SmithJR2.doc
  • Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words in length.
  • No graphs or figures should be included in the abstract.
  • Use standard "letter" paper size (8.5" X 11"). Do NOT use A4 paper size.
  • Set margins at 1", top, bottom and sides.
  • Use a sans serif font, preferably Arial. Set font size to 10 points. Abstracts submitted with font size less than 10 points will not be accepted.
  • The title should be short, yet accurately reflect the abstract and later presentation. Attempt to limit the title to one line. The title is a descriptive label, not a sentence.
  • Type abstract title flush left at the top of the page.
  • Type abstract title in upper and lower case, standard title format.
    - EXAMPLE: New Techniques for Valuation of Ecosystem Services
  • Use appropriate formatting within titles: italics (for scientific names), subscript (for scientific formulas and superscript (mathematic equations), etc.
  • List the senior author first and use Boldface for the name of the presenting author.
  • Identify author affiliations using superscript numeral references SEE SAMPLE:
  • Do not include professional titles of the authors. Include ONLY the affiliation name, city, state and country in abstract listing.
    (DO NOT include full mailing address at the top of the abstract.)
  • Including title, author, text, and contact information, abstracts should be approximately 250-500 words and should not exceed the space outlined by the one-inch margins of one page.
  • Type the body of the abstract single spaced without indents or tabs. DOUBLE SPACE BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS.
  • Apply bolding, italics, underlining, superscripts and subscripts in your main text as you want it to appear in your final abstract.
  • Include full contact information for the presenting author at the very end of the abstract as follows:
    Contact Information: J. Mark Genesis, Soil & Water Science Department, University of Florida/IFAS, 000 Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32611 USA, Phone: 000-555-5555; Fax: 000-555-5000, Email: sscientist@emailaddress.net
  • PROOF, proof and PROOF your abstract before you send it. Do not forget to proof all author information as well.

Sample Abstract:
(MSWord format)
[Note all abstracts should be submitted in MSWord or RTF format.]
NOTE: If you wish to save the MSWord documents to your computer, be sure to select the "Save As" option. If you see a screen asking for you User Name and Password simply CANCEL and use the "Save As" option from within your word processor.

Abstract Submission Is Now Closed


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Conference Deadlines

Abstracts Due:
Midnight EDT
Sunday, July. 15, 2012


Submitters Receive Notification on Status of Abstracts:
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012


All Speakers and Poster Presenters must Register to Confirm Participation:
Friday, Aug. 17, 2012


Early Registration Deadline: Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012


Hotel Reservation Deadline:
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012
Be sure to make your hotel reservation as soon as possible.



Photos of Syngenta pepper varieties: Bayonet, Red Victory and Sinai are copyrighted by a Syngenta Group Company and used with permission.

Photos of Sakata pepper variety: El Rey is copyrighted by Sakata Seed America and used with permission.

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