The sections’ 83rd annual meeting will be in Birmingham, AL, from March 26 to 28, 2022. The three days meeting attracts about 120 plant biologists from 14 southern states for oral and poster talks.

Register Log in and click on “Events” to find the Southern Section Registration Page.  You must be a member of the Southern Section to register ($5)

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Hotel reservations

Meeting Code of Conduct

The in-person meeting will depend on the COVID19 status. Our priority is the health and safety of all attendees and presenters, and we will convert the conference into a virtual format if needed.

March 26-28

Hilton Birmingham at UAB (map) (Hotel Registration)

Registration Information (Registration link)

Registration Fees:

After March 5
Undergraduate Student Registration     $100
Graduate Student Registration                $120
Regular Registration                                  $200


More Travel Information

2022 Kriton Hatzios Symposium

The theme of the 2022 Kriton Hatzios symposium is “Plant Microbiome: Ecology, functions, and application trends.”

We will have three internationally renowned speakers whose research centers on plant microbiome (beneficial and disease-causing) and their application and effects in agriculture production and plant ecology.  We will have exciting seminars delivered by Dr. Pamela G. Marrone, CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, Dr. Rusty Rodriguez, CEO, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies, and Dr. Jan E. Leach, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture, Colorado State University. Please see the detailed speaker bios.

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Screening Procedures

In order to ensure a safer environment for all attendees, organizers, hospitality staff, and the broader Birmingham community, the SS-ASPB leadership has developed the following attendance guidelines. All attendees must provide one of the following:

  • Proof of full vaccination (including CDC-approved booster shot).
  • Proof of a COVID-19 negative test (PCR or at-home antigen) taken within 72 hours prior to arrival at the meeting.

In addition to the above documentation, a photo ID (driver’s license or other government-issued ID) is required for all individuals to receive the conference name tag and enter the conference venue. Masks will also be required for all attendees for the duration of the meeting in all public settings. Please understand that these science-based requirements are what will allow us to hold an in-person meeting this year. We look forward to seeing your (masked) faces in person for the first time in three years!

Meeting Flyer

Kriton Hatzios symposium


Travel & General Information

Recommended Hotel

Hilton Birmingham at UAB

808 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205

Phone: 205-933-9000

Reservation Link

  • Rates: $129.00 Plus applicable tax at the time of check-in, currently 17.50%
  • Parking fee: Overnight Guests: $10 per car, per night.
  • In and out privileges apply.$5.00 per day
  • A complimentary shuttle bus runs from the hotel to/from the airport (some time restrictions apply).
  • Rate includes breakfast buffet in the Lab Market Café
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms
  • Cut – off date for reservations will be Saturday, March 5, 2020
  • Parking at the Hilton for non-overnight guests is $3 first hour; $1 per additional hour; $10 maximum charge per car, per day.

Other nearby hotels:

Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB
821 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL, 35205
Phone: 205-521-7391

  • Price is ~ $151.00 Per Night
  • parking fee: $14.00 plus tax per day
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms
  • 5/5 Excellent (775 reviews, based on Expedia)

Hampton Inn & Suites-Downtown-Tutwiler

  • 07 mi from downtown
  • Price is ~$185 per night
  • 3/5 Excellent (1,000 reviews, based on Expedia)

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Birmingham Downtown

  • 37 mi from downtown
  • Price is ~$198 Per night
  • 4/5Wonderful (132 reviews, based on Expedia)

The Westin Birmingham

  • 46 mi from downtown
  • Price is $325 per night
  • 2/5 Excellent (552 reviews, based on Expedia)