Welcome to the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee!

MASC members host the annual International Conference on Arabidopsis Research. The ICAR is the largest Arabidopsis conference worldwide and its venues rotate within the Americas, Europe and Autralasia in order to maximize access of participants from all over the globe. In the past 10 years, an average of 905 people attended the ICARs, among which 63% presented a poster (see figure).

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Figure. N° of ICAR attendees (dark grey) and posters presented (light grey) since 1965 (n.a. - no data available, 1965-2004 no n° of posters available).


Save dates for the upcoming ICAR!


The 25th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) was held in Vancouver, Canada from July 28th- August 1st 2014 and was organized by the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC). The meeting was very successful and there was a great atmosphere celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ICAR. 625 people attended the 25th ICAR in Vancouver and almost 70% of the attendees (434) submitted a poster abstract (Figure).

Many MASC members were involved in the program of the 25th ICAR e.g.:

    • ABRC and NASC booth, BAR booth, TAIR booth;
    • 6 community workshops: “IAIC-International Arabidopsis Informatics Consortium”, “Arabidopsis Information Portal (AIP) Developer and User Workshop”, “EPIC - Epigenomics of Plants International Consortium”, “TAIR: A Sustainable Community Database for International Arabidopsis Research”, “Abiotic stress: MASC workshop”, “Phenomics in Arabidopsis: from phenes to genes”;
    • and many sessions related to road map goals, e.g. “Translational Biology”, “Novel Tools and Techniques”, “Biotechnology, Food Security, Bioenergy”, “Synthetic Biology”, “Under-Represented Minority and Early Career Workshops”, just to name a few.

    • 16th ICAR Abstract Booklet [Download PDF]
    • 16th ICAR Program [Download PDF]

    • 15th ICAR Abstract Booklet [Download PDF]
    • 15th ICAR Program [Download DOC]

    • 13th ICAR Abstract Booklet [Download PDF]

    • 12th ICAR Abstract Booklet [Download PDF]

    • 11th ICAR Abstract Booklet [Download PDF]

    • 10th ICAR Abstract Booklet [Download PDF]