"On behalf of The Clemson Translational Genomics Association and the symposium organizing committee, It is our honor and pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural Clemson Integrated Plant Sciences Symposium at Clemson University's Watt Family and Innovation Center. We believe that we have chosen a venue that emphasizes scientific revolution amid the culture and environment of Clemson University, One of South Carolina’s land grant universities driving agricultural innovation across the state. In addition to attending this event, I invite you to participate at the highest level by submitting a poster, speaking to our invited guests, and networking with other participants. As you may well know, the future of plant science will require the interdisciplinary and international cooperation between biologists, computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, industry scientists, and other scientific disciplines to tackle our greatest challenges that face agriculture in the 21st century. The graduate student organizing committee has dedicated countless hours with these networks in mind. Thank you for your interest in Clemson University and enjoy the program!"
-Matthew Murphy, CTGA President